If scientific facts don't come to mind when you think of sex, that's probably a good thing. However, there is a time and place to get scientific about sex (ie. when you're not having it), and when you do, you'll find there's an endless supply of interesting information and statistics pertaining to sex. Some of these facts are so random, it's amazing to think someone spent a lot of time and effort on performing these studies and getting these statistics. Lucky for us, we just get to reap the rewards and learn these fun facts while other people study them.
15 One in ten Europeans were conceived in an IKEA bed.
If you consider how popular IKEA is, this fact may not be that surprising. The Swedish furniture company sells enough products to fill 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools each year, and a huge portion of those products are in the form of beds. Reportedly, one in five Europeans sleep in an IKEA bed, so that could mean a lot of European babies aren't being made in beds at all. And, if you're looking for a great post-coital snack, you might indulge in some IKEA meatballs, of which they've sold over 11.6 billion in the UK alone since 1960.
14 A female ferret will die if she doesn't have sex for a year.
While we often associate men as the dramatic ones about the effects a lack of sex may have on them, it turns out female ferrets are the ones who are actually justified in saying they will literally die if they don't have sex. By four to eight months of age, a female ferret is sexually mature and will experience her first "heat". Because ferrets are induced ovulaters, they will remain in heat until they are bred. If they don't ovulate, they will remain in a state of "persistent estrus" which can result in estrogen poisoning which can be fatal. For this reason, most female ferrets are spayed before they're sold.
13 Seven Viagra tablets are sold every second.
Also known as the "little blue pill," Viagra was the first approved erectile dysfunction pill and it was first approved for use in the United States over 17 years ago. Since its introduction, it has generated billions of dollars in sales, and if seven are being sold every second, you can only imagine how many happy customers (and their partners!) are out there. In 2011, a federal judge ruled that Viagra's patent would be extended until 2019, meaning that generic forms of Viagra could not be sold (legally) until then, so their sales are only expected to increase from here.
12 The German word for "contraceptive" is Schwangerschaftsverhütungsmittel.
If you're ever traveling through Germany, this word may come in handy when you need to pick up some contraceptive medication, but most likely, you'd be better off just handing over a prescription than trying to pronounce it. Perhaps you'd rather visit Italy, where contraceptive is "contraccettivo," or Poland, where it's "antykoncepcyjny." If those don't work for you, you could try Swedish (preventivmedel) or Vietnamese (tránh thai).
11 One male produces enough sperm in two weeks to impregnate every fertile woman on the planet.
It sounds kind of gross, but it's also kind of amazing. There's probably lots of guys who'd be up for the task of trying to see if this is true, but there isn't enough time in the world to do it naturally. While it's hard to imagine there's so much potential in such a small amount of matter, sperm is a pretty incredible thing. In fact, a SINGLE sperm contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. A "full dose" represents a data transfer of 15,875 GB, which equals the combined capacity of 62 MacBook Pro laptops. Is your mind blown yet?
10 Athletes at the 2012 Olympics were provided with 150,000 free condoms.
So, you likely assume that athletes competing in the Olympics won't have much time to fool around, but somebody sure thought they did. In fact, they thought they'd have enough time for fun and games (and not the kind of games where you win medals) that each athlete would need 15 condoms for the Games, which lasted 17 days. If the athlete was to use all of those condoms in that time, that would be an average of 0.88 ( let's round to one) condom(s) a day. However, if two athletes who both received 15 condoms were to go through all of them together in 17 days, that would equal 1.76 (lets round to two) condoms a day.
9 Women can make their voices sound sexier. Men can't.
A woman's voice is a beautiful thing. They come in all different pitches, and most women can easily manipulate their voice to sound higher, lower, or even sexier. Men, on the other hand, cannot make theirs sound sexier no matter how they try. A recent study published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour found that not only could men NOT make their voices sound sexier, they actually sounded less sexy when they tried to. Women were found to be able to make their voices sexier when they spoke to an attractive potential mate, but they were also unable to sound more confident. Men COULD make their voices sound more confident, and interestingly, both women and men could alter their voice to sound more dominant.
8 You don't get as grossed out by things when you're aroused.
Isn't it fun to imagine what the lives of people who conduct these studies are like? This particular study that proved women who were in a state of arousal, were much less likely to be grossed out by things we normally find disgusting, than women who weren't. Some women were instructed to watch adult videos, and others watched sports movies, and a train movie. After, the women had to complete gross tasks like wiping their hands on a used tissue, drinking from a cup of water that had an insect in it, and other undesirable assignments. The study showed that the women who had watched the adult video before, were far less disgusted about doing these tasks than the women who watched sports or train movies.
