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Q: Scrotal hernias in literature? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Scrotal hernias in literature?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: pete_ca-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 23 Dec 2005 05:44 PST
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Question ID: 609200
I'm trying to remember the title/author of a book.
The scene I remember is set in a small village, perhaps in Mexico or
South America. Many of the men in the village suffer from congenital
herniated scrota. On hot days they sit on the front steps of their
houses, fanning their exposed genitals. Ostensibly this is to keep
them cool but, in reality, there's something of a size competition
going on.

I think the scene was near the start of the book, and the book was by
Allende or Garcia Marques or Vargas LLosa.
Subject: Re: Scrotal hernias in literature?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2005 10:33 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
This was such an...ahem...odd question that I just had to give it a shot.

The scene is in:

Love in the Time of Cholera 
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
pg 110

"...when Juvenal Urbino was in elementary school, he could not avoid a
spasm of horror at the sight of men with ruptures sitting in their
doorways on hot afternoons, fanning their enormous testicle as if it
were a child sleeping between their legs..."



search strategy:  Searched for [ scrotal hernias fanning ]
pete_ca-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Perfect. That's it. Thanks.

Subject: Re: Scrotal hernias in literature?
From: tempworker-ga on 23 Dec 2005 20:19 PST
Were they soft, or hard, during their competition?
Subject: Re: Scrotal hernias in literature?
From: pete_ca-ga on 24 Dec 2005 09:38 PST
I'm fairly sure they were soft. It wasn't a penis size contest. It was
the size of the distended scrotum that was significant.
Subject: Re: Scrotal hernias in literature?
From: myoarin-ga on 25 Dec 2005 08:22 PST
If it was a size competition, they should have cooled them like Aussie
rugby players (maybe Aussie Rule football players, too) used to do,
well into the after match drinking bout:  comparison of displacement
in a pint of beer.

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