“Cello scrotum” a 35-year-old hoax

Virginia Hughes reports:

In 1974, British doctor Elaine Murphy and her husband, John, sent the first-ever description of ‘cello scrotum’ to the elite British Medical Journal. The journal accepted the letter, and published it in the 11 May issue of that year. Just one problem: the Murphys totally made it up! LOLZ!

Damn. Now I am not sure how much credibility to give related, less well documented disorders such as “harmonica anus,” “xylophone perineum,” “kettle drum nipples,” and “bassoon clitoris.”

  1. #1 by mgordon on February 1, 2009 - 2:42 am

    bassoon clitoris? That sounds like fun.

  2. #2 by Small Sam on February 1, 2009 - 6:23 am

    My girlfriend assures me that I do not have trombone penis.

  3. #3 by dreikin on February 1, 2009 - 10:18 am

    This page has more information than the linked (and sub-linked) articles: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainNews/story?id=6744607&page=1

  4. #4 by Fargo on February 1, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    That may be the funniest thing I’ve read in some time. You have to admire, in this way, the naivete of populations as a whole. By admire I mean fear.

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