Mull of Kintyre test

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Kintyre is highlighted in red. The "Mull of Kintyre" properly refers to the headland at the southernmost end, but in this context the apparent angle of the whole peninsula is the relevant standard against which a penis would be compared.

The Mull of Kintyre test or Mull of Kintyre rule is, according to an urban legend, an unofficial guideline that was used by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the United Kingdom to decide whether an image of a penis could be shown.[1] According to the myth, the BBFC would not permit the general release of a film or video if it depicted a phallus erect to the point that the angle it made from the vertical was higher than that of the Kintyre peninsula, Argyll and Bute, on maps of Scotland. The BBFC has denied that this test existed.[2][3]

The Mull of Kintyre Test was said to have been first used for the release of the controversial erotic historical drama film Caligula in 1979.[1]


  1. ^ a b "What does the Mull of Kintyre have in common with censorship?". 23 September 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  2. ^ O'Reilly, John (12 October 2000). "WH Smith suffers from video nasties". VNU Business Publications Ltd.
  3. ^ Shields, Rachel (2009). "Hit & Run: Seen but not hard - the big penis debate".