Kids can be awful to each other. And kids who haven’t been taught right can even be awful to adults. Bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, New York, rides the bus everyday with the kids, and was verbally abused by a band of screaming Jerkus Maximuses while she was just doing her job. A video that was leaked today shows poor Karen experiencing an array of verbal abuse so intense that I refuse to even post it (go here if you want to see a crew of dickwads threatening to stab her in the stomach). In an interview after the incident, Karen said, “It was like ‘wow, I can’t believe it happened … It was just plain mean. Nobody should have to put up with that.” She also noted that, the kids “weren’t always that bad.” Suffice it to say, this is not what this lady signed up for when she took the job.
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The true key to looking chic is all about being comfortable in your own skin. In that case, Marta, a traveling musician from Poland, may have tied up the award for chicest gal on the island. She bought her scarf at a kiosk in India and pinned it up the front to make a top. It attaches around her back by an itty bitty string! No one could take their eyes off of her as she played and sang to the Santorini sunset. Keep reading »
Sexy stilettos may damage your feet, but they’re also wrecking the ancient marble floors of ancient Greek sites. Apparently, the temples are showing signs of aging worse than Pamela Anderson. “These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that,” Eleni Korka, the director of Greek Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, warned. The Culture Ministry is asking women to lay off the pumps when visiting the sites this summer. A new law prohibiting drinking, eating, and strutting in spiked heels at the national treasures will go into effect January 2010. So, Victoria Beckham and other slaves to fashion, you best hit the sites before your shoes stop you from getting a little cultcha. [Breibart] Keep reading »
Remember how residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos were trying to get a court to ban the use of the word “lesbian” in reference to gay women? Well, the courts dismissed their request. A court in Athens, Greece said the word did not define the identity of the residents, so it could be used by gay groups, both in Greece and abroad. Maybe they should start calling themselves the Lesbosians, unless that’s too many syllables for people to handle. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Yesterday, on a remote island, Greece’s first same-sex wedding took place. There were actually two: one between two men, and another between two women. The civil ceremonies were performed on the tiny island Tilos. “I know they’re people too, but couldn’t they have gone on doing what they were doing without getting our community involved?” one of the island’s residents said. While there are people, including Greece’s top prosecutor, who say any same-sex marriages will be nullified and considered illegal, Greek gay rights groups found a loophole in a 1982 law that seems to allow same-sex marriages. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Three residents of the Isle of Lesbos (no thatâ€™s not a euphemism, they really live there) are suing the Greek Gay and Lesbian Union, Olke, over the use of the word â€œLesbian.â€ Although the plaintiffs claim theyâ€™re cool with the lifestyle, they want to stop the confusion and reclaim the name solely for people from the region. Theyâ€™re loud, theyâ€™re proud, and theyâ€™re used to calling themselves Lesbians. But the term actually comes from one of the most famous Lesbians, in both meanings of the word, Sappho, a writer in Ancient Greece who wrote love poems to other women. Despite the ridiculousness of the charges of â€œpsychological and moral rapeâ€ of their label, the case, supported by a member of a local pagan group and two other inhabitants, will be heard in a court in Athens sometime in June. [The Telegraph] Keep reading »