From the annals of sexual fetishes, this story (“GOP Hopeful: My Public Masturbation Fetish and Felonies Were Bad Ideas” by Adam Weinstein) now making the rounds, here from Gawker on 6/27/14:

Jordan D. Haskins, candidate for Michigan Legislature, wants everyone to know conservatives embrace imperfect people, too. So let him explain his multiple felony convictions for breaking into government vehicles [especially police cars], disconnecting the sparkplugs, and jerking off while the engines cranked.

… Via The Saginaw News:

Haskins’ criminal charges stem from trespassing on private and public property in four cases from April 2010 to January 2011, when he was sent to prison. As part of the break-ins, he started vehicles to facilitate an uncommon sexual fetish Haskins called “cranking” in interviews with police…

“I was just a lonely, angry kid at the time,” he said. “If anything, I could be put on ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals.'”

But now he’s up for legislating.

The morphological route seems to be from the automotive verb crank to the sexual verb. But the semantic details are none too clear.

Before I got the explanation, and had only heard the verb, I thought that crank was just the familiar verbing of crank ‘methamphetamine’ (so meaning ‘to use crank’). But no: we’re back in the world of vocabulary for sexual practices.

One Response to “cranking”

  1. Xopher Says:

    some usenet denizens may recall incessant postings across many news groups from an unfortunate whose fetish involved a woman in high heels stomping on the break pedal. It was VERY specific and seemingly extremely urgent, given how many times, in how many places, he posted his hopeful queries.

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