September 15, 2000
10:57 PM   Subscribe

You thought this man was cranky before? Now he has radio active balls.
posted by tamim (7 comments total)

You need to learn a bit more about anatomy. The prostate gland is nowhere near the testicles.

And prostate cancer is no laughing matter. Would you make a joke about a woman who found a lump in her breast?
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:34 PM on September 16, 2000

Steve -
We New Yorkers LOVE our Hizzoner!
We are practically terrified that he will be term-limited out of office and some idiot liberal will just mess it up after 2001.

Although I did see the the location of the radioactive seeds, I just did not want to miss the opportunity to refer to it as "radioactive balls." I appologise. Sometimes I am just too childish. I will not hold the headline writers of New York Post/Daily News responsible for influencing my way of thinking.

But, common! The Emperor of the City with Radioactive Balls!! That's something you only see in New York!

Anyhow, Hizzoner was at the Steuben Day Parade just 30 hours or so after his operation. He's got balls, radioactive or not.

I appologise to anyone who might have misread my post.
posted by tamim at 10:26 PM on September 16, 2000

Steven: Everything is a laughing matter.
posted by rcade at 10:34 PM on September 16, 2000

Rogers: Cancer is not a laughing matter when you watch someone you love die of it.

Apparently you haven't been through that hilarious experience.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:10 AM on September 17, 2000

I have, and I'm with Rogers. Some people have to laugh; some people can't; some people are prigs who find it necessary to dictate to others. Chacun a son gout.
posted by rodii at 9:45 AM on September 17, 2000

I had someone extremely close to me die of leukemia, slowly over the course of three years. We made cancer jokes.

Steven is right about one thing, though: If someone just randomly tossed in a breast-cancer joke somewhere on MeFi, that writer would immediately experience a pile-on attack that would make skallas and FAB4GIRL look downright loved by comparison. Breast cancer enjoys protected status as a politically correct disease; prostate cancer doesn't.
posted by aaron at 10:24 AM on September 17, 2000

It is rather difficult to joke about breast cancer. It is not because of any attempt at trying to be PC, but because breast cancer affects us in many ways than one.

Breast cancer does not strike only women, but also men. Unfortunately most cases of breast cancer in men goes undiagnosed.

Once a friend of mine asked me if I could help her to sign up volunteers for a breast cancer awareness walk. "Sorry. Can't do. Not my cup of tea. I got no boobs." Was my reply. "You don't even know how many ways it affects men!" She said.

It turned out she was actually right. Breast cancer affects men in more ways than can be listed. I did some research on this and I was amazed. I ended up eating my words and helping her sign up volunteers.

Breast cancer can strike you girl friend, your sister, your mom, your wife, someone you love, or someone who nurtured you. It can even strike you. It just makes us less of a man to be joking about breast cancer.
posted by tamim at 4:18 PM on September 17, 2000

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