1. Every penis was a clitoris
That sounds like the title of a children’s book, doesn’t it? But seriously, Hickman explains: “Every penis in the womb starts as a clitoris before hormones ‘sex’ the brain of the to-be male.” The penis “retains the mark of its female heritage: its dark underskin and the thin ridge or seam, known as the raphe, which runs from scrotum to anus, are remnants of the fusion of the vaginal lips.”
2. Fetuses have erections
That’s right and ultrasound scans prove it. “So many newborn males greet the world with an erection that sexuologist William Masters in his earlier obstetric days set himself the challenge of trying to cut the umbilical cord before it happened,” writes Hickman (American book writer).
3. Before there was Viagra, there were monkey balls
They didn’t have Cialis ads at the turn of the century, but they did have monkey-ball transplants. In order to cure impotence, doctors began experimenting with xenotransplantation: surgically transplanting testicles from goats, chimpanzees and baboons into male humans. “Thousands of men around the world in the 1920s went under the knife for the supposed benefits of what were known as ‘monkey glands,” Hickman says. By the way, it didn’t work.
4. Red meat, funky spunk
Asparagus gets a bad rap for causing gnarly-tasting semen, but red meat and dairy produce are said to result in not very pleasant flavours.
5. Ejaculate: The low-calorie treat
Taste aside, semen “contains only one to seven calories,” says Hickman. That’s about the same as a cup of fresh spinach — but don’t expect to see ejaculate added to your Weight Watchers points system any time soon.