Bagpipes provoked Olympic alarmThey sure aren't a stealth kind of weapon.
A bagpipe player sparked a security alert at the Olympics - after Chinese police mistook his musical instrument for "some kind of weapon".
The Borders piper was in China to carry out a sponsored walk along the Great Wall to raise funds for the National Deaf Children's Society.
Mr Aitken said: "I'm not all that good on the pipes [how can you tell?] so I thought I'd go off on my own and have a practice before I had to play in front of the people I was doing the walk with.
"I had a silly soldier's hat on and my kilt and a few locals gathered round and seemed to be enjoying me playing, but just as I finished a police car pulled up with four officers.
"They weren't happy and it emerged that it was heightened security all over China because of the opening ceremony."
It took the intervention of a passer-by to explain to police what the bagpipes were.
"It was pure luck that a tourist guide was passing and stopped them from arresting me by explaining what bagpipes were - they thought the pipes were some kind of weapon," said Mr Aitken. [BBC]
You know what "perfect pitch" is to a bagpipe player? Being able to hit the middle of the lake.