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They're a LOT bendier than you think - what you didn't know about the penis

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Much is written about the differences between men and women. For starters, there's the gender pay gap. Not to mention, according to the infamous dating bible, one's supposedly from Mars, the other from Venus. However, there is, of course, one fundamental difference between the two sexes.

In spite of the growing popularity of penis graffiti (you perhaps don't want to google that) as well as the fact roughly 50% of the world has one, how much do you actually know about the penis - beyond its appearance and functionality? Because, suprisingly, there's a lot more to them than you think. 

1. The grammar of having a penis

Quick question: What's the plural of 'penis'?

A: Penises

B: Penii

What was your answer? Penises? Or the smart alec 'penii'? Well, either way, you're wrong. The plural of 'penis' is in fact 'penes', pronounced - wait for it - 'peeneez.'  Which, as adults, we're ashamed to say made us laugh. A lot.

2. They're a LOT bendier than you think

You may very well be thinking, as your eyes smart with tears, 'how on earth did someone go about discovering this?'

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Yet in 1999, University Hospital Groningen in the Netherlands went about doing just that. 

Researchers carried out a study which looked at couples having penetrative sex under an MRI machine. Apparently, when in the missionary position, the penis can approximate the same shape as a boomerang.

Whooo.... moving on swiftly......

3. Sperm is a lot quicker than you think

Obviously, for a spermatozon, there's no such thing as a prize for second place - apart from death. So being quick off the mark is key. But, did you know, ejaculate travels at 28 miles per hour? That's practically the national speed limit for driving in a built up area.

4. The old wives' tale about 'growers' and 'showers' is true

If you don't know what that means, then Google it (not on a work computer). The Kinsey Institute conducted research which found smaller, flaccid penises generally lengthen at erection by a greater percentage than larger, flaccid penises. This means a smaller penis can grow significantly and comparatively larger when erect. Whereas the flaccid and erect length of a larger penis may not make that much of a difference.


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