Lip Gloss Superglue: Woman Accidentally Seals Her Mouth Shut, Forced To Grunt To Communicate With Police [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on June 28, 2013 11:54 AM EDT

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A lip gloss superglue incident rendered one New Zealand woman speechless and in the hospital. (Photo: Reuters)

Lip gloss superglue isn't a new brand of adhesive. It's what happened to one woman in New Zealand who accidentally sealed her mouth shut with superglue. When the woman dialed New Zealand's emergency telephone number 111, responders believed the woman was being held captive and gagged. Turns out it was a case of lip gloss superglue mistaken identity.  

New York Daily News reports that the 64-year-old woman, who is identified only as being from Dunedin, the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, woke up in the dark around 11 p.m. Thursday night with dry lips.

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When she reached for her chap stick, she instead grabbed onto a tube of super glue. She applied the quick-drying adhesive to her lips, and was instantly rendered mum when her lips became sealed shut.

"I have all my ointments in a tray in the cupboard, so I get out of bed and I dived into the tray and I couldn't smell it because I was blocked up," the woman later told 3 News. "And then I got into bed and thought, 'what have I put on my mouth?'"

If loose lips sink ships, hers could launch an entire navy.

After sealing her mouth shut with superglue, the woman dialed 111, New Zealand's emergency telephone service, to report the lip gloss superglue incident and to get help. Of course, being tightlipped, she could only grunt and groan, the New Zealand Herald reports. This led responders to believe the woman was being held captive.

"They were unsure whether it was a medical event or whether someone had been gagged," Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken told the Otago Daily Times.

The emergency line operator had to go through all the suburb names in Dunedin and then all the street names, relying on the 64-year-old resident's "Mmms" to narrow in on her location.

"I had to tap on the phone, one tap for no and two taps for yes, and then it took a long time to narrow down the streets and then all the numbers too," she said.

When authorities finally located her, the woman was taken to the Dunedin Hospital, and has since been released.

Super glue is an incredibly strong adhesive -- strong enough that just a few drops can hold a 2-ton truck in midair. The super adhesive bonds instantly, but only when two surfaces come together. Put super glue directly onto a countertop or other surface and it will stay tacky until it comes into contact with something else.

Luckily, an unintended run-in with superglue doesn't have to end in "uh-oh." Fingernail polish, which contains acetone, can be used to remove the adhesive.

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