7 Hormones released during sex make it difficult to pee.
If you find it difficult to urinate right completing this particular physical act, there's a good reason for that. Your body releases an anti-diuretic hormone called vasopressin. This hormone works with your kidneys to control thirst and absorb water. Interestingly, the role of vasopressin and love was discovered by studying prairie voles. Voles are intimate with each other much more than they need to be for reproduction, and they form close bonds with one another, much the same as humans do. When voles were given a drug that surpassed the release of vasopressin, their relationships with each other deteriorated almost immediately.
6 NBA Champion Wilt Chamberlain claimed to have slept with over 20,000 women.
Legendary basketball player Wilt Chamberlain was born in 1936 and grew to be 7 ft 7 in, in height. Sadly, Chamberlain passed away from heart failure in 1999, when he was only 63. In 1991, he published a book called "A View From Above" in which he made some startling statements. Chamberlain claimed that in his life (he was 55 at the time) he had bedded more than 20,000 women. If you assume he began his sexual conquests at the age of 15 (a low estimate, because apparently he was rather shy and withdrawn in high school), by the time he was 55, he would have had to sleep with 1.4 women A DAY, every day, in the last forty years to account for such a high number. Chamberlain was never married, and apparently didn't have many repeat encounters. Shortly before he died, he explained, "Having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I've learned in my life. I've (also) found out that having one woman a thousand different times is more satisfying," although no one knows who that woman is.
5 In 2008, archaeologists found a sex curse from the 7th century.
When archaeologists were exploring an area of Cyprus' old city kingdom of Amathus in 2008, they made a very interesting discovery. They uncovered a lead tablet that had been inscribed in Greek with this curse: 'May your penis hurt when you make love.' Although historians aren't 100% certain for whom the curse was created, they can surmise a few things from what they do know. The scribe was from the 7th century AD, and at this time, Christianity was well-established on the island. For this reason, historians assume the curse was likely meant for witch-crafters and shamans who had survived through the pagan era.
4 Male fruit flies who have been rejected by females drink a lot more alcohol than those who have had successful encounters.
Most humans can relate to the notion of self-medicating. Some of us are emotional eaters, some people turn to drugs, and other people self-medicate with alcohol. Turns out, fruit flies do the same thing according to a 2012 study that looked at the behavior of a bunch of fruit flies over a period of four days. The fruit flies (male and female) were confined to a tube (like a little nightclub for insects) and left to breed. The male fruit flies who did not have a successful sexual encounter with a female during the four-day period were much more likely to consume a diet that consisted of 15% alcohol, sugar, and yeast, rather than a diet of just sugar and yeast. The scientists concluded that the reason the fruit flies chose the alcohol, was indeed to "self-medicate" to compensate for their frustrating experience.
3 The more sleep deprived a man is, the more likely he is to believe women want him.
Yup, it's true. The more tired a man is, the more likely he is to think a woman will want to sleep with him. In 2013, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published a study that discovered "when [people] were well-rested, both men and women rated the sexual intent of women as significantly lower than that of men. However, following one night of sleep deprivation, men’s rating of women’s sexual intent and interest increased significantly, to the extent that women were no longer seen as having lower sexual intent than men." This is thought to be a result of frontal lobe impairment that comes from a lack of sleep (and it also comes from alcohol consumption) that can cause a person make decisions that are more high-risk, and less morally sound.
2 About 10% of adults have engaged in office "romance."
A 2013 survey taken by more than 1,000 individuals had some steamy findings. Not only did 51% of those surveyed think an office romance was acceptable, more than one third admitted to having actually done it themselves. You might not be surprised to hear that 54% of people said office romances led to a lot of awkwardness in the office and may not be the best choice. With all of these office romances going on, there's bound to be some intimate activity going on between coworkers. In fact, 1/10 people surveyed admitted to having "gotten it on" while they were at their place of work.
1 The Kama Sutra lists more than 30 types of kisses.
When you think of different types of kisses, pecks, and French kisses probably come to mind. However, the Kama Sutra, an ancient Hindu text which many consider to be the bible of human sexual behaviour, says there are actually over 30 types of kisses. For example, the throbbing kiss is "when one of the two deposited over thousands of kissing lips very young traveling across the mouth and the corners." The kiss with your eyelashes which is "scrolling through the lips or face and touch each other with kisses tabs" and the kiss without a clock: "The key is to pay full attention on each other’s bodies. The more control you have and the more you concentrate on stroking and kissing every inch of her body, the stronger the feeling of pleasure for both." So, next time someone tells you that kissing is boring, you might want to direct them to the Kama Sutra!