A man who wore a thong underwear face mask is accused of beating up a friend for mocking him, Michigan police say.
The 47-year-old went to a friend's home Monday night wearing the makeshift mask, Battle Creek police said. He left after the 57-year-old friend made a comment about it, police said.
"The victim told the suspect it looked like the thongs laying around the victim's house, which upset the suspect," the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.
The suspect returned and attacked his friend, police said.
"He obviously got mad and came back later and assaulted the guy," Lt. Doug Bagwell told McClatchy News.
Police didn't find the suspect the night of the assault, Bagwell said. They've requested an arrest warrant on a charge of assault, he said.
Last week, the CDC issued guidelines advising people wear face masks when visiting crowded areas such as grocery stores or pharmacies to prevent spreading coronavirus. It was a shift in previous guidance that uninfected people don't need to wear face coverings.
The new recommendation has people looking for ways to make homemade masks. But most examples using underwear seem to show people using men's undergarments.
A woman wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times to say she's eyeing her husband's underwear drawer. A Twitter user posted a video of herself fashioning some Calvin Klein compression shorts into a mask, Newsweek reported.
Experts say it's not a bad idea to think of masks like underwear.
"You don't take this dirty mask off, put it in your purse and then stick it back on your face," Columbia University infectious disease expert Daniel Griffin told National Public Radio. "It's something that once you put on, is potentially either touching your coughs, sneezes or the spray of your speech, or protecting you from the coughs, spray, speech of other people. And now it's dirty. It needs to basically be either discarded or washed."