Monday, August 18, 2008

Seeking ugly women for Outback's lonely hearts


SYDNEY, Australia - Life can get a little lonely for bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa. So the mayor has offered up a solution: recruit ugly women. Mayor John Molony found himself under attack Monday over comments he made to a local newspaper that read: "May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa."
The mayor added that many women who already live in the remote Queensland state town seem quite happy.
"Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face," he continued. "Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness."
The quotes, published Saturday in the Townsville Bulletin, sparked outrage among the town's female population, led to furious online debates and drew criticism from the local chamber of commerce.
"There's a lot of anger circulating among the community at the moment — a lot of passionate anger," Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce manager Patricia O'Callaghan said Monday. "There's a lot of women voicing their opinions."
Molony declined to elaborate on his comments Monday except to say they were "twisted and warped" by the newspaper.
"I've been shredded," he added, before hanging up the phone.
The situation may not be quite as dire as Molony noted. According to the 2006 census, males made up 52.6 percent of the town's population of nearly 20,000.
And several local women said there aren't a lot of gems to be found among Mount Isa's men, either.
"We've got a saying up here that the odds are good, but the goods are odd," 27-year-old Anna Warrick told The Brisbane Times.

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer

4 comments:

joe bloke said...

congratulations. easily, you win THE MARK OF GUFFAW. that'd be the mighty joe's award for funniest thing i've read this week. unfortunately, you don't actually get anything ( not even a magic penny ), because i just made it up, but you WILL be able to tell all your friends that you made me laugh ( out loud ), and they'll be really impressed.

Lisa_mynx said...

i didn't write it, i just reported it-- my only contribution was the pics of less than attractive ladies...
and a magic penny would be nice, especially if it could get me through your shitty approval thingee

joe bloke said...

i'm lost as to what's shitty about it. i'm assuming it's the same as yours. you write a message, you type in the wonky "word", your message is posted pending approval. that's how mine works, isn't it?

joe bloke said...

oh, wait. you don't have an approval thingie, it just posts. ok. gotcha. i'll switch of the approval thingie.