Napoleon’s Penis

By CHRISTOPHER SHAY (Tuesday, May 10, 2011)

People have been fixated on Napoleon’s penis since Napoleon’s doctor allegedly cut it off during his autopsy in 1821 and gave it to a priest in Corsica. The penis, which was not properly preserved, has been compared over the years to a piece of leather, a shriveled eel and to beef jerky. In 1927 when it went on display in Manhattan, TIME weighed in, comparing it to a “maltreated strip of buckskin shoelace.” It’s enough to give anyone a complex! In 1977, a urologist living in New Jersey purchased the modern-day relic for $3,000 and stored it under his bed until he died 30 years later. His daughter inherited Napoleon’s penis and has fielded at least one $100,000 offer.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1988719_1988728_1988695,00.html #ixzz1OSaUXblw

Published on June 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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