Friday, December 11, 2009

Have YOU ever been to a Testicle Festival?

Yep, I thought I might be the only one.

This week, we finished two weeks of studying reproductive tract pathology in Biology of Disease. We spent most of the time on the female repro tract - normal female repro, pregnant female repro, and mammary. The instructor allowed about 40 minutes to discuss "the less important stuff" - the male reproductive tract.

The day after she made fun of how unimportant the male repro stuff was, she evidently felt bad about belittling the whopping 1/4 of our class that is male, so we had a Testicle Festival.

The professor baked a round sugar cookie for everybody in the class, and decorated them with different colors and shapes of frosting, marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc. There were about 8 or 10 different types of cookies, each signifying a different pathological condition that can affect the testicles.

So, we had cookies with white frosting and a sperm made out of a chocolate chip with a squiggly frosting tail: seminoma!

We had frosted cookies with half of a sliced marshmallow, and sprinkles: abscess!

We had cookies with red frosting and red sprinkles: hemorrhage!

We had cookies with gummy worms stuck on top: verminous orchitis!

Additional cookies portrayed Leydig/interstitial cell tumors, Sertoli cell tumors, and granulomas.

It was, in a very strange way, actually a good review for next week's repro path exam.

Plus, the cookies were really tasty!

(Sometime I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Then I look around at all of my classmates, and they're just like me!)


  1. Yes, I think there is something wrong with you: enjoying testicle shaped cookies? What's next, intestine shaped pasta?

  2. I am so glad that I am a music major. This is disgusting!