The Iceland Phallological Museum finally gets its man

The Peniseum

There are thousands of museums in the world. Some dedicated to art, sculpture, nature, architecture and just about everything else imaginable – heck, there’s even a Creationist Museum (dedicated to the notion that man lived alongside, and in harmony, with velociraptors only 4,000 year ago (which must have made Ancient Greece a lot more interesting than the historians realize)), and even a pro-torture museum in Chile.

But did you ever imagine there was a penis museum? There is in Iceland.

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The gentleman who started it, Sigurdur Hjartarson, began by collecting penises from male animals native to Iceland, from whales and seals to bulls and goats.

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Sigurdur Hjartarson

Then he started collecting penises of non-native animals.

He then moved on into collecting some fantasy penises. He claims to have elf penises, among others. (No word on whether the elves also lived alongside the dinosaurs.)

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Elephant, of course.

But Hjartarson longed for a Homo sapiens penis for years.

Finally, a 90+ year-old willed him his. It’s joined his other specimens. It’s in its own jar of formaldehyde. Like Einstein’s brain, but different.

His Icelandic Phallological Museum now has 293 penises from 93 different species.  And according to Wikipedia, the collection is apparently still growing, as it were:

The museum has so far received pledges from four men—an Icelander, a German, an American and a Briton—to donate their penises. Canadian film-maker Zach Math comments that the American “is an ordinary guy but he has this quirk where he thinks of his penis as a separate entity from his body — Elmo. He has this dream that he wants it to be the most famous penis in the world.” According to Sigurður, the American donor “wanted to have his penis cut off even during his lifetime and then visit the museum.” The American sent a cast of his penis to serve as a substitute in the meantime, along with photographs of it dressed up as Santa Claus and Abraham Lincoln. The donor also tattooed his penis with the Stars and Stripes to make it look more attractive.

There’s even a display dedicated to the Iceland National Handball Team, that won the Silver Medal in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  In their honor, there’s a display case with 15 silver members (they would have been gold had Iceland won the gold). It was a bit controversial, as the team didn’t sanction it:

Just in time for Christmas.

The penis museum sells themed memorabilia. Just in time for Christmas!

The artist who fashioned the piece, Thorgerdur Sigurdardottir, said she made it as a favor for her father, Sigurdur Hjartarson, the founder of the museum, which bills itself as “the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammals found in a single country.”

When her father asked Sigurdardottir, 44, for a contribution that would honor the handball team, “I thought, ‘OK, I will do a bunch of men with dicks,’ ” she said in a phone interview. But then she decided to dispense with the men’s nonpertinent (from the museum’s perspective) body parts. “I thought, ‘OK, it’s a phallus museum, so I’ll just make, you know, phalluses,’ ” she said.

So, whose phalluses are they?

“I didn’t have any models,” she said. “I just made them from experience.”

You can read about the penis museum and get a glimpse of the specimens here. (Personally, I think that the Homo sapiens penis, via the link I just posted, looks like a replica of Yoda.)

Falling sperm counts

In related news, in a few places in the world, scientists have noticed that the number of sperm/ml of ejaculate has decreased.

Studies in France, Denmark, Argentina and the US have shown that samples from men have shown lower sperm counts, sometimes much lower counts.

Danish researchers may have found that there is a link between increasing consumption of dietary saturated fats and the lower sperm counts.

One has to give Reuters kudos for the image they posted alongside saturated fat sperm count story.

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Hey, this just gave me an idea for a new concessions stand at the museum…


Mark Thoma, MD, is a physician who did his residency in internal medicine. Mark has a long history of social activism, and was an early technogeek, and science junkie, after evolving through his nerd phase. Favorite quote: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science... is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny.'” - Isaac Asimov

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  • 4th Turning

    And for additional amusement, may I recommend monsieur google
    Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom
    and/or
    Penis Cafe Italy.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Puppetry off… google it :)

  • Doctor_Grumpus

    They need to get “Senor Testiculo” when it’s done with the testicular cancer education campaign…

    (*shudder* I have to say, if someone told me that my “stuff” would end up looking like that from testicular cancer, I would certain get regular check-ups…)

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I have no idea what a preserved penis goes for these days. :)

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    *ponders performing penises*

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    lol

    Or the mindset that says, “Y’know, what this house needs is more preserved penises. Lots more.”

    I’ll say this much: It’s probably a cheaper hobby than collecting miniature trains.

  • dula

    I prefer performance art.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I do wonder how one comes to the realization that they should start a collection of penises? I mean, most of us who have collections of things started because we got gifts, or found something of particular fascination. Do people give him penises for Christmas? “Hey, I found this kinkajou schlong on eBay and thought of you!”

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Iceland is so amazing and I’ve been to this museum. It was far from the highlight and you spend about 10 minutes in it. Just so much else to do, I was underwhelmed. I waited for years to go because my first two times to Reykjavik the museum was located in the Westfjords, a region I haven’t been to yet. When it moved back to Reykjavik a few years ago I finally went and was disappointed as were most of the people who have gone. Don’t let that dissuade you though – go for it. You may enjoy it!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL Actually it would be pretty interesting to go. And I was going to add to the post that I have a beautiful fossilized Oosik from Alaska. It’s huge, around 2 feet long, dark, shiny, basically turned to stone. It’s a thing up there.

  • sheila111

    until I looked at
    the check for $8428, I be certain …that…my brother actually bringing in
    money in there spare time from there computar.. there aunt haz done this less
    than seventeen months and resantly paid for the mortgage on their house and
    bought a gorgeous Mazda MX-5. this is where I went, http://www.bar29.cℴℳ

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    The museum is better in theory.

  • Indigo

    Oh, what fun! Ithyphallic Greek statuary, herms and lingams are under separate . . . um . . . cover, so to speak.

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