An elderly Australian man ended up in hospital after he jammed an entire 10 cm fork inside his penis for "sexual gratification."
The bizarre medical emergency at Canberra Hospital was outlined in a paper in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.
"A 70-year-old man presents to the emergency department with a bleeding urethral meatus following self-insertion of a fork into the urethra to achieve sexual gratification. Multiple retrieval methods were contemplated with success achieved via forceps traction and copious lubrication," the paper reads.
The paper goes on to muse on the "immemorial" problem of men getting things stuck in their penises.
"The practice manifests primarily during states of pathological masturbation, substance abuse and intoxication and as a result of psychological compounders. Autoerotic stimulation with the aid of self-inserted urethral foreign bodies has been existent since time immemorial and have presented an unusual but known presentation to urologists."
Despite this surprisingly well-documented problem, the authors note that: "the case ... of a penile urethral fork is a rarity."
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