Burrowing into the gerbil rumors


40 Responses to “Burrowing into the gerbil rumors”

  1. Boundegar says:

    Does this urban legend still need to be debunked?  I thought it went away years ago.

    • Christopher says:

      Never underestimate peoples’ willingness to hold on to the most absurd beliefs about those they regard as different.

    • MonkeyBoy says:

       We had geribils when my son was around 7. Sometimes we would close a room and let them run around and do things like build houses for them out of blocks.

      If you were lying on the floor they would sometimes explore you and do things like run around inside your pants. If one wanted to move something or get it to move it would often use head buts and I’ve had one head but my ass.

      I never thought of such behavior as particularly sexual (it was more ticklish),,  but maybe somebody with similar experience did, and then came up with a more sexual fantasy.

  2. Nick Bensema says:

    Much as I like South Park, one major problem I have with them is that they vectored this rumor by depicting gerbiling on the show.  Now a whole new generation has grown up with the rumor.

  3. steve849 says:

    What’s gerbiling? 

  4. acerplatanoides says:

    But…… Richard Gere! citation: that kid on the school bus

  5. dioptase says:

    I can’t help but still believe it happens for one simple reason: A surgical nurse I trust claims to have been involved in a bit of emergency surgery due to a gerbil in an unfortunate location.  Weighing “I haven’t found any documentation” vs “I saw it,” I have to go with believing the later.

  6. milovoo says:

    I just don’t see how the Gary Larson cartoon is related at all, other than having the word “gerbil” in it.  The humor is two cats discussing a box of rodents as humans discuss chocolates.

  7. Well never mind, then!

    But on the other hand, how does one “document” a case of gerbiling?  Is there some Gerbling Documentarian career path I’m not aware of?  :)

  8. ToMajorTom says:

    The real value of this article (to younger readers and as a reminder to older readers) is the section concerning early AIDS hysteria that swept the planet in the ’80s.  It’s easy to forget how anti-gay mainstream reporting was during the initial AIDS crises. Anyone who thinks homophobia is a problem now, just look back about three decades and you might be shocked.

    • peregrinus says:

      Oh for Goodness sake don’t tell me the 80′s were three decades ago.  They were last week.  C’mon.  You’re bringing out my male pattern baldness.

      I’ve always figured the drug companies were behind the homo-misinformation campaign.  Wasn’t it a gay green monkey from Rangaloon, involved in a three-way tryst with bisexual acrobats in a diamond mine in the Belgian Congo?  That was the species-barrier leap.

      By persuading everyone it was a “gay disease” (read that with your 1850 voice and laugh), the rapid and destructive spread through the overall population was assured, and a whole new diamond mine of R&D was created.  Which led to sales, which led to $.And don’t fight the rodent / bum thing too hard.  I have a hamster, and when I clean it out, it gets right up my arse.

  9. rocketpjs says:

    Wow, I haven’t thought about that absurd rumour in decades.  It reminds me of a terrible song by an otherwise not bad/over the top raunchy Canadian punk band called the Dayglo Abortions. No link because it sings the stereotype, but it was called ‘hide the hamster’, I think.

  10. Uncle Geo says:

    Radiologists quietly collect radiographs of “artifacts” they encounter which include any number of things found inside humans; from what you’d expect (bullets, shrapnel, ingested buttons, toys and coins) to things you might not (coke bottles, light bulbs, dildoes) appearing in “unusual” places.

    Though the species was not identified, I did indeed see a radiograph of small spinal columns which the docs ID’d as rodential in nature and were definitely lodged in that unusual place -and unfortunately unreachable by the insertee, prompting the trip to the ER. As these images were captured on laserdiscs among tens of thousands of others many many years ago,  I will not bother to try to find them and, for the record, will not expect anyone to believe me.

    But I did find the darkly humorous side of radiologists quite endearing.

  11. jaroslaw says:

    Maybe not gerbils, but here’s a documented case of “micing”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/16/douglas-spink-arrested-in_n_541379.html

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