Guys have been known to do some pretty odd things to their penises (see here, here, and here). In today's story to make you cringe, a teenage boy reportedly had surgery to remove a USB cord inserted into his urethra, according to Singapore-based Strait Times.
The Heilongjiang Metropolis Channel in China reported that an unidentified 13-year-old boy cut off a USB head and inserted the cable into his penis, according to Strait Times. After first being treated at a local hospital in the country's Heilongjiang province, the patient was transferred to Harbin Children's Hospital.
The nearly-four-inch-long cord made its way to the boy's bladder and became knotted, meaning it couldn't be easily pulled out. According to the Strait Times, doctors unsuccessfully tried removing the cable with lubricant before resorting to surgery.
This isn't the first time guys have needed medical help to remove foreign objects from their penises. In 2013, a 70-year-old Australian man inserted a fork into his urethra, which, unsurprisingly got stuck. Using forceps and "copious lubrication," doctors were able to retrieve the silverware — nearly four inches long — from the man's penis. They documented their endeavors in the International Journal of Surgery Case Report.
In 2016, a man in China inserted a chopstick into his penis because he thought his urethra might have been broken, according to Fox News. He required surgery to have the object removed.
Just last year, MensHealth.com reported that another Chinese man inserted 15 sewing needles into his penis over the course of a year. Doctors spent 90 minutes removing the needles, which caused blood in the patient's urine.
As Dr. Frank Spinelli, a Manhattan internist, explained to Vice, sticking objects inside your penis could cause a urinary tract infection, scarring, STDs from contaminated objects, and permanent damage that could impact your ability to pee normally.