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Komodo Dragons: Immaculate Conception pt. 2

Another fascinating case of Parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis in Komodos is thought to have evolved in response to their remote environment, where mates may not always be accessible, rather than due to captivity, like sharks. The offspring, do derive all their genetic material from their mother but unlike other animals, rather than being strictly clones, half of the […]

Sharks: Immaculate Conception

By far, the biggest on the list Parthenogenesis has been known to occur in several species of shark, including blacktip, zebra, carpet, white-spotted bamboo, bonehead, and even some kinds of hammerhead sharks. The phenomenon has primarily been observed in captivity when females have been isolated from males. Under these circumstances, some females have the ability to switch […]

The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments” Pt 2

….Continued From the 13th to the end of the 17th century, particularly among the upper classes, impotence was one of the only grounds for divorce. In fact, in canonical (ecclesiastical) law, it was considered a deadly sin for an impotent man to marry, although there was nothing actually preventing him from doing so. The only means […]

The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments”

Flaccid dick, through the ages   Around 1600 BC, the Egyptians believed that impotence was the result of a natural disorder or an evil spell. One of their remedies used to ward off the ED curse was grinding up baby crocodile hearts mixed with wood oil to rub on the penis.   Another of the Ancient […]

Torture: Crocodile Shears

The crocodile shears were a torture instrument usually reserved for men. These shears were made of metal, and operated very similarly to pincers. The insides of the blades/mouth were lined with smaller spikes. After being heated, the crocodile shears were applied to the victim’s penis, which was then ripped from his body. This instrument is said to have been used […]

Torture: Spanish Donkey

The Spanish Donkey, also known as the Wooden Horse (and possibly the Morgan’s Mule used on Confederate prisoners during the Civil War) is said to have been used primarily during the Spanish Inquisition. As pictured, it had a triangular wooden shape, pointing upward, and is mounted on horse-leg like support poles. The upward point was sharpened […]

Interesting Facts about Angels

  The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos, which means “winged messenger.”   Although angels are generally found within three key religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, similar beings can also be found within Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian and Greek writings, as well, and are thought to have played a major influence upon the […]