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YOU CAN get a cup of joe in Circle, Montana. You just can't get an espresso-based drink, especially of the Starbucks, variety.
In fact, if you want a Starbucks coffee, and you live in Circle, you'll have to drive at least 192 miles -- leaving you with the longest drive in the country to a Starbucks coffee shop, according to another one of those silly "studies" that pop up online. This one, by a new site called Quartz, analyzed the "world domination" of Starbucks, and looked at where its 11,563 stores were located in the United States, as well as thousands more in 62 other countries.
In crunching those numbers, Quartz found that Circle is the farthest community from any Starbucks in the continental US. "People don't realize how much we're in the middle of nowhere," Lindsey Mitchell, a Circle bakery and restaurant owner, admitted to Quartz.
TALK about weird juxtapositions. The above photo shows one of the most famous newspaper front pages in recent history -- the cover of the Paris paper Charlie Hedbo and its infamous tearful Muhammad cartoon -- next to the front page of the Great Falls Tribune.
Huh? How'd that happen?
The newspaper covers were displayed this week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., which keeps up a daily display of newspaper front pages. (If the photo above is too small for you to see, click on it or on this to see a larger version.)
LIKE MOST folks, Buzz is fond of food. So of course a listing of the most iconic restaurants in each state by a foodie web site called Thrillist caught our eye.
Thrillist has declared that Montana's most iconic eatery is the Union Grill in the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, which offers up higher-end European and Indian twists on Montana classics. Thrillist said that, to qualify for this honor, restaurants had to be around for at least three decades and still be crowd favorites.
Thrillist also assembled a fascinating list of the oldest restaurants in each state. Montana's? The Pekin Noodle Parlor in Butte, founded in about 1880. Thrillist doesn't rate the food there, which won't win any culinary awards but is a fascinating place that reflects the heritage of Butte's Chinatown.
If you are looking for a tastier meal, you might try out Steve's Cafe in Helena. It was just named the best diner in Montana by Business Insider. Based on a number of taste tests, Buzz can vouch for that choice.
HELENA's abuzz with legislative activities that take place every other year. And now Montana's capital could be a little busier at other times of the year after being recognized as one of the nation's most travel-worthy capitals.
Readers of USA Today and 10 Best have ranked Helena as the 10th best capital in the country to visit.
The top three were Carson City, Nevada; Juneau, Alaska, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Two of the panelists who took part in the judging said of Helena: "Born from a mid-1800s gold strike, Helena shows pride in its Western history. Vistors can explore the town on teh last Chance Tour Train and then stop at the Montana Historical Society's MacKay Gallery for a memorable stroll through its large collection of Charles Russel art. The surrounding area is perfect for leisurely road road trips and outdoor adventure in the Rocky Mountain foothills."
THESE DAYS, if you're curious about an issue, the answer is just a click away. Just go to Google, or any other search engine, and type in your question.
It's not only convenient, but the collective results provide insights into what's on the minds of Americans. As one might expect, those interests aren't particularly profound, according to Estately, an online real-estate firm that identified -- employing Google Trends -- the search terms that users from each state used the most.
So what topic did Montanans search for most often?
The National Rifle Association.
Really? That's it?
Kinda plays into stereotypes, doesn't it?
Here are some of the top search topics for nearby states: Idaho -- how to craft and soldier Bowe Bergdahl; Wyoming -- Malaysian Airlines Flight 370; North Dakota -- Jay Leno, US hockey team, and actress Kaley Cuoco.