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I read that article. I thought it was interesting that a urologist can claim a "professional interest," but it's somehow weirder for someone else to own it. What professional interest can someone have in a gross old speciman in a jar? Did Napoleon have a strange condition?

Posted by Aislinn | May 24, 2007 11:06 AM

I own the bloody menstrual rags of Mother Theresa, Susan B. Anthony, and Cher!

Posted by Menses_Faire | May 24, 2007 11:17 AM

Aislinn, please. I call a case of "smelt it, dealt it." Who among us hasn't picked up the odd preserved penis specimen at an estate sale now and then? Well, me for one I guess, but I think most people, including maybe you (you might just not remember), own or have owned a famous or semi-famous penis in a jar of formaldehyde.

Or brine.

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 24, 2007 11:34 AM

In answer to #1. Yes: a Napoleonic Complex (rimshot!).

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | May 24, 2007 12:28 PM

at least they didn't post photos!

Posted by lilblackcat | May 24, 2007 12:49 PM

So was he hung or was he overcompensating?

Posted by keshmeshi | May 24, 2007 1:06 PM

@2: Gross.
@3: Ohhhh, right, my brine-cured penis collection! Silly me, I forgot all about it.
@4: I enjoy a good pun, but that one hurt a little bit.
@6: Considering there is (hopeful) speculation that it was only a "partial sample," and that it's "barely recognizable as a human body part," I'm guessing it was nothing to write home about.

Posted by Aislinn | May 24, 2007 2:16 PM

correction: "THE owner of Napoleonís penis" should read "The SECOND OWNER of Napoleonís penis"


Posted by josh bomb | May 24, 2007 2:19 PM

I'm confused. In what way is cutting off a dead man's penis "overstepp[ing] clerical boundaries?" Don't they always?

Posted by John Pontoon | May 24, 2007 3:07 PM

napoleon was famouly micro-phallused - reputedly about 1". i learned this from "the book of lists" when i was a kid.

i'd wager this doctor either a. doesn't have the real bona-part (har!), or b. is about the 12th owner.

shouldn't this item be in the british museum along with cromwell's death mask?

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