The outrageously popular erotic tome Fifty Shades of Grey may be responsible for some interesting trends among British couples and Guantanamo prisoners, according to CNN.
Published in 2011, and the first in the trilogy by E L James, the fan-fiction-turned-bestseller cast a warm afterglow on the lives of bored housewives and fans of drugstore paperbacks, harlequin romances, and Lifetime specials everywhere. But now its kinky premise, of a college grad’s foray into sadistic sexual play with a businessman, extends beyond a sultry beach read into a burgeoning international phenomenon.
First, in Britain, in which Fifty Shades was the best-selling book of 2012, firefighters now know more than they ever wanted to about the public’s bedroom behavior. CNN reported that London firefighters noticed an uptick in emergency calls regarding individuals caught in handcuffs — 79 incidents total, since 2010, which pales in comparison to the calls London fire crews received from individuals stuck in “everyday household items” — 1,300 to be exact.
“I’m sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them,” Third Officer Dave Brown told CNN.
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