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We engage in sex because we have a powerful biological urge to do so: it’s nature’s way of ensuring that we reproduce. But, unlike other animals, we have also inextricably linked the act of sexual intercourse with notions of love and romance, made monogamy and sexual fidelity moral standards, created taboos that have long prevented open discussion (much less open observation) of sexual matters, and have even been successful in controlling the mechanisms of reproduction. Sex is a subject of the highest importance to us, yet it is also one we are extremely reluctant to talk about. Not surprisingly, then, sex legends are an extremely fertile crop in the field of contemporary folklore. Just talking about sex is embarrassing enough; getting caught in the act is perhaps our supreme humiliation. We love to gossip about the sex lives of our friends and neighbors, and we’re especially fascinated by the sexual peccadilloes of the rich, famous, and powerful. We enjoy the neat little moral tales about unfaithful partners who are caught in their transgressions and meet revenge at the hands of angry mates, and we relish the poetic justice that awaits those who dare to engage in illicit sex. We fantasize about love potions that will turn unattainble objects of our desire into willing and eager sexual partners. And the legends don’t stop with the act of intercourse itself: the mysteries of pregnancy and reproduction have themselves spawned legions of misinformation and old wives’ tales. We hope you’ll get a chuckle out of (and maybe even learn a thing or two from) the many sex-related legends to be found here.

Do Stars on the Sides of Homes Indicate the Residents are ‘Swingers’? A rumor started relatively recently doesn't tell the full story about barn stars.
    False
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Did Louis XIV’s Birth Fetish Change Modern Obstetrics? Rumor has it the Sun King was known as a womanizer who enjoyed viewing the...
    Mostly False
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Did Hitler Invent the Inflatable Sex Doll? Nothing attracts curiosity like a lurid combination of Nazis and sex.
    False
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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Selling a Candle That ‘Smells Like My Vagina’? Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop has a track record of selling eccentric items.
    True
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Did a Hotel Cleaner Who Stole Sperm from a Used Condom Win Child Support? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Were a Couple Unable to Conceive for Four Years Because They Were Having Sex the ‘Wrong’ Way? A story about a couple's futile attempts to conceive may be nothing more than a...
    Unproven
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Was ‘The Electric Slide’ Written About Vibrators? Rumors that the pop song is about vibrators are based solely on one interpretation of...
    False
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Are Teenagers Using Adhesives to Avoid Resorting to Condoms? A Hong Kong company garnered global headlines with its "Jiftip" product, but it's not clear...
    Mixture
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Was a Scuba Diver Hospitalized After Getting His Penis Stuck in a Giant Clam? A sexually adventurous scuba diver was supposedly brought down by a shellfish allergy.
    False
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Did Mia Khalifa ‘Expose’ Ajit Pai After He ‘Slid Into Her DMs’? Rumors that the former adult actress confronted the Federal Communications Commission chairman on Instagram after...
    False
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The Origin of Graham Crackers Were graham crackers named for a man who believed unhealthy diet led to sexual excess?
    True
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Parents’ Nightmare An issue of 'Parents' magazine displaying unfortunate cover placement is just an illustrative mockup, not...
    False
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