How Well Do You Know Your Penis?
It would be a lie of epic proportions to say any man goes even one day without thinking, in one way or another, about his penis.
In fact, across all cultures and from a very early age, a man’s penis plays a central role in his life.
This is not just because of the functions it performs, but also because of what it represents.
However, no matter how well we might think we know our penises, there remain a number of penile facts that are sure to surprise the majority of readers.
In this article, we’ll share some of the most useful penis trivia, along with several entertaining penis facts we found from medical sources and recent research.
Not only will these facts help you better understand your penis, but they might also help you appreciate it more.
Of course, we all know that there’s no “bone” in a boner.
Your penis is merely a collection of capillaries that expand when they fill with blood, causing an erection.
So how could this painful-sounding fact possibly be true?
You see, while not a “break” in the traditional sense, it is possible to suffer something known as a penile fracture.
This is what happens when you cause enough trauma to your penis to damage the fibrous tissues holding it together.
This is usually accompanied by extreme pain and a popping or “cracking” sensation.
Luckily, penile fractures can only take place when you are semi or fully erect. They are also quite rare and usually happen during particularly vigorous intercourse.
The bad news is that they require treatment from a doctor, and will take quite some time to heal.
When it comes to making assumptions about male penis size, the most commonly-cited method is the “shoe test.”
In fact, many people (both male and female) swear up and down that there is a direct link between a man’s penis size and the size of his footwear.
And since most men with large shoe sizes tend to be tall, our concept of proportion just seems to tie the whole rumor together.
Unfortunately for the basketball players out there, a number of major studies (both recent and classic) have repeatedly concluded that there is no correlation between the size of a man’s penis and his feet.
Curiously enough, however, penis size has been shown to correlate with factors like age, height, and the length of the male index finger.
No doubt, most men have some memories of a time in their life when their penis seemed more like an enemy than a friend.
This was most likely adolescence, when hormone shifts caused frequent unwanted (and usually uncontrollable) erections.
Of course, many of us still have “flashbacks” to this time in our life when we wake up in the morning.
However, “Morning Wood,” as it’s called, is not only common in men of all ages, it’s perfectly natural.
You see, when you sleep, your brain starts to relax, which causes a lot of hormonal changes in your body.
In particular, you testosterone levels begin to elevate, and your body stops secreting chemicals that keep day-time erections at bay.
In fact, your testosterone levels are highest when you first wake up, which is a big reason for that morning flag pole.
Of course, sometimes your penis’s nighttime activities will go even further, resulting in what we typically call a “wet dream” or a “nocturnal emission.”
Though these are widely associated with puberty, they can happen at any point in our adult life.
And while it’s common to assume you had a particularly tantalizing dream the night before, it’s just as likely that you moved your body or laid is such a way as to stimulate yourself to orgasm.
In fact, if you sleep on your stomach, you’re much more likely to have this happen.
Size myths and the pervasiveness of pornography have caused many modern men to become insecure about what they’re packing.
No doubt, you’ve heard stories from female friends about encountering barely-manageable penises, or seen videos of surreally-sized men peppered all over the internet.
However, the first thing to note here is that size is relative and what is big to one person might not be to another.
As for those porn stars, keep in mind that many of those men are specifically hired due to their size.
At the same time, the average height of their female co-stars (hint: it’s only 5’5) and specific camera angles help make them look even more impressive.
Moreover, these guys represent a tiny portion of the population boasting more than 7 inches.
The truth is, research indicates that the average penis is and always has been around 6 inches.
File this one away in the party trivia section of your mind, as it’s sure to fascinate everyone you know.
The speed at which sperm leaves your penis when you ejaculate has been measured at 28 miles per hour (or 45 kph).
Finally, something we can all be proud of!
Trimming up one’s privates has long been a preference for women all around the world.
Men, however, have only recently started taking the time to really care about their pubic hair.
Still, the trend is growing, with over 50% of guys taking a trimmer to their naughty bits on a weekly basis.
Many men who are reluctant to reign in their pubic hair blame porn, for the growing popularity of this practice.
However, it might just be a sign of the times (or a sign that a neater, well-maintained groin area results in better reactions from the ladies).
By the time you reach adulthood, it’s likely you’re aware of pretty much everything that your penis can (and can’t) do.
In fact, there are actually penis acrobats out there to make a living performing specific tricks with their members.
Providing you’re open-minded and up for an NSFW viewing, you might consider taking a look.
Perhaps the most impressive “trick” that you can apply to your penis is the use of your Kegel muscles.
These are absolutely crucial to avoiding premature ejaculation and to developing more control over your big moment.
If you’re wondering how to access them, try cutting off your urine stream the next time you visit the bathroom.
That’s exactly the sensation you want to recreate when building up your Kegel muscles.
As we mentioned when discussing “morning wood,” there are countless reasons why your body might produce an erection.
Of course, the first and most obvious is that you are sexually stimulated in some way (either physically or mentally).
However, your body doesn’t need to be exposed to any stimuli to send blood rushing into your penis.
While this can be cause for embarrassment in some situations, you can develop some mental control over when and where you get hard – but it takes some practice.
While we’re on the topic, it’s worth noting that you experienced at least one erection before you were born, and will also experience one shortly after you die.
Though it is very, very rare, it is actually possible to be born with a condition called diphallia, a fancy word for having two penises.
Though it only affects about one in 5 million men, videos of men with this condition have cropped up in some of the internet’s seedier websites.
However, before you assume that this is some sort of benefit, it’s worth noting that (in most cases) one or both of the resulting penises are highly deformed and potentially non-functional.
Your penis is a fascinating organ, be it large, small, or somewhere in between.
We hope that this penis trivia has provided you with some additional insight into your own phallus and those of men worldwide.