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Empirical Poppa

In the 15th century witch-hunting classic Malleus Malleaficarum, there is a section on how witches can steal a man's genitalia. So apparently the same thing was not unheard of in Germany then.

Tutu

Ahhh... so it wasn't my fault, the ex must have been from the Congo!

Soni

LOL!!! Invisible penis!!!

CJ

Never mind.

Dwight Schrute

Banana my ass. Try plantain.

burt

i read a similar article. apparently a couple years ago a mob actually lynched 20 people accused of penis sorcery.


burt (congo-avoiding) trub

tillerman

Surely the first question the police would ask when confronted with such an alleged crime would be, "Do you have a photo of the missing property, sir?" and/or "Did the missing property have any identification marks or number?"

tajna

Scott,
you have waaay to much time on your hands :)

Jeannette Hector

Someone shrunk my boobs!

jerry w.

There are two dicks (one even named dick) that I'd like to see disappear,

however, prayers don't seem to work as they're still in the white house.

If these prayers violate federal law, I'm just kidding.

Sort of.

http://boskolives.wordpress.com/

D. Mented

Before we all start feeling superior to a culture that can produce men that can hear a policeman say "look, your penis is still there, you're alright" and see the thing hanging out like it belonged there, and still not believe it:
The Maleus Maleficorum - used by the church in the systematic prosecution of witches - contained an anecdote about just the same thing.
A man had slept with a witch, and when he woke in the morning, he found his penis was missing. He persuaded her to give it back to him, so she directed him to a tall tree, with a bird's nest at the top. Climbing up, he found a number of penises in the nest, crawling around like worms. She said he could choose any one he wanted, but when he was about to pick a nice big one, she said - from the ground below - not to take that one because it belonged to a priest.
To us, this makes a pretty good joke. If it hadn't been written centuries before Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it would sound a bit like plagiarism. ("She stole my penis!" "Doesn't look like it's missing." "Well, she gave me another one.")
Sadly, to the people of those times, it was justification for torturing, hanging, drowning, or burning anyone accused of witchcraft.
I don't know whether to laugh or to scream.
On the other hand, any charismatic con-artists out there can go to Congo and make a fortune selling penis protector charms...anything from cheap copper bracelets to brightly colored jockstraps would do - it's all in the sales pitch...I wish my parents hadn't made me so honest...Come to think of it - a penis-restoring potion that included a dose of Viagra would also sell quite well.
D. Mented

RJI

I'm just wondering if they got a scetch artist involved. Check you milk cartons.

Victor Prometeo L. Frankenstein

Hi Scott,
I was terrified by article You mentioned.
Think of the “conservation energy law” (equivalence mass-energy) and You’ll understand my reason for being panicked. Maybe if we wait long enough we’ll be able to see with our eyes who the warlocks are, ‘cause this in not a crime in which the thieves will be able to conceal their identities simply hiding their faces in their hands. Given the nature of the problem, it’s possible that they’ll have in their hands other fishes to fry.

Bye.

V.P.L.F.

P.S. There would be other reasons to be caught by panic, but (…only one t) I prefer to fly over.

Aditya Simha

Ha ha! This was hilarious! Penis-thefts, indeed! What'll they accuse us poor witch-doctors of doing next?

Bill Harting

A quote from the referenced article

"But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it's become tiny or that they've become impotent. To that I tell them, 'How do you know if you haven't gone home and tried it'," he said."

That is just priceless

Real Live Girl

Suspected Penis Snatcher. Now there's something you don't want to see on a resume.

Sherlock Homie

With time, the thief will reveal himself. Look for individuals who measure in feet...

jC from Tn

News like this will kill their tourist industry.

bb

Actually, this might be the work of the spammers.

Once they steal or shrink your penis, I bet you won't ignore their email anymore. In fact you might just email them first.

Slap D. Monkey

It's funny to see penis and snatch in a headline and it not be about sex.

Do you think Lorena Bobbit was a penis-snatching sorceress? No. She was probably just a hack.

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