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Shorts banned in Brazil heat, worker opts for skirt

Published on Feb 6, 2014 1:25 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Faced with searing heat, no air conditioning and a ban on wearing shorts to work, a male civil servant in Rio swapped his trousers for his wife's skirt.

Mr Andre Amaral Silva, 41, decided to take sartorial action as the thermometer Tuesday hit 40.8 degrees Celsius and picked out a long black skirt from his wife's wardrobe.

He then sent up the picture to Facebook, whereupon some 5,000 people shared it within hours and by Wednesday Silva was in the newspapers.

The draftsman said the caretaker of the building where he works had tried to prevent him entering dressed as he was.

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