Monday, August 18, 2008

Believe it or Not: Australian town Mayor calls on 'ugly women' to populate town

It is in fact the year 2008 in the town of Mount Isa, Australia, too, and this story is current. This mining town has a population of 21,400, and according to Mayor John Moloney, "blokes" outnumber women 5 to 1 (even though a 2006 census has men making up 52%). Not only is Mayor Moloney a relationship expert but he is sure knows a thing or two about how to advertise his town and draw in tourists. Check out this quote:

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.... Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face. Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness.

"Beauty-disadvantaged" .. well, he did try to be tactful, but I don't think that "euphemism" will catch on with many future public speakers.

And, who would have thought, the beauty-beholders are not just men either. Among some of the town's women who say there aren't many gems among the men either, a witty Anna Warrick told a Brisbane paper, "We've got a saying up here that the odds are good, but the goods are odd." That's a beauty, Anna.

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