Brazil lawmakers red-faced over mystery underwear

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 01 2012 02:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2012 10:48 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Mystery underwear found during a parliamentary session earlier this month is causing a lot of red faces in the Brazilian Congress, a report said Thursday.

The red and white panties, described by O Globo daily as "rather large" and "not a G-string," were inadvertently dropped by one of five deputies who arrived late for a vote on cyber crimes on May 15.

Kicked toward a trash can by a security guard, they were discreetly picked up by the deputy speaker, who, fearing the incident might be recorded by security cameras, hid it in his pocket, the report said.

The unclaimed knickers were taken to the lost property office before being incinerated on Wednesday to save further embarrassment.

"We think we know who dropped it but we can't be mean to a colleague," Tiririca, a former clown who became the most-voted-for congressman in the 2010 elections, told O Globo.

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