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Weird piercings are tongue and cheek.

Byline: BRENDAN ZECEVIC

MOST people just chain their bike to a post when they cycle into town - but not this man.

He gives a new meaning to a having a bike puncture as he walks in a street procession in Phuket, Thailand yesterday.

And another looks as if his trip to the dentist has gone horribly wrong as he shows a drill pushed through his tongue.

They are taking part in the annual Phuket Vegetarianism Festival.

The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits.

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FRAMED: A devotee to the Chinese Shrine of Jui Tui shows his unusual accessory during procession yesterday; WELL DRILLED: Man has power tool stuck through his tongue
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2004
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