Victorian Bullshit and Co.

Miscellaneous bits of History, Literature, Victorians, and Art.

The Curious Case of Napoleon’s penis.
France’s most famous emperor liked to get around, and its believed that he suffered from both syphilis and gonorrhea. So, after his death, the doctor performing his autopsy noticed it looked a little strange and decided to cut it off. Unfortunately this skilled practitioner failed to put it in some formaldehyde, and it was already, um, a bit shrivelled when he sold it illegally to a Corsican priest (Corsica was Napoleon’s native province, so I guess the priest was just a really big fan).
After the priest’s death, Napoleon’s family jewels stayed within his family, until it finally found its way to America in the early 20th century. Then it was purchased, ironically, by an American Urologist (a penis doctor, FYI). The now inch and half artifact was then put on display, where it was compared to a wrinkled piece of beef jerky.
The penis’ current owner was very protective of his prize, so took it off display because he thought people were making fun of it, and locked it in a trunk, allowing no one to see it. There it stayed for many years, while its owner was off collecting other morbid artifacts (like the leather seat cushions from the car Kennedy was shot in), until he died.
Just recently, his daughter discovered it in the trunk, resting on cotton in a little wooden box. Last thing I heard, she’s not selling it, but has received offers for up to $100,000. And not to long ago, a lock of Napoleon’s hair sold for $15,000.
I wonder if Napoleon knows his body parts have become hot commodities.

The Curious Case of Napoleon’s penis.

France’s most famous emperor liked to get around, and its believed that he suffered from both syphilis and gonorrhea. So, after his death, the doctor performing his autopsy noticed it looked a little strange and decided to cut it off. Unfortunately this skilled practitioner failed to put it in some formaldehyde, and it was already, um, a bit shrivelled when he sold it illegally to a Corsican priest (Corsica was Napoleon’s native province, so I guess the priest was just a really big fan).

After the priest’s death, Napoleon’s family jewels stayed within his family, until it finally found its way to America in the early 20th century. Then it was purchased, ironically, by an American Urologist (a penis doctor, FYI). The now inch and half artifact was then put on display, where it was compared to a wrinkled piece of beef jerky.

The penis’ current owner was very protective of his prize, so took it off display because he thought people were making fun of it, and locked it in a trunk, allowing no one to see it. There it stayed for many years, while its owner was off collecting other morbid artifacts (like the leather seat cushions from the car Kennedy was shot in), until he died.

Just recently, his daughter discovered it in the trunk, resting on cotton in a little wooden box. Last thing I heard, she’s not selling it, but has received offers for up to $100,000. And not to long ago, a lock of Napoleon’s hair sold for $15,000.

I wonder if Napoleon knows his body parts have become hot commodities.

  • 3 September 2011
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