Although many of us are relatively familiar with our penis and antics, our appendix is larger than what we see. In this section, we discuss 10 interesting things that you probably did not know about your genitals.
Statue of David with penis close-up
What do you call yours?
No matter what you call it – boy, wang, willy or dangler – the penis is a strange kit. But beyond jokes and sneers, it is of course essential to the survival of our species.
When you consider the penis as an evolutionary adaptation, it has performed remarkably well.
We can all say without a doubt that our father’s penis has worked, as well as that of our grandfather, and that of his father, etc., for the next generations until we have gone far the birth of humanity.
The penis is old. In case you’re wondering, the oldest known penis dates back to 425 million years ago and its fossilized remains belong to an arthropod called Colymbosathon ecplecticos, which means “incredible swimmer with a big penis” in Greek.
It is worth thinking about its role in the survival of our species the next time you will be surprised by the ease with which your penis is “activated”. With regard to reproduction, false excitation is preferable to a missed opportunity.
1. Your first erection
The penises are born ready. It is common for babies to come out of the uterus with an erection. Even before the time of birth, ultrasounds sometimes show a fetus in full erection.
According to a 1991 study, fetal erections occur most often during REM sleep. And, they can arrive a number of times each hour. Nobody really knows why, but it could be the way our body tests things and keeps them going.
Many men could console themselves with this fact: our penises are longer than they seem. In fact, about half of its total length is housed inside our body.
An internal view of the male genitals.
You may think, “Well, it’s not good for me up there,” but it needs to stay connected to the rest of your anatomy, so it’s probably best if it stays in place.
As you can see in the diagram below, the mass of pink erectile tissue – which includes the bodies so aptly named corpus cavernosum and corpus spongiosum – extends well into the pelvic area, forming a kind of boomerang.
However, I would not use any of the above items as a collection line.
3. The myth of size
Let’s put this one to rest, are we going? According to a study published in the journal BJU International, there is no correlation between the size of the shoe and the length of the penis.
Although an older study – published in 1993 – found that penis length was related to both height and length of the foot, it was a weak relationship and the authors concluded: ” The size and size of the foot would not serve as practical estimators of penis length. “
In addition, the International Journal of Impotence Research has published an Iranian study of other correlations. They concluded that “penis size is significantly correlated with age, height and length of index”, but not foot size.
4. ‘Morning wood’
Most men have 3 to 5 erections each night – mostly during REM sleep, as in utero boys.
A wooded area at sunrise
Morning wood is not as poetic as it seems.
Also called nocturnal penile tumescence, we still do not know why this happens. However, one theory is that it could help prevent bedwetting; an erection inhibits urination.
A full bladder is known to stimulate the nerves in a region similar to that involved in erections. But because women experience something similar – the tumescence of the nocturnal clitoris – the prevention of bedwetting is probably not the answer.
Another potential explanation is that paradoxical sleep is related to the deactivation of noradrenaline-producing cells in the brainstem locus coeruleus. These cells inhibit the tone of the penis. So, by reducing the inhibition, the penis becomes erected.
Whatever the reason for nocturnal erections, they can be useful as a diagnostic tool. If a man has difficulty getting an erection when he is awake but becomes so when he sleeps, it is a psychological problem rather than a physical one.
However, if he does not have an erection during sleep, the problem can be physical.
5. A last erection
We have therefore established that we can have erections in the womb and during sleep, but it is perhaps even more surprising: the erection of death. Also called greedy angels or terminal erection, it occurs in the moments following death.
Most often, it occurs in men who have died as a result of hanging; Scientists believe that this could be due to the pressure exerted by the noose on the cerebellum. However, it was also reported after the death of a gunshot wound to the head, damage to major blood vessels and poisoning.
6. You can break your penis
As you probably know, your penis does not contain bone, which is quite unusual for mammals. However, it is still possible to break your penis. It occurs most often during vigorous intercourse, although it has been shown to occur in men who have fallen from bed with an erection.
The fracture of the penis, as we know, is actually the rupture of the fibrous cover of the corpora cavernosa, which is the tissue that becomes erected when it is engorged with blood.
The moment of the fracture is accompanied by a crackling or crackling noise, intense pain, swelling and – unsurprisingly – flaccidity.
Fortunately, this does not happen very often, and if it is processed quickly, the complete function can be restored. Be careful, if this happens to you, do not let embarrassment get the better of you. Go get it as soon as possible.
In a study of 42 cases of penile fracture, the most “dangerous” position was defined as “woman at the top”.
7. No head
Most men have very little control over exactly when they ejaculate. This is partly because it does not involve the brain. The ejaculation signal comes from the ejaculation generator of the spine. This region of the spinal cord coordinates the necessary functions.
Of course, the upper brain intervenes in these questions – thinking about something else is a well-known way of delaying the event, for example – but the details of the whole operation are treated in your spine.
8. The angle of the balance
The erection of a man can point in virtually any direction. Straight ahead, left or right, from top to bottom, there is neither good nor bad
Rapporteur for measuring angles
There is no single angle.
The following data come from a study that measured erections of 1,565 men.
In the figures below, if the penis was directed straight up, it was measured at 0 degrees and if it was oriented forward (horizontal), it would be 90 degrees:
0-30 degrees – 4.9 percent of men
30-60 degrees – 29.6% of men
60-85 degrees – 30.9% of men
85-95 degrees – 9.9% of men
95-120 degrees – 19.8 percent of men
120-180 degrees – 4.9 percent of men
So, if you have ever feared that your character is a bit biased, do not worry, you are normal. Although we speak of “normality”, very few penises are rectilinear; they can bend in any direction. A curve up to 30 degrees is still considered normal.
9. Farmer or seller
A study of 274 men showed that there was no correlation between the length of a flaccid penis and its erect size. Some begin small and end up fat (one grower), while others are fat when they are flabby and grow a little when they are straight
Some are even small, regardless of their condition, and some are tall when they are flaccid and become much larger. It’s a mixed bag.
It does not have much relevance outside the locker room, but I guess it’s good to know anyway.
10. Cornflakes prevent masturbation
They do not really do it. However, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg – the brains of breakfast cereals – hoped this would be the case. He invented these products, among other things, because he thought simple foods would distract Americans from the “sin” of masturbation.
Fortunately, today, food manufacturers spend less time convincing young people to give up masturbation. And, just in case there is doubt, it does not make you blind either.
If you liked this little list, your next choice might be to organize a trip to Iceland and visit the Icelandic phallological museum. He is dedicated to everything that is penile. Sigurður Hjartarson started the project after receiving a bull’s penis as a child.
According to Hjartarson, “Picking up penis is like picking up anything, you can never stop, you can never catch up, you can always have a new one, a better one.”
Or, if you want to go further, you can visit the Guolizhuang restaurant in Beijing, China, specializing in penis and testicle dishes. It’s yours.