In my search for mid-century modern antiques I comb a lot of internet sources, including PublicSurplus.com which auctions off items no longer needed by local, state and federal governments, school districts, etc. So this morning I open up my email and I see that the city of Everett is auctioning off 19 police batons in "good" condition.

First off, what use would a private citizen have for 19 police batons? Perhaps they want to hunt elk old-fashioned style OR maybe there is a cheerleading squad at a cash-strapped school that needs batons OR perhaps the mob is trying to cut down on their baseball bat expenses. I just hope whomever makes this purchase lives far, far away from me.