Here's a story that will have you laughing like a drain. Unfortunately, it's at the expense of a hapless schoolgirl who got stuck in one after she tried to retrieve her Blackberry phone.
Ella Birchenough, 16, got herself into a HOLE lot of trouble (groan!) after her phone slipped out of her pocket in Dover, Kent, and fell down a storm drain.
Now as we all know, a teenager's life is pretty much contained in her mobile device, so Ella felt she had no choice but to lift the grid and lower herself down to try to grab the phone with her feet.
Unfortunately, she hadn't properly calculated her hip-to-drain ratio and couldn't lift herself out.
And without her phone to call for help (obvs!), she had to wait until someone passed by, who then called the girl's mum, Joanne, who in turn called the fire brigade.
Ella, a GCSE student at Astol College, said: "I was talking to somebody and I went to put my phone in my pocket and it fell down the drain. I thought to myself 'I'm not leaving this' and I jumped down to get it. I needed somebody to help lift me out but my mum got all panicky.
"When they pulled me out I ran straight home and jumped in the bath. I think it was just water but I wasn't taking any chances.
"I was just laughing the whole time."
Joanne, 36, who also has an eight-year-old son Ben, said: "I was really worried. My face went white and I was in a panic. I ran out the house, turned the corner - but as soon as I saw her I burst out laughing.
"I thought 'we are never going to get her out of there' so I called the fire service who got there pretty quickly.
"She is never going to live this down now. We will be bringing it out at her 18th birthday and her wedding."
A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "A teenage girl was released by firefighters from a storm drain where she had become stuck. Crews then made the scene safe. The girl was uninjured."
Sadly, there is no super-happy ending to this saga as Ella never got her phone back!