Simply because you can't make this stuff up doesn't necessarily mean that fact isn't more unbelievable than fiction.
The following post appeared, on the eve of the Passover holiday, on TheFiveTowns.com:
BURN YOUR CHOMETZ* SAFELY WITH US!!
Annual Community Wide Chometz Burning
Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department
20 Irving Place Woodmere
Between Broadway & Central Avenue
Monday, March 29, 2010
6:45AM - 11:45AM (Zman)
Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Station
Corner Central and Washington Aves.
*Chometz is bread, grains and leavened products not consumed during Passover.
Hmmm. Local fire departments involved in religious ritual? Talk about burning those tax dollars at the firehouse.
Folks, it's your money, and your local government. We're just watching them!