Sunday, May 18, 2008

House of the Phallus

Nestled in the small fishing village of Husavik, nearly 500 miles from Iceland's capital, lay the Icelandic Phallological Museum - a pee-pee museum.

Curator, Sigurdur Hjartarson, began collecting peni when he was a school administrator. At the time, he says it was "just a hobby" and he had no idea he would one day run a museum dedicated to the subject. Of all the phalli on display, Hjartarson has paid only for one - an elephant's penis. The largest in the collection is from a sperm whale (5'5"); the smallest, from a hamster (at only 2mm, it must be viewed under a microscope).

The one penis he is missing is that of a human's, but he has five donors from around the world who have offered theirs for display once they're done with it. The Icelandic Phallological Museum attracted 6000 visitors in 2007, 60% of whom were female.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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