While traveling, it is useful to track down local publications, which provide insight into a place’s character. Last week in Montana, I picked up a copy of Fish Fables, some kind of Whitefish newsletter, and the Independent, one of those invaluable liberal rags with weekly listings and arts reviews.
Fish Fables consists of weird factoids grouped into categories such as DidJaNo and Loony Laws. For example:
- The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903 and used a tomato can for a carburetor.
- Beer was the first trademarked product (Bass Pale Ale).
- You know you’ve had too much coffee when you want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.
- In New Jersey, it’s against the law to “frown” at a police officer, it’s illegal to sell ice cream after 6 PM unless the customer has a note from his doctor, and it’s illegal to slurp soup. I hope the lovely Jersey-based Soup Lady encourages her readers not to slurp.
By whatever name you want to call them–rocky mountain oysters, Montana tendergroin, bulls jewels, cowboy caviar, swinging beef, animelles, or bollocks–just be sure to have a ball at the annual Testicle Festival happening this week at the Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton. Now in its 22nd year, the festival, often referred to as the Testy Festy, has grown to become the largest and most famous testicle festival in North America.