There are several mysteries in the world that we can’t quite wrap our minds around. Who assembled those giant rocks to make Stonehenge? Why do ships keep disappearing around the Bermuda Triangle? How did the size of the early human brain double in only 1 million years?
However, one aspect of our existence that we don’t tend to question as much is the human penis. It may be the tunnel that shot us into existence from the other world, but other than that it’s pretty simple. It stays small, then gets big. It filters unneeded water from our bodies. It shoots stuff out that makes babies. Simple stuff, really, and there’s rarely a need to question it any further.
The female organ is a more widely accepted source of mystery and poetry, but we tend to forget that there are some things about the male member that are also quite mysterious (but probably not poetic). Here are a few facts about the male organ that just might surprise you.
10. Most Members Are Uncircumcised
We have some bad news for the women out there who prefer unhooded dongs: worldwide, only about 30% of males over 15 are circumcised, according to a 2007 report made by UNAIDS and the WHO (World Health Organization). It’s unfortunate that this is the statistic, since several studies have proven that circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection. To add to the benefits of circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated in 2012: “Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and that the procedure’s benefits justify access to this procedure for families who choose it.”
9. Lifting Weights
Men tend to guard their private area like precious jewels. It’s a cruel world out there, after all, and the penis is a vulnerable thing. Or is it? There’s a martial arts studio in Los Angeles wherein Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng teaches his students the art of lifting more weights with their flaccid member than you can lift with both your arms. The grandmaster himself once pulled an 8,000-pound World War II-era fighter plane down a runway with his sword. To this, there is absolutely nothing for us to say.
8. The World’s Largest Phallus Is Bigger Than Your Arm
For a long time, the title of world’s largest member belonged to Jonah Falcon, a 43 year-old from New York city wielding a 13.5 inch long sword. But just this year, a new specimen was discovered that makes Mr. Falcon’s sword seem like a corkscrew. Roberto Esquivel Carbrera, whose name is definitely not the longest thing he has, sports an impressive 18.9 incher, weighing in at 2 pounds. Holy moly.
7. Boomerang During Missionary
Since sex is pretty much the best feeling in the world, we tend not to be aware of the weird contortions our bodies undergo while we’re having it. When having sex in the missionary position, for example, our phallus undergoes a strange deformation, curving into the shape of a boomerang. This curvature is happening more on the unseen inside of our organ, so the outer part retains its normal shape. But still, try thinking of that next time you’re in missionary and see if you don’t feel the impulse to switch position.
6. Use It Or Lose Some Of It
According to Doctor Tobias Kohler, assistant professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, a penis needs essential exercise in order to stay healthy. Men who care more about the size of their member than its health should note that health directly affects size. Kohler says, “If they don’t do anything to maintain normal erections, they will get shortening of the penis.” Such shortening can claim up to 2 centimetres from a man’s vaued manhood. Hear that? That’s the sound of a thousand men locking their bedroom doors.
5. Different Stages Of Tumescence
Erections are not binary, like most people think. There are four known forms of rigidness: bigger but not solid; hard but not enough to penetrate; hard enough to penetrate but not fully grown; fully grown and ready to go. All of those are different stages of tumescence, which is a measurement of how swollen a member gets. This scale measuring the hardness was developped by Viagra in the 1990s.
4. All Male Organs Started As Clitorises
Although we may think that our members are the waving flags of our masculinity, science says that what we have is really only a growth of a lady-part. Tom Hickman, in his book God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, says: “Every penis in the womb starts as a clitoris before hormones ‘sex’ the brain of the to-be male.” He goes on to say that the penis “retains the mark of its female heritage: its dark underskin and the thin ridge or seam, known as the raphe, which runs from scrotum to anus, are remnants of the fusion of the vaginal lips.”
3. They Can Potentially Break
Gulp. This one’s going to be hard to write. Tom Hickman writes, “Every year at least two hundred Americans, and thirty to forty Britons break their erect penis.” Most of these cases occur during particularly intense sexual intercourse, while others are caused by a fall off the bed. Yikes. In any case, the break is accented by a super audible cracking noise. Yeesh! At least these injuries can be cured by lying in bed for six weeks with a splint. Let’s not write that one again.
2. Foot Size Does Not Affect Its Size
The popular saying goes, “You know what they say about big feet…” The saying implies that men with big feet also have big members, but in reality, all it means is they have big shoes. There is currently no scientific study that directly correlates shoe size to penis size. Sorry if there are any circus clowns reading this, but in the name of science we must shatter this myth. Full-grown adult ladies, you may now stop visiting the circus every week.
1. Physical Health Affects The Member’s Health
The penis may sometimes seem as though it has a mind of its own, but really, it’s just another part of a man’s body. As a body part, its health is affected by the health of the whole body. If a man is developing unhealthy habits, such as not getting enough sleep, eating excessive unhealthy foods, and not excercising, his erections may not be what they once were. Moderate daily alcohol intake (1-2 drinks a day) has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems, effectively aiding men experiencing erectile dysfunction. However it is important not to overdo it, since studies have shown that heavy alcohol consumption causes the penis to contract.