Builder’s crack, plumber’s bum, the coinslot, bottom cleavage…
No matter where you go in the world, there’s an expression for the unfortunate moment when a tradesman or woman bends down and reveals the top end of their backside.
In French, it’s called the plumber’s smile (sourire de plombier) or even the « mason’s line » (raie du maçon).
And Adrien Herve-Pellissier – a 24-year-old man from Rennes in western France – thinks he has cracked it.
« I’d seen a particularly bad example on the street in Rennes, and my friend who works in construction says he sees it all the time, » the Frenchman told The Local.
Within nine months, Herve-Pellissier came up with the prototype for a product he named the « sourire de plombier » – a boxer short that keeps the builder’s dignity intact.
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