Commenting on the case of a man who put out a fire at a home in Hartlepool, England, by smothering it with his aunt's size 12 powder-blue knickers, a fire brigade spokesman said that the general principle of using a large, wet cloth to cover a grease fire was a sound one. As for using underwear, he said: "Clearly it depends on what size you are, but I don't want to go there."
In 2008, women in Canada were urged to send their underwear to the Burmese embassy in Ottawa in protest at human rights violations. The organisers of the protest said that the ruling military junta in Burma believe a native superstition that contact with women's undergarments can sap a man's power.
The first man to wear the same underpants in space for a month was the Japanese cosmonaut Koichi Wakata. He was testing a newly designed odour-free garment made specially for space travel. He only told his colleagues aboard the International Space Station about the experiment when he returned to Earth at the end of July 2009.