Dear Urban Legends:
I read somewhere that in a 1975 Sears catalog, there is a penis visible in one of the pictures. Is this true? It sounds kind of urban legend-y to me, but I'm curious to know.
One man's "penis" is another man's "innocent blotch," if you know what I mean.
I'm old enough to remember chuckling furtively over the photo in 1975 when friends were passing the infamous Sears catalog around. Opinion seemed to be divided about half-and-half some of us were utterly convinced that what we were looking at was the real deal, so to speak, while others scoffed. Cecil Adams has compared it to a Rorschach Test i.e., the phallus is in the eye of the beholder.
Real or not, the "peeking penis" caused quite a stir at the time. Sears eventually tried to explain the phenomenon away as a printing blemish, but by then it had already been immortalized by country singer Jack Barlow (a.k.a. "Zoot Fenster") in a popular novelty song called "The Man on Page 602."
What's that you say? Need a closer look? I thought so.
(Photos courtesy of The Straight Dope).