This poor guy!

A 35-year-old Israeli man was rushed to the hospital on Friday after a snake suddenly emerged from the toilet he was sitting on and bit the man’s penis.

The injured man told emergency workers that he noticed a strong burning sensation as he was using the toilet in his parents’ home in the norther Israeli town of Nofit. At that point, the man looked down and saw a snake in the toilet. He then “ran from the room in horror” to call paramedics.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a snake bite like this,” a paramedic said, according to Your Jewish News. “Luckily, all tests seem fine and the man is feeling well.” The paramedic also said the man was in good enough spirits to joke about the incident.

The snake, which the man described as very small, wasn’t venomous, but doctors at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa decided to keep the man hospitalized for further tests and observation.


  1. #1 RBH
    July 16, 2013

    From Ed Brayton’s Facebook remarks on this story, a comment apparently on the original source of the story:

    “”If only the most sensitive part of the penis had some sort of natural, god-given sheath to provide some measure of protection against such occurrences…”

  2. #2 Bilbo
    July 16, 2013

    Hi Jason,

    Interesting story. I’m wondering if you find the Edward Snowden story intersting. If so, I’m wondering what your thoughts about it are.

  3. #3 eric
    July 17, 2013

    Now I what to do with the broccoli in the house: use it to test for snakes.

  4. #4 Bilbo
    July 17, 2013

    Why I make a point of asking you about Snowden, Jason. Glenn Greenwald answering questions in Harper’s Magazine interview:

    Have you felt as though the criticisms lobbed at Snowden have been extended to you? Obviously from people like Peter King, but elsewhere, too?
    Sure, there are people on the right who have done that, like Marc Thiessen, who wrote a column in the Washington Post saying that I had committed multiple felonies, kind of echoing Peter King. But interestingly the most vicious and vehement attacks on my reporting have come from Democrats. Democrats and progressives are the ones who were my loudest cheerleaders when I was writing this stuff about the Bush Administration, and they’ve become the primary source of hostility and contempt now that I’m writing the same exact stuff about Obama.
    Is it disheartening to see such a 180-degree turn from former supporters?
    I remember I would go around in 2007 and 2008 giving speeches about the Bush Administration, and people would sometimes say to me, “Don’t you realize that once Democrats get into office they’re going to do these same things, and all your allies who are now cheering for you are going to support those policies?” And I would say, “I don’t believe that’s true” — like their dignity would not allow them to spend eight years shrieking about the horrors of these policies, only to turn around and support them because a Democrat was doing it. I turned out to be totally wrong. “

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