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Rerun: Montana Barbies

Saw some similar stuff the last few days on Facebook, and a spike in traffic to this entry from 2008, so here it is again for your enjoyment

Oh dear. Looks like Great Falls is taking it on the chin again, this time in Barbie form. Some Montana blogger – not sure where – has posted a series of Montana Barbies, complete with pictures, which are pretty darn funny…even if our beloved community of Great Falls is portrayed in an unflattering light.

GREAT FALLS BARBIE: This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, a Chevy truck with dark tinted windows, and a meth Lab Kit. This model is only available after dark and must be paid for in cash (preferably small, untraceable bills) unless you are a cop, then we don’t know what you are talking about.

Can you spot the Great Falls Barbie in this collection? Or the Whitefish, or Billings, or Missoula (ha!), or Wolf Point?

Montana Barbies

“Ghostly” Bannack

I hate “ghost hunter” TV shows. Don’t believe in ghosts, supernatural stuff, paranormal activity, etc.

BUT…I love love love Montana, so I have endured sitting through a few of the ghosty shows when they visited Montana. I don’t watch for the “ghosts” – I watch for the Montana history and scenery.

I watched “Haunted Collector” when the crew visited the old Montana State Prison. Hell, I even watched “The Dead Files” (ack) when it featured Paris Gibson’s house right here in Great Falls.

The most recent was just a few days ago, when the Travel Channel series “Ghost Hunters” aired an episode filmed in Bannack down in southwest Montana.

Show Description: Zak, Nick and Aaron head to the desolate former mining town of Bannack, MT, riddled with paranormal activity. Before heading into the large-scale lockdown, the guys witness strange activity in broad daylight.

The ghost-hunters were full of hype and “WHAT WAS THAT?!” exclamations and other such nonsense, but the episode was still neat because they talked about some of Bannack’s very unique history – vigilantes, gold rush, Henry Plummer, etc.

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Haven’t visited Bannack yet, but looking forward to checking it out someday!

“7 Misconceptions About Montana”

Todd Klassy is a kick-ass photographer (take a look) in Havre, and also has writing chops – check out his recent piece called “7 Misconceptions About Montana.”

1.) Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are not petting zoos. Nor are they theme parks.
2.) Deer do not “turn into” elk.
3.) Huckleberries are not the same as blueberries.
4.) Indians do not live in tepees.
5.) Montanans know buffalo are technically bison, Indians are also Native Americans, and pronghorn antelope aren’t really antelope at all.
6.) Montanans actually do live in the state year round.
7.) Cowboys seldom (if ever) fought Indians.

Click the pic to read the whole thing:
PHOTOS BY TODD KLASSY

NOTE: I understand #5 on his list, but will always, forever, and righteously use and defend the word BISON!

Last Best News

Ed Kemmick, who worked for the Billings Gazette for a long time and was one of the first Montana folks to grok “blogging,” recently launched a new site called LastBestNews.com — and it should definitely be on your list of “sites to visit regularly.”

The most recent entry is an interview that Ed had with Max Lenington, the Yellowstone County treasurer, who has been in the news recently for using some racially-charged language.

Ed writes: “I decided I had to go interview Lenington, to find out what he was thinking, to find out what he hoped to accomplish. To find out, basically, what the hell? So, what did I learn? Well, for starters, that I shouldn’t characterize him as a racist.”

Closer to Great Falls, Ed recently posted a neat entry about the Shonkin Sag, the intriguing and beautiful area (roughly) between Highwood and Geraldine/Square Butte.

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