Too hot to handle
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., turned down a $30,000 donation to help restore its firehouse in October because the money was generated from the sales of a calendar featuring photos of partially nude women. According to Reuters, the women, aged from 51 to 84, got permission from the town’s mayor to use the firehouse and equipment as calendar photo props, but the city attorney declined the donation, fearing lawsuits. Organizer Patty Ross told Reuters, “We’re just hard-working members of the community who thought we were doing a nice thing.”
Crack me up
Egg Harbor, Wis., staged an egg fight in October to re-enact the 1825 battle from which the town reportedly got its name. According to the Associated Press, the original egg fight involved crews from two boats docked in the harbor on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. Organizers planned to stage the re-enactment in the harbor, but because of high winds on the day of the fight, it was relocated to dry land. The land-based fight allowed organizers to use real eggs rather than the plastic ones the state Department of Natural Resources would have required had the fight occurred on the water.