NCBI ROFL: Static cling reduces rat virility: how shocking!

By ncbi rofl | November 12, 2009 4:00 pm

Effect of different types of textiles on sexual activity. Experimental study.

“The effect of wearing different types of textiles on sexual activity was studied in 75 rats which were divided into five equal groups: four test groups and one control. Each of the four test groups were dressed in one type of textile pants made of either 100% polyester, 50/50% polyester/cotton mix, 100% cotton or 100% wool. Sexual behaviour was assessed before and after 6 and 12 months of wearing the pants and 6 months after their removal. The rate of intromission to mounting (I/M) was determined. The electrostatic potentials generated on penis and scrotum were also measured by electrostatic kilovoltameter… …The polyester-containing pants generated electrostatic potentials while the other textiles did not. These potentials seem to induce ‘electrostatic fields’ in the intrapenile structures, which could explain the decrease in the rats’ sexual activity.”

Thanks to Megan for today’s ROFL!

  • Ms Avery

    Rat pants.

    I love science.

  • Shelley

    The masses demand pictures of rats in pants!

  • Dhivajri

    Rats in (presumably) crotchless pants for 6 to 12 months. So many questions. How was the tail situation handled, and did it make it hard to change the pants? How often were the pants changed? Velcro closures or all one piece? Did the girl rats also wear pants? High waist or lo?

    Yes, pictures!

  • jebyrnes

    A t-shirt of Figure 1 from this paper (which is AMAZING) can be found here.

  • Anonymous

    do rats know how to wear off?! may be for this they are no more sexually active!! :)

  • http://www.discofood.co.uk Jenn

    ha rats in pants!

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