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November 12, 2008


Got this from Dave Barry's Blog, where he links it with the warning: "Men: Do not click here."

But, you know, it's kind of silly, isn't it, to tell people NOT to click when you fully expect them to click out of sheer curiosity? Like all those "Dude" headlines at HotAir, when you figure there's about a 1 in 4 chance of confronting something truly awful at the link. But I click, anyway. Naturally.

Which is all a long way of saying that I'm just going to give you the ugly news up front. This story out of Australia sounds really grisly:

A MAN says he could have died after an operation left him bleeding heavily and turned his penis black.

Michael Eglington, 53, went to Royal Darwin Hospital last Tuesday to have a wart removed from the base of his penis, The Northern Territory News reports.

He said he collapsed from blood loss as he rushed back to the hospital less than an hour after being discharged.
Dude. Want more?
"Why did they let me go?" he said. "I could have passed out while I was driving."

The internal bleeding caused his penis and testicles to turn black - and his testicles swelled to more than three times their normal size.

The Northern Territory News reports it has seen photographs to prove it.
NTN has seen photos? And all we get at the link is a photo of the victim of this incident posing as if for a publicity shoot? Aren't we entitled to see the damage in its full glory?

Now, in case you're wondering, as I was, what this man could possibly have been thinking by seeking an operation on that particular appendage, let me assure you he wasn't tricked into the surgery by spam email promising testicles three times their normal size.

According to this NTN article, he was having an operation "to have a wart removed from the base of his penis."

Exit question: What kind of loss of function must this wart have caused to justify his having an operation on "the base of his penis"? Because no man in his right mind would allow a doctor anywhere near there. We'd rather try to convince the doctor we don't even have one.