20 Things You Don’t Know About Dick

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Penis Facts–20 Things You Don’t Know About Dick!

You know… Anaconda, Baloney Pony, Chopper, Ding-a-ling, Fire Hose, Gherkin, Hairy Canary, Johnson, Knob, Love Muscle, Meat Puppet, One-eyed Snake, Pecker, Rod, Schlong, Tube Steak, Unit, Viper, Wang, Yardstick, and finally Zeppelin!

Praise the Penis!

Okay… Guys, how many of you know more about tail pipes on a car or the pipes in your house than you do about your own plumbing?  For as often as we have sex or want to have better sex, isn’t it about time that you knew and understood the penis?

Can I get a “Hell Ya!”

1. Think of Masturbation as a Healthy Workout

You need to have erections regularly to keep your penis in shape. To maintain a healthy tone, the smooth muscle of the penis must be periodically enriched with oxygen by the rush of blood that engorges the penis and makes it erect. Without regular erections, penile tissue can become less elastic and shrink, making the penis 1-2 centimeters shorter.

2. Smoking Can Stunt Your Growth

Here is a penis fact you’ve probably heard of before. Smoking can shorten your penis by as much as a centimeter. Erections are all about good blood flow, and lighting up calcifies blood vessels, stifling erectile circulation.

Lighted Cigarette Stick and White Smoke Wallpaper

3. A Penis Can Be a Grower or a Show-er

Among men, there is no consistent relationship between the size of the flaccid penis and its full erect length. In one study of 80 men, researchers found that increases from flaccid to erect lengths ranged widely, from less than a quarter-inch to 3.5 inches longer. On average, a limp penis will increase in volume 300% when it is erect. It will also contain more than 8 to 10 times its normal amount of blood.

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4. Sweet Dreams

Impulses from the brain cause on average 11 erections during the dreaming phase of sleep, known as the REM phase. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a hot sex dream or a zombie apocalypse nightmare — the penis just gets hard during that period of the sleep cycle regardless. It kind of has a mind of its own that way!

5. Want to Appeal to a Man’s Most Sensitive Side? It’s Likely Not in His Head.

The head of his penis, that is. In a study published in the British Journal of Urology International in 2009, the underside of the glans and underside of the shaft had the highest sensitivity rating for a significant majority of men, followed by the upper side of the glans, left and right sides of the glans, sides of the penis, upper side of the shaft, and foreskin (for the minority of men who were uncircumcised).

6. Every Penis Was Once a Clitoris

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 with the dark underskin and the thin ridge or seam, known as the raphe, which runs from scrotum to anus, which is a fusion of the vaginal lips.

7. Sensitivity Declines with Age

From age 25 on, sensitivity in the penis starts to decline. The sharpest decline in sensitivity is seen between ages of 65 and 75. However, it’s not known if most men are aware of it. They rarely report this condition to their doctors.

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8. Vibrators Work on the Penis, Too

Vibrators aren’t just for women. They work on the penis, too. In fact, vibration is so effective on the penis that often men with spinal cord injuries can ejaculate with the aid of a special medical vibrator. For this kind of treatment, the vibrator is usually held against the underside of the head of the penis.

9. It’s Bigger Than You Think

Most guys would be proud to know that their penis is twice as long as they think it is. That’s because half the length of the penis is inside the body. Just like you don’t see all of a big oak tree above ground, you don’t see the root of a penis tucked up inside your pelvis and attached to your pubic bone.

10. Most Men Aren’t Circumcised

Worldwide, approximately 30% of males aged 15 and older are circumcised, according to a 2007 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS. According to the report, rates vary greatly depending upon religion and nationality. Almost all Jewish and Muslim males in the world have circumcised penises, and together they account for almost 70% of all circumcised males globally. About 80% of American men are circumcised, but circumcision has been in decline for about 30 years now.

11. Sometimes Bigger Isn’t Always Better

An enlarged prostate gland can cause both erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, reduced sex drive, decreased sexual satisfaction and difficulty in urinating.

12. Women Usually Win Out

Sorry, guys. The average male orgasm lasts six seconds. A woman’s typically lasts 23 seconds. However, long lasting male multiple orgasms are possible with a bit of education and practice! But, a study, called “Differences in orgasm frequency among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women in a U.S. national sample”, found that heterosexual males have the more orgasms than anyone else. Obviously a case for quantity over quality.

13. Suck My Dick?

Sadly, only one man in 400 is flexible enough to give himself a blow job. It’s a safe bet that all 400 have given it their best shot at some point.

Come on guys and girls, shake your dix!

14. Yes, a Penis Can Rupture

The most common cause of penile rupture is vigorous masturbation. Ouch! Sounds very painful!

15. Once you go Black?

The Kinsey Report verified the longstanding rumor that black men have larger penises than white guys, but not by much. The average black male’s hard-on measures 6.3 inches, leaving the white man in a close second with a mean of 6.2 inches.

16. The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Nose

The smells of licorice, pumpkin pie, lavender, donuts and chocolate are reputed to increase penile blood flow. (Note that beer and bacon didn’t make the cut.)

17. Funky Spunk

Asparagus, red meat and dairy are reported to produce the least pleasant-tasting jizz. So much for Steak and Blow Job Day? Try pineapple instead.

18. It Really Doesn’t Pay to be Big

The largest penis ever to be medically verified was 13.5 inches long and 6.25 inches in circumference, owned by Jonah Falcon. Just to put that in perspective, the average vagina is three to four inches deep. Reportedly, Falcon had up to 3000 dates by the time he was 30. Yikes! Falcon sometimes lives with his mother in New York City, in between jobs.

19. Yet Size Does Matter

According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2012, women who are more likely to have vaginal orgasms say it is easier to orgasm with men who have longer penises. Though it’s not clear exactly why, a longer penis may be better able to stimulate the vagina and the cervix.

20. Men will go limp if they drink too much

How much is too much? About 3½ drinks for a 150-pound man. Big guys, go ahead and drink up.

Featured Photo by Dainis Graveris

This article originally appeared on A Good Woman’s Dirty Mind. The article has been updated with new content and sources.

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Bobby Morgan was a prolific and dedicated sex blogger, sexuality advocate and beditor-in-chief at A Good Woman's Dirty Mind (2012-2015), as well as creator of #AdultSexEdMonth (2013-2015). She was well loved and know by the sex-positive educator's community. She died suddenlt in 2015 at the age of 52, leaving a large body of work behind her. Before she died, she made me an Admin of her FB page, and gave me permission to syndicate her articles. So much of her writing still resonates today, so I am making her work available via Sexpert to share with a larger audience. "[My blog] was built on the inspiration of the love affair of a lifetime between me and my lover, Parrot... If only we could teach, bottle, sell or share our secrets of our great sex, romance and relationship, more people would be happier and more fulfilled. Like the way Parrot and I talk with each other, A Good Woman’s Dirty Mind is open, frank, and nakedly explicit in the way it talks about sex and relationships... In short, A Good Woman’s Dirty Mind is all about real sex — and really great sex at that — for real people." Website:  http://agoodwomansdirtymind.com/


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