Canadian doctors see face in testicle

November 2, 2011

Doctors in Canada saw a divine face in the testes of a man admitted to a hospital with severe pain and an inflamed scrotum, a scientific journal article said Wednesday.

Or at least, that is one possible explanation.

Two years ago, doctors at a affiliated with Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, spotted what appeared to be a face in of a 45-year-old patient's scrotum.

"While scrolling through the ultrasound images, the residents and staff alike were amazed to see the outline of a man's face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself was also experiencing severe (pain)," doctors Gregory Roberts and Naji Touma wrote in the journal Urology.

"A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps Min the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation."

The growth turned out to be benign and surgeons removed the testicle.

The discovery was published in the latest issue of the journal Urology under the banner "The Face of Testicular Pain: A Surprising Ultrasound Finding."

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beegman
4.3 / 5 (6) Nov 02, 2011
I found Geezus in my nut sack, hallelujah!
yyz
5 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2011
I see this pareidolia-related story is spreading! Check out the ultrasound image here: http://blogs.disc...eidolia/

On a related note is last years story "CAT scan reveals haunted scrotum": http://blogs.disc...scrotum/

Ain't modern technology great?
Callippo
3 / 5 (4) Nov 02, 2011
This is most bizarre article I ever read at PO...
CHollman82
3.4 / 5 (5) Nov 02, 2011
"The growth turned out to be BENIGN and surgeons removed the testicle."

What???
JimB135
5 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2011
The dude was screaming because he got tea bagged.
Nerdyguy
2 / 5 (4) Nov 02, 2011
Is this meant to be a f-ing joke? Why would PhysOrg/Medicalxpress print this nonsense and not follow the story of the E-Cat? They seem to be along the same lines, but I'd give the E-Cat credit for at least attempting to stay within the realm of science.

Just for fun, I read a few articles on other sites about this. All of them mentioned that the doctors specifically stated that they found it humorous and expected that lots of people might think it was a religious symbol.

However, all the other articles stuck primarily to the facts and stated that the doctors did as well.

Again, I can only guess it was a f-ing joke by an intern reporter for MedicalXpress.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (5) Nov 02, 2011
Uh nerd
This is a reprint of a newsrelease.
I see this pareidolia-related story is spreading! Check out the ultrasound image here: http://blogs.disc...eidolia/
Well its definitely not jesus. Some cartoon character perhaps. Or maybe this guy?
http://en.wikiped...e_Balzac
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (5) Nov 02, 2011
On a related note is last years story "CAT scan reveals haunted scrotum": http://blogs.disc...scrotum/

"On CT scanning of the abdomen and pelvis, the right testis was not identified but the left side of the scrotum seemed to be occupied by a screaming ghost-like apparition"

JESUS
Nerdyguy
1 / 5 (2) Nov 02, 2011
@ghost:
Ghost, you are mistaken. Notice I said I looked around. This information appeared all over the internet and this was by far the shortest, least accurate and least appropriate (for a science site) article to be found. Some right-wing political site had a better writeup. I know they often do just "cut-and-paste", as it were, which was why I was so surprised to find that no one else carried the same writeup.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (6) Nov 02, 2011
Nerdyguy
2 / 5 (4) Nov 02, 2011
http://nz.news.ya...esticle/

-Otto is never much wrong.


Point taken. Looks like the AFP is to blame for this horse hockey.

Nonetheless, PhysOrg can and should be held to a reasonable standard.

I, too, can find several links from even lesser-known sites than PhysOrg/Medxprs, which had a decent writeup.

One might go so far as to say, if you're name is Medicalexpess, and your goal is to "improve the overall quality and experience for our readers", that you have utterly failed with this entry.
pres68y
5 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2011
So that's it? ... to me, it's believable since
my nuts always seemed to have a mind of their own! :-)
Sinister1811
1.8 / 5 (5) Nov 03, 2011
This guy was later able to perform miracles with his testicle.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (6) Nov 03, 2011
Elvis has left the pelvis.
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (6) Nov 03, 2011
At least now we know where Jesus has been hiding..
ROBTHEGOB
1 / 5 (2) Nov 03, 2011
At least it wasn't Herman Cain's face.
Vendicar_Decarian
1.8 / 5 (5) Nov 04, 2011
Cain's face? That would be the other testicle.

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