Weird news roundup: Handsome tennis men should reap the rewards

France's Gilles Simon hustling to earn just as much as women in a first round men's singles match against France's Paul-Henri at Wimbledon.

It’s time for another edition of our weird news roundup. This is Generation Beta.

Men should be paid more: Look better, work harder

A top men’s tennis player is speaking his mind on the equal prize money offered to men and women at tennis tournaments like Wimbledon.

Gilles Simon says he thinks “men’s tennis is ahead of women’s tennis” and “men spend twice as long on court as women do at Grand Slams.”

He added men “provide a more attractive show” in their matches.

He says the four Grand Slam tournaments should reconsider paying equal prize money to both sexes, because it’s not something that “works in sports.”

Women play best of three, and men play best of five matches.

Of course, other tennis players are speaking out.

Roger Federer says he hopes “it doesn’t become a big issue during Wimbledon,” calling the dialogue “an endless debate”.

France’s top women’s player, Marion Bartoli, had some harsher words for Simon:

“We are fully-invested as much as them. The physical demands, training, investment on a personal level are the same as theirs.”

She added that women are a long way from winning as much as men over the course of a year.

The former world #6, Simon is currently ranked #13.

UK Council allows 9-year-old to continue school lunch reviews

A Scottish authority has lifted its ban on a 9-year-old blogger after public outcry.

Martha Payne takes photos of the lunches served at her school cafeteria, and blogs about the uninspiring meals.

Payne started the blog as a writing project, and to help raise money for a school-meals charity.
So far, its received more than 2 million hits.

In a statement, Payne’s local Council said the blog photos were “misleading” and “caused distress to cafeteria staff.”

Payne is a fair critic. She asks questions like “where did my meal come from,” and even has given some lunches at 10 out of 10 score.

Recently, Payne was given the chance to eat at the world’s top restaurant, in Copenhagen, but she said she’d rather go camping, according to the Daily Record.

Garlic heist leads to five arrests

Austrian police did not have trouble finding 9.5 tons of missing garlic.

The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three sagging vans trying to cross into Hungary from Austria.

They found them packed to the roof with garlic.

Police say the garlic came from Spain, and is valued over $32,000.

The five Romanians in the vans have been charged on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.

“All three vehicles really stunk like garlic,” one officer told the Austria Press Agency.

This road cleaned and maintained by: The KKK

Proving that the American Civil Liberties Union truly does represent everyone, the group is helping the Ku Klux Klan join Georgia’s highway cleanup program.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied to join the “Adopt-A-Highway” program along part of Route 515 in the north Georgia mountains.

Like all groups that get a section of highway, the KKK would be recognized with a sign along the road.

State officials announced this month they would deny the KKK group’s application.

An ACLU/KKK lawsuit is on its way.

But hey, maybe cleaning litter will keep them too busy for other, more sinister activities?

If you are under 4 feet, or have no hands, you cannot ride this ride

A man with no hands says despite waiting in line for an hour, he was told he couldn’t ride roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas because he doesn’t have hands.

Michael Green was irate when he got to the front of the line for the Texas Giant.

“I’m very furious, sir,” he said. “This is the first time this has ever happened to me.”

Green lost his hands in a house fire when he was less than two years old.

He says he’s learned to live without them, and can even drive, write, and type.

But apparently, he still can’t ride roller coasters.

When he went to guest relations to complain about the Texas Giant incident, they said he couldn’t ride anything, despite having visited the park dozens of times since childhood.

Green says this is the first time he’s experienced discrimination.

“I thought I was normal, and then I get treated like I am not, like I’m an outsider again — and that’s the worst feeling in the world, to feel like an outsider,” he said.



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