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A sea of redheads took to Edinburgh's streets on the weekend to participate in Scotland's first ever Ginger Pride Walk. The group of more than 100 walked in protest of "gingerism," the act of discrimination against people with flame-coloured locks. Shawn Hitchins, a Canadian comedian, was the organizer of the event. Known for his bright mop of hair, he organized the walk while in Scotland for a stand-up show. After the event, he confided that he had been worried people wouldn't show and he would have to hire gingers. According to the BBC, Scotland is said to be home to almost a fifth of the world's redheads. Signs held up at the rally read, "All hail the red, orange and pale" and people chanted. "It gets redder." Hitchins commented on the small number of natural redheads in Canada, and said he hopes the event can become an annual one.
WHO SHOULD PAY?
Who should pick up the cheque when out for dinner? If you say men, you may be perpetuating age-old stereotypes. If you say women, you're defying the idea of chivalry. See the problem? A new study looked at the difference of thought between genders on this particular issue and researchers (out of California State University), looking at more than 17,000 unmarried heterosexual participants, found that 84 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women said men paid for most expenses. The study also revealed that 44 per cent of women were "bothered" when men expected them to pay, which the study says shows a "resistance to social change," while 64 per cent of men said they expect some sort of financial contribution. The most surprising finding? Almost half ofthe men in the study said a woman who never offered to pay was a woman they didn't want to date. Time to pay up, ladies.
"The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ."
LU ANN BALLEW
The Tennessee Child Support Magistrate ordered the parents of seven-month-old Messiah DeShawn Martin to change the name on the infant's birth certificate, citing possible issues with others as he gets older. The parents are appealing the ruling.