Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tiger, Seal Penises Saved By Viagra

In these dark times, it falls to me to spread the good news: Viagra is saving seals and tigers from getting killed. It does so by providing an impotence remedy that works, causing people to forgo exotic animal penis.
Viagra may be making inroads into the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) market where little else has. A survey of 256 men in a Hong Kong TCM clinic revealed that, compared to other common ailments, erectile dysfunction was the only condition for which men switched from a traditional remedy to a Western medicine. (1) True, the numbers are small. But the authors of the study (von Hippel et al.) also point out that in 1998, the year Viagra entered the global marketplace, the price of seal penises fell to Can$15-20 each from a price of Can$70-100 in earlier years, and only 20,000 penises were sold to processors–compared to 30-50,000 processed in 1996. In 1999, the market was virtually nonexistent and it has not rebounded since. (2)
I had too many image choices for this post. Tiger penises are weird-looking pointy things, so I could've put up one of those. There was also the option of putting up a photo of Tiger Woods, but I decided to go a bit more tasteful.
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