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An Aussie bloke who climbed naked into a top-loader washing machine in an attempt to surprise his other half provided a top afternoon's entertainment for local emergency services. The unnamed chap from Mooroopna, some 180km north of Melbourne, apparently decided it was a bit of a wheeze to conceal himself inside the appliance …

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Bonsai Aussie?

He did know that Bonsai Kitten was a hoax, right?

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Well

I suppose if you can't catch a kangaroo the washing machine is the next best thing.

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A Billabong Mk 3 model 200/10 big enough for even the largest Aussie Ar@e.

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Worthy of the Northern Territory News. Colleague from Darwin is delighted to hear of more southerly Aussies being so dumb.

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He was aiming for the North Of Darwin Award?

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<exhales coffee> wrong direction. He was from around Melbourne. Loved your comment though!

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...and a Search and Rescue Squad from nearby Shepparton

Did they have trouble finding him, then?

Must be a big washing machine...

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More likely they heard on the radio naked man wedged in washing machine and thought: "must see!"

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& RESCUE. Strikes me we've got an editor clarifying...

that our SES (State Emergency Service) conducts S&R operations.

AND

A correspondent who demonstrates that such clarification is both necessary AND still insufficient.

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How many aussies does it take to pull a naked man out of a washing machine

20

1 to lube him up, 2 to pull, and the rest to point and laugh.

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Better a washing machine than a sheep.

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Chain saw...

Start that up and he'd have "self-lubed" himself out of there pretty quick... it would be a bit smelly though...

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In a whirl

Is it true that washing machines spin in the opposite direction Down Under?

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Re: In a whirl

Surely that will depend on whether the observer is here or there?

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@Daedalus: "washing machines spin in the opposite?"

Depends on whether it's washing Schoedinger's cat or not.

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Bah!

And how did he deal with the issue of the agitator - that conical pylon mounted centrally in the tub?

I suspect a jape.

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Re: Bah!

Could have been one of those big Samsungs with no real or US-style, up-sticking agitator. I saw a couple of Korean machines when in Busan, and in Shanghai, and those machines are ULTRA quiet and almost to die for. Better than ANY US-made consumer washer I've seen in my 40+ years. The machines are even superior to the super quiet laundry-house Sanyos I saw in Tokyo in 2004. And that Sanyo was so quiet that I had to go back inside and touch and put my ear to the thing before feeling certain is was indeed operating. Well, some of the Maytags are nice, but in 2005 my housemate and his wife had one -- IIRC, it cost around $2000 just for the washer, but it might have been around $1500.

So, I can see an adult (of maybe 5'-7" stature) easily fitting IN to one, though getting out could be a bit... Agitating, hahaha.

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Re: Bah! (Since NAFTA...

No one has made an appliance in the USA for years)

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Re: Bah!

I live in Australia and I've never come across a top loader with an agitator. I currently own a Samsung - no agitator; previously in a rental unit I had an old Simpson - no agitator, and I can't recall ever seeing an agitator in a coin-op machine either.

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Re: Bah!

so how do you get the clothes to circulate through the drum, then? Not challenging the fact, simply interested.

As for the bloke who sang the praises of the quietness, yeah, I was persuaded to trade out an old noisy dishwasher for a super-expensive energy efficient one that was designed to be super quiet. The bloody thing would have been better designed to be noisy and get the cutlery clean and finish the job in an hour instead of the 3+ hours it takes now. I mean, what's the point if I have to Brillo every fucking knife and fork that comes out of it after an overnight cycle? But perhaps that's just me.

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Re: US-style, up-sticking agitator ...

... that were a common design feature of the UK models when I left for foreign shores in '84.

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"And how did he deal with the issue of the agitator"

More olive oil?

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Well, I'm a SysAdmin, not a washing machine engineer, so I don't really know. But I assume it's done by the way the tub spins clockwise and anticlockwise. Here's the manual for my fairly basic machine - http://goo.gl/BeYD45 - it doesn't give much information but I'm assuming the key is in the fantastically named 'Double Storm Pulsator', the movement of the drum is designed to create currents in the water and the currents circulate the clothes.

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Am I the only one that read "agitator" as "alligator", and couldn't fathom the croc joke out, until I re-read and thought about washing machine mechanics? :o

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Re: Alligator

Looks like it, yeah.

