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For the Valentine’s weekend activities…


Mary Roach was particularly proud of her Danish animal husbandry activism video.


Her list, and perhaps we didn't want to know…

• You don’t need genitals

• You don’t even need brain activity

• It can cause bad breath

• It can cause hiccups

• Doctors once prescribed it for fertility (the “upsuck theory”)

• Pig farmers still do. (thus the instructional video)

• Female animals are having more fun than you think.

• Studying human orgasm in a lab is not easy

• But it sure is entertaining.


  • lecates 6y

    And number 10 is...
  • Steve Jurvetson 6y

    unsubstantiated, IMHO... I was wondering if anyone would notice. =)
  • !MimosaMicheMichelle! 6y

    10. .................

    It would be more fun to make a wish list with 10 things...
  • Gisela Giardino 6y


    I learned not long ago that the parts that activate in your brain when you have an orgasm are same and close to the areas involved in feeling pain, what would explain why our expressions and gestures of extreme pleasure seem so similar to those of extreme pain.

    (btw "Pain is so close to pleasure" turns out to be more than a nice Shakespiarian metaphor)
  • Jaanus Silla 6y

    London, Millenium Glouchester Hotel, Valentine's day wedding cake by j_silla
    I am not selling this, she is also invited to have a bite.
  • Gisela Giardino 6y

    btw, it's quite true you don't need genitals to have an orgasm, or at least you don't need them for that. Otherwise when you have a, uhm, dream you wouldn't be able to have an orgasm without being awake and without any action on/with the genitals. And we actually can have one, and in a pretty more satisfying way sometimes because of the relaxation --I guess-- than in "real life" sexual activity, while awake.
  • Les Stockton 6y

    I wonder if I can get some of the economic stimulus funds, for a study on human orgasms under lab conditions.
  • pegleg000 6y

    Les, ACORN got $4.2B, so I don't see any reason you shouldn't be good to go for, oh say, $3B or so..... it's free money from the gummint ..;-0
  • NYCandre 6y

    10. The one thing better than an orgasm (or male equivalent) is ......
    (fill in the blank, because if I wrote it down .. )
  • zxn0 6y

    1. You were having them in the womb - There was an article documenting what appears to be in-utero masturbation.
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