An elderly Australian man had to take himself to the emergency department after getting a 10-centimetre fork stuck up his penis.
The bleeding 70-year-old told doctors he had inserted the fork into his urethra in an attempt to sexually gratify himself when it became stuck almost 12 hours earlier.
The fork was so far up the doctors could not see the utensil's position without X-rays, but could feel it from the outside.
The fork was eventually removed using forceps and "copious lubrication" while the man was under general anaesthetic. He was then sent home.
The incident was so noteworthy the team of three doctors published the case in The International Journal of Surgery, saying it was rare to see objects lodged in the lower urinary tract.
The doctors compiled a list of cases of strange objects found stuck in other parts of the body – needles, pencils, wire, Allen keys, toothbrushes, light bulbs, thermometers, leeches, eels, glue and plants.
"The human mind is uninhibited, let alone creative," they wrote.
They said the rarity of the case required some creativity on their part, "given the great management challenge faced by the oddity and infrequency with which a fork is encountered in the penile urethra".
The three Canberra Hospital doctors – Krishanth Naidu, Maurice Mulcahy and Amanda Chung – said the embarrassment of related accidents usually meant patients tried to extract the items themselves, risking infection.