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An enema is almost a symbol of our region." Someone actually said that. "The Daily Telegraph" (and a bunch of others) reported today that a monument to the enema has been unveiled at a spa in southern Russia. The memorial consists of a bronze syringe bulb raised to the heavens by three angels. But, have no fear, the spa's director insisted the memorial wasn't "kitsch." The story provoked a raft of bawdy "butt" headlines, but the best had to be from Google News: "Public Enema No. 1" .

-- Luke Allnutt

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