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The question - Falling asleep

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A police hunt was sparked after Paul White of Newquay fell asleep in the luggage hold of a coach while under the influence of alcohol. He woke up thinking that someone had locked him in the boot of a van and used his mobile to ring a friend. The friend then called the police. Where is the strangest place that you have fallen asleep?

I can sympathise with Paul White.

During my 'Klondike' days in Norway I fell asleep in a snowdrift early one morning on the way home from a teambuilding session. The temperature was about minus 15, but I was clever and had taken the precaution of having plenty of antifreeze with me, so fortunately there was no harm done.

Stuart Hutchings, 58, engineer, Surbiton I once fell asleep when I was standing guard at the top of a 30 step metallic staircase during my time in the army. I woke up to find that I had fallen down all of the stairs.

Chrysostomos Loizou, 29, infrastructure engineer, London In no particular order of comfort or state of mind, I have fallen asleep in a phone box, in the snow under a tree outside a friend's flat, at a Big Country concert (I am showing my age now) and at a Sting concert (it was even worse than Big Country). I have also nodded off at a motorway junction waiting for a pizza delivery to take down to the night shift on the M25, making me the least popular junior engineer of the night. And I fell asleep on the top of a shutter during a 500m 3concrete pour.

But for some reason I have never managed to drop off on a train or a plane.

Jim Fennell, 37, information systems manager, Belfast During my youth and against my better judgement, my mates took me to a notorious local nightclub. I had just finished a hard week of shaping the forces of nature for the greater good of mankind so I was just a tad fatigued. I tried to invigorate myself in the club by consuming what I thought was brown fizzy tonic water but was later confirmed as Whitbread Tankard.

Anyway the inevitable happened and I fell asleep until chucking out time. A few days later, one of our secretaries asked me if I had seen the fight in the nightclub. Apparently police had been called, blood and guts were everywhere and the story was splashed all over the local press.

I didn't remember anything so I quizzed my mates to see where I was when it all kicked off.

They reliably informed me that not only did it occur during my snooze but that I slept straight through it.

Robert Pike, 42, project manager, Exeter I think I fell asleep during most of my university lectures. Is that unusual?

Peter Leach, Consultant, Mold In my younger days I fell asleep on the kitchen floor in my parents house after a night out with the lads. It wouldn't have been so bad but the cheese on toast snack I had started to cook somehow caught fire while I was sleeping, setting off the house fire alarm.

Amazingly it did not wake me but unsurprisingly my parents did, with a swift kick into touch.

Lee Durnford, 33, PFI adviser, Croydon

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