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And how did he deal with the issue of the agitator?

Didn't you notice the link at the end of the story:

Small and midsize business guide to mobile security?

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Re: Bah!

[2 Shugyosha] I was in contact with a Verified Proper Australian over the weekend who assures me that there is no dearth of agitator-type top-loading washing machines down under.

Next time you cite your experience as the Definitive Australasian Experience, mention the fact that you (obviously) live in Warra-Warra-Numpty, population 4 if you include the dingo and a sheep named Eric.

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Re: Bah!

We recently got a new quiet energy-efficient dishwasher, and it works quite well. Sure, it takes around 2 to 3 hours depending on the settings and how long the sensors determine it should run, but the length of time generally shouldn't be a problem, since you'll typically be running a dishwasher between meals or overnight. It also offers a quick, less-efficient 1 hour mode as well though, in case you need something right away. Whether you pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in likely makes a difference in cleaning performance as well. Also, at least in the US, recent environmental regulations have made many detergents not perform as well as they used to, so it's generally not recommended to use the powdered detergents anymore, but rather the tablets and gel-packs. The detergent formulas likely vary from country to country though.

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I can imagine...

... the call going out on the emergency services band, I bet they were falling over themselves to get to this shout.

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When he was removed from the washing machine, it was also found that his knob was stuck in a vacuum cleaner.

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All it needed ...

> police, firefighters, paramedics, SES (State Emergency Service)" and a Search and Rescue Squad from nearby Shepparton enthusiastically responded.

... was a spin-doctor

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Re: All it needed

Good effort. Award yourself beer.

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Re: All it needed

> Award yourself beer.

krrrrrck, shhhhhhhh, glug

Ahhhhh!

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Removing the agitator from a top-loading machine is not particularly difficult, though it might be if you were drunk enough to think that this is a good idea. But even with the agitator gone, I'm not sure how anyone over about jockey size can fit into the drum of a standard washing machine.

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re: Removing the agitator from a top-loading machine is not particularly difficult

No, but having done so I can attest that there is still a sizeable spike sticking up into the drum when you do.

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He was only...

washing his smalls.

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Re: He was only...

Or he could have been treating his delicates to a hand job.

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Re: He was only...

When police asked for proof of his identity, he mangled his particulars so they put him through the wringer and hung him out to dry.

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They should turn it into a soap...

I guess we can call him Tubby now,

I wonder if hes a drummer........

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I hope his significant other was surprised anyway. So this guy can at least feel like he accomplished something for his troubles.

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She wasn't impressed

But she did get the phone number for one of the burly Firemen....

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I am sure...

his first name is Bruce.

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Failed

to make a clean escape.

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"Thanks to Dan Glynhampton for the tip-off."

Ouch. I thought he got away intact...

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It happened again.

For the second time in less than a week, someone has gotten stuck in a washing machine playing a game of hide-and-seek.

A 20-year-old Australian man got stuck in a top-load washing machine Saturday in the hopes of scaring his girlfriend, BBC reports.

He was also naked.

On Friday, an 11-year-old Utah girl made headlines after a similar ordeal. The girl, who did not want to be identified out of embarrassment, was playing hide-and-seek when she got stuck in the machine for 90 minutes. Firefighters were eventually able to pry her out.

"She really wanted to win," the girl's mother said.

On Friday, an 11-year-old Utah girl made headlines after a similar ordeal. The girl, who did not want to be identified out of embarrassment, was playing hide-and-seek when she got stuck in the machine for 90 minutes. Firefighters were eventually able to pry her out.

"She really wanted to win," the girl's mother said.

Despite needing help from authorities, these two pioneers of hide and seek should be admired for their commitment to hiding.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/man-stuck-in-washing-machine-australia_n_4549781.html

weird news has a video....

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Re: Wierd News

In fairness, there's a world of difference between an 11-year old playing hide and seek, and a 20 yr old who should know better.

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Re: Wierd News

There is a difference. Alcohol.

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Of course there's a difference. 11 year olds are not allowed to quaff large quantities of the amber nectar in Utah

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"In fairness, there's a world of difference between an 11-year old playing hide and seek, and a 20 yr old who should know better."

Yes..

The 11 year old is more likely to be smart enough to realise how stupid the idea is before doing it.

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