Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another one of those "Something-weird-happens-in-an-Asian-country" stories, Tiny Eel in a "Man's Penis" Edition

Remember that guy who supposedly died while using the internet for too long? Or the guy who died while watching the movie "Avatar"? Or the guy who got an eel up his rectum? Or the woman who lost her hearing from kissing? The internets lit up over all of those and other smoking hot, explosive stories that allegedly actually happened, for real, no kidding in some far-off, exotic Asian country. Each of those stories was reported by one site, and the "facts" of the story, as presented by that one original site, were repeated over and over again by other sites.

It is happening. Again.

It's another eel. But this time, it's not the rectum being wrecked. It's a "man's penis." Metro seems to have the original version of the story.
Zhang Nan was bathing with live eels to cleanse his skin when one rogue serpent took a liking to his manhood.

The eel treatment in question is a similar concept to the popular London spas that offer fish pedicures.

Thinking that the eels would make him look ten years younger, Nan dived into the water and let them feast upon layers of dead skin.
Like the previous stories I mentioned in the first paragraph of this post, this one features a person who lives in an Asian country being punished for something that seems unusual (he wants to "look ten years younger"-- which is to say, he's vain-- and for some reason he thinks that an "eel treatment" will do it-- which is to say, he's oddball).

As with those other stories mentioned above, there is at least some information given about a location (the alleged man at the center of this alleged case is said to be from "Honghu, Hubei province," although the story does not tell us if that is where this alleged event is alleged to have occurred), and there is some information given about the doctor allegedly involved.
Rushing himself to hospital, the man underwent a three-hour operation to remove the six-inch eel which was dead by the time doctors found it.

Surgeon Jin Wang said that, because of the eel's slippery nature, it was able to make a smooth entry into the genitals of Nan.

'The diameter of the urethra in a man's penis is just a little narrower, but because eels are quite slippery, its body worked as a lubricant and so it got into the penis smoothly,' he said.
Yes, the Surgeon who allegedly removed the alleged eel from the alleged "man's penis" (which is I assume differentiated from a "woman's penis") is named "Wang." The hospital at which Surgeon Wang allegedly removes alleged eels from alleged "man's penises" is not named. The province in which he works is not named. A google search for surgeon jin wang gives us more than 218,000 page results-- many of those are for doctors here in America. And, of course, references to Metro's alleged "eel in the man's penis" incident. I did manage to find a "Jing Wang, MD", an Orthopaedic surgeon from Wenzou China. For what that's worth (it's worth nothing!).

Already, I've done more research on this than the original author of the Metro piece.

This story seems a bit unbelievable to me. I'm no doctor, but I have spent a lot of time studying my own urethra, and I find it very difficult to believe that an eel could insinuate itself up in there. You know what, though? I don't know. Maybe this did actually happen. But I'm heartened by the fact that even someone from the "mainstream" American media (MSNBC) thinks it's "highly unlikely."

The story linked in the MSNBC story above also references another story, of a 16 year-old boy in India who had a leech in his bladder. The leech allegedly migrated "through the urethra, while working in the water­logged paddy field." This proves nothing, since a leech isn't an eel, and there's no proof that the leech in the bladder actually migrated through the urethra.

The Metro story also seeks to bolster this cockamamie "eel in a man's penis" story by referencing its own story from India, this one about a 14 year-old boy with a "2-cm long fish" in his bladder. The Metro of course doesn't link to anything that would back up this claim. The only references to that particular India story that I could find came from, you guessed it, the Metro's "eel in a man's penis" story itself.

So, has the internet once again gotten itself all worked up over an unverified cautionary urban legend from an exotic Asian country? The unavoidable conclusion is Yes, probably.

If someone places a small eel-looking creature next to a piece of surgical equipment, does that mean the accompanying cockamamie story is actually true?

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