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• ... that because of an effort to curb the spread of STDs, prostitution in Germany has been legal since the 1920s? (German prostitute pictured)
• ... that some people in the BDSM community are sexually aroused by being gagged? (ball gag pictured)
• ... that a strap-on dildo (pictured) may be used by heterosexual couples for the sexual practice of pegging?
• ... that the Exotic World Burlesque Museum is located on the site of an abandoned goat farm?
• ... that the story of Sada Abe (pictured), a woman who cut off her dead lover's genitals and carried them around with her for days, is one of Japan's most notorious scandals?
- ... that New York City authorities asked the Museum of Sex (pictured) not to locate itself within 500 feet of a church or school?
- ... that the nature of the female orgasm is a field of research for academics studying female sexuality?
- ... that the term Cicisbei refers to legal and generally respected companions and often lovers of married women in eighteenth-century Italy? (1790 etching pictured)
- ... that a Mercedes roadster was colloquially named after a wealthy German call girl, Rosemarie Nitribitt (grave pictured), who was murdered in Frankfurt in 1957?
- ... that the scandalous tales of Aristides of Miletus are still being discussed after over two millennia, although not one word of them has survived?
- ... that loans made by Seattle brothel-owner Lou Graham saved some of the city's most prestigious families from bankruptcy after the Panic of 1893? (former brothel pictured)
- ... that Monica Coghlan, at the center of the scandal surrounding Lord Jeffrey Archer, was killed in an unrelated car crash a month before the start of the trial that would convict him of perjury and vindicate her?
- ... the Śukasaptati, written originally in Sanskrit, is a collection of seventy erotic tales narrated by a parrot to prevent its mistress from committing adultery while her husband is away from home?
- ... that the fictional Document 12-571-3570 was a hoax that purported to describe sex experiments done in space?
- ... that anti-gay protests following the selection of the song Samo Ljubezen by drag-group Sestre (pictured) in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest led to criticism of Slovenia in the European Parliament?
- ... that the monument (pictured) to Mother Featherlegs near Lusk, Wyoming has been called the only monument to a prostitute in the United States?
- ... that studies on whether nice guys finish last have been hindered by the social desirability bias?
- ... that American novelist Tracy Quan once served as spokeswoman to the sex worker advocacy group Prostitutes of New York?
- ... that renowned brothel-keeper Elizabeth Needham, depicted in William Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress (pictured), was pelted so severely in the pillory that she died 3 days later?
- ... that the Gippeumjo is a "pleasure group" that was established in 1978 during the administration of Kim Il-sung (pictured)?
- ... that a banjee (pictured) is a young Latino or Black man who has sex with men and dresses in thuggish urban fashion?
- ... that Matild Manukyan, a wealthy Turkish businesswoman of Armenian origin, made her fortune as a brothel owner?
- ... how patients with gender identity disorder are classified over the course of their medical treatments?
January - March 2007
- ...that 18th century prostitute Sally Salisbury (pictured) was sent to prison after a riot but was released by a judge who was infatuated with her?
- ...that Marthe Richard was a former prostitute and spy who worked to make brothels illegal in France?
- ...that Amsterdam's Prostitution Information Center provides the city's visitors with information and advice about prostitution?
- ...that 18th century brothel-keeper Jane Douglas (pictured, bottom window, praying) sold condoms in silken bags to her customers?
- ...that madame Anna Wilson, the "Queen of the Underworld" in early Omaha, Nebraska, bequeathed her 25-room brothel mansion to the city to use as an emergency hospital upon her death?
- ...that sexual relations between a man and his daughter-in-law were fairly common in pre-revolutionary rural Russia?
April - July 2007
• ... that the French lawyer and historian Nicolas Chorier was also a writer of erotic fiction (work pictured)?
• ... that Charles de Talleyrand described his wife, Catherine Grand (pictured), as "an Indian, very beautiful, very lazy, the most idle woman he had ever known"?
• ... that before becoming King of the United Kingdom, Edward VII was a frequent visitor to the luxurious Belle Époque brothel Le Chabanais in Paris and had himself built a special "love seat" there? (painting of Le Chabanais by Toulouse-Lautrec pictured)
• ... that some birds, including flamingos, display homosexual behavior?
• ... that more than 200 species of mammals display homosexual behavior including oral sex, genital stimulation, and urolagnia?
