Editor’s Note: Before you read this be warned….This is a post about penises. Preserved and very, very old, weird and small penises. Not the usual for a lesbian blog. Continue reading at your own risk. It is, however, incredibly interesting and both historically and anthropologically significant. Also there’s an actual penis museum. Not kidding.
Napoleon‘s pecker (member, little john, carpet snake *insert as many euphemisms as you like here*) has been discovered.
Yes, you did read that correctly. Napoleon’s ‘member’ has been preserved in a box for all this time, and it’s in keeping with the general theme of his stature (the poor dude has been dead for AGES and we’re still joking about his height. I actually had a moment of sympathy. Then promptly realised he’s dead. He doesn’t care).
The penis was rumoured to have been cut off during his autopsy in 1821 and given to a priest in Corsica (why the priest wanted Napoleon’s penis is unknown. I’m just going to leave that well alone).
In 1927 the penis was displayed in Manhattan, New York, then bought by a French urologist for $3000 at a Paris auction in 1977.
The doctor kept the famous penis a secret and bequeathed it to his daughter. Apparently he just brought it home and put it under the desk. She was unaware of it until it was bequeathed to her.
The penis is apparently 1.5 inches long, however, that may be due to deterioration over time. I mean when dudes go swimming for a half hour there’s shrinkage so that many years in preservation can’t be good for sizing issues.
Apparently the removal of penises from prominent figures is actually a thing. It happens frequently (who knew?). Rasputin’s penis is on display in Iceland’s Penis Museum. Yep. There’s a penis museum. Don’t believe me? Click the link I embedded. My mind = blown. If someone had told me that was a thing I’d have thought there was sarcasm font required. But nope. It’s actually a thing. And guess what else? They have a gift shop. Yep. A gift shop.
Aren’t you guys glad I’m studying history this semester?!
Here’s a pic of Napoleon’s old fella, just for anthropological reasons.
I love the neat little box it’s in. Kind of like a little open casket for a little deceased item. But seriously. Eeeeew
I’m left wondering how on Earth this becomes a thing? You’re doing an autopsy on a famous guy and you just say “hey Bill, pass me that scalpel, I might just cut off his penis and chuck it in formaldehyde. It might come in handy sometime”. Really? Because that would never occur to me.
Anyway if you would like to peruse the world famous Icelandic Phallological Museum just click their logo below. It’s actually really interesting, but perhaps not a day trip you’d take the kids on.
Isn’t it cute?! The logo has a cute little drawing of a penis on it. Eeeeeew
This post has been proudly brought to you by my fellow historians in my history method at uni. They are opening my mind to all the fascinating and weird things people do. Like preserving penises. That’s weird. I promise to keep you all updated with every new addition of weird. After all sharers are carers right?
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Napolean’s penis matches small frame: doco