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You know what's really important when you're a police person spending your days chasing down criminals, keeping the peace at riots, and determinedly avoiding bodily harm? Visible panty lines. At least, that's what a memo issued to the West Midlands Police force in the UK indicates: "Underwear is required to be "an appropriate colour" and "inconspicuous" beneath their uniform," it said. "Thongs or boxer shorts creeping over waistbands, or colourful bras peeping through regulation white shirts, are outlawed under the sartorial guidance, issued as part of a revised uniform policy. The warning is apparently needed to ensure officers present a "professional and corporate appearance" to the public." Because when you're saving someone's life, you don't want them to get distracted by your VPL. [Guardian]