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Wednesday, July 16, 2003 When in Rome, they say: But paper pants?
With temperatures soaring, tempers are flaring as the Vatican's dress police turn back tourists in shorts and bare shoulders trying to get into St. Peter's Basilica.
Vendors are doing a brisk business selling paper pants and paper shirts -- turning St. Peter's Square into an open-air changing room.
“I am born naked and the church wants me to be wearing pants,” Danish tourist Kenneth Bergen, 53, proclaimed to a throng of would-be visitors who had been turned back. Bergen had just bought a pair of paper pants.
Here's a shot of a guy pulling on a pair of the paper trousers. Certainly goes beyond the old napkin-as-chapel-veil in the annals of Catholic Haberdashery on Dead Tree.