Tuesday, 28 February 2012

This is an actual book (but I'll wait for the movie)



According to Amazon, The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson was published on 17 January 2011.

Book Description:
Forty-three years ago, a strange series of events unfolded on the island of Singapore.

Hundreds of men rushed to the hospitals of the island with the terrifying belief that their penises were shrinking. Each feared that if his penis shrank away completely, he would die.

Some came with lucky red strings tightly wrapped around their penises to prevent the lethal disappearance. Others had clamps holding their wayward organs in place.

Most often it was a firm grasp of a hand, their own or a frightened family member's, that prevented the shrinking penis from slipping away and taking their life with it.

Oddly enough, about a dozen women also fell victim to the panic.

This was the Great Singapore Penis Panic, or what doctors refer to as an epidemic of the psychiatric condition called Koro.

The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria explains the basis of koro in Chinese medicine, and how and why something so peculiar as the Singapore Koro epidemic could have happened when it did.

No, this isn't fiction. The Great Singapore Penis Panic of 1967 is for real.

The book is up for The Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. Previous winners include The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories and Living with Crazy Buttocks.

The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria should also be shortlisted for having The Worst Book Cover Ever!

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Hi,

I have already negotiated film rights for my book, "The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria".

I am considering asking Danny Devito to play the part of the shrinking penis.

Best wishes to you!
Scott D. Mendelson

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