The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognizable modern structures; a center of culture and elegance known for its broad, snow-white curves.

There were more broad, snow-white curves there today, but their elegance is better left to one’s own interpretation.

More than 5,000 people volunteered to shed their nickers at the opera house during what I’m sure many male participants stressed to the reporter was a “chilly morning.” The stripped down gathering posed in and around the building for American photographer Spencer Tunick, who shot them “hands raised, lying down and embracing,” then promptly ran off giggling to 4chan  as the crowd slowly realized there is no American photographer by that name.

OK, so not really. The whole event was apparently legitimate and entitled “The Base”, which is either an homage to our common, vulnerable humanity or an encouragement to try reaching second or third; I’m not quite sure.

Some of whom showed up to show off were, of course, quite comfortable with the prospect, as the story implies.

“I’ll never get a chance to do this again,” student Art Rush said. “It’s not worth being inhibited.”  Somehow I doubt his opportunities have not yet run dry. Be careful of this guy at wedding receptions.

Maybe I’m just too critical of something like this. It could really be a great promotion of unity, honesty and humility. But I just can’t get over the fact that it’s also a great promotion for using Sani-wipes on everything, everywhere.