Tim Robbins, eat your heart out: a plumber from Ireland might have won the prize for most incredible tunnel of all time.
Irish plumber Patsy K. spent 15 years digging a tunnel from his bedroom to his local pub, just 800m away. He enjoyed escaping to the pub at 11pm every night for the past 5 years, all for the sake of escaping his wife’s snoring!
Unfortunately, he seems to know more about tunnels than he does plumbing, since his little project caused a sewage pipe under his neighbour’s house to blow. The investigation uncovered the tunnel and Patsy promptly received a summons to court.
“My wife has a snoring problem,” he told the court. “After watching the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994, I decided to do something about it, so I started digging a hole under the bed in the direction of a pub. I used all kinds of tools, from spoons to tunnel drills that I managed to take to the hole while my wife was in shopping. It was only in 2009 that I managed to go to the other side, in the women's toilet and storage room.”
He would always make his way back by just after midnight. As if the tunnel weren’t impressive enough, he also had an absolutely ingenious excuse for his alcohol aroma.
“To be honest, I'm glad to be caught. My wife always felt that I smelled of alcohol, and I answered that it was my natural scent. It was just a matter of time when someone would catch me. The owner of the pub always wondered how I always came from nowhere, and how I got out of the women's toilet.”