Saturday, January 22, 2005

That Took Balls

From the Sun-Sentinel:

RENO, Nev. — A 50-year-old Reno man who was hospitalized after he castrated himself told police he learned of the procedure on the Internet and did so to lower his libido. The man, whose name was not released, called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. Monday and asked for help because he could not stop the bleeding from a self-castration operation, police said.

Reno police and medics responded to the man’s home and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Washoe Medical Center officials cited privacy issues on why they could not release any information on the man, including his condition. But police said hospital officials confirmed Wednesday the man successfully castrated himself.

“The man obviously needs some sort of counseling,” Reno police Lt. Ron Donnelly told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

I have this vision of every man reading this story and involuntarily crossing his legs as a shudder runs through him. And I daresay there are some people who are Googling “self-castration.”

As for the man needing counseling; well, I think that’s the second thing he needs right now.