A Smelly Flight, Sexist Open Offices, and a Ban on Winnie the Pooh

Raising a Stink

A Transavia flight from the Netherlands to the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria had to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s body odor caused other people on board to vomit and even pass out.  One passenger said the man’s smell was “unbearable”.

"It was like he hadn't washed himself for several weeks,” the man said.

Flight attendants tried to quarantine the smelly passenger in a bathroom before pilots decided that they had to make an emergency landing in Portugal.  Medical personnel removed the man from the plane and Transavia said the landing was because of "medical reasons.”

What those reasons were and why exactly he smelled so bad are still unknown.  Strangely enough, this isn’t Transavia’s first emergency landing because of a smelly flight.  In February, a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam was diverted because a brawl broke out after a passenger would not stop breaking wind.

It's Sexist if You Don't Assume Women will Have Emotional Breakdowns

British researchers have determined that open offices are sexist.  They studied a local government’s transition to an open-office setup over a three year period and interviewed 27 women and 13 men to determine how that transition was going. In an article published in the journal Gender, Work and Organization, they concluded that the open office concept—which of course they noted was initiated by men—forced women to alter the way they dressed because they felt more people (particularly men) were watching them.  The researchers also deemed open offices sexist because they don’t have private places for women to go when they have an emotional breakdown.  I don’t know, the assumption that women in the workplace need to have emotional breakdowns at work seems sort of, well, sexist.

Winnie the Non-Gender Specific Pooh

A local government in Australia is considering banning books, TV shows, and toys in classrooms and libraries because they are not sufficiently gender-neutral.  As the Australian morning show Sunrise reports, even kids favorites like Thomas the Train and Winnie the Pooh could get the boot.


Paying Reparations...in Beer Money

A bar in Portland, Oregon held a “Reparations Happy Hour” for black, brown, and indigenous people.  A local activist organization called Brown Hope handed minority attendees $10 bills as they walked in.  The money was paid for by mostly white people who, naturally, were asked not to attend the event.  Cameron Whitten, who organized the event, said it was “a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet one another, discuss policy issues and plan potential action.”  The irony, of course, is that he did so while promoting racial segregation.

A House Divided

Want to know how out-of-control the real estate market is in California?  A home in Laguna Beach that was built in 1941 and about five blocks from the ocean is on the market for just under $1 million after it was initially listed for $1.5 million.  It has just 595 square feet of living space.  The tiny one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage shockingly has not yet sold.

Finally Leaving Home at Age 30

The man from New York state who was given until today, June 1st, to vacate his parents’ home has indeed left.  30 year-old Michael Rotondo, who was so desperate to stay with Mom and Dad after eight years that they went to a judge to evict him.  Michael was ordered to leave, and with help from Alex Jones of all people, he did.  The radio host gave him $3,000 after Michael appeared on his show.  Now Michael has found a temporary home, but is still looking for the perfect place, which he describes as “inexpensive, but with internet.”  Still no word on whether he is actively looking for, you know, a job.

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