In 1994, Cynsa, a member of the pioneering online community The WELL, thrilled us with her Rectal Foreign Bodies page all about the weird things people have put in their butts as reported by medical professionals tasked with removing the items. Barry Petchesky has continued this important online endeavor with his series of posts "chronicling our country's cavity misadventures." He posted his latest list, drawing from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's database of emergency room visits, over at VICE in a delightful article titled "What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year?." Here is a sample:
- • "PATIENT STATES HE STATES SLIPPED IN THE SHOWER AND LANDED ON A METAL AIR FRESHENER CAN AND IT WENT INTO RECTUM"
- • FOLDING KNIFE
- • PLASTIC TOY, "ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG"
- • TOOTHPICK
- • MATTRESS FOAM
- • TWO RAZOR BLADES
- • COAT HANGER, "PATIENT UNSURE HOW IT GOT THERE"
- • COINS
- • LIGHT BULB
- APPLE SAUCE CAN
- • "ACCIDENTALLY GOT A DILDO LODGED IN RECTUM & CUT THE END OF THE DILDO OFF"
- • CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Still curious? Try this book by three medical doctors: "Stuck Up!: 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be"