Things I didn't know about penises

  • Moses was not circumcised.
  • The foreskin has 1,000 nerve endings -- 36 percent of the penis' pleasure reception.
  • Circumcision became praticed commonly in the US for "scientific reasons:" It was thought to be a good remedy for masturbation.
  • In the Victorian era, masturbation and/or the male foreskin was considered the cause of all sorts of ailments, including: epilepsy, gout, tuberculosis, asthma, hernias, epilepsy, rheumatism, curvature of the spine, and insanity.
  • A boy's foreskin was considered a possible culprit in such social ills as philandering and rape.
  • Dr. John Kellogg, the corn-flake king and health-nut extraordinaire stated: "The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment. In females, the author has found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris [emphasis mine] an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement (masturbation)."
  • We spread the "circumcision cheer" to South Korea, where circumcision became almost universally practiced after the Korean War.
  • In 1860, .1 percent of American boys were circumcised.
  • By 1971, 90 percent of boys were circumcised.
  • By 1994, 65 percent of boys were circumcised.

    After reading dozens of articles and factoids about one of the more hotly contested debates out there (I had no idea), we have jointly come to the decision to leave the little guy's turtleneck intact. If you have any curiosity about this odd but charged debate, these two articles were some of the most engagingly written and interesting of the slew that I read.