Watch your dicks, fellas
Here’s a little article courtesy of Boing Boing about the hysteria over ‘penis thieves‘ in Africa. If you’ve never heard about it, it’s the modern equivalent of a witch hunt. It usually starts when panic is stirred up when baseless accusations are launched at undesirables. The whole thing usually ends up with a few deaths caused by an angry and frightened mob.
It’s an old superstition dating back to ancient myths about demons stealing a guy’s manhood away from him. It’s a metaphor for impotence, but the legend is taken as literal by many. There are always a few tragic deaths a year caused by these witch trials, which makes me embarrassed for the human race in general.
On a side note, I find it equally insane no one double checks when some dude blames a complete stranger for stealing his dick. I realize it might make a few squeamish people uncomfortable, but come on! Just yank down his pants and you’ll have your answer. I get the feeling some people just love a good excuse to beat the shit out of people, and this one happens to be a hometown favorite.
If you’re in Africa and some guy yells out of the blue that you stole his Johnson, run as fast as you can; you can’t talk your way out of this one, apparently!