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Politician Is Really Sorry for Liking a Facebook Photo of a Teenager’s Balls

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Mr. Collier. (Photo: watoday.au.com)

Mr. Collier. (Photo: watoday.au.com)

There’s really not a whole lot going down down under, so this is what’s making news: An Australian politician has apologized for accidentally liking a Facebook photo of a 16-year-old prankster exposing himself. It was part of a prank called “sneaky nuts,” a time-honored tradition where teenaged boys sneakily expose their balls through their pants.

Peter Collier, a minister for education in Western Australia, apologized for his actions, claiming he didn’t see the boy’s nuts exposed in what he thought was a normal photo. The incident happened in 2011, when the boy was 16, but he bragged about Mr. Collier’s like late last month on Twitter.

Mr. Collier released an apologetic statement:

“It was a silly mistake on my part. I only became aware of the actual content of the photo when shown by a journalist today. This obviously highlights the pitfalls of social media. I apologise if I caused any offense.”

Apology nut accepted.

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