It’s no mystery that humans (and tons of other animals) are curious, fascinated and even obsessed with their penises. When I read that there was a phallological museum in Reykjavik, yes, a penis museum, I couldn’t resist having a look, and not to indulge in some kind of curiosity with penises, but to entertain the intrigue I have with that manifestation of penile obsession. Because, really? A penis museum? Yep, a penis museum.
There were all kinds of animal penises present and preserved: mice and cat and fox and elk and horse. Dolphins, porpoise, pigs, reindeer and all kinds of whale were represented. There were moulds of the Icelandic national handball team who won silver medals at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. There were penis stamps, penis cutlery, penis napkin holders, penis phones, penis canes, penis pens, penis lamps and penis mobiles (yes, like for hanging over a baby’s crib). Penis, penis, penis.
Speaking of which, remember the penis game?***
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some photos I took at the museum.
And for all the vegetarians out there, the museum has something for you too!
Oh wait, did you think I was almost done showing you photos of penises? Well, I’m not.
Undoubtedly, when you first walk into the museum, you will giggle a little. I did. Even though I’ve been a student of science for over 3 years now, I still giggled. I can rationalize that at the most basic level, penises are just tissues and cells, and those cells can be further broken down into less sexy sounding things, like phospholipid bilayers and sodium-potassium pumps and endoplasmic reticulum. Yaaawn. Though I was equipped (no pun intended) to reason with myself, I was still giddy (for no other reason than I was in a room completely full of penises, some of them taller than I am).
But for real.
Once I got over the giggles, the museum was fascinating, and dare I say eye opening? Penises come in all sorts of bizarre shapes and sizes, and if you were wondering, pig penises are the weirdest.
Even stranger were things like this:
And I’m sure you’ve been curious, so here you go:
As you leave, the gift shop won’t disappoint either…
Let’s face it: this might, after all, be your one and only chance to get that special someone a penis back scratcher for Christmas this year. Don’t miss your chance!
Have you ever visited the penis museum?
***The penis game is popular amongst young teenagers. The game begins when one person in a group of friends whispers the word “penis”. The group of friends must be in public or at least around other people, strangers are best. The game continues with everyone taking turns saying “penis” at increased volumes. The winner of the game is able to say “penis” the loudest without losing his or her nerve. If you ever hear someone randomly shouting “Penis!” in public, don’t be quick to judge; there may be a heated competition of the penis game happening!