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BritNews RoundUp: Aerial Thong Edition

In my weekly BritNews RoundUp I normally include only a brief precis of the story in question and provide a link to the original source. Today, however, I feel compelled to quote a larger chunk of this delightful story from the Telegraph:

A village suffered a power cut after a black thong became tangled in overhead cables, an energy distribution company said.

The cut happened in the Lincolnshire village of Leadenham on Wednesday afternoon after the thong was found wrapped in power lines above a croquet lawn.

The underwear was apparently attached to a helium balloon which had gone astray.

Heavy rain had caused the thong to short circuit the cables, cutting power to 17 homes and businesses in the village.

Andrew Barrow, a spokesman for electricity distribution company Central Networks, said: "Our engineers are used to dealing with the unexpected but I think this might be a first for us."

He added: "Flying objects do occasionally cause us problems but in this case it was more risque than risky.

The story just keeps getting better and better. You've got the black thong. It's caught in a power line. Above a croquet lawn. It had been attached to a helium balloon. Whoever can come up with the best description of exactly how that happened deserves a prize.

Perhaps the thong underwear was being employed as an anti-buzzard device by someone concerned by this rather disturbing story from the Telegraph: "Joggers hurt in buzzard attacks." Like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (as opposed to Aristophanes' "The Birds") the buzzards are swooping down on unsuspecting joggers in a Cornwall village.

Does anyone till wonder whether talking on a cell phone while driving is a bad idea? How about texting on a cell phone? How about both: "Trucker crashes into a swimming pool texting on one mobile phone while he was talking on another."

Hey fella: I heard you're getting married. You got your fiancee a nice engagement ring. If you were really with it she'd get you a "mangagement" ring. Reader James Ward sent me a link to this article about a jeweler in England that claims to have sold out of its "mangagement" ring. While some are being bought by gay couples, most are worn by heterosexual fellas. Consider it a training ring.

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By John Kelly  |  July 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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