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Public nudity rates in Singapore skyrocket

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Those crazy Singaporeans can't seem to keep their pants on in public lately. The country best known for semiconductor wafers and caning has seen a rash of indecent exposure and slow streaking cases recently, but the numbers have been on the rise since 2007. One hundred and five reports of indecent exposure were filed in the first six months of 2010 alone, and those who disdain clothes don't seem ready to stop anytime soon.

The Straits Times, the state-run newspaper, recently reported on a man in his twenties who, either too lazy to dress himself or just making a statement, walked into a McDonald's in the buff in order to buy a cup of coffee. Another case involved a man in his forties who sat naked on a suburban pavement, which sounds like he might be mentally ill. The paper asked psychiatrist Ken Ung about the motivation for this public birthday-suit business:

"Exhibitionism is a sexual disorder where the exhibitionists get a sexual thrill from the look of shock and horror on their victims' faces."

Which means, Singaporean people, that if you want to stem the tide of this public flashing that you didn't sign up for, play it off. Don't give him the "Well, I never" face. Just walk on by, like Dionne Warwick sang. The $1530 fine and up to three months in jail obviously isn't working.