You learn something new every day…or night. During a night of sheer insomnia this past week, I sat glued to my television, flicking from channel to channel.
Hearing about some things that made my eyes bug and jaw drop, I decided to share some of them, together with some other fun facts.
One Dr Christiane Northrup, a board-certified OB-GYN and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom, said orgasms during labor are caused by basic science.
"When the baby's coming down the birth canal, remember, it's going through the exact same positions as (man's member) going into the vagina, to cause an orgasm, Labour itself is associated with a huge hormonal change in the body, way more prolactin, way more oxytocin, way more beta-endorphins – these are the molecules of ecstasy." She claims that women's expectations can have a serious effect on how pain is perceived. "Whenever you expect pain, you tense up your muscles, your stress hormone levels go up and that increases pain," she reported.
A merkin is a pubic wig that was originally worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia or to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis. According to one publication, women would shave their pubic hair for personal hygiene and to combat pubic lice. They would then don a merkin.
It is said that the merkin dates back to the 1450s but according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first use of the term was in 1617.
They are now used as decorative items, erotic devices, or in films, by both men and women. It has also been said that when male actors played female parts onstage, they would cover their genitals with a merkin so they could expose themselves as women in nude scenes.
You thought anorexia was just about eating, right? Wrong. There are people who appear to have a sexual addiction which is expressed through a variety of behaviours such as the compulsive visits to strip clubs, chronic viewing of pornography, etc. However, they fit the definition of sexual anorexic in that they seem to lack the ability to willingly have sexual relations even with their wives or girlfriends. The person does not have an aversion to sex but to intimacy.
Here are some weird facts courtesy Luci:
Ultrasound tests have revealed that a male foetus is capable of getting erections during the last trimester.
The French term for pubic lice is 'papillons d'amour' or "butterflies of love ". (Really???!!!)
Homosexual behaviour has been observed in marine birds, sheep, orangutans and other animals. In 2003, a pair of male penguins in the Central Park Zoo, who had been a "couple" for years, raised a baby penguin together.
The average speed of sex is 28 mph.
Weight loss increases the size of a man's member. As men lose the fat around the base of it, the apparent length increases significantly, about 1 inch every 35lbs lost. (Men will now be keen to lose weight after reading this!)
Electrically powered vibrators were invented in the 1880s and used by doctors to treat hysteria. (Here I thought it created some form of 'hysteria')
Below are some supposed facts from yesteryear:
In ancient Arabic countries, the recipe to enlarge a man's penis was a stew of onions, corn and the penis of a donkey. This concoction was fed to a chicken that the man then ate.
An ancient Indian text gave this advice to heighten sexual strength: mash the fruit of the mastic tree with oil and honey and drink first thing in the morning.
A stew of frogs was used to ensure fertility in women of the Adaman Islands.
Estonian brides ate a meal of goat testicles to guarantee fertility.
In Germany, a woman trying to attract a certain male would go to bed with an apple or a biscuit in her vagina. The next day she would give it to the desired man and it was believed that if eaten, he would fall in love with her.
Some tribes of Australia believed that a man impregnated a woman when he passed a roasted fish over a fire to her.
Things that make you go hmmm…