From bombs meant to turn America’s enemies gay to foods that were meant to kill your hard on, the power of sex has been used in all sorts of bizarre ways over the years.
Here are 7 of the strangest we could find.
- Corn Flakes and Graham Crackers Were Invented to Limit Masturbation
A pair evangelical preachers thought sex should be avoided at all costs and suggested that carbolic acid be poured on the “sensitive parts of sexual organs” of aroused children.
These preachers also had less extreme suggestions for how to curb horniness. Because they believed that diet had a major impact on libido, they recommended that people eat bland vegetarian foods in order to reduce their sex drive.
These men believed in this theory so strongly that it led them to invent foods like graham crackers and cornflakes because they were under the impression that getting kids to eat milk and grain in the morning would stop them from jerking off.
- Doctors Used Postage Stamps To Battle Erectile Dysfunction
There are several things that can prevent a man from getting an erection. But if the issue is psychological, then the man will still get an erection in his sleep. One way doctors have tested for nocturnal erections is by wrapping a roll of postage stamps around a patient’s penis. If an erection did occur at night, doctors would theoretically be able to tell because the penis would bust through the perforations that connect the stamps.
- Vibrators Were Invented To Cure Women Of “Hysteria”
During the Victorian era, irritable women were diagnosed with a bogus disease called “hysteria.” And since masturbation was frowned upon, woman sought treatment for this “disease” from doctors who manually massaged their vaginas under the impression that the relief this provided would rid women of hysteria.
Because these massages would often take an hour, doctors invented the vibrator to speed up the process. The funny thing is that the vibrator was invented for a guy as a laborsaving device.
- The U.S. Military Almost Built a Bomb Meant to Turn Enemy Troops Gay
In the mid-1990s, a U.S. military researcher proposed developing a weapon that would dump pheromones onto enemy troops with the intent of making them sexually attracted to each other. By virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soldiers would become gay. In the end, the researcher’s $7.5 million request to develop this “love bomb” was rejected.
- Researchers Couldn’t Find People Who DIDN’T Watch Porn For A Study
Porn use is so prevalent that it prevented a University of Montreal study from ever starting. The researchers wanted to examine men who never watched porn, but they had to stop the study because finding participants was impossible.
- How Congressional War on Phone Sex Sent Dirty Talking Jobs Overseas
In 1987, Congress introduced the “Telephone Decency Act,” which made “obscene” and “indecent” phone calls illegal. “Dial-a-porn” company Sable Communications responded by suing the FCC for violating the First Amendment.
Their case reached the Supreme Court where the majority opinion stated, “Sexual expression which is indecent but not obscene is protected by the First Amendment.” Rather than risk crossing the precarious legal zone between “indecent” and “obscene,” phone sex providers looked to other countries for business.
- That Time When a Doctor Flashed His Boner at a Urology Conference
At an American Urology Association conference in Las Vegas in 1983, a fifty-seven-year-old physiologist brought attention to impotence research by exhibiting that old age wasn’t preventing him from getting it up. So he did what any middle-aged doctor would do. He injected the drug into his penis, commanded the stage, threw off his pants, and proudly showed off his erect penis.
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