4 Reasons You Might Want to Chop Off a Body Part

Posted on by Tasanee 'Taz' Hermans (lessthanthree)
URL for sharing: http://thisorth.at/x8f
We've all seen inspiring true stories where people overcome their physical disabilities and go on to achieve amazing things, like win Olympic gold medals or play rugby. Hell, there's even a guy who was deemed "too awesome" to even enter the Olympics because his prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage.

These people must have had some serious patience, tenacity, and determination, which I find incredibly impressive since most of the time I can't even get up off the couch to look for the remote control, and I am currently in possession of all my limbs. I can't imagine what it must have been like to lose an arm or a leg, but we assume that it was a pretty crap experience. Amputees, we salute you! (Or at least I would salute you, if I hadn't been playing with those firecrackers yesterday.)

Aside from watching Saw on late night TV, we don't think about amputation much. But there are whole subcultures of people who think about it all the time. Not only that, but they seem quite keen on it, actually.

Wait, people actually do this? In their garages?

It turns out there are several different reasons why someone would want to have part of themselves removed, and they're not all about sex, either. (Yes, I know what you're thinking: I was totally on the same track there.)

Thanks, internet

1. To Feel 'Complete'

Brace yourself. You know that movie Idle Hands? That's a real thing. No, your hand does not get possessed by Satan in order to fondle Jessica Alba, but there is a disorder called Alien Hand Syndrome, where people feel completely disconnected from the actions of their limbs.

More likely to leave you limbless, however, is Body Integrity Disorder, a cousin of the more commonly-known BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). It seems that people with BID feel "incomplete" with all their bits (and if that's not a paradox, I don't know what is), and feel the need to remove fingers or limbs to be "whole" again.

I must admit, there have been times when I felt a real need to have a haircut, but I don't think I'll be chopping off any of my limbs any time soon.

2. Ok, So Yes, There is Some Sex Stuff

Regular visitors to the internet will already be familiar with Rule 34. But just in case your grandma is standing behind you reading this, I shall explain. Rule 34 is the axiom whereby if you can think of it, it will be there on the internet in porn form.

Wait...no...don't close the tab to search for "smurf-f***ing"; I've already provided you with some:


Althought acrotomophilia (sexual attraction to amputees) is the more common fetish, there are people who can only get off by being an amputee (there's a "Mr. Stumpy" joke here somewhere, but I'm gonna leave that one up to you). If you think organising some Thai food, candles, and Barry White is a bit of a chore, imagine if your night had to include hacksaws and cauterising tools.

Which brings me to...

3. Because You're Just Generally Super-Badass

Self-amputation, as in actually getting down and doing the job yourself (sorry, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little there), is an extreme part of the body modification community. It sucks, bro: you get a tattoo, and then everyone starts doing that, so you etch your skin with acid, but then that becomes popular, and so on, etc, so you chop off your frigging thumb:

WARNING: this pic is completely NSFW. In, fact, I lost the link and had to look it up again, so I've seen it 3 times now, and that is enough for forever.

But if you're considering a radical new look for yourself, be warned; this interview does mention that "It is slightly painful, of course."

Ya think?

4. For Your General Health and Well-Being (if you're a nutjob)

Trepanation is the ancient practice of boring a hole in the skulls to release evil spirits that may be causing disease. Since humanity has moved on from the whole "demons in your head causing illness" idea, trepanation is now only used by surgeons to remove pressure on the brain in the case of subdural haematomas.

Oh, and also by these nutjobs.

The first sentence on the home page of the ITAG (International Trepanation Advocacy Group) website states that:

'Skull trepanation has usually been considered a strange oddity by archeologists, anthropologists and neuroscientists. With nearly complete unanimity those professions consider trepanation to be some inexplicably superstitious and outdated practice for which there is no justification in the modern world. In short they believe that skull trepanation has no scientific basis. '

But hey! Let's all drill holes in our head anyway, guys! It turns out that ITAG is mainly concerned with finding people who want to have holes drilled in their skull and making it happen, like some grisly version of the Make a Wish Foundation.

I know what I want for Christmas...

Should people be able to do what they want to their own bodies?

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You forgot easy weight loss! If I want to lose 4 -5 pounds super quick. I could just chop off my left arm.

Posted By Actionamy,

Having had a finger involuntarily torn off, it blows my mind that anyone would willing amputate an arm or leg, but I guess that's mental illness for ya.

Posted By Cobanerd,

@Cobanerd Gross, how'd that happen?

Also, I'd like to state that I scheduled this to publish before realizing that the black amputee's balls were clearly visible in the picture, so I had to black bar that shiz. (Still wasn't as gross as the severed thumb, though. I hate you, Taz.)

Posted By Rebecca,

Wow, That thumb part. I am actually speechless.

Posted By matt,

@Rebecca: Hehehe. My boyfriend just asked to see the link while I was typing this, and I managed to open a new tab, scroll down, and then close it without opening my eyes at all :P

Posted By lessthanthree,

What about the dildo in Utah who got his hand stuck while climbing alone and not telling anyone where he was going?

Posted By Karla,

@Rebecca I'm not sure I want to share my minor amputee story here for free if someone elsewhere is willing to pay for it...

Posted By Cobanerd,

"Also, I'd like to state that I scheduled this to publish before realizing that the black amputee's balls were clearly visible in the picture, so I had to black bar that shiz."
- this, my friends, is the culmination of my life's work.

Posted By Jon,

@Jon You know you've got a hit website when...

Posted By Rebecca,

Funny !

Posted By imTaimur,

i was all for freedom until i saw the thumb pic. also, who here has seen daniel tosh's one legged salsa dancer. damn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnsz8Uc3enE

Posted By chana080310,

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