First, some background . . . do you remember the movie "Calendar Girls" from 2004?* According to the stringent research I conducted for, like, 10-12 minutes, in 1999 a group of women of Yorkshire, England, created a calendar featuring artfully-posed photos of themselves naked as jaybirds.
This guy is naked as the day he was hatched. (Illustration stolen from this site)
The fundraiser for leukemia research was a huge success despite the fact (actually because of the fact) that none of the women fit the contemporary ideal of a pin-up girl. The bravery and good humor of the women appealed to tens of thousands of people enough that they willingly pried open their wallets to buy.
(Photo stolen from these guys)
Well, apparently the little mountain town of Weaverville has a group of merchants (both men and women) trying the same approach. It's hard enough being a merchant without having all of your customers drive down the hill to a bigger town to shop, so I think these people are used to taking extreme steps to keep people's attention.
Like, getting naked, apparently.
(Photo stolen from the Trinity County Visitor's Guide site)
The best part of all of this is that it is
You guessed that, right? Well, it is. Weaverville was dealt a devastating blow September 12th when the Trinity River Lumber mill burned, and wiped out a significant source of revenue for the area. You can read about recovery efforts here because my 12 minutes of research time are up. Buying a calendar will help these people financially in a very tough time, plus, you get a naked calendar. Win-win.
I'm calling them to get a calendar for my office wall. Remind me to post a photo of it when it gets here. Who's with me?
*I haven't seen the movie, nor do I have any connection to the town of Weaverville, California, other than driving through it when heading to the redwoods.