A Malaysian man who implanted 10 metal ball bearings in the base of his penis to bolster his sexual abilities had to have the balls surgically removed when they started to rust.
The man, identified as Ramli, 44, told the Harian Metro newspaper he implanted the balls himself after a friend told him he had successfully used the method to increase his sexual stamina.
“My private part swelled up for three days but I endured the pain and didn’t see a doctor,” Ramli said of his self-surgery.
He said the wound healed and he found the method was effective in helping him satisfy his sexual partners, but a few months later he discovered he was unable to get an erection.
Ramli said a doctor recommended he have the metal balls removed or risk irreversible impotence. He said the balls were removed surgically and he discovered the trouble had come from them rusting inside his body.
Young men who voted for Republican John McCain or Libertarian candidate Robert Barr in the 2008 presidential election suffered an immediate drop in testosterone when the election results were announced, according to a study by researchers at Duke University and the University of Michigan.
In contrast, men who voted for the winner, Democrat Barack Obama, had stable testosterone levels immediately after the outcome.
Female study participants showed no significant change in their testosterone levels before and after the returns came in.
The men who participated in the study would normally show a slight night-time drop in testosterone levels anyway. But on this night, they showed a dramatic divergence: The Obama voters’ levels didn’t fall as they should, and the McCain and Barr voters lost more than would have been expected.
“This is a pretty powerful result,” said Duke neuroscientist Kevin LaBar.
I always thought it was just a metaphor. I guess the Republican Party really needs something to get it up, again.