Some time back the Bare Platypus issued "A Call for Naked Yard Ornaments" in which we called upon fellow nudists to put a little nudity into their yard in the form of signs or statuary. Read the post, which generated several comments, here: A call for naked yard ornaments .
Maybe we were a bit too hasty.
It seems that displaying something as innocuous as a garden gnome flashing his bare bum can get you into trouble - at least if you live in the U.K. For example, consider this article which we read last week in which police threatened a man with arrest after a neighbor (who is also a retired police officer) complained, saying "his wife and children felt threatened for their safety" by the statuette: Man faces arrest over naked gnome .
While searching for that article to write this blog post, believe it or not we encountered a different case in which a 60+ year old woman's Naked Gnomes Ordered to Cover Up from just a few months ago.
What is the world coming to when the only thing one neighbor resorts to when flashed a ceramic "moon" is to call authorities. Whatever happened to talking with one another?
It's enough to make one wonder how those Belgians ever stood for that statue of that naked little fella taking a leak in Brussels. Or the Italians stood for Michelangelo's David.
Maybe the problem is those colored pointy hats that gnomes wear. Is that what folks find so objectionable?