is the insertion of an instrument into the anal
cavity of a human or animal to assess the condition of the lower bowel
. Instruments used include pliers
, fiber-optic cables
, eye droppers
, and specialized balloons
. Anal probing is most often used to identify digestion
problems; however, it can also be used to identify parasites
damage, and foreign objects
in the rectal
In popular culture
Anal probing by aliens is a common theme in extraterrestrial life in popular culture. For example:
- The South Park episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" in which Cartman gets an anal probe by aliens. Also, in the episode "The Death of Eric Cartman", Butters is "examined" by a doctor through use of a giant, red, vibrating anal probe.
- A memorable sketch, Career Crisis, from the TV programThe Kids in the Hall S04E11, features two aliens discussing the purpose and motivation for anally probing Earthlings.
- Gaia Online, an anime-based role-playing game website, held a 2006 Halloween event featuring trading of alien, human, and bovine anal probes.
- In the cartoon series Futurama, the character Philip J. Fry is abducted by a flying saucer whose vanity plate reads "PROBE #1."
- In the series Destroy All Humans!, there is a weapon called the anal probe, which is shot at people for brain stems.