Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Not the Sharpest Crayon in the Box

WAIPOPO, New Zealand, June 22 (UPI) --

New Zealand authorities said they freed a man stuck like "Winnie-the-Pooh"

in his electric dryer


while trying to retrieve a pair of underpants.

Senior Constable Greg Sutherland (not to be confused with Donald)


Or Kiefer


of the Temuka (not to be confused with tempura)


Or Tempur-Pedic

Police said a police officer, an ambulance and two fire crews were sent to the Waipopo (not to be confused with Waikiki)

home about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after the 42-year-old man's head, arms and shoulders became stuck in the dryer while he was trying to retrieve a pair of underwear from the back of the appliance, The Timaru (not to be confused with Tiramisu)

(New Zealand) Herald reported Monday.

"He got in through the door of the dryer, his shoulders got stuck and he couldn't maneuver," much like Pooh, the beloved children's story character who got his head stuck in a honey jar,

Sutherland said.

(Author's note: Dammit. The honey jar! I should've thought of that.)

Sutherland said the man, who had been drinking,

was "fairly agitated" once responders arrived, but the rescue was simple enough: Two firefighters held the dryer in place while two others yanked the man out.

"We do entrapments ... This would be one of the more unusual entrapments," firefighter Rooy Hoogenraad said.

(No substitutions come to mind at the present time.)

susan F said...

Oh, how funny! It's hard to figure how he could have gotten stuck like that, but the thought of it makes me laugh.

Kathryn said...

ALCOHOL is how he got stuck like that! Oh, and he was obviously all out of clean undies...

Straight Guy said...

The worst part of this story is that we was trapped while searching for underpants, which can only mean that the poor rescuers we faced with another, ahem, complication.

Kathryn said...

Ew. You don't think he was...bottomless...at the time...do you? I was imagining more like Charlie Harper...going all kamikaze. Gee, you'd think that wud've come up in the police report. Haphazard, incomplete journalism....

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