Real Science. Real Odd.

titanium ring by Cam Switzer
So THAT’s where that condom went…:

Accidental condom inhalation

“A 27-year-old lady presented with persistent cough, sputum and fever for the preceding six months. In spite of trials with antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis treatment for the preceeding four months, her symptoms did not improve. A subsequent chest radiograph showed non-homogeneous collapse-consolidation of right upper lobe. Videobronchoscopy revealed an inverted bag like structure in right upper lobe bronchus and rigid bronchoscopic removal with biopsy forceps confirmed the presence of a condom. Detailed retrospective history also confirmed accidental inhalation of the condom during fellatio

I’ve heard of
inhaling latex balloons but latex condoms is another matter. It is an interesting read (and it is Open Access). 27 year old teacher who had been suffering from coughs and fevers for 6 months. They have a nice photo of the reconstructed condom. The paper ends with this delicate suggestion:

Quite interestingly, one would wonder that an incidence of this nature took place on the Indian sub-continent, which enjoys a traditional conservative culture. People tend to have religious attitudes and sex is largely considered to be a subject limited to a person’s private life. Apprehensions may, however, exist in the young minds towards opposite sex. Perhaps, the young lady in our case was also quite apprehensive about fellatio, a fact, that could have played a part in the condom inhalation. It is, much desirable that sex taboos prevalent on the sub-continent are curbed and greater sexual awareness created in the people’s minds.

I’m glad someone is putting up articles like this. To think someone got a publication because of an inhalation of a condom. Or because
vampire bats recognize you by your breathing and will come back to find you (Open Access).

Or because a stuck titanium penile ring can only be removed by an electric saw (Costs $34 to read). Or because someone discovered that self-administered hydrofluoric acid enemas are bad news (although not available online the abstract states that the patient did this “while intoxicated from intranasal cocaine administration”).

I do love that someone got a paper published discussing how Superman’s x-ray vision could work. I can’t download the article but here is the abstract:

Requirements that a vision system must meet to make Superman ‘s x-ray vision possible are stated, and two solutions are proposed. In one, emitted x-rays carry the information to Superman ‘s eyes; in the other, emitted rays make objects transparent to a second type of ray. Further subjects lending themselves to this type of research are superhearing , the biomechanics of leaping tall buildings, or being faster than a bullet.

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  1. Re:Cultural attitudes (from Wikipedia_

    See also: History of sex and History of India

    A Sculpture depicting a sexual Pose
    The seeming contradictions of Indian attitudes towards sex can be best explained through the context of history. India played a significant role in the history of sex, from writing the first literature that treated sexual intercourse as a science, to in modern times being the origin of the philosophical focus of new-age groups’ attitudes on sex. It may be argued that India pioneered the use of sexual education through art and literature. As in all societies, there was a difference in sexual practices in India between common people and powerful rulers, with people in power often indulging in hedonistic lifestyles that were not representative of common moral attitudes.

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