We know that when people get bored, they find ways to occupy themselves. If you have kids, you can be fairly certain that at some point they are likely to stick something up their nose that doesn't belong there.
It is normal for a child to explore his body, according to MedlinePlus. Children routinely place food, seeds, erasers, crayons, beads, and legos into their ears and noses.
It's part of childhood, and most parents have admonished their kids to keep their fingers and other objects out of their noses.
Kids know that you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, and you can even pick your friend's nose.
By the time they're adults, they've grown tired of seeing what fits up the nose and start exploring other areas... like seeing what they can fit inside their rectum
. We've already covered that -- complete with x-rays.
For the truly adventurous, the wanderlust never ends, so what's left to explore?
When a 70 year old man arrived at the Canberra Hospital Emergency Room in Australia, he was in intense pain and complaining about bleeding genitalia. He admitted that 12 hours earlier, he had inserted something into his urethra for his anticipated pleasure.
The fork had lodged itself inside so firmly that it wasn't even immediately visible.
After using forceps and a lot of lubrication, doctors were finally able to remove the fork without permanent damage.
According to the article, entitled ‘An Unusual Urethral Foreign Body’, it is very rare to find alien objects lodged in the lower urinary tract. T
he motives for inserting objects into such a sensitive region were difficult to comprehend. They said that practice tends to occur "during states of pathological masturbation, substance abuse and intoxication."
Pen in Urethra
Terminating an electrical connection
Electrical wires in urethra with a knot in bladder
While it's good practice to use a knot for strain relief on some electrical wires, it can make them more difficult to extract. In this case the electric cable made a knot in the bladder during the manipulation so that removal by pulling on the distal ends that were depressing into the meat of the urethra was impossible. Due to the fact that the diameter of the electrical cable was 5 mm, introduction of any endoscopical instruments was considered impossible. A removal attempt was made, however, the knot slipped from the bladder over the urogenital diaphragm into the bulbar urethra. At this point, no further mobilisation was possible and the cable had to be removed by open surgery.
As described in the past literature most foreign bodies are inserted into the urethra by psychiatric, intoxicated, confused or sexually curious patients. The most common reason still seems to be auto-eroticism.
We always thought that was a figure of speech.