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Mon
12
Mar '12

Happy 100th Anniversary to the “Girl” Scouts

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

WEDDING PICTURE? The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

(In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and the recent delivery of three boxes of Thin Mints to Tacky Tourist Photos headquarters, we are rerunning this classic submission from yesteryear.)

SUBMITTED BY: Kris Carlson  LOCATION: Savannah, Georgia (1997)

When Kris Carlson and her husband-to-be Phil were looking for a romantic honeymoon destination, they skipped over the Vegas chapel and Niagara Falls heart-shaped hot tubs and went straight for the National Girl Scout Museum.

Kris is a s’more-loving Brownie leader who just couldn’t resist posing next to GSA founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.

“I’m sure the only reason Phil agreed to participate was because we were on our honeymoon,” she says. “Notice his happy smile. Can’t imagine him letting that photo be taken now!”

We’re impressed by the Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider fashions that the earliest girl scouts wore. We’d be even more impressed if Phil modeled the modern lime green uniform to surprise Kris on their next wedding anniversary.

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early Girl Scouts hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early disciples hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

(Kris Carlson is the author of “The Sweet Spot,” a young adult novel about teen angst and romance on a family-owned golf course. She’s also written elementary school nonfiction books on Ancient Egyptian Myths and Colonial Army Weaponry. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at http://www.krisasselin.blogspot.com/)

Wed
20
Jul '11

Fake Pretzel, Fake Cleavage, Real Wedding

Bringing a bit of Bavarian kitsch to the mountains of Tennessee!

SUBMITTED BY: Eartha Kitsch   LOCATION: Rock City / Chattanooga, Tennessee (2007)

Mr. and Mrs. Kitsch didn’t exchange matrimonial vows as their Oktoberfest alter-egos, but this fabulous photo-op was the centerpiece at their Lover’s Leap reception on Lookout Mountain.

As you adjust to your new body image, you can actually see seven different states from the peak — Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

“Sadly,” Eartha reports, “neither the giant pretzel nor the cleavage are real!”

(Eartha Kitsch is a Nashville-based writer who loves “crazy old Western things, googly eyes, thrift shops, swishy skirts, vintage recipes, and photos/stories about people she doesn’t know. She blogs at “Ranch Dressing With Eartha Kitsch,” and yes, she’s a huge Catwoman/Eartha Kitt fan!)

Tue
11
Aug '09

The Accidental Girl Scout (or “Who knew I’d be selling cookies on my honeymoon?”)

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

WEDDING PICTURE? The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

SUBMITTED BY: Kristine Carlson    LOCATION: Savannah, Georgia (1997)

When Kristine Carlson and her husband-to-be Phil were looking for a romantic honeymoon destination, they skipped over the Vegas chapel and Niagara Falls heart-shaped hot tubs and went straight for the National Girl Scout Museum.

Kris is a s’more-loving Brownie leader who just couldn’t resist posing next to GSA founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.

“I’m sure the only reason Phil agreed to participate was because we were on our honeymoon,” she says. “Notice his happy smile.  Can’t imagine him letting that photo be taken now!”

We’re impressed by the Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider fashions that the earliest girl scouts wore. We’d be even more impressed if Phil modeled the modern lime green uniform to surprise Kris on their next wedding anniversary.

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early Girl Scouts hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early disciples hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

(Kris Carlson is an aspiring author now writing “The Sweet Spot,” her young adult novel about teen angst and romance on a family-owned golf course. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at http://www.krisasselin.blogspot.com/)

Thu
6
Aug '09

Ice Cream Clones: Does anyone know the difference between Ben & Jerry?

WAY COOLER THAN WHEATIES: Your childhood fantasy of being pictured on a carton of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream is just a plane ticket away!

WAY COOLER THAN WHEATIES: Your childhood fantasy of being pictured on a carton of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream is just a plane ticket away!

SUBMITTED BY: Colleen Dee Baker    LOCATION: Waterbury, Vermont

At the risk of not getting invited to the next radical left-wing fundraiser in Vermont, can anyone tell the difference between Ben & Jerry’s muckety-mucks Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield?

Looking for an out-of-body experience, a disgruntled Colleen stuck her head into either Ben or Jerry, leaving the other guy for her husband Bob.

Colleen is upset that her favorite ice cream flavor of all time — Ben & Jerry’s “Vanilla Chocolate Chunk” — is buried in the symbolic Flavor Graveyard outside the factory, along with other discontinued treats such as “Fresh Georgia Peach,” “Rootbeer Float My Boat,” “Sweet Potato Pie,” and “S.N.A.F.U. (Strawberries Naturally All Fudged Up).”

“Vanilla Chocolate Chunk is like chocolate chip, except the chips were huge chunks of chocolate, and the ice cream was the most creamiest ice cream I’ve ever tasted,” says Colleen. “I’m salivating just thinking about it.”

Capping off her love for the dairy industry, she also scooted over to the nearby Cabot Cheese Factory to pose as a cow, which we hope was raised without recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). We don’t know your faces, Ben and Jerry, but we do read the propaganda on your cartons!

What’s most impressive is how Colleen scrunched her entire body behind this wood cut-out, reminiscent of how Wile E. Coyote hides behind those skinny trees and cactus.

iaColleen Dee Baker transmogrifies (we learned that word from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip) into a cow in front of the Cabot Cheese Factory in Cabot, Vermont. We LOVE their extra sharp cheddar.

Colleen Dee Baker transmogrifies (we learned that word from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip) into a cow in front of the Cabot Cheese Factory. We LOVE their extra sharp cheddar.

(Colleen Dee Baker is launching a zealous campaign to bring back Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Chocolate Chunk ice cream from the grave).