Oily end for naked man in hide-and-seek jam

SYDNEY - A naked Australian man was left red-faced after getting stuck in a washing machine during a game of hide-and-seek, and rescuers had to grease him up with olive oil to get him out.

The man clambered into the top-loader machine on Saturday afternoon in his unit north of Melbourne, aiming to surprise his girlfriend when she got home.

But he became wedged, sparking a delicate rescue effort.

"He was trying to surprise his missus and became stuck," Sergeant Tim Gleeson told the Herald Sun after police, firefighters, paramedics and a search-and-rescue squad used olive oil to manoeuvre the man out of his predicament.

This article by AFP was published in MyPaper,  a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.