UH Study: Smelling Stinkhorn Mushrooms Makes Women Orgasm?

I’ll put this in the strange and weird files:

From this report from Peter Ross:

…It was once sold in Europe as an aphrodisiac, Beatrix Potter said she “could not find courage to draw it”, and Charles Darwin’s daughter is reported to have roamed the grounds of her home, picking and burning Stinkhorns so the maids would not have their morals compromised by the sight. In Hawaii, a scientific study found the smell of Stinkhorn caused spontaneous female orgasm

Maybe it’s the way the mushroom grows that makes women aroused?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EovFj_Au9Q&hl=en&fs=1]According to the Mushroom Experts:

Stinkhorns are amazing mushrooms, notorious for popping up suddenly and unexpectedly in urban settings. They are very diverse in appearance, but all of them share at least two features:

  • Some part of the fruiting body, at some stage in development, is covered with a foul-smelling slime.
  • The fruiting body arises from an “egg,” traces of which may disappear by maturity.Beyond these shared features, however, just about anything goes, and stinkhorns range from looking rather like Morels to appearing like, um, a portion of canine anatomy, or odd marine creatures with tentacles, or crab claws, Wiffle balls, Chinese lanterns, and so on.
  • I tried to find more on this “Hawaii Study” and I found this: An article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms describes a strange and wonderful practice in Hawaii: women gather together to search for a particular mushroom. When they find it, they sniff it. The scent of this mushroom causes sexual arousal, often to the point of orgasm.
  • 2 Responses

    1. Hi Damon,
      Re: Hawaiin stinkhorns and Island Women orgasms: Not all studies are valid nor journals respected.

      Although it is very difficult or expensive to find an actual copy of this so called scientific study, (no University carries this silly journal in its library, and to read it online you must go through a paywall) I wrote to the author and he kindly sent me a copy.

      It was pretty much a highly biased fairy tale, with zero references (unheard of in a real study), no detailed protocols, speculation on it being a “new” Hawaiin fungal species, not proof (a real PhD mycologist from Hawaii whom I know, Dr. Don Hemmes, claims that all of these stinkhorn species were recently introduced to the islands) and a huge conflict of interest, not mentioned in the study itself … the funding of this “study” by Big Pharma, in hopes of gaining a marketable aphrodisiac for women. The author admitted this to me in our correspondence.

      The study took place in 2001, and the follow-up, such as it was, went nowhere. Holliday finally stopped doing live presentations of this “study,” because he was ridiculed, and rightly so.

      It is unclear whether the very talented artist Beatrix Potter, who did many fungal illustrations, was “put off” by the stinkhorns shape (unlikely) or its odor most foul.

      Other than paid subjects in an uncontrolled study, most men and women find the smell of these netted stinkhorns perfectly beastly. Chemically, the odor closely resembles decaying flesh and poop, which does attract its target species: flies. Those flies eat the foul spore-bearing gleba and then spread the spores of the fungus. It’s a neat system, but hardly delightful to women.

      Don’t believe everything you read, especially when it is only presented to you via the abstract.

      Please please please do not spread this
      sensationalistic crap. It is fantasy not science based.

    2. Interesting, both in subject matter and filing. I imagine the “Higa” wasn’t a mistake.

      Damon – LMAO

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