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Comment: Hi guys,

Thought the following item from Crikey.com site (Aug 11) here in Australia
might raise a smile. I'd just like to add that it's even more amusing
considering that Adelaide is known (in Oz) as "the city of churches"!
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A sharp-eyed reader spotted something unusual about in the photograph
(below) of a young woman on her bed on page two of last Saturday's
Adelaide Advertiser.

The story is all about the benefits of selling old furniture in The
Advertiser's classifieds – but have a look at the left hand corner of the
photo.

Was this an innocent gaffe? A mischievous prank? Or perhaps a subtle
warning – buyer beware.

We rang The Advertiser to ask what had happened, but the paper's pictorial
editor Chris Mangan was declined to comment on how the already infamous
pic made it into the paper. Actually "declined to comment" is being
polite – he hung up on Crikey before we could ask the questions.

http://www.crikey.com.au/sealed/images/2005/08/11-10PHDSUU100.jpg

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Sylvanz
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Errrm am I blind or just a little dense? [Confused] I don't see anything off color or "mischievous" about the photo.

P&LL, Syl

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... i don't get it... [dunce]
what am i supposed to see in the left corner?

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Handcuffs.
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There's a pair of handcuffs hanging from the footboard of the bed! [Eek!] Someone almost YOMAK after seeing that. [lol]

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Ok I guess "blind" gets the nod. [Embarrassed] I must admit though I did see that round thing, I thought it was part of the bed cover pattern or something. How did you figure out it was handcuffs?...There is so little to see I wouldn't have ever "seen" handcuffs without the heads up.

P&LL, Syl

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i totally thought that was part of the bed...

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What's holding the handcuff up? It doesn't appear to be attached to the bed.
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There's a button on our side of where the handcuffs would be hanging - I would assume that on the other side, someone has put a hook or peg as a replacement for the button.

Henry

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The image in the following PDF file is more clear, I think. (Whether that's an actual page from the The Advertiser's "Weekend Shopper" remains to be seen.)

http://zane.net.au/blog/images/adv06aug05pg002-sta-color-egn.pdf

What appears to be a pair of handcuffs is dangling down from the cross-piece of the footboard of the bed. The cross-piece is roughly parallel with the bracelets on her right wrist. You can make out what may be the hidden (upper) handcuff right behind the block-like doohickey on the bedpost.

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quote:
i totally thought that was part of the bed...


That might have worked with you parents, but your not fooling anyone here.

[fish]

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She's in training for a career in law enforcement. Yeah, that's it.
[Wink]

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I always keep my handcuffs there. What's the big deal ?
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Maybe she's a magician, or works with one. Or maybe not.

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quote:
Originally posted by charlie23:
I always keep my handcuffs there. What's the big deal ?

HEY! I leave my handcuffs on the bed, too!

...

I mean, um...nothing.

[lol] The funny thing is, I really do, though.

Panda "you might wanna stay out of that drawer, too" Marie

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Noticed the cuffs...for some odd reason my first thought was "Ha, ha, look at this funny picture". [Roll Eyes]
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I noticed the cuffs right away. However, that's also where mine are kept, so I wasn't really sure if that's what I was looking for at the time until someone said the handcuffs were what I was looking for...
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:

We [crikey.com] rang The Advertiser to ask what had happened, but the paper's pictorial
editor Chris Mangan was declined to comment on how the already infamous
pic made it into the paper. Actually "declined to comment" is being
polite – he hung up on Crikey before we could ask the questions.

http://www.crikey.com.au/sealed/images/2005/08/11-10PHDSUU100.jpg

The picture's genuine alright. But according to the woman in the photo, she was set up: http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s1437610.htm

quote:

He asked me to lie on my stomach, which is quite hard to do when you’re six months pregnant. Then he said "Ok move up to the bed post, he kept trying to get me to move up more." ... The handcuffs were a gift from a friend, given as a joke. We’ve never used them. I didn’t even think about it when the photographer was taking the photos


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quote:
Originally posted by charlie23:
I always keep my handcuffs there. What's the big deal ?

Some people might be a bit embarrassed to have "evidence" of their sexual antics published in the newspaper.

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quote:
Originally posted by rocksong:

The picture's genuine alright. But according to the woman in the photo, she was set up: http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s1437610.htm

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He asked me to lie on my stomach, which is quite hard to do when you’re six months pregnant. Then he said "Ok move up to the bed post, he kept trying to get me to move up more." ... The handcuffs were a gift from a friend, given as a joke. We’ve never used them. I didn’t even think about it when the photographer was taking the photos

That sounds really fishy.

When I had my bachlor party I was given many "toys" as jokes, the best being the anatomically correct inflatable sheep with built-in vocals... Yes it "Baas" when you squeeze the head. But I digress.

ABSOLUTLY NONE are kept anywhere near the bedroom. Most are hidden away in the attic or in a drawer. For the exact reason that while they are a memento of my party they are not kept out in the open because of the potential embarrasment.

My guess is:
A. She uses them and forgot about it.

B. She purposfully put it there & the photographer knew.

C. She was trying to be sneaky and slip it in as a gag to show her mates and is now backtracking after the entire world is aware of her kinkyness.

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Doesn't seem fishy to me. She got a gag gift, they hung it on the bed as a joke. Ha ha. They forgot about them.

The photographer comes, takes the pic, and she doesn't realize they're still hanging there until it's too late.

Why does this seem like a cover-up?

