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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Remember That Woman Whose Skin Grafted to Her Couch?

posted by on March 12 at 13:19 PM

It looks like she can start a support group now.

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said a man called his office last month to report that something was wrong with his girlfriend.

Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

“We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital,” Whipple said. “The hospital removed it.”

Whipple said investigators planned to present their report Wednesday to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against the woman’s 36-year-old boyfriend…. He told investigators he brought his girlfriend food and water, and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom.

“And her reply would be, ‘Maybe tomorrow,”’ Whipple said.

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I don't know what to say about that. Whole thing.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 12, 2008 1:24 PM


Second, the woman had been sitting on the toilet for the past TWO YEARS.

Full story here.

Posted by David Schmader | March 12, 2008 1:26 PM

Wow! That is totally insane!

Posted by Kristin | March 12, 2008 1:30 PM

Mr. Whipple? Now that's kind of funny.

Posted by pablissima | March 12, 2008 1:32 PM

Mr Whipple!!!!!


This has to be a joke...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 12, 2008 1:34 PM

land of the brave & home of the free! we're #1! bomb their ass & steal their gas! love it or leave it! god bless amurka!

Posted by max solomon | March 12, 2008 1:34 PM

Ok, I'm adding "Ass merges with toliet" to my list of automatic grounds for breakup.

Posted by DJSauvage | March 12, 2008 1:35 PM

Schmader, that couch woman still haunts my dreams. think there is another.

Posted by Gidget | March 12, 2008 1:36 PM

The most amazing thing is, it's not in Florida! "The case has been the buzz in Ness City." No shit. Um.

So where was the boyfriend going to the toilet? Wait -- don't answer that question.

Posted by Fnarf | March 12, 2008 1:36 PM

That story simultaneously makes me want to vomit in terror and know more. For example, how did she sleep? Was she morbidly obese like the couch woman? Why did it take two years for him to notice something was seriously fucked up about this whole thing? And finally, did she courtesy flush?

Posted by kebabs | March 12, 2008 1:37 PM

"She is the victim of her own responses shackled to a heart that wants to settle; and then turns away."

-Counting Crows

so sad =

Posted by Non | March 12, 2008 1:37 PM

So how did she get stuck to the toilet seat in the first place? At least the couch woman, IIRC, was suffering from severe depression. Who the fuck sits on a toilet seat long enough for skin to graft to it?

Posted by keshmeshi | March 12, 2008 1:40 PM

How do I get a hot girlfriend like that?

Posted by J.R. | March 12, 2008 1:43 PM

You think this is just in Nowhere, Kansas. Fooey.

It's more common than you'd think it is.

Several people like this always seem to fly on the same 10-hour flights with me, from Seattle to Europe.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 12, 2008 1:44 PM

Holy christ. What I don't get is why the boyfriend just let her sit there for two years. I would've called a mental health facility after two days.

Posted by julia | March 12, 2008 1:44 PM

2 years?

That's 730 days of bringing her food and water. That's at least asking her 730 times to come out of the bathroom.

Seriously. Unless she was physically tied to the toilet seat, it was her own depression.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | March 12, 2008 1:48 PM

Yeah, all I want to know is where he was taking his twosies while she was occupying his toilet.

Posted by Carollani | March 12, 2008 1:49 PM

This has all the signs of the boyfriend being a feeder/into feederism. Which, in my opinion, is abuse.

Posted by cinenaut | March 12, 2008 1:55 PM


Posted by Hernandez | March 12, 2008 1:56 PM

This is out of control... how long does someone need to be sitting on something before their skin starts to grow around it?

Did she have entertainment? A TV in there? They obviously didnt have sex, for two years... where was her family and friends? What kind of food did he bring her? Did they have dinner parties with her in the bathroom? Keggars?

I have so many questions that sadly, I dont think will ever be answered.

Posted by catnextdoor | March 12, 2008 1:58 PM

The boyfriend didn't break up with the woman all those years despite her rather high maintenance needs. That has to be some kind of love.

Posted by Bub | March 12, 2008 2:03 PM

I sure I'm not alone in demanding photographic evidence.

Posted by AMB | March 12, 2008 2:04 PM

Like, did the skin grow AROUND the seat? Or did it simply "Hug" the seat?

I cant stop thinking about this. Also, more questions like: could she wipe?

Posted by catnextdoor | March 12, 2008 2:11 PM

@20: They totally could have had sex! Somehow.

Posted by eustaceia | March 12, 2008 2:12 PM

Um. Link to the couch story, please.

