10 Intriguing Things About Love and Sex You Probably Don’t Know

Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 8 Comments

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By Robert T. Gonzalez | io9

Regardless of your stance on Valentine’s Day, there’s no way to avoid being bombarded with romantic imagery. So you might as well take this as an opportunity to learn something new. With that in mind, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about sex, love and lust.

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Illustration from Saga, by Fiona Staples.

Who knows? Maybe you can use one of these to impress your valentine — in fact, some of these could probably even be crafted into clever pickup lines.

10. You can break a penis

There are no bones in the penis, but it can, in fact, become “broken.” Doctors refer to the injury as a “penile fracture,” and it’s every bit as harrowing as you’d imagine. (All right, so if you’re going with the whole pickup line angle, you might not want to start with this one.)

“[Penile fracture] is a severe form of bending injury to the erect penis that occurs when a membrane called the tunica albuginea tears,” explains Hunter Wessells — chair of the urology department at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He continues:


The tunica albuginea surrounds the corpora cavernosa, specialized spongy tissue in the core of the penis that fills up with blood during an erection. When the tunica albuginea tears, the blood that is normally confined to this space leaks out into other tissues. You get bruising and swelling.

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So how does a penis actually, you know, break? According to Wessels, any form of vigorous intercourse when the penis is rammed into a solid structure… “during sexual acrobatics,” for instance.

“We had this patient who suffered penile fracture after running across the room and trying to penetrate his wife with a flying leap,” he says.

9. Ovulating strippers make more money (according to one poorly conceived study)

In 2007, researchers at the University of New Mexico recorded a surprising correlation between strippers’ ovulatory cycles and their tip earnings. Strippers who were ovulating (and thus most likely to conceive) averaged $70 per hour in tips. Those who were menstruating, and those who were neither menstruating nor ovulating, pulled in $35 and $50, respectively. One hypothesis for this strange observation is that men are, subconsciously, more inclined to tip a woman who they believe they have a better chance of producing a child with.

But take all of this with a grain of salt. The investigation monitored a mere 18 dancers from one club for a total of two cycles, making it more than a little limited in scope and its sample size borderline ridiculous. Needless to say, few were surprised when Geoffrey Miller, the researcher who conducted this study,was reprimanded by his university last year for lying about his research in other areas.

8. Women can smell genetic incompatibility

The genes that comprise your major histocompatibility complex (MHC) play an important role in regulating your body’s immune response — most notably in determining compatibility of donors for organ transplant. Some data have shown that the more dissimilar a man and woman’s MHC are, the more likely they are to bring a child to term — but even more interesting is that women are thought to be capable of actually smelling this genetic differences.

In a study led by Claus Wedekind at the University of Bern in Switzerland, women were asked to smell T-shirts that had been worn by anonymous men for two nights and choose ones which appealed to them. According to the researchers, the women consistently preferred the odors of shirts worn by men with dissimilar MHCs.

How the whole smelling thing works remains very much a mystery. Research has shown that mice detect compatibility genes by smell, as do some species of fish. But in an interview with The Guardian, researcher Daniel M. Davis, author of The Compatibility Gene, admits that, at least for humans, "how [MHC detection] works on the olfactory level is basically not understood at all.”

7. Birth control could mess with a woman’s ability to assess a mate

In the study conducted by Wedekind and his colleagues, the womens’ preference for men of dissimilar MHCs was actually reversed when the women rating the odors were taking oral contraceptives.

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6. Fat men last longer in bed

The relationship between obesity and sexual health is sort of a mixed bag. On one hand, obesity is associated with erectile dysfunction; on the other, studies like this one — published in 2010 in the International Journal of Impotence Research: The Journal of Sexual Medicine — suggest that the fatter a man is, the less likely he is to suffer from premature ejaculation. In fact, men with a higher body mass index (BMI), were able to make love for an average of 7.3 minutes, while slimmer test subjects averaged 1.8 minutes.

So what’s the secret behind those extra five and a half minutes? Men with excess fat also pack higher levels of the female sex hormone estradiol. One hypothesis is that this substance interferes with the the body’s ability to achieve orgasm… at least for a few minutes.

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  1. Cody Hoyer Cody Hoyer says:

    lol that’s bullshit…this page is too ridiculous…I cant even unfollow it from the amusement of the bullshit yall put out.

  2. Except that I don’t find fat guys attractive in the slightest so I don’t care.

  3. Rah Sun Atum I have a preference for fit men, yes. Just like some men like big tits. I’m not going to sit there and shame him for it just because I have barely any at all. People like what they like. Why is weight not allowed to be a factor anymore? Tit size, hair color and men’s hight are fine to judge.

  4. Maybe it just seems like it’s longer?

  5. QuincyqHerling@hotmail.com' Doyle Leberman says:

    When aroused, people are not as likely to think things are disgusting, according to a study published in the online journal Researchers at Rutgers University, who used fMRI scanners to find out exactly what happens in your brain when you’re aroused, found that different regions of the brain became activated in response to stimulation of the vagina, cervix, clitoris and nipples.

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