Imagine your first reaction after reading the heading.
You might think you’re an expert on your own package. After all, keeping it happy and healthy is a central goal for most men.
But despite how frequently you think about your penis and testicles, they contain a few mystical secrets you still haven’t uncovered.
1.YOU CAN DEADLIFT WITH YOUR DONG.
In the early 2000s, he gained some media attention for towing a tractor trailer with his junk, and a couple years later followed up that stunt by pulling an 8,000-pound World War II-era fighter plane down a runway for the National Geographic.
2.YOUR ERECTION CAN BE GRADED.Tumescence—you know, the stiffness of your soldier—can be measured on a four-step scale: Bigger but not yet rigid; not hard enough for penetration; firm for intercourse, but not rock-hard; and fully engorged.
The “erection hardness scale” was developed by scientists who were testing the drug Viagra during the 1990s. The primary method used at the time, the International Index of Erectile Function, asked men to rate their boner based on their self-confidence, and how often they could have sex.
3. MEN ARE JUST AS SENSITIVE AS WOMEN.
We’re talking about sensitivity to touch, of course. When it comes to sensation on your genitals, men and women are almost identical.
Separate studies at Cornell University (for women) and Michigan State University (for men) used a scientific device that measures the lightest amount of pressure a person can feel on their skin. For guys, the most sensitive areas were the tip of the foreskin, and the area on the underside of the penis just below the glans called the frenulum.
4.BACTERIA ON YOUR JUNK CAN LEAD TO AIDS.You’re probably aware that your colon is full of different bacteria, most of which are helpful. The tip of your penis also harbors its own colony of bacteria, but those tiny critters may affect your risk of HIV infection.“The anaerobic bacteria or other organisms there cause inflammation, which attracts the immune system’s T-cells that HIV targets and makes them more susceptible to infection,” says study author Ronald Gray, M.D., a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins.
5.YOUR PENIS TRICKS WOMEN INTO THINKING IT’S A MONSTER.Chalk it up to wishful thinking or memory’s way of making things seem better than reality, but a recent study found that women remember penises as being larger than they really were.
Researchers at the University of California had 41 gals handle a 3D-printed dildo for 30 seconds. Then the study participants completed a short survey, after which they had to reach into a bin of 32 other fake penises and pick the one they held before.As it turns out, the women generally pulled out a phony phallus that was bigger than the original one. Score!
6. YOU CAN PIERCE YOUR PRICK AS MANY TIMES AS YOU’D LIKE.
The opening of your urethra at the tip of your penis has a name: the meatus. (Add your own joke here.)If that doesn’t seem to be an adequate number of holes in your family jewels, you could take after Rolf Bucholz, a German man who holds the official record for the most body piercings.
According to the official count by the Guinness World Records, out of Bucholz’s 453 piercings, 278 are on his genitals.
7. A TWISTED TESTICLE CAN LEAVE YOU WITH ONE NUT
First, the good news: Your balls can’t get tangled with each other like your iPod earbuds, since your scrotum contains two separate compartments divided by a thin membrane.
What can happen, however, is an individual testicle can spin around, which twists the spermatic cord until it cuts off blood flow. It’s incredibly painful, and “testicular torsion” can cost you the nut if not treated quickly enough.
8. ERECTIONS CAUSE YOU TO MAKE BAD DECISIONS.
Back in 2005, scientists at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University had 35 men answer a survey both in a normal state and while masturbating to what the researchers called “a high but sub-orgasmic level of arousal.”
When the men were turned on, they rated just about everything the scientists asked about as much more sexually attractive, including women’s shoes, the idea of a guy-guy-girl threesome, and even the smell of cigarette smoke.
9. SOME GUYS LIKE GETTING KICKED IN THE BALLS.
A swift kick to the crotch is probably at the bottom of the list of things you want to have happen to you during sex. But for some guys, “ballbusting” is a sado-masochistic sexual fetish—part of the menu of services you might hire a dominatrix to perform.Close to 10,000 members (including men and women) of the kinky social networking site FetLife list it as a personal interest, and there are 33,000 results for “ballbusting” on YouTube. (Search at your own risk.)As in all things weird and sexual, the Japanese even have a specific name for it: Tamakeri.
At the same time, during masturbation the guys said they were willing to work harder to get laid, whether it was as simple as telling your date “I love you” to get her to sleep with you, or the immoral act of intentionally getting her more drunk.That doesn’t necessarily mean all guys think with their penis, but being horny has more sway over your decisions that you probably realized.