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by Mary Roach
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i f the distance is less than the width of your thumb, you are likely to come.”
Bonaparte also discovered a correlation between a woman’s height and how close together her vulval features are. Shorter women tend to have shorter spans.
gynecologist-turned-sex-researcher Robert Latou Dickinson. His Atlas of Human Sex Anatomy includes a two-page spread of fourteen thumbnail Coital Diagrams with terse, pronoun-sparse titles: “Pillow Lifts Hips,” “He Diagonally Across.” Chaste as these drawings are—the bed beneath the couple is drawn in more detail than are their faceless, featureless bodies—they were edited out of the first edition. Dickinson tried to appease his publisher by replacing the human forms with a pair of entwining robots; however, he reports, “these evasions proved to be not a little absurd” and the publisher ...more
Flat!” Dr. Hsu relies on a lively repertoire of metaphors and analogies to explain the various functions and dysfunctions of the male genitalia. One particularly ambitious explanation, delivered earlier today, involved a Christmas tree and an elephant’s trunk. A diver was diving into a pool, and an aircraft was taking off. I felt like ducking under the table.
There are so many patents on file for erector rings* that they earn their own chapter in Hoag Levins’s diverting book American Sex Machines: The Hidden History of Sex at the U.S. Patent Office.
you. The world’s most experienced penis reattachment surgeons can be found in Thailand, where, during the 1970s, an estimated one hundred vengeful Thai wives, spurred by media coverage of a prominent 1973 case, sliced off the penises of their adulterous husbands as they slept.
about. The paper does not provide the exact number of penises eaten by ducks, but the author says there have been enough over the years to prompt the coining of a popular saying: “I better get home or the ducks will have something to eat.”
sex. To get inside a lubricated vagina, a penis needs to be hard enough to push against the opening with one to two pounds of force.
title?” And then, quite unintentionally, Dr. Schroder delivered the ultimate masturbation-research sound bite. “Masturbation,” she said, “is a touchy area.”
If you are paralyzed, say, or you have multiple sclerosis, you may find that orgasm relieves you of the leg stiffness and muscle spasms collectively known as spasticity.
*The world record belongs to Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, who, along with two fellow practitioners, pulled a flatbed delivery truck across a Taipei parking lot with their penises in October 2000.
*A comforting word about the crooked penis. Dr. Hsu says it is rare to see one that stands perfectly straight. Actually, what he said was: “Most men are communists! Lean to the left! Second most common: bow down, like Japanese gentleman! Number three, to the right. Four, up! Like elephant!”
again. In San Francisco, cock-ring emergencies are so common that they have their own shorthand (“C-Ring”) on the Fire Department teletype.
The largest penis bone is that of the walrus. The Inuit call it an oosik and used it as a war club.