Don't go there. That place is full of Athols. Really.
In this comically-named town in northern Idaho, having a reputation as the community's "favorite Athol" is not necessarily an insult — in fact, it's a moneymaking venture.
When she first moved to Athol, Idaho, four years ago, Lynne MacKinzie was so shamed by the name she used an address stamp that said she lived somewhere else (which, she might later tell you, was a real Athol thing to do).
MacKinzie realized she had two choices: continue to live in post office purgatory or embrace her new Athol home and let it be the … um … butt of some seriously lucrative jokes.
She chose the latter.
MacKinzie has taken the town's snicker-inducing moniker and made it into a moneymaker selling Athol Gear, the Associated Press reports.
Her cheeky wares include everything from coffee mugs that say "I'm a real Athol without my coffee" to bumper stickers imploring onlookers to "Prevent Colon Cancer, Get Your Athol Checked."
MacKinzie says she's made $10,000 already — most of which has gone to pay for advertising and credit cards she used to start her business, but she hopes to eventually make enough money to quit her other job.
Rodger Peterson is among the local venders who sells Athol Gear in his shop — and contributes ideas for new slogans when inspiration strikes.
"We just write stuff down," said Peterson, wearing a "What's up, Athol?" T-shirt. "Some of it we print, some of it we can't."
Even the town's mayor, Lanny Spurlock, is an Athol. He says he's sent Athol Gear to his adult children in other states.
"Hey, why not have a little fun in life?" Spurlock said.
Spurlock says the City Council has been asked on three occasions to change the town's funny Scottish name, but they've always declined to do so.
"There's names all over the United States that are worse than we got," Spurlock said (quite possibly with places like Hell, Mich., Boring, Ore., and Intercourse, Pa., in mind).
Thanks to Out There reader Brad R.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police said Gaetan Roy had just lost his job, so he came up with a plan: Rob a bank, hang around, then get taken to jail to be "supported."
Roy has been charged with robbing a St. Mary's Bank. Police said he walked into the bank Friday and handed a note to the teller that said: "This is a robbery. Put all the cash into the plastic bag. No hassles, no problems."
Roy left the bank with about $1,300. When officers arrived, they found Roy in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot next to the bank, drinking an iced coffee. Police said he had the note and cash stuffed in his pockets.
"It appears he didn't make any furtive gestures," Sgt. Lloyd Doughty said.
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LAS VEGAS (New York Post) — At least one guy in Las Vegas won't need singles for the strip club.
In a brazen robbery early Tuesday morning, a thief broke into a safe containing $100,000 in singles affixed to a billboard erected on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The safe on a billboard was part of a promotional stunt by online gambling site Sportsbook.com.
Sportsbook.com used real money in the outdoor advertisement to promote four different contests the site is currently running featuring $100,000 each in prize money.
And though a security guard hired by Sportsbook.com witnessed the suspect breaking into the safe, the alleged burglar still managed to escape.
'Beer Can Collecting', You Say? I Just Call That 'Saturday'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Beer cans of all shapes and sizes, signs from long-defunct brands and even business cards from microbreweries were among the items collectors sought as they gathered this week for an event dubbed the CANvention.
John Ahrens recalls when he was sucked into beer-can collecting. The 63-year-old suburban Philadelphia man, who was among the more than 800 people attending the 36th annual convention of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America, was a student at Yale University when his classmates began lining a ledge with cans.
By graduation, Ahrens had 250 cans, and he kept adding to them. The collection eventually grew to include about 30,000 cans — winning him a spot for about 15 years in "The Guinness Book of World Records."
Ahrens said he has since whittled his collection down to about 2,000 cans.
Many club members are professionals, including physicians and pharmacists. They are visible from the T-shirts they wear, toting the wares of lesser-known brewers, including Moose Drool, a product of Big Sky Brewing Co. of Missoula, Mont.
They come from across the country and the world, including Japan, Germany, South America and New Zealand. Some ship their cans in advance, packing hotel elevators as they haul boxes to their rooms and the exhibition space at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center just south Kansas City.
The group started in St. Louis in 1970, when about six people began meeting to discuss their collections. The first convention was held a year later in a suburb of St. Louis.
The group's membership peaked at about 10,500 later that decade and has since shrunk to under 3,000. Many members are nearing or well into retirement. Only 24 are under 30.
"It's the nature of our society," said Rich La Susa, of Gold Canyon, Ariz. "Young people don't collect."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.
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