HEALTH TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Semen trees of Los Angelas

I want to get my nipples pierced. Are there health risks? Plus: Sperm trees of Los Angeles

September 20, 1985

Dear Cecil:

I am seriously thinking about getting one of my nipples pierced. Are there health risks involved? Also, should I go to a doctor and have it done or don’t they do that sort of thing? Do guys think it’s sexy, or am I just weird?

Cecil replies:

Whatever guys may think about it, Lisa, you are definitely weird–and increasingly, so is this job. When I started writing the Straight Dope 15 years ago, I used to get maybe two or three truly pathological questions a month. Now I’m getting double handfuls of them in every mail. Here’s a sample of what the postman brought this morning:

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