Chunks of Reality: Girls, Girls, Girls

Squeezed February 26, 2008

From the “Time to rethink the marketing campaign (and the employee incentives)” department:

DES MOINES, Iowa – A judge has denied an Iowa man’s claim that he shouldn’t have been fired for repeatedly requesting help to procure a prostitute.

Neil Jorgensen, 62, of Kalona, worked at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside and was given a gift certificate and free night’s stay at the casino hotel to mark a year’s employment.

After eating and drinking at a casino restaurant, he returned to his hotel room about midnight and later called hotel managers about hiring a prostitute. When managers refused to help him, he made a call to the adjacent resort and made the same request.

“The advertisement is that it’s just like Las Vegas, so I thought I was in Las Vegas,” Jorgensen testified at a hearing regarding his request for unemployment benefits.

From the “Some people will do anything to avoid being over the hill” department:

“Girl” at school was 39-year-old man

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese man was arrested for trespassing this week after turning up at a high school dressed in a girl’s uniform and a long wig, local police said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tetsunori Nanpei told police he had bought the uniform over the Internet and put it on to take a stroll near the school in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the daily Asahi Shimbun said.

When students standing outside the gates started to scream at the sight of him, he dashed inside the school grounds, hoping to blend in with the crowds of teenagers, the paper said. …

And finally, from the “If you have to ask, you aren’t” department:

“Are Women Human?” And other publishing highlights

LONDON (Reuters) – They may not leap off the shelves into the best-seller category, but the books shortlisted for the oddest book title prize certainly grab the attention. […]

While none of the above may challenge the sensibilities too much, others are likely to prove more divisive. Try “If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs” or “Are Women Human? And other International Dialogues.”

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