• ... that the erotic depiction on the Oinochoe (pictured) by the Shuvalov Painter is one of the most frequently illustrated works of Greek vase painting?
August - December 2007
- ... that British MP Ronnie Campbell accidentally supported National Fetish Day due to his thinking that the word "fetish" meant "worry"?
- ... that in the days immediately following the revelation of her role in the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, the MySpace page of Ashley Alexandra Dupré was viewed over 9 million times?
- ... that Etta Palm d'Aelders, whose salon in Paris was frequented by Jean-Paul Marat, François Chabot and other prominent political figures during the French Revolution, might have been an agent for the Dutch government?
- ... that Narciso Bassols founded Mexico's first systematic sex education program while Secretary of Public Education?
- ... that male prostitutes in Pakistan generally range from fifteen to twenty-five years of age?
January - June 2008
- ... that German politician Käte Strobel (pictured) broke a taboo in 1967 by promoting sex education with a school book and the government-sponsored film Helga?
- ... that gender identity disorder in children is a diagnosis formally recognized in 1980 that often involves controversial therapeutic intervention?
- ... that Alliance for Open Society International, operator of drug rehabilitation programs for heroin addicts in Central Asia, sued the U.S. Government over the anti-prostitution pledge?
- ... that only three novels catering to soldiers' sexual proclivities during the American Civil War are known to still exist?
- ... that the World Charter for Prostitutes' Rights, adopted in 1985, calls for the right to unemployment insurance and decriminalization of adult prostitution?
July - December 2008
- ... that Kanhopatra (temple burial site pictured) is venerated as a saint in the Varkari sect of Hinduism, despite spending most of her life as a courtesan?
- ... that sex workers across the world have organised since the mid-1970s to demand sex workers’ rights, including the decriminalisation of prostitution and equal protection under the law?
- ... that the application of a spray-on condom was based on the logistics of a drive-through car wash?
- ... that homosexuality has been labeled by some communists as a product of bourgeois decadence?
January - July 2009
- ... that Three-Mile Hog Ranch was a center for prostitution for soldiers at Fort Laramie?
- ... that the director of the documentary Who the Hell is Juliette? intentionally misspelled the name of the film's title character in the credits?
- ... that according to 1996 research into sexuality in music videos, hip-hop and R&B scored highest in an analysis of sexual content?
- ... that the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco houses one of the world's most comprehensive libraries of academic sexological and erotological resources?
- ... that the sex magic technique of eroto-comatose lucidity can be traced back to the "sleep of Sialam" described by Paschal Beverly Randolph? (pictured)
August - December 2009
- ... that Roxxxy, described as the world's first sex robot, has an artificial intelligence engine programmed to learn the owner's likes and dislikes?
- ... that the Sex Machines Museum, opened in 2002 in Prague, has a collection of approximately 200 sex devices? (exhibit pictured)
- ... that the Philippine-edition of Playboy magazine does not display frontal nudity or human genitalia in order not to go against Filipino values?
- ... that ancient Roman brides sat in the lap of Mutunus Tutunus before marriage?
- ... that Filipino men and women engage in a form of courtship (example pictured) that is far more subdued and indirect compared to Western cultures?
- ... that pre-colonial sexual customs in the Philippines involved equating the size of a woman's breasts and the wideness of her hips with the price of the dowry?
January - February 2010
- ... that sex therapy pioneer Helen Singer Kaplan advocated for people to enjoy sexual intercourse as much as possible as opposed to seeing it as something dirty or harmful?
- ... that the five victims of the Ipswich serial murders (one site bodies were discovered, pictured) are the subject of the 2010 BBC One drama serial Five Daughters?
- ... that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, deer penis is said to enhance virility in men, and was added to the list of banned substances during the 2008 Beijing Olympics?
- ... that a drawing resembling a penis by Andy Warhol may be on the moon?
- ... that the Church of La Soledad (pictured) in Mexico City has been the site for an annual commemoration for sex workers?
March - August 2010
- ... that sexologist James M. Cantor (pictured) found that male pedophiles have significantly less white matter in their brains than do control subjects?
- ... that Clellan S. Ford and Frank A. Beach, in their 1951 book Patterns of Sexual Behavior, concluded that there is a "basic mammalian capacity" for homosexuality?
- ... that Troughman is mythically famous in Sydney, Australia, for lying down in urinals?
- ... that a woman's G-Spot can be easily reached in the spoons sex position (pictured)?
