(updated 7 Jul 04)

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"Book 'im, Ref!"

LONDON (Reuters) -- In a bid to lure men in Britain away from TV soccer games and into book shops, publisher Penguin Books will send out a sexy model to offer 1,000-pound ($1,837) prizes to males spotted reading a selected title.
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And that novel is "Harry Potter and the Onset of Puberty." (junkmailmagnet42@aol.com)

This plan should definitely Broad-en their education... (Airfarcewon@aol.com)

But just my luck, they're sending out a 1000-lb model to hand me a buck. (Brenn53@aol.com)

Unfortunately, efforts failed as the 1000 pounds was promptly taken to the pub to bet on soccer games. (MaislosMom@comcast.net)

British men promised anything -- even reading books instead of watching soccer-- if they could just have a few meals that had some flavor. (pjb1671@netscape.net) Hey now! Bland is a flavour!

Awkward apologies ensued after one model handed a check for 1000 pounds to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (MaislosMom@comcast.net)

Unless that selected title is "Penthouse", I still don't see this promo getting off the ground. (razcactus@netzero.com) Actually we don't get Penthouse here in England, not that I've uhh, looked or anything.

Will this story be udated daily with current market value of Pound to Dollar exchange rates? (mwatts@nhbakersfield.com) That depends, will you fix the typo on the word "updated"?

And as soon as they can find any model-like females in Soho that are actually women, the offer will begin. (ldolphin34@hotmail.com) (Uhoh, someone had a Bad experience in London ;-) )

So, these telly addicts who spend so much time watching sweaty men in shorts are going to come out & read because of one model? Yeah... good luck with that. (MooseSpeak@netscape.net) Maybe not come out + read, maybe just come out.

This is the last time they will hire the Benny Hill advertising agency. (mwatts@nhbakersfield.com) mwatts narrowly misses out on winning because he got 'yackedy sax' stuck in my head, oh well, at least he was closer than a Beckham free kick.

But the *WINNER*

Is Greece...

Oh, annnnd this entry...

Book vendors all around Europe developed a device to stop this nonsense. A wooden cane. "Do you have Homer's Iliad?" WHACK! "Uh, I don't feel so good, wanna see some soccer?" (chough3499@aol.com)