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9/8/11

Fun Facts About Montana

I'm in Montana this week, and I think sharing some fun facts about this state is needed.

First of, it's the home of the unabomber.  Besides that...


  • In Helena, Montana... it's illegal to throw anything across the street.  From footballs to babies, it's all a big no-no.
  • It is illegal for a married woman to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for a non-married woman 7 days a week.
  • The average square mile of land in Montana contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.   (it's the .4 of the antelope that boggle me...)
  • Creeks in Montana are often called 'crick.'  If you had a crick in your neck, they'd wonder how it got there...
  • It is a misdemeanor to show a movie depicting a felonious crime.  Thus, Tarentino movies have probably never been shown in this great state...
  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
  • It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone (now, an INFLATABLE sheep is a different story...)
  • Montana is the 4th largest state, with the 44th largest population...  
  • Montana's first territorial capital, Bannack, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek. This old town is also said to be haunted by several ghostly spirits.  (I smell a future UrbEx post)
  • In Whitehall, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice-picks attached to the wheels (but hoo buy, does it sound fun...)
  • In Montana, the word "ditch” can be used to order a drink. It means "with water." "I'd like a Jack Daniel's ditch, please" means, "I'd like a Jack Daniel's and water." This is not a joke. In fact, all you really have to ask for is a "Jack ditch." 
I haven't been to Helena yet, but I want to throw something across the street now.  And take a woman fishing.  But the 'ditch' part confuses me.  Adding water to a drink lessens the alcohol.  If you need to make your drink weaker, wouldn't that make you a bitch?

Anyway, I digress..  off to more traveling in Big Sky Country!
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24 witty retorts:

Timothy Bowen said...

I always let sheep ride un-chaperoned. guess I shouldn't go to Montana.

GT said...

Nice facts, I didn't know!

Matthew MacNish said...

Montana is full of weird and pointless people, but the land there is some of the most beautiful on earth.

The Simple Dude said...

All things I'll keep in mind on my next trip to Montana. And no, that won't be happening anytime soon.

SD

Pickleope said...

Phil Jackson, Ted Turner & David Lynch are all from Montana.
Fun fact: Montana boasts the least amount of non-white people of any state (North Dakota is a close #2).
I'm off to celebrate my freedom by tossing a baby across the street!

my day in a sentence said...

These can't be true. O_o'

Autumnforest said...

All I can say is that I'm glad it's you investigating that part of the country and not me or I'd probably pull a red-headed angry move and go fishing (and I'm a single gal!)

Kid Shuffle said...

Any time I go to montana, I get so mad when I hear Crick. Also, how can you make a post about Montana and not bring up their love for Huckleberries and Taxidermies!

AllenTesch said...

I want to go to Montana sometime. People make it sound like a mini southern Alaska.

D22 Zone said...

Thanks for the update! Followed!

Mooner Johnson said...

Brandini. OK, Montana is pretty and all that. But any state that's more backward is just plain fucked up.

Maybe the sheep regulations are because no smart-minded woman would want to live there.

Baaaa, and FUCK RICK PERRY!

jill hamilton said...

Woo hoo! I am totally going to go fishing on the wrong day. Fight the power!
jill
http://inbedwithmarriedwomen.blogspot.com

GAG me said...

jack ditch? what the?

j. littlejohn said...

wife opening husband's mail should be a felony

Leeanna said...

Ahhhh Montana! Where men are men and sheep sleep scared. AAAHAhahahahahahahahaaa!

WOODLOUSE said...

Some of these were quite silly

Zombie said...

They really got some weird laws over there! lol.

E said...

Have you noticed the Liquor store/casino in EVERY gas station? Also of note - You can buy liquor there that is not legal in Idaho. Everclear for example.

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

I'm laughing out loud - I live in China, and I've YET to see sheep in the cabs of trucks.

God bless America.

lol.

Lady Estrogen said...

Good thing I'm a bitch then! Whoa!

If you must throw something across the street, I would suggest the baby... I mean, the ball. Yes, definitely the ball ;)

Dale said...

Wow, so random. I've never been to Montana and I didn't know the unibomber was from there. Also, that's weird about the fishing law. And haha, never make a drink weaker, just drink half of it. :)

Have a good weekend,
Dale

Thank, Q said...

Ok, what's up with the sheep in the cab of the vehicle deal? Who even had a reason to make that a rule?

LogAllot.com said...

Now that is weird. I have a co worker from Montana and the first thing I asked her was were their any blacks in Montana? She laughs and said, yeah there was 1.

Thank, Q said...

LOL @ Logallot! Hey, they had more than one when The Real Blogger Shore's Amazing Undercover Idols were there in Helena! :)

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