Being in prison really sucks. You don’t have to have lived life behind bars to know that. The living conditions aren’t exactly luxurious, the food is usually crappy, your roommates aren’t exactly great people and you have to grip the soap very delicately. And, you know, there’s the whole lack of freedom thing.
Another aspect of prison life that few who haven’t been incarcerated truly appreciate is just how boring it is. Prisoners spend hours and hours doing almost nothing at all. It’s literally mind-numbing — which guards like because lethargic prisoners are less violent.
According to a study performed by researchers at the University of New South Wales’ Kirby Institute and published in the journal Plos One, some prisoners get so bored they resort to extreme measures to counteract their boredom.
Really extreme measures.
According to The Atlantic, the researchers found that “almost 6 percent of male prisoners in correctional facilities in Queensland and New South Wales had a penile implant.” Three quarters of those with enhanced members had their surgery performed while they were incarcerated, by other inmates.
Yes, prisoners are giving each other penis surgery. Some apparently do it as part of a gang initiation and others to inflict pain on their sexual partners (sorry for making you picture a penis with spikes coming out of it), but it turns out that most do it out of sheer boredom.
Many of these prisoners are literally shoving pieces of plastic under the skin of their shafts. As The Atlantic reports, “some of the objects that have been inserted under the penile skin include beads made from melted toothpaste caps, buttons, dice, and deodorant roller balls.” Gahhh.
Of course, most of these surgeries are performed without anesthetic or proper sterilization, so the chance of infection is very high.
So, uh, think of all those mangled, gangrenous penises the next time you’re sitting at home on a Friday night and complaining of boredom. You don’t know how good you and your penis have it.