The Different Kinds of Sperm

November 17, 2010 Lessons No Comments

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So everyone knows what semen is for, right? Right, being the main subject of the final scene in a porno. Did you ever stop to think what’s really going on in our semen? Probably not, but I promised to write the article, so here’s the skinny on the spooge.

So everyone knows the story of the birds and the bees: your wingmen bees filter off the lady bee’s friends; you fill the lady bee with booze; and then you spend the next 10 minutes explaining to her that this never happened to you before (or is it just me?). Well, if you’re not me, you probably slept with her and sent forth your sperm soldiers.

Soldiers is a really appropriate nickname for sperm. Most people don’t know there are many different kinds of sperm that all work together to make sure you’re the father of that little kid no matter what you claim on the next Jerry Springer show. … Continue Reading

The Ingredients in Semen

November 11, 2010 Lessons No Comments

Ingredients

Last week, we examined why semen stings when it gets into the eye. Today we’re exploring the major components of semen:

Seminal Plasma (the liquidy part)

The main purpose of the seminal plasma is to provide a protective environment for the sperm during their long swim through the extremely hostile environment of a woman’s vagina. There’s gotta be a joke in there somewhere about harsh women, but it escapes me at the moment — possibly because I fear retribution from female readers. … Continue Reading

Debunking Semen Myths

November 3, 2010 Lessons 1 Comment

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You’ve met the man of your dreams (or, at least, tonight’s dreams). You decide to practice the age-old tradition of going down — and we’re not talking about a trip to Venice… that’s just unthinkable. Everything’s going great, he’s ready to explode, and then — @#$%! Who just lit my eyes on fire?!

That’s right, a shot of man goo in the eye, and you’d swear you’d been pepper sprayed at point-blank range. There’s been much debate on the interwebs as to why taking it in the eye stings worse than the thought of a Palin and O’Donnell presidency. Here’s a rundown of the myths relating to semen from a bonafide scientist type doctor-person who’s way too educated for his own good. No, bonafide is not a euphemism. … Continue Reading

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