Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A confluence of nudity

Math is all about patterns. So was it coincidence or a force of nature that caused people on two continents to take their clothes off?

In a village called Boraj in the Rajasthan state in India, the panchayat — or village council — publicly inspected the bodies of 1,500 men and boys one by one for evidence of murder of a 35-year old woman with the townspeople looking on. At the rate of one inspection every ten seconds, the job took four hours. No evidence was found.

Percy Honnibal is a carpenter in Oakland, CA. He likes to keep his clothes clean and himself comfortable when working, so while hammering nails and cutting wood to build cabinets he works in the nude. This got him arrested. But because he was not acting lewdly or seeking sexual gratification, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Julie Conger found him not guilty.

While attempting to burglarize a home in Duluth, MN a 20 year old male found himself in a struggle with the homeowners, who found a way to pull off the burglar’s clothes, leaving him stark naked before fleeing. Police found the suspect 20 minutes later. I wonder how it took them that long.

Clothes have their function in society. And as these stories witness, so does nudity.

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