Hilarious hoax: Sailor using raccoon to bypass Breathalyzer

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Ever heard the one about a Navy officer who left a bar and needed to bypass a Breathalyzer on his vehicle, so he used a raccoon to do the job?

If you've been on Twitter or Facebook at all in the past 24 hours, you almost certainly have.

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The report, posted on Imgur.com and Reddit, involved a Navy petty officer at Camp Pendleton using a raccoon to blow into the Breathalyzer to start the vehicle, rendering said raccoon unconscious from squeezing it, then later suffering a sneak attack from the suddenly conscious animal, all leading to man, beast and vehicle crashing into an in-ground swimming pool.

Spectacular, right? How could you not share that with everyone? Turns out, it's also simply a terrific tall tale.

"I called police records, and while they were highly entertained, they confirmed (the story) is absolutely a hoax," 1st. Lt. Savannah Frank, a public affairs officer at Camp Pendleton, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Eric Durie, a spokesman for Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, also told the New York Daily News, "while humorous, it's not real."

Too bad. But it's still a pretty good story.