If you fiddled yourself in any way, shape or form, doctors claimed that you would become a shell of a person with few brain cells, eventually driven to insanity. This is where the masturbation "cures" came in — for instance, circumcision. This act of snipping the foreskin was partly thought up to keep boys from having fun with their weiners. This and four other wacky ways our fear of choking the chicken has actually shaped our culture can be found here.
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