If you have ever lived in a small town, you know all about fundraisers - pancake breakfasts and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners. Well, the Rotary Club of Iron Mountain (MICH) came up with a good one. They are taking bets on when a 1998 Saturn will fall through the ice.

If you are from another part of the world - i.e., "Not the Upper Peninsula of Michigan" - you may not understand its quirky nature. Michigan has two peninsulas and the lower one - shaped like a mitten - is the one most people are familiar with. The Upper Peninsula is often overlooked because it is far away, very north, less populated than the lower, and sometimes quirky things happen up there.

So for those of us familiar with the UP, the "Let's Park A Saturn On The Ice And See When It Crashes Through" fundraiser makes complete sense. Buy your ticket and maybe win a grand.


Locals got a donor Saturn and have parked it on the ice which covers the site of a now-flooded abandoned mine. Sometime in the very distant future, that ice will melt enough for the Saturn to fall through. The moment the car goes into the drink determines the winner. And don't worry. They drained the fluids from the Saturn and have a tether on it so they can fish it out in the spring. It's all in the name of fun and a good cause.


The bad news is that there is no way for us to enter without actually going to Iron Mountain and buying an entry form locally. If they could do this on the internet, they'd make a killing. I would gladly pay to see a dashcam feed from the winning moment.

Oh, and I am sorry for those of you who saw the lead paragraph and thought this story involved a rotary ENGINE and not a club. Common misunderstanding. Those guys get that all the time.


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