Wednesday, May 09, 2007

From the files labeled, "DAMN, why didn't I think of this?"

Vienna City Hall Starts Sex Hotline to Fund Library

VIENNA, Austria — This isn't the typical whispering you might expect to hear at a library. Vienna's City Hall has launched a "sex hotline" to raise money for the capital's main public library, officials said Tuesday.

It's unusual, but it's not particularly raunchy: Callers pay 53 cents a minute to listen to an actress read breathless passages from erotica dating to the Victorian era.

City Hall set up the hotline earlier this month to help the library raise cash for planned remodeling and expansion, Austrian media reported.

Anne Bennent, a famous Austrian stage and film star, reads passages from the Vienna library's collection of 1,200 works of erotic fiction from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the library said.

Heck, I got a copy of "The Romance Of Lust" by Anonymous around here someplace......


At 5:24 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Just for you Fernando.

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they have a plan in the legislature to tax strip clubs in Texas...not much difference.

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like that Monty Python sketch about finding something new to tax.

"Everything we do for fun nowadays is taxed...except one."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, smoking's been taxed, drinking's been taxed, but...uh...not...*thingy*."

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another opportunity for bluenosed conservatives to bleat about decency and the moral decadence of the Europeans.

My response is, at least they care about reading in Europe...


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