10 New Facts To Make You Seem Smarter

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6. Ouch


A human penis does not contain a bone – it becomes erect by filling the sponge-like material in the penis with blood. Despite this, it is possible (in a sense) to break this vital part of your body. A sudden blow to the penis or sharp shock or bending can break the fibrous tissue that contains the spongy material (called the corpora cavernosum). Unfortunately (and rather embarrassingly for many men every year) this requires a trip to the emergency room as only surgery can repair a broken penis. Left uncorrected a man can no longer have an erection.

Interesting Fact: Contrary to popular belief, men do not need to masturbate or have sex regularly in order to prevent “blue balls.” Excess of sperm is handled (so to speak) naturally by the body by releasing it into the urine stream.



5. Peace… or Not

Gandhi London 1906

Gandhi was not always the peaceful man he is well-known for being – in fact, he was never a pure pacifist in that he allowed for violence as a last resort. In his middle ages he volunteered to fight in three wars: The Boer War, The Zulu War, and World War I. Furthermore, after an attack by Muslims on Hindus he approved of the government’s order to shoot ten Muslims for every Hindu that was killed. In a famous statement about independence, Gandhi said: “If a fight is inevitable I would expect every son of the soil to contribute his mite… I would not flinch from sacrificing a million lives for India’s liberty.” [Source]

Interesting Fact: During the freedom struggle, he wore nothing but a loin cloth, but for years he lived in London and used to wear a silk hat and spats and carried a cane (as seen above).

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