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Q In The Recruit, Colin Farrell (above) talks about doing touristy things in Washington, D.C., like ”seeing John Dillinger’s penis…at the Smithsonian.” Is that for real?

A The bank robber’s pickled privates were never part of the collection, says a rep for the Smithsonian, which annually fields hundreds of requests about the rumored relic. The myth might have begun with a 1934 postmortem photo in which Dillinger’s arm created a tentlike bulge below his abdomen. Urban-legends expert Barbara Mikkelson says nothing ”out of the ordinary” was mentioned in Dillinger’s autopsy, nor was he known as a lady-killer. – Karyn L. Barr (Send queries to BurningQuestions@ew.com)

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