While popular in other countries like Britain, fruitcake is a much-maligned Christmas tradition here in the United States. Late-night TV host Johnny Carson once joked that there is really only one fruitcake in the world, passed from family to family.
If you are one of those who can’t stand the stuff, you are not alone. Since we know you are not going to eat it, we thought you might like to know what else you and your family might do with it, so we scoured the web for the best ideas:
Fruit Cake Free Weights 1 of 10Get two of them, and use them as dumbbells when you start the inevitable January exercise program. Each fruit cake weighs 2 pounds on average.
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Fruit Cake Doorstop 2 of 10Use it as a doorstop.
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Fruit Cake Fossils 3 of 10Use it as an occasion to discuss fossils with your children. If possible, have your fruitcake carbon-dated to see how many times it has been re-gifted. The fruit cake in this picture is 97 years old. Seriously.
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Fruit Cake Stockpile 4 of 10Save it for emergency food supplies. It will last forever, so there's no need to worry. Comedian Jay Leno once took a bite of one that was 125 years old.
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Fruit Cake Flinging 5 of 10Attend the annual Great Fruitcake Toss held every January in Manitou Springs, Colorado. That's a fruit cake you see flying through the air.
Photo credit: Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce
Fruit Cake Batting Practice 6 of 10What's more American than baseball and fruit cake? Do what my family does: get a plastic bat and take it out to the backyard to use for batting practice.
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Save the Reef Fruit Cake 7 of 10Donate it for the building of an artificial reef.
Reef photo credit: Wikipedia
Pretend Fruit Cake Pal 8 of 10Put it on the seat next to you on a plane, train, or bus and then start talking to it, thereby guaranteeing no one will try to sit next to you. (From Yahoo! Answers.)
Photo credit: Robert Lambert
Fruit Cake Flower Arrangements 9 of 10Use the fruit cake as a base for flower arrangements.
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Give The Fruit Cake to Amy 10 of 10If all else fails, send your fruit cake to Strollerderby writer Amy Windsor. We have no idea why, but she likes the stuff.
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