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Superglue Revenge, Revisited

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  • My friend Buck Wolf over at Weird News recently blogged about a sticky situation in Wisconsin involving an unfaithful husband, his jilted wife, three different women he cheated with, and a tube of Krazy Glue. Predictably, it didn't end well for the lothario.

    According to a police report the four women allegedly confronted the guy in a motel room, beat him, and glued his penis to his stomach.

    Shocking as it may seem, this sort of thing happens more often than you might think. Consider the case of Ken Slaby of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, whose jilted lover snuck up on him while he was sleeping and glued his penis to his stomach, his testicles to his leg, and the cheeks of his buttocks together. That was in 2000. In 2005 he filed a lawsuit and won hefty damages from his ex.

    Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand reported hearing of similar incidents dating as far back as 1980. "Unfortunately, I cannot tell my eager readers positively whether the 'Superglue Revenge' tradition is true or false," he wrote in The Choking Doberman (W.W. Norton, 1984). "What I can report is that the story has come out of hospital emergency rooms all over the country, and that it has been passed on from innumerable friends of friends to other storytellers."

    During the early '90s a rumor went around saying that actress Sean Young had superglued her boyfriend James Woods' penis to his leg during a quarrel. Young later denied it in a Playboy interview, saying Woods was a liar and an "excellent salesman" who had promulgated the rumor himself to defame her.

    The upshot is that it's an old and familiar urban legend — which is not to say that in every given instance the story is false; rather, it points up a salient feature of urban legends generally, which is that they do sometimes come true.

    Learn more:
    Krazy Glue Penis Punishment for Cheating Husband
    Civil Suit Goes to Court: A Scorned Lover, Glue and a Naked Man
    Urban Legends: The Uses and Abuses of Superglue
    What Is an Urban Legend?

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