For those of you that have given up your dreams of wanting to become a virtuoso on the cello for fear of developing "Cello Scrotum," it is time again to rethink pursuing your goal . A senior doctor in Britain has admitted to making the ailment—an irritation and pain caused by the instrument repeatedly rubbing against the groin area while playing—to be a made up medical complaint. As a hoax, he wrote in a letter published in the British Medical Journal 34 years ago, people believed it, and it has lived on. Another musical malady reported in BMJ, "Guitar Nipple," caused by the guitar being pressed up against the chest for long periods of time, inspired the idea for the decades long joke. Either the medical community has mostly never seen someone playing the cello, or they believe that cellists have REALLY big balls.


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