September - December 2010
- ... that Don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story has been described as a profoundly moving video game about love, sex and the internet?
- ... that when Dan Savage's book Savage Love was published, his advice column of the same name had 4 million readers? (author pictured)
- ... that over 16,000 aborted fetuses were found in the Los Angeles fetus disposal scandal in 1982?
January - June 2011
- ... that Indonesian prostitutes are sometimes marketed via Facebook?
- ... that the Icelandic Phallological Museum collection of penises includes 55 from whales but only one from Homo sapiens? (founder pictured)
- ... that although the Muria generally encourage premarital sex, some communities punish young people who take the same sexual partner for more than three nights?
- ... that due to the sexually explicit content of Saman, Ayu Utami's debut novel, her mother refused to read it to her father?
- ... that according to one critic, Rihanna (pictured) appeared to be "channelling" Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper Neneh Cherry on "Cockiness (Love It)" in a "pseudo-melodic" impersonation?
July - December 2011
- ... that Ayu Utami's (pictured) 1998 novel Saman launched an Indonesian literary movement focusing on women's views of sexuality?
- ... that the children of Vietnamese prostitutes and American servicemembers from the Vietnam War were often forced into prostitution themselves?
- ... that Rihanna's "Birthday Cake", said to resemble a real-life quickie, lasts just 78 seconds?
- ... that Photo Bits, a British soft porn magazine published from 1898 to 1914, was the first pin-up magazine in the United Kingdom?
- ... that A Free Ride (credits pictured) is considered to be the earliest surviving American hardcore pornographic film?
- ... that Nudes-A-Poppin' (contestant pictured) is billed as "The World's Largest Outdoor Nude Beauty Pageant"?
- ... that National Masturbation Day, an annual event celebrated in the US in May, was first observed in 1995?
- ... that the 1920s film The Virgin with the Hot Pants was the first known pornographic film to use animation?
- ... that Ratirahasya, a medieval Indian sex manual, classifies sexual intercourse into nine different types on the basis of the size of genitals?
- ... that the 1999 documentary Private Dicks: Men Exposed, in which men were interviewed about their penises, was described by Ken Tucker as "quite literally touching"?
- ... that in the United States, sex in public bathrooms is more frequent in bars than in restaurants?
- ... that the brothel Bon Ton is described by BBC as "an ideal showcase for New Zealand-style liberalisation"?
- ... that She Has a Name is a Canadian play about child prostitution in Thailand?
- ... that Haesindang Park (pictured), on the eastern coast of South Korea, is also known as "Penis Park", due to its statues representative of phallic architecture ?
- ... that the Chonga (Chonga style pictured) has become a Miami icon, influencing fashion in South Florida and beyond?
- ... that North Preston's Finest is a gang of pimps based just northeast of Metropolitan Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada?
May - December 2012
- ... that although some hooch maids (pictured) were known to service servicemen during the Vietnam War, they were also described as being "good Catholics who ... would never date an American soldier"?
- ... that attorney Harriet Pilpel counted Betty Friedan, Mel Brooks, Stalin's daughter and Dr. Spock among her clients?
- ... that Fanny Murray (pictured), a mistress of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, once reputedly ate a £20 note between two slices of bread?
January - March 2013
- ... that contemporary reports claimed that French President Félix Faure (grave pictured) died receiving fellatio and his penis had to be surgically removed from his mistress's locked jaw?
- ... that the Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards are the only pornographic film awards in the UK to have winners determined by public votes?
- ... that Zurich recently opened its first sex drive-in?
- ... that Gerda Munsinger, the Mata Hari of the Cold War, caused Canada's first national sex scandal?
- ... that the first mass protests against prostitution of children were led by ECPAT in the 1990s?
April - December 2013
- ... that the number 1 sex advertising site in Hong Kong was shut down by police in December 2013?
- ... that the Dutch East India Company attempted to eliminate the njai (pictured) by importing orphaned girls from the Netherlands?
- ... that according to a national report, the conviction rate of rape in Germany has declined, from 20% in the 1980s to 13% by 2000?
- ... that as a teenager, Courtney Love performed at Mary's Club in Portland, Oregon?
January - June 2014
- ... that the popular Thai teen drama Hormones: The Series courted controversy for scenes featuring students attempting to have sex in a school classroom?
- ... that the Australian hit song "Polyester Girl" is about a man "pledging fidelity to a sex doll"?