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Roadside News: Dec 29, 2008

• Connecticut’s Garbage Museum (which should not be confused with its Trash Museum) may end up on the scrap heap by next June.

• A letter-writer wants to turn an infestation of winter crows in Albany, New York, into a tourist attraction, “like the bat colony in Austin” — unaware that the crow is already a tourist attraction in another New York town.

• The man who made the Giant Fist of Joe Louis is dead. “When it was unveiled, many people thought it was too violent an icon.” 76 Ball indoors.Another Orange 76 Ball is gone, and people are upset. But the big balls were all supposed to be gone by the end of last year, so maybe it’s a hopeful sign of corporate entropy. Two weeks ago, we spotted a captive 76 ball at one filling station along California’s Hwy 99 — perhaps preserved for some future ball-friendly world.

• Sweden’s giant Christmas goat has inexplicably gone up in flames again, part of some tradition. Maybe that’s why arsonists keep torching America’s straw goat in Swedesburg.

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