Posted by Jonathan | March 12, 2008 2:16 PM

#18, you called it. I think the same thing whent for the woman fused to the couch. I don't think anyone could bring them food and water for years on end unless they were getting off to it... ugh.

Posted by Woodbun | March 12, 2008 2:26 PM

Clearly the other poster's don't have TVs in their bathrooms. I could totally see this happening.

Posted by nbc | March 12, 2008 2:42 PM

@26 - Maybe, but it could be they are bot extremely depressed, with Mr. Whipple being the enabling half in a severely co-dependent relationship.

Posted by Mahtli69 | March 12, 2008 2:43 PM

Fnarf and Carollani, they probably had 2 bathrooms.

Posted by inkweary | March 12, 2008 2:50 PM

The boyfriend may be criminally liable, because he brought her food and water, and because he didn't coerce her into leaving? Excuse me?

Posted by David Wright | March 12, 2008 2:58 PM

He musta brought her a LOT of food.

Posted by Henrietta | March 12, 2008 3:13 PM

I just don't understand this. I mean, you have to eventually shift around a bit at the very least! How can your ass become ATTACHED to the seat???? How is it even possible to sit on a toilet without shifting around and becoming unstuck???!!! And if she wasn't tied down, then how could she possibly sit there that long?!? Your butt would eventually hurt so much, how could it be physically possible to NOT move???? And do we even know that this was a fat person or a feeder/feedee thing?

Posted by Kristin | March 12, 2008 3:36 PM

So she didn't bother wiping... nice.

Posted by w7ngman | March 12, 2008 3:37 PM

I'll bet she has anal fissures like no other...

Posted by Hernandez | March 12, 2008 3:50 PM

...among all the other awful questions i never imagined i'd be provoked to conjure: wouldn't it only take a few days of same-position-induced circulatory compromise to induce gangrene? then sepsis? then death?
#22, you are not alone. i am calling bullshit on this until shown further evidence.

Posted by pretentious | March 12, 2008 3:52 PM

Link to the woman fused to couch story from 2004:

Feederism is unfortunately a hell of a lot more common than anyone thinks -- and it certainly isn't as harmless as Dan's casual dismissals of it might lead you to think.

Posted by cinenaut | March 12, 2008 4:03 PM

I asked her if she would please do a courtesy flush, and her reply would be, "Maybe tomorrow."

Posted by Mahtli69 | March 12, 2008 4:14 PM

This is reminiscent of the movie Se7en.

Posted by Detective Lt. William Somerset | March 12, 2008 4:33 PM

I guess I could imagine not being able to get up from the couch...a couch can be comfortable. But to be stuck in ONE position so long that something grafted to you??? How could someone NOT fidget? And toilets are not comfortable...10 minutes tops and then your ass can start to hurt! I hope that never happens to me!

Posted by Kristin | March 12, 2008 4:51 PM

Wow. I miss the X-Files.

Posted by Mulder | March 12, 2008 5:32 PM

When have I ever casually dismissed feederism? I think -- I'm not sure, I'd have to go back and, uh, read my own book -- that I came out agin' it in Skipping Towards Gomorrah.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 12, 2008 5:34 PM

Why did they use a crowbar to get the toilet seat off? Usually toilet seats are fastened with plastic nuts that you tighten by hand (so you don't break the porcelain).

Posted by Ivan | March 12, 2008 5:58 PM

I'll believe it when I see it on

Posted by Johnny | March 12, 2008 7:47 PM

I'm more saddened by this than I am disgusted.

Plus a little disturbed by the "Look at the freak" nature of the post.

Posted by brandon h | March 12, 2008 9:13 PM

Brandon, are you somehow implying that someone who sits on a toilet long enough for her skin to graft to the seat ISN'T a freak? Because that sorta fits my definition of "freak" to a T.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 13, 2008 6:13 AM

Ivan @42 - she was growing TO the seat!! Do you really imagine they could reach around to the nuts?!?

Wow. that sounds way more disgusting than it was meant to...

Posted by subwlf | March 13, 2008 12:54 PM

subwlf @ 46

You'd need to reach around to use a crowbar, and the crowbar would create a lot of torque on the seat, which could be painful if your ass is stuck to the seat, as hers apparently was.

Honestly, I can't imagine it being possible for your skin to fuse with any of the substances typically used for toilet seat, unless it was wood, and she had the equivalent of bed sores from sitting there so long, and after some time the weepy, oozing sores dried and somehow bonded with the seat.


Posted by Ivan | March 13, 2008 6:20 PM

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