a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing


"The surgical removal of the penis is at the best of times a dangerous practice, rarely performed even by doctors: An attack by the renowned Brazilian fishlet known as candiru, which likes to swim up a man's urine stream and lodge in the urethra with a ring of retrorse spines preventing its removal, is one of the very rare circumstances in which doctors will perform the operation, known as a peotomy."

Simon Winchester
The Professor and the Madman

ETA: The Straight Dope has this to say about it (please be sure to click on the link to the update).
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