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By United Press International  |  Jan. 5, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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Bay state grannies bare all for calendar

ATWOOD, Mass., Afghanistan, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Sixteen Massachusetts women -- all over the age of 75 -- appear nude in the "Atwood Cuties Calendar" to benefit the town's anniversary.

The 17-month calendar, due out in the spring, features 93-year-old Mildred "Motorcycle Mama" Smith as Miss August.

The great-great-grandma wore boots, a helmet and not much else, while atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle parked behind the Atwood Acres Senior Housing Center in Townsend, Mass.

"I was hanging onto the handle bars like I was riding the bike," she told the Boston Herald. "Just the top of me was bare. I felt great."

The Golden Agers had planned doing a cookbook to raise money for the anniversary, until they rented "Calendar Girls," a movie about a group of older English women who made a nudie calendar for charity that was based on a true story.

"We said, 'Let's go for it.' Even though we're senior citizens, we still have a lot of life in us," said 84-year-old Louise Rivet, Miss November.

Harrison Ford wins cool geezer competition

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Grand magazine says Harrison Ford has been voted Hollywood's sexiest grandparent, the Sun reported Tuesday.

The twice-divorced Ford, 62, is currently dating "Ally McBeal" star Calista Flockhart, 40, and is described as "healthy, hip and having fun" in a readers' poll.

Ford has four children and one grandchild.

Others in the list of top 10 hottest grandparents are Paul McCartney, 62; Goldie Hawn, 59; Pierce Brosnan, 51; Mick Jagger, 61; singer Naomi Judd 58; Priscilla Presley, 59; rocker Steven Tyler, 56; Tina Turner, 65; and Sally Field, 58.

Rodent found in Christmas turkey cavity

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- After a Massachusetts woman found a rodent in the cavity of her Christmas turkey, she said she started thinking about becoming a vegetarian.

"I wanted it to be the little giblet bag but it was definitely a frozen mouse or rat," Valorie J. Macy told the Springfield (Mass.) Republican Tuesday. "I looked away and looked back, hoping it would be gone."

Macy's son had brought the frozen turkey home as a gift from his employer, whom he has declined to name. But after she found the extra, she cooked a ham for her family for Christmas.

But she ate only vegetables.

"I don't think I'll ever eat turkey again," she said. "I'm thinking of becoming a vegetarian."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating. Macy said the turkey had been shrink-wrapped in a Norbest Inc. package with netting around it.

"I find it hard to believe," said Paul F. Reed, director of marketing for Norbest of Midvale, Utah. "Certainly if the product has been tampered with, we want to get to the bottom of it."

Matthew Baun, of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said no similar cases have been reported.

Potato chips top Super Bowl snack list

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Potato chips will likely be the snack of choice for Super Bowl fans, the American Culinary Institute said Tuesday.

ACI's ChefBest, an independent judging group, found that among the mass-retailed chips, Lay's was the most popular among professional tasters with its "moderate potato and fresh oil flavor."

Coming in at second place was Utz Herr's, followed by Old Dutch.

The culinary group found that the second-most popular bagged snack was tortilla chips, followed by pretzels, then popcorn.

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