Townspeople Destroy Fruitcakes in Manitou

January 2009

Quaint and quiet Manitou Springs, nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, became a slaughterhouse for holiday fruitcakes over the weekend. The candied fruit-and-nut-laden desserts were fired from a cannon and a super slingshot, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. And about 100 people "simply used their arms" to trash fruitcakes they didn't want, some sent from as far away as Kuwait and Australia for immediate disposal. Twin sisters Lucile Cole and Louise Martinez picketed in vain to "Save the fruitcake." But please don't send them to that champion hot-dog-eater from Japan, Takeru Kobayashi, who attempted to set a new record for fruitcake eating on Friday, but the "dense cake did him in," reports Fox News.

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