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25 (Strange) Facts About Sex That They Didn’t Teach You In High School

Ah, sex. We all have it, we all love it, and secretly, we all want to talk about it. Most of the information we have about sex is pretty straight forward and mundane – we know where the penis can go, what the vagina can do, and how it all works together to create a satisfying experience.

However, some facts about sex are more unusual than others. In fact, some of them are so strange that they might even be a little squirm-inducing. Still, it’s important to get all sides of the story, so check out our 29 weird facts about sex below. You might be a little embarrassed by what you read, but remember, we’re all adults here – unless of course you are not an adult, in which case you should leave this page before your mom sees you staring in wide-eyed horror at the computer screen.

#1. Pumpkins might be a male aphrodisiac.

According to The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago, the smell of pumpkin can increase blood flow to the penis, providing some interesting insight into why men love Thanksgiving so much.

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#2. Crocodile dung used to be used as contraception.

Ancient Egyption women used crocodile dung as contraception – dung is slightly alkaline, so it may have worked as a spermicide. However, odds are more likely that the dung prevented sexual partners from wanting sex in the first place.

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#3. Small penises need love, too.

Each year in Brooklyn, there is a Smallest Penis In Brooklyn contest, proving that hipsters really do try to make everything ironic.

#4. Your sex life might affect your wages.

A researcher from Anglia Ruskin University analyzed a year-long study of Greek household finances, and found that those who had sex four or more times a week earned significantly more than those who didn’t.

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#6. History had some interesting penis curses.

A “penis curse” from ancient Greece was discovered on a Greek island. The curse was inscribed on a lead tablet, and read “May your penis hurt when you make love.”

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#7. Housework is a real turn-off for men.

Studies have shown that men have less sex when they do more housework. Coincidentally, we imagine that women might have less sex when men opt out of dishes for the night.

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#8. Overweight men might last longer in bed.

A 2010 Turkish study looked into the average performance times of men over the course of a year. The researchers found that overweight men lasted almost three times as long in the bedroom.

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#9. The vagina is really stretchy – and not simply to make way for babies.

The average vagina is merely four inches long. However, during arousal, the vagina expands to accommodate.

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#10. Erections might be tied to income…and unnecessary pride.

Some studies suggest that men whose wives earn more money than them are more likely to experienced erectile dysfunction.

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#11. Sex breaks a lot of stuff.

Some of the most common things than break during sex: Take special care of your bed frame, walls, windows, and surrounding lamps and vases.

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#12. About 33% of Americans get injured during sex.

Injuries include bruises, pulled muscles, sprained ankles, and carpet burns.

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#13. Some people like to get freaky at work.

Glassdoor, a website for jobs and career services, surveyed more than 1,000 anonymous users, to find that over 10% of people have had sex at work.

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#14. Being kinky might mean being healthy.

Some studies show that people who play with whips and chains in the bedroom may actually be more psychologically healthy than those who keep it vanilla.

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#15. The female ejaculation is actually just pee..kind of.

This age-old controversy seems to be settled. Scientists have recently reported that some of the fluid in female ejaculate is pee, but the rest is just prostate fluid.

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#16. Semen can cure depression.

Apparently semen contains chemicals that elevate mood, increase affection, and induce sleep, It also contains cortisol, which is known to increase feelings of affection in the brain.

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#17. Penises used to have spines, which is terrifying.

Luckily, spiny penises evolved out before Neanderthals and modern humans diverged. Scientists are still not quite certain of the purpose of the spines.

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#18. Sperm contains a lot of information.

A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of a male’s DNA information.

#19. You don’t need your brain to ejaculate.

The order to ejaculate comes from the spinal cord, not the brain.

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#20. Seniors are kind of into oral.

37% of men and 25% of women 50-80+ gave oral sex in the past year, according to the Indiana University Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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#21. Some animals give oral.

Wolves, bears, and bats are all known to perform oral sex.

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#22. Semen can be used as invisible ink.

During World War I, members of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) discovered you could use semen as invisible ink. They stopped using it after they realized how badly it smelled when it got old. A wise move, in our opinion.

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#23. Western Australia loves threesomes.

According to one survey, more than half the population of Western Australia, 53%, has had a threesome.

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#24. Male septuagenerians have more sex.

According to some studies, males over 70 have 230 times more sex than women over 70.

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#25. Artists and poets get laid more.

Some studies have suggested that creative people have more sex.

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