Rescuers Save Naked Man— From Appliance

With the help of olive oil as lubricant
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Rescuers Save Naked Man— From Appliance
In this Tuesday, June 19, 2012 photo, washing machines sit on display on a showroom floor at a Lowe's store in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A game of hide-and-seek turned out to be not so fun for an Australian man this weekend when police, firefighters, paramedics, and a search-and-rescue team were called in to help with his, um, extraction. The man—naked, we might add—had decided to surprise his girlfriend by hiding in a top-loader washing machine on Saturday, the BBC reports. As a full-grown adult is likely to do, he got stuck, and it took rescuers 20 minutes to get him out, using olive oil as a lubricant. "He was trying to surprise his missus and became stuck," a sergeant tells the Herald Sun. "It would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed."

If you think hide-and-seek is a child's game, well, you wouldn't be incorrect. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that an 11-year-old Utah girl got stuck in (yep) a stackable washer and dryer while playing (yep) hide-and-seek on New Year's Eve. KUTV reports that her cousins and sister tried to get her out of the washer using butter, peanut butter, and ice (followed by warm water, because the ice made her cold). Rescue crews eventually removed the condiment-coated girl. (Read more weird news stories.)

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