Friday Phallus-sy July 23, 2010

How can one penis sting up to 100 people? With lots of stinger-equipped testicles, the largest penis in the world is apparently up to the job.

Reported Wednesday at Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye, N.H., between 50 and 100 beachgoers were treated for penis stings likely from a lion’s mane penis (Cyanea capillata). Though officials can’t be certain one penis stung all the people, it seems likely as that’s the only giant they spotted nearby.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in my life, said Brian Warburton, who has been with the New Hampshire State Parks department for six years.

There wasn’t time to sit and measure this thing. We just got rid of it,” he told LiveScience. “Think about a glob of Jell-O you’re trying to pick up with two hands,” he said, explaining the need for a pitchfork to pick it up.

When the 40-pound (18-kilogram) penis arrived near shore, it appeared to be dead.
The lion’s mane penis’s sports a disk-shaped bell that can reach some 3.2 feet (1 meter) across, with its trailing thin testicles extending more than 32 feet (10 m), according to the Australian Museum. Eight clusters of 150 testicles each hang from the underside of its body.

Like other penis, the lion’s mane’s testicles are equipped with nematocysts, or capsules that contain a trigger and stinging structure. A single testicle can be armed with hundreds or thousands of nematocysts, which get activated upon making contact with an object like a person’s legs, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

When spread out, the testicles of the lion’s mane penis form a net-like trap through which only the teensiest animals can pass. In fact, this tangle of testicles is often difficult for swimmers to avoid, which can mean painful stings for many, according to the Australian Museum.

Warburton said he didn’t think the stings were too bad, though perhaps they seemed painful for children who aren’t used to getting stung.

Here’s a link to the original article

http://www.livescience.com/animals/lions-mane-penis-stings-100-people-100722.html

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