London firefighters beg men: Stop putting privates in machinery
posted at 7:15 am on October 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Thankfully, this isn’t a major cause of ambulance dispatches, but EMS and firefighter officials are frustrated enough with it in London to start an ad campaign. The message? Don’t put your tools in the wrong toolbox, or something:
The London Fire Brigade has launched a public campaign dubbed “Fifty Shades of Red,” theorizing that an increase in such randy rescue calls in that city is perhaps propelled by the popularity of the erotic romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The campaign simply urges people in London — especially guys — to exercise more common sense before inserting their manhood into gadgets made for cooking or cleaning. The brigade reports that it responded to 416 stuck-body-part calls in 2010-11, another 441 in 2011-12 and 453 in 2012-13. Among those emergency requests for assistance, 79 people were wearing handcuffs they could not remove.
To help fuel the agency’s gentle request to just stop doing these things, the brigade has added a dose of public shaming, often taking to Twitter to share some of these ambulance requests from people who have become oddly entangled.
That’s not a bluff:
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 29, 2013
David Letterman found this so amusing that he dedicated a Top Ten list to it: