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Question: Montana ... :: Total Votes:13
Poll choices Votes Statistics
A) Yes, and so is the dental floss. 1  [7.69%]
B) Yes, the sky is bigger but the wood is smaller. 0  [0.00%]
C) Yes, but only by a few inches. 1  [7.69%]
D) No, it's an optical illusion. 0  [0.00%]
E) No, Montana is myopic, thick lenses just make it appear bigger to them. 0  [0.00%]
F) No, that title rightly belongs to Hawaii. 0  [0.00%]
G) Only on leap years, the rest of the time New Jersey has a much bigger sky. 0  [0.00%]
H) I'm from Texas, what do you think my answer is. 1  [7.69%]
I) This is a serendipitous inconsequential question. 2  [15.38%]
J) This poll is incomplete. 8  [61.54%]
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I have been in Montana, but I never thought the sky was any bigger there than anywhere else.  What do you think?

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I've talked to visitors from the West Coast who claimed they had never seen the skies like we have in Wyoming with high billowing clouds and skies that host those clouds changing by the hour. I suspect that is the concept Montana capitalizes on.

"Big Sky Country" is just a bit more catchy than "Magnificent view of skies like you may have never seen before, depending upon where you live, of course."


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You failed to include the option that it's bigger, but only because our alien masters programmed us to think so.

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According to my notes, several states have very big skies.  I haven't seen them next to each other, so I can't compare directly.  However, if you stand on the Four Corners, you can touch four states at once, so that point must lie under the most sky possible.
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I think outer space has the biggest skies, which proves my point above because Wyoming used to be called, "Like No Place On Earth."

Obviously, someone in the Montana Office of Tourism came to Wyoming, was impressed with our skies, and decided to use our claim to fame for their own state. Darn rustlers!  :angry:

Next thing you know, it will be our sheep.  :p


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"Big Sky Country" is just a bit more catchy than "Magnificent view of skies like you may have never seen before, depending upon where you live, of course."

I think Tavis is on to it.  It's really all about marketing.  Ironically when most people think of Montana they think of mountains, Glacier, etc. where the sky actually seems considerably smaller. The "Big Sky" label is much more appropriate for the eastern two thirds of the state which is dominated by the prairie and plains. But not many people come to the state to view that part of it although it has it's own beauty.  There the sky truly is big but admittedly not much bigger than in Wyoming or parts of any other state I suppose.  Of course, the term "Big Sky" was adopted from Montana author A.B. Guthrie's classic work, The Big Sky, depicting the lives of early mountain men among the Blackfoot tribe.  If you haven't read it you really should.

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Next thing you know, it will be our sheep.  :p

We've got our own and they're prettier.


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I actually love Montana.  I think Missoula is a great town.  I enjoy driving down through the valleys in western Montana.  I enjoy eastern Montana as well.

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Next thing you know, it will be our sheep.  :p

We've got our own and they're prettier.

You probably shouldn't be bragging about that.

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 I think Missoula is a great town.  

Missoula is, indeed, a great town.  The Berkeley of the northern Rockies.

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Why did they film The Big Sky in Wyoming Jer?

I've seen some incredible skies from Las Cruces to Kalispell. I think Mt. Taylor one May in New Mexico at Sunset may have been the biggest I ever saw. Then again, sitting on "Top of the World" and looking down from the Continental Divide to the Wind River Indian Reservation might have eclipsed it...until next time.


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 I think Missoula is a great town.  

Missoula is, indeed, a great town.  The Berkeley of the northern Rockies.

That right there is funny!

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Why did they film The Big Sky in Wyoming Jer?

Come on DC, it's Hollywod.  You know they never get it right.

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Is Montana still using the travel slogan "There's Nothing Here"?  I understood what they were getting at, but one could easily read it as "There's Nothing to See Here".

http://www.backpacker.com/montana_nothing_ads/blogs/daily_dirt/1000
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Is Montana still using the travel slogan "There's Nothing Here"?

Nope.  That was roundly condemned as giving the wrong message and rightly so.  The new tourist/travel slogan is "Get lost in Montana."  Seems to be accepted much better.  At least you see the stickers all over the state.

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