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September 25, 2007

The perils of polygamy

In our continuing series on mutilated male members (which would be a good, but not a great, name for a rock band), we will now visit Malaysia, where we find out that it's usually a poor idea to tell one of your two wives that the other wife is better in bed.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian doctors have reattached a man's nearly severed penis after his first wife, enraged by his comparison of her sex skills with those of his younger second wife, decided to chop it off with a kitchen knife.

The man, a 43-year-old Indonesian worker in southern Johor state, was lying in bed with his 48-year-old wife talking about his newly wed second wife, who is in her 30s, when the incident happened, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.
Please note that the linked article is helpfully illustrated with a photo of someone slicing bacon with a kitchen knife.

Now, the New Straits Times article, referred to in the segment above, is entitled "It never pays to compare wives." But that is hardly the best headline on this subject.

That honor goes to "What? Did I say something wrong?" from Reuters/India.

And while we're on this subject, I would be remiss if I didn't mention another incident in what is becoming, sadly, a real epidemic. In Thailand, a woman severed her husband's penis and ran away with it, thus leading to this line: "A 35-year-old Thai woman was at large with her husband's penis Saturday after discovering the man's unfaithfulness, police said." I just know the reporter was dying to get the word "large" into that sentence.

As Ed McMahon might have asked....