May 18, 2009

WOULD YOUR MOTHER HAVE BOUGHT THAT MALARKEY?:

DANGEROUS URINATING (Javno, 5/18/09)

A 14-year-old boy from India was admitted into a hospital for pain in his penis and difficulty urinating over a period of 24 hours, which was caused by a fish that crawled up his penis, The News reported.

The fish was two centimetres long and 1.5 centimetres wide and is believed to belong to the Betta species.

As he was cleaning out his aquarium at home, he was holding the fish in his hand and went to urinate. As he was urinating, the fish slithered out of his hand and into his penis, developing all these symptoms – doctors Vezhaventhan and Jeyaraman said.


The terrific travel writer Redmond O'Hanlon shares the story of the candiru fish -- in his book In Trouble Again -- which while you whiz into the river:
...attracted by the smell, will swim excitedly up your stream of uric acid, enter your urethra like a worm into its burrow, and stick out its retrorse spines. Nothing can be done. The pain is spectacular. You must go to a hospital before your bladder bursts; you must ask a surgeon to cut off your penis.

Thus the State Border Rule.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2009 8:07 AM
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