(cross-posted to The Agonist)
A radio-controlled vibrator made in Britain has been banned in Cyprus after it was branded a threat to national security. The Cypriot military are concerned the sex toy’s electronic waves will disrupt the army’s radio frequencies on the island. A spokesperson for makers Ann Summers confirmed its Love Bug 2, a small, egg shaped device operated by a remote control, was on sale for use everywhere in Europe - except Cyprus…. “The remote control only has a range of six metres. We have still been selling them in Cyprus, but with a warning urging Cypriots not to use it unless they travel abroad,” said the Ann Summers spokesperson. In its promotional literature the company describes the device as a “deceptively powerful matt silver love egg”, later adding: “Not for use in Cyprus”.
When travelling in Cyprus, remember that the moans of pleasure emanating from the hotel room next to yours may be more than an innocent young couple doing the horizontal mambo and playing with sex toys. Yes, it may actually be a clear and present threat to Cypriot national security…and these days, you just can’t be too careful about that sort of thing, can you?
Military officials refused to comment on the reasons for the ban, but the government’s Communications and Works Ministry said it had been a purely military decision….
Lizzie Eddleston from the Ann Summers press office in the UK said: “It is a shame but we have to honour the request and have made it clear that the Love Bug is not for sale in Cyprus.
“We have been told the electronic waves given off by the ‘Love Bug’ would affect military frequencies, but we have told locals that we have a lot of other devices that are not banned which will satisfy their needs. After all, it’s better to make love, not war.”
I couldn’t agree more. Perhaps if more people had their own “Love Bug”, there’d be no need to make war…and Cyprus would be a much safer and secure place.