While putting together my new book, Sex Weird-o-Pedia, I learned a lot of strange facts about male sex products. Here are the 10 weirdest ones.
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Around the time he mounted an unsuccessful campaign to become governor of Kansas in 1932, John Brinkley made a killing by stuffing goat testicles into human testicles. Brinkley, who advertised himself to customers as a qualified medical practitioner, claimed that goat glands could cure impotence and a series of other ailments. People desperate for cures during the Great Depression believed Brinkley and they paid him to castrate goats and stuff the animal’s testicles into a slit that Brinkley cut into the scrotum of his human patients. Many of Brinkley’s patients died due to infections brought on by his quack surgeries.
The former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker once hawked a product dubbed “the Masculine Toilet.” This toilet had a deeper bowl than conventional toilets so that dudes with big junk would be less prone to dipping their genitals in toilet water.
The blockbuster success of Viagra led to many imitators. One unusual suspect was the chewing gum company Wrigley, which filed a patent to develop a gum intended to keep men’s dicks up.
Before Viagra became popular, vacuum pumps and penile surgeries were used to treat impotence. Some surgeries involved cutting a ligament that attached the penis to the pubic bone and reeling out several inches of penis which lay within the body cavity. These procedures were often more about cosmetics than functionality.