Many years ago, I was given a poster entitled "Penises of the Animal Kingdom". It is notable for receiving an "Ig Nobel" award for art in 1992:
The image here links to the Picasaweb album where the full-size image is available to zoom in.Presented jointly to Jim Knowlton, modern Renaissance man, for his classic anatomy poster "Penises of the Animal Kingdom," and to the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts for encouraging Mr. Knowlton to extend his work in the form of a pop-up book
These are all drawn to scale. The one on the left is the largest, that of the whale. Man's is the one on the right.
It comes with a little leaflet (listed below) giving interesting tidbits about animal penises.
Anyway, as much as I think this poster is a very novel piece to hold on to, I realize that I'm never going to hang it up and perhaps someone else might enjoy it. For $10 flat (in the US), it can be yours.
Here is the text that is included with the poster.Penises of the Animal Kingdom features anatomically accurate representations of the male copulatory organs of several animals, including man. Each illustration was rendered with close attention to proportion and scale, the overall size determined by the average physical dimensions of the genitalia of adult males.
With the exception of man, the entire organ is depicted, from tip to base. In other words, each figure includes any segment of the penis contained within the body of the animal: the internal portion is a significant fraction of the entire length of most animal penises. All organs are pictured erect at 20 percent of actual size.
Each penis has certain outstanding features. The human organ possesses a well defined glans, or tip. This mushroom shaped end is one of the most evolved glandes of the animal kingdom.
The dog penis has a bulbous enlargement that is present only during erection. This bulb is the reason dogs "get stuck" while copulating. The female contracts her vagina around the trapped penis to extract seminal fluids.
Hyenas are well known for the similarity of the male and female genital organs. A female's erect clitoris is nearly impossible to distinguish from a male's penis. Covering the glans of each organ are sharp, backwardly directed spines.
The penises of the ram, giraffe and goat have extensions of the urethra. The urethras of the giraffe and ram can extend up to four centimeters beyond the glans of the penis, forming a pliant hook.
The porpoise has a remarkable penis. The longer branch of its forked end is actually jointed, allowing the tip to rotate or swivel. The animal has voluntary control over this action and uses the finger-like appendage to manipulate and investigate objects in its environment.
Perhaps the oddest penis is that of the pig. During erection, the end of the penis convolutes into a corkscrew bearing an uncanny resemblance to the animal's coiled tail. The helical end of the erect organ conforms to the twisted contours of the female's vagina.
The horse penis is similar to that of the human; it also has a well defined glans. A dissimilar feature is a slight extension of the urethra.
The bull penis has an interesting history. Because of its rope-like consistency and proportions, it was used in the Middle Ages as a flogging stick. Today in some parts of the world it is dried and used as a walking cane.
The elephant has a very muscular penis. Half of the curved organ forms the pendulous portion, yet only the very end penetrates the hard-to-reach vulva of the female during copulation.
Whales have the largest penises of all animals. A blue whale penis can measure thirteen feet in length and one foot in diameter. The poster pictures the sperm whale penis with a length of over seven feet.
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01-06-2008 04:25 PM
01-06-2008 05:23 PM
the 3rd grader in me wants to quote and Bold-FYP the entire post up there...
he he he
would make a good White elephant gift.
01-06-2008 06:03 PM
No wonder women always want to "swim" with the dolphins!
Daphne: Please understand, the horny Bard does not represent us.
Mort Kemnon: You really think you've defeated me?
Luster: You did just explode.
Brother Silence: Twice, actually.
01-07-2008 06:58 PM
I remember that poster from one of the suite lounge areas in my college dorm. Not the suite in which I lived (where the only poster we had on the wall was this Kristi Yamaguchi "Got Milk?" poster).trainman is trainman
01-11-2008 12:15 AM
So, no interest in this poster?
I'd put it up on eBay, but somehow I suspect they'd refuse it as being adult content.
01-11-2008 12:57 AM
No, I didn't. I thought they had banned adult content some time ago. I guess I was mistaken.
Okay, good, so I'll be able to put it on eBay. I hope I'm not relegated to the adult section as its purchaser might end up being sorely disappointed.
01-11-2008 12:59 AM
Ah, once I trying clicking on the "Mature Audiences" link, eBay prompted me to confirm that I wanted to see adult-oriented content, and now my search for "penis" brings up thousands of items that weren't there before.
Thanks for the help, Inigo!
01-17-2008 07:57 AM
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Marc--I'll give you $10 for it. I have the perfect spot to hang it! What are the dimensions of the poster?
Last edited by Jack; 01-17-2008 at 11:04 AM.
01-17-2008 11:40 AM
eBay, I'm afraid. Sorry!
01-21-2008 09:16 PM
Holy crap, Marc! $42 for a poster you only wanted $10 for in this thread! Congrats!
03-25-2008 10:33 PM
It's incomplete on the left. The image got cut off just before it got to Chuck Norris.When every second counts... the police are only minutes away.
12-09-2008 02:34 AM
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Is it still available? If so, I want it. Please, please say that you still have it, or know where to get more.
This is a dream- to find this......
12-09-2008 11:04 AM
Sorry, it was sold on eBay back in January.
Out of curiosity, why is it a dream to find it?
12-09-2008 03:45 PM
12-12-2008 02:06 AMThe dog penis has a bulbous enlargement that is present only during erection. This bulb is the reason dogs "get stuck" while copulating. The female contracts her vagina around the trapped penis
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Proof that humans are more evolved. The male of the human species simply says "well, I'm done, bye". Imagine if your partner could hold you in position until he/she decided you were finishedI am busy Occupying America! I thought about occupying somewhere else, but I can't get a passport.