-Tim

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That seems to be her story, but if you look at the square-ish part of the post, you'll see that there is something that looks like a button. This button appears to pass through the post and whatever is on the other side appears to be what the cuff are haning on (hook, peg, bracket?). I've never seen a bed that comes with that standard, so I'd wager that it is a customization, possibly for this purpose. This suggests that the cuffs get used, or why put up the trouble of modifying the bed?
Also, working in a porn store, I can tell you that atleast half of my customers purchase extremely intimate items "as a joke" or "for a friend." (Ok, so the 25-speed rabbit with all the bells and whistles and costs $150 is a gag-gift??? Yeah, right. Pull the other one!)
My guess is that Tragic Story's three possibilities are the more likely.

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quote:
Originally posted by DemonWolf:
(...) if you look at the square-ish part of the post, you'll see that there is something that looks like a button. This button appears to pass through the post and whatever is on the other side appears to be what the cuff are haning on (hook, peg, bracket?). I've never seen a bed that comes with that standard, so I'd wager that it is a customization, possibly for this purpose. This suggests that the cuffs get used, or why put up the trouble of modifying the bed?
(...)

Well, as Bonnie said above, what the handcuffs are dangling from is actually the cross-piece of the footboard of the bed. You can see the headboard much clearer in the backgrund: The posts on either side support a (probably iron) cross-piece. Cross-piece and post are connected by the mysterious "button". So, this looks like an absolutly normal bed to me that hasn't been modifyed in any way.

I'm not saying that her story is necessarily true (you're right about the "I buy that for a friend as a joke"-stories), but there isn't anything in the picture that indicates that the story isn't true.

Don Enrico

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This reminds me when my friend had old school chums stay over. After spending a pleasant evening reminiscing, the friends seem a little more distant after spending a night in her guestroom. After they left, my friend finally spotted something hanging on the inside doorknob,which you couldn't see unless you were in the room with the door closed. It was the short leather whip I'd brought back from Mexico for her as a gag gift.
Polite folks that they are, the old friends have never mentioned it.

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Tragic Story
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quote:
Originally posted by Rehcsif Mit:
Doesn't seem fishy to me. She got a gag gift, they hung it on the bed as a joke. Ha ha. They forgot about them.

The photographer comes, takes the pic, and she doesn't realize they're still hanging there until it's too late.

Why does this seem like a cover-up?

-Tim

For the sake of argument, lets say a stranger or better yet, your mother-in-law is coming to your bedroom to take pictures. What would you do?

Make the bed? Pick up around the room? Make sure your underwear is off the floor?

Pretty much everyone would at least look around and make sure their room was presentable. Especially their bedroom and bathroom. It seems odd that she would overlook something so blatantly "taboo" when specifically scanning for objects which would cause embarassment.

Next, lets look at her position in the photo. She is only a foot or so away from the bedpost and when staring at the camera, they would be in her field of vision. Sure she might not see them in the first second of laying on the bed, but unless the photographer only took 1 picture and left, she would have plenty of time to notice it. Espcially since she was literally facing them.

Finally, it just seems odd that the handcuffs aren't on the headboard where they typically belong.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tragic Story:
Finally, it just seems odd that the handcuffs aren't on the headboard where they typically belong.

Ahhh! How would you know something like that?!

[Wink]

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Why is this even taboo? It's just a pair of handcuffs, for pete's sake! Now if she had somebody cuffed to the bed, I would understand, but criminy, are handcuffs really that dirty?

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quote:
Originally posted by Priestley's Mouse:
Why is this even taboo? It's just a pair of handcuffs, for pete's sake! Now if she had somebody cuffed to the bed, I would understand, but criminy, are handcuffs really that dirty?

PM

Its taboo because of the sexual innuendo it implies. Sex in the Western World is a taboo subject. If sex wasn't taboo we wouldn't be talking about this. Notice how there is no discussion on how she has three pillows on her bed.

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That's only because most people are too innocent and sheltered to realise what the three pillows on the bed mean...
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I also don't see why this is "naughty". I have a couple whips that I leave on display for decoration. My walls are decorated with postcards of pulp-fiction cover art with titles like "The Leather Girls" and "Pit Stop Nympho". All my massage oils and feathers are on display. The sign in my living room warns visitors to "Beware of pickpockets and loose women". Other signs in my living room say "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere" and "Smile if you're not wearing underwear". I often leave my massagers laying around as well. I don't have handcuffs but if I did, I'd probably hang them on my mirror. Why should anyone be embarrassed? They're all things I bought for myself, and because they're on display all the time, I'd never think to remove them for a photo.

The article Tragic Story linked to says the woman cried for days afterwards and then turned "furious" when confronted about the handcuffs. She said she had to change her phone number because of all the lewd calls she recieved.

Jeez, since when are handcuffs kinky? It's not like she had a replica horse dong dildo on her bed next to a tube of Anal-Eaze. If it was humiliating enough to make her cry, why the hell would she keep them in the first place?

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Also, working in a porn store, I can tell you that atleast half of my customers purchase extremely intimate items "as a joke" or "for a friend."
I've never thought of handcuffs as an extremely intimate item. If it's desigend to be inserted into an orifice, then it's intimate. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
That's only because most people are too innocent and sheltered to realise what the three pillows on the bed mean...

Er, what does it mean?

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yeah, I'd like to know the three pillows thing as well.

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I think he was joking, like, there were three people sleeping in her bed. Which would be more scandalous than just a pair of handcuffs.

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I agree that it was a setup...or was it? Maybe she's planning on hanky panky sex later on with them cuffs.

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quote:
Originally posted by nerdymcnerd:
I think he was joking, like, there were three people sleeping in her bed. Which would be more scandalous than just a pair of handcuffs.

Oh dear. There's five pillows on my bed. [Embarrassed]

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