(so NSFW it isn't funny at all, most links are not safe either)
'The animal kingdom would probably cease to exist without smegma
.' - Thomas Ritter, MD.
Smegma's a widely misunderstood substance, rather than being a noxious waste product it moisturizes the glans and keeps it smooth, soft, and supple. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties keep the penis clean and healthy though a build up can result in balanitis
. Here's an article on how to collect it for experimentation
as an extracted bacterium from smegma has been successfully used to treat bladder cancer
as well as a strange experiment on the potential carcinogenic effects of smegma on mice
(hint, there were none found, if anything, the smegma'ed mice outlived the control mice). Smegma is also related to vernix
, the cheese-like substance on a newborn's skin.
to be had
, including the Devil's Dictionary definition
as well as a band called, yeah, Smegma
and even a cocktail recipe for something called a Smegma Delight
(vodka, bourbon and parmesan cheese, umm, pass).
posted by fenriq
on Mar 24, 2005 -
Woman Performs Caesarean On Herself to Save Baby
Its thought to be the first case where both mother and child survived a self performed caesarean.
From the article, "...a mother's instinct to save her child can move a woman to perform extraordinary acts but said it would not have been necessary if adequate medical care had been available."
Contrast that story with the recent news: Chico Student Allegedly Kills Newborn
and then leaves the body in a plastic bag in her dormroom.
An avoidable situation given California's Safe Haven Law
that allows new mothers to safely surrender their newborns within three days of birth with no questions asked, no names taken and no repercusions, assuming the child isn't abused or neglected.
And she wouldn't be held on a million dollars bail awaiting trial for murder.
posted by fenriq
on Apr 6, 2004 -