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Procedure for Liberating Masses

Bringing up the rear in yesterday’s news, this story from Russia:

A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk.

The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa’s director said Thursday.

“There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art,” Alexander Kharchenko told The Associated Press. “An enema is almost a symbol of our region.”

You can’t help wondering if the people of Zheleznovodsk would rather have something else – in fact, anything else – as the symbol of their region. This is a resort area, though, “known for dozens of spas where enemas with water from mineral springs are routinely administered to treat digestive and other complaints.” So I guess it all comes down to money. In the end.

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