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Duke Of Wellington

The duke's sexual prowess featured in the memoirs of the high-class courtesan Harriett Wilson. The book, published to huge demand, opened with the line: 'I shall not say why and how I became, at the age of 15, the mistress of the Earl of Craven.' 

Testes

The word "testes" comes from the Latin root meaning "witnesses" and was born from the ancient Roman practice of placing a hand on the genitals when taking an oath. 

Clitoris

Did you know that the clitoris is the very sensitive sexual organ located in front of the vaginal entrance. The word comes from a Greek word meaning "little hill". 

Kama Sutra

Did you know...
Was first translated into English by Sir Richard Burton in 1876. In 1883 he published the book anonymously, though it remained illegal until 1963. It would take the average UK couple three and a half years to try everyone of the 529 positions described in the book. 

Condoms

Did you know...
"The oldest condoms, made from fish and animal intestines, were found in Dudley Castle. Dating back to 1640, they were used to prevent the transmission of infections during the Civil War. Mass-produced condoms first appeared in 1844, when Charles Goodyear patented the vulcanization of rubber. Originally they were reusable."

Cereal Masturbation

Did you know...
The original founding fathers of morning nutrition were great believers of sexual repression. Sylvester Graham and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg theorized that masturbation debilitated the mind and body. Graham, otherwise known for his Graham crackers claimed that one who masturbated grew up "with a body full of disease, and with a mind in ruins, the loathsome habit still tyrannizing over him, with the inexorable imperiousness of a fiend of darkness." Dr. Kellogg, inventor of Kellogg flakes gave these treatments for masturbation, or as he called it, "self-abuse": "A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision...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...In females, the author has found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement."

Museum of Sex Machines

Did you know…
That there is actually a museum of sex machines, opened in 2002 in Prague, deep in the historical center of the city.  Museum of the Curiosities owner Oriano Bizzocchi founded the idea while doing research. He found odd objects, erotic contraptions and weird machines while searching for other things. So, in response to the demand for seeing such items, he opened the first museum dedicated to sex machines. His exhibits include machines designed to bring maximum pleasure, deepest penetration and unusual positions. Read more about this extraordinary museum.

1969 - Summer of Love and so much more

Did you know...
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "National Environmental Policy Act of 1969."

Sec. 2 [42 USC § 4321].
The purposes of this Act are: To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality.

Nude Games

Did you know…
That the Olympic games of ancient Greece were played naked? Yes folks, the athletes of the mighty democracy of old ran their runners with johnsons flopping. Weight lifters lifted weights and to this day we’re not sure if there was a willy competition or not. There are two schools of thought on how the skin suits came to be acceptable attire during these sporting events.  Although, keep in mind that the ancient Greeks were not near the prudes that later humanity came to be. Read more.

Blood Countess

Did you know...
Countess Elizabeth Báthory, infamously known as The Blood Countess, tortured and murdered some 650 women, but not one man? One of her favorite forms of torture was humiliation. She delighted in making young women strip and parade naked in front of a crowd of men. When she was finally brought to justice for her heinous crimes, her servants and underlings were tortured and executed. But because of her high birth status, Báthory could not be sentenced to death. Instead, she was imprisoned and walled into a single room in her own castle, where she lived in solitary confinement until she died a few years later.

Bundy Family Tree

Did you know...
When Ted Bundy was 23, he found that his family had been lying to him his entire life. His "parents" were in fact his Grandparents, and that his "sister" was his real mother. The discovery of his true parentage effected him deeply and there are those who say this shocking news helped change him into the monster he would later become.

Extreme Crimes

Did you know...
A man named Cameron Hooker kept a woman, Carol *not her real name*, locked in slavery for seven years. She was made to live in confined areas, boxes that had been made by Hooker especially for her. One was the size of a coffin, and when he placed her inside, he would bind her, blindfold and put earplugs in her ears. She was forced to endure sensory deprivation for days or weeks at a time, with only minimal breaks for washing or eating, or when Hooker decided he wanted to act out his violent sexual fantasies such as whipping or burning.


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