Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's a New Day

Just in case you missed it...

Reports out of the Congo tell us that the capital has been overwhelmed by a wave of penis-snatching. Apparently, sorcerers have been at work shrinking men's penises or making them disappear entirely. Things have gotten so bad that some people tried to lynch the accused sorcerers.

It all brings to mind the first great Western manual of sex therapy, called the Malleus Maleficarum, The Hammer of Evil, a late 15th century book that was the Inquisitor's manual during the witch hunts that enveloped Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. You may or may not know that the accused witches of Europe were also accused of causing male sexual dysfunctions, and that the manual produced by a couple of Dominican monks was supposed, not only to show how to overcome this curse, but how to identify the perpetrators.

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