Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fun facts

1. In Frackville, Pennsylvania, a woman filed for divorce because her
husband insisted on "shooting tin cans off of her head with a

2. A female orgasm is a powerful painkiller (because of the release of
endorphins), so headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex.

3. Over 11,000 people are injured every year trying out new sexual
positions. source

4. People who have never been married are seven and a half times to be
admitted to a psychiatric facility than married.

5. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II
who fathered over 160 children.

6. In Elizabethan slang, the term "to die" meant to have an orgasm.
This double entendre was often used by John Donne, and by Shakespeare
in King Lear.

7. In a survey conducted by a women's magazine, 70 percent of female
respondents said they would rather have chocolate than sex, according
to the Chocolate Manufacturers Association. source

8. Percentage of runners who say they think about sex while running:
66%. Percentage who say then think about running while having sex: 8%.
source1 source2

9. The phrase "honeymoon" came from the Greeks. It was customary for
the bride's family to supply the groom with a month (or full moon
cycle) of the wedding wine, which tasted like honey. source

10. According to the Hite Report, candles are the artificial device
used most frequently by women when masturbating. source

11. As late as 1940, a candidate for the U.S. Naval Academy was
rejected if it was discovered that he masturbated. source

12. "Hockey" is archaic slang for "semen." source

13. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating
are already married.

14. Impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states in the US. source

15. In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the
first time are teenagers.

16. In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary formally married her 50-pound pet rock.

17. In ancient Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails studded into
the sole so that their footprints would leave the message "Follow me".

18. The orchid is named after the male genitalia. Its botanical family
name, Orchidaceae, means "testicles" in Greek and may derive from an
early notion that the orchid possessed aphrodisiac qualities. source

19. In 2000 BC, Egyptians used crocodile and elephant dung as a
contraceptive. source

20. Thirty-one percent of men and 43 percent of women regularly suffer
from some form of sexual dysfunction, warranting recognition as a
significant public health concern, according to a new comprehensive
U.S. sex study. source

21. Couples who marry in January, February, and March tend to have the
highest divorce rates.

22. The average speed of ejaculation is 28 miles per hour.

23. Some odors that increase blood flow to the penis: lavender,
licorice, chocolate, doughnuts, pumpkin pie. source

24. During a kiss as many as 278 bacteria colonies are exchanged. source

25. The world's greatest lover was arguably King Mongkut of Siam. He
had 9,000 women in his harem. source
26. It was considered elegant for aristocratic ladies of the sixteenth
century to let their pubic hair grow as long as possible so it could
be pomaded and adorned with bows and ribbon.

27. 85% of the men who die while having sex, die with someone other
than their spouse.

28. In Asian countries, the velvet covering on a deer's antlers is
considered to be an aphrodisiac.

29. Harvard researchers have concluded after careful scientific
studies that Coca-Cola is not an effective spermicide.

30. 70% of marriages in Oregon end in divorce.

31. In a 1997 survey by Durex condoms, the French were found to be the
best lovers, then Italians, Americans, South Africans, Brits,
Australians, and Canadians. Hong Kong came in last. source

32. At one time in India, a fiancee was required to deflower his
future bride if she died before the wedding. The girl could not be
cremated until this ritual was carried out in front of the village

33. It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970s that
there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.

34. By the age of 24, one in three sexually active people will have
contracted a sexually transmitted infection. At least one in four
Americans, perhaps as many as one in two, will contract a sexually
trasmitted infection at some point in their lifetime. source

35. On the average, approximately 230 marriage licenses are issued per
day in Las Vegas. source

36. For ancient Greeks and Romans, the wedding bouquet was a pungent
mix of garlic and herbs or grains. The garlic was supposed to ward off
evil spirits and the herbs or grains were to insure a fruitful union.

37. Every year on March 15 Japan throws a giant festival to celebrate
the penis and fertility. A 900-pound wooden phallus is paraded around
the streets of the town Komaki, and women carry massive dildos in
their arms. Thousands of people come to pay homage to the penis and
take part in the festivities. source

38. In Puritan times, to be born on a Sunday was interpreted as a sign
of great sin. Puritans believed that children born on the Sabbath Day
were conceived on this sacred day, and sexual intercourse on Sundays
was a sacrilege. source

39. Guitar fan Chris Black of London actually had a wedding ceremony
to officially marry his Fender Stratocaster in 1995. source

40. Alan Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation
in Chicago found that the candied licorice smell produced by "Good and
Plenty" candy, the odor of cucumber, and the aura of baby powder
increased blood flow to the vagina 13 percent above the average blood
flow. source

41. A Florida phone sex operator won a workers' compensation
settlement claiming she was injured after regularly masturbating at
work, her lawyer said. source source

42. The Huichol Indians have an interesting tradition. When a woman is
giving birth, her husband sits above her with a rope wrapped around
his testicles. When the woman feels pain she tugs on the rope so that
he too can experience the pain of childbirth. source source

43. An average of 300,000 Valentines are remailed annually from
Loveland, Colorado. These Valentines come form 140 different
countries and all 50 states. source

44. Thought you'd live with your partner for a while, before you
decide to get married? Well, in Virginia, unmarried cohabitation is
illegal! source

45. A survey by Novartis, the pet medicine company, shows that 11
percent of cat owners have ended a personal or romantic relationship
because a person didn't like their cat. source

46. 85% of all valentines are purchased by women. (Well this just
seems obvious to me, but I thought it was still interesting enough to
include here.) source

47. Men purchase about 90% of the roses bought for Valentine's Day. source

48. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to
see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on
their sleeves for one week. Thus the origin of the phrase "to wear
your heart on your sleeve." source

49. According to Directroses.

com 18% of women,
and 30% of men, buy
Valentine gifts either the day before, or on Valentine's Day. source

50. Once the Chicago post office rejected 25,000 valentines claiming
they were vulgar and unfit to go through the mail. source
51. In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to:
teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, Koko the gorilla.

52. There are eight cities in the United States with "Love" in their
names: Loveland, Colo., Lovejoy, Ga.; Loves Park, Ill.; Lovelock,
Nev.; Love Valley, N.C.; Loveland, Ohio; Loveland, Okla.; and
Lovelady, Texas. source

53. In the U.S. boyfriends and husbands struggle over the treats to
purchase for their loved ones for Valentine's Day. In Japan, things
are different. In Japan, the women are the only ones to purchase
chocolates for St. Valentine's Day, giving them to the men. source

54. Valentine's Day Birthdays, February 14: 1894 Jack Benny, 1913 Mel
Allen, 1913 Jimmy Hoffa, 1921 Hugh Downs, 1932 Vic Morrow, 1934
Florence Henderson, 1946 Gregory Hines, 1944 Carl Bernstein, 1960 Meg
Tilly, 1972 Drew Bledsoe

55. In 1970, brides were on average 20.8 years old when they married,
while grooms were 23.2. Americans are now marrying later in life. In
the year 2000, brides were on average 25.1 with their grooms averaging
26.8. USA Today

56. According to 2000 Census data, Maine has a higher percentage of
unmarried partners living together. source