Sperm whales and pickled willies

As far as sex museums go, this one rates highly in the category of unusual but consistent theme: that of the lowly penis, sole male sex organ of the world. Whilst we've scoured the globe to visit a plethora of public spaces dedicated to all things smutty, sensual and sexy, we doubt Iceland's Phallological Museum will hold much attraction for the average visitor/inquisitive tourist, being a collection of sperm whale appendages, over-sized animal dongs and the like. Until recently...

...when the museum, and its founder, one prick-obsessed Sigurdur Hjartarson, received their first human donation from Pall Arason, a former tourist worker in Iceland, who had become obsessed with this form of post-mortem exhibitionism, CBS news tells us. Alongside the then 95 year old Arason were a number of other willing applicants for the dick donation scheme but only Arason's member has been successfully donated and installed in the museum after his recent death.

'Hjartarson, 69, said his interest in what he calls 'phallology' began when, as a youngster in rural Iceland, he was given a whip made from a bull's penis to help him herd cattle. Later, when he worked at a school near a whaling station, colleagues brought him whale penises as gifts.'

''That was how it started. I opened this museum 15 years ago with 62 specimens,' he said. Now, with the addition of Arason's organ, he has 276, many suspended in formaldehyde or dried and mounted on the walls.'

'Photos posted to the museum's website show small army of ghostly, whitish penises stuffed into jars, tall glass cylinders and large aquariums. There are sculptures, molds and other penis-related craft items. Outside, the museum has a large tree trunk carved into the shape of an erect phallus.'

We wonder whether they ought to have a reduced entry price for men over a certain inner trouser-leg size. Or would that be a step too far?

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