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In a stunning and unexpected challenge to monotheism, the mortal caretakers of the Parthenon have released the temple and its divine denizens from the scaffolding that has girdled it for the last three decades. A press release from the mono-deity’s public relations office said the Almighty was unconcerned, although monitoring events “on the ground” closely as they unfold. The only witnesses present were a startled group of pilgrims on the 1st Annual Joseph Campbell "Follow Your Bliss Journey”, who had coincidentally just reached the Acropolis when the final blocks of scaffolding were removed. They greeted the news with jubilation, but would not venture an opinion as to its possible significance, instead limiting themselves to the enigmatic observation that “we have stumbled onto our treasure on the pollen path”.
In a related development, there were conflicting claims as to the true origin of the immense thundercloud that was seen gathering over the Acropolis (in photo) soon after the last of the scaffolding was carted away. As the event came on a holiday on Mount Olympus, no official statements could be obtained from any of the twelve Olympians. Initial claims that the menacing cloud was in fact the chariot of Pallas Athena (maiden name Athena Parthenos) readying her triumphal return could not be immediately confirmed. Attempts to reach the goddess’ office in Italy were likewise futile. Reporters spotted a spokes-owl for Minerva on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, but the source declined to comment on the goddess of wisdom’s opinion, saying somewhat scornfully that “all this Athena hooey is Greek to me”.
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