Squirting, Reviewed by Peering Physicians

Six French doctors took a squinting look at whether and how seven women squirt. The doctors published this study explaining, to some extent, what they did and why they did it: “Nature and Origin of ‘Squirting’ in Female Sexuality,” Samuel Salama, Florence Boitrelle, Amélie Gauquelin, Lydia Malagrida, Nicolas Thiounn, and Pierre Desvaux, Journal of Sexual […]

For fans of randomization: Effect of Vaginal Electrical Stimulation

If you find randomization to be stimulating, we suggest you read this study: “Effect of Vaginal Electrical Stimulation on Female Sexual Functions: A Randomized Study,” Serdar Aydın, Çağrı Arıoğlu Aydın, Gonca Batmaz and Ramazan Dansuk, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, epub December 3, 2014. The authors, at Bezmialem Vakif University and at Liv Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, […]

Consumption of Pornography, Sexting Behavior, a Publication

This study was published, possibly for some reason: “The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior,” Joris Van Ouytsel [pictured here], Koen Ponnet, and Michel Walrave, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Volume 17, Number 12, 2014. The authors, at the University of Antwerp and Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, […]

That, and maybe why, some seals have sex with some penguins

Neighbors sometimes come together in unexpected ways. This study shows it happening with seals and penguins: “Multiple occurrences of king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) sexual harassment by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella),” William A. Haddad, Ryan R. Reisinger, Tristan Scott, Marthán N. Bester, P. J. Nico de Bruyn, Polar Biology, November 2014. (Thanks to David Delaney […]

Magazine: The special FEATHERS issue is out

The special Feathers issue (vol. 20, no. 5) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! Articles include: “Feathers Research Review“ “Improbable Research Review“ “Improbable Sex“ …and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Improbable Medical Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is Hard”, and other outstandingly improbable research snippets from many fields and countries. We encourage […]

They grew vaginas, they’re growing penises

Anthony Atala and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are busy making replacement parts. Their study “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study” in The Lancet, published this year, tells of the distaff part of the story. A report in The Guardian tells of their efforts to build masculinature: “The lab-grown penis: approaching […]

The doc who gave out while giving sperm

“Details, please!” is the hope and plea of medical professionals everywhere, about a train of medical events reported to have happened in Wuhan, China. The hope is that the attending physicians involved in the case will publish a formal case report in a good-quality medical journal. The case, thus far, has been told only in the general […]

Kinematics of coitus in five pre-selected positions

Natalie Sidorkewicz carefully analyzed spine and hip motions of ten couples each having sex in five positions. Sidorkewicz wrote it up, as her master’s thesis : “Lumbar Spine and Hip Kinematics and Muscle Activation Patterns during Coitus: A comparison of common coital positions,” Natalie Sidorkewicz, Master of Science thesis in Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, 2013. The main objective […]

The influence of homosexual necrophiliac ducks on popular culture

The influence of Kees Moeliker‘s Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “The First Case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae)”spreads and spreads. This past March saw the premiere, in London, of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera.” More recently, the world was treated to the video called “Scientifically Accurate Duck Tales“, which is based both on […]

This Is Improbable Too, in the Boston Globe

Kate Tuttle wrote a nice article on “the story behind the new book” — This Is Improbable Too — in today’s Boston Globe. Tuttle mentions that I (the author of the book), have been at this kind of thing for a while: Abrahams has been publishing his oddball discoveries for a quarter-century now, but his passion is […]

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