So, I'm not here to give you guys the birds-and-bees lecture, but as many of you probably know, sex is pretty important and has been since the beginning of humankind. (That is, after all, how we all got here, right?)
So because of all this, knowledge about aphrodisiacs - aka the foods, drinks, etc. that gets us biologically 'in the mood' - have been passed down from generation to generation, with each culture having their own idea of what the most effective accomplice to your baby-making could be.
Some of them - like oysters, chocolate, and red wine - are pretty popular mood makers here in the US. But what does the rest of the world reach for when their pheromones need pumping? Well, you might be a little surprised.
I'm not saying you should go drink pee, but when mixed with beer, baboon urine is believed to enhance fertility AND fidelity.
Region: Middle East
Thanks to Ancient Rome's influence, certain Mideast villages swear that bathing in donkey milk (or rubbing it on, uh, very specific body parts) helps with sexual virility.
Rice wine steeped with snake might not be appetizing for you, but in Vietnam, this medicinal aphrodisiac gets the job done.
Region: The Philippines
I'm just going to put it out there. There's something awkward about eating a duck fetus to help you create a fetus of your own.
Bird Nest's Soup
This soup, made with swallow's nest, is among the world's most expensive dishes. For that kind of money, it'd better work!
Often toasted before they're served up, this folk aphrodisiac is a top choice of Colombia's Ghane Indian tribe. Mm-mm-mm.
Apparently, in parts of Mongolia, getting hungry FOR the wolf will get you hungry LIKE the wolf. (If you get what I'm saying.)
So are the live maggots inside Sardinia's regional cheese also turned on, or is that just supposed to be a human thing?
Region: Southern Europe
When men consume this popular (but kind of gross) aphrodisiac, they get MORE virile, and when women do, it can actually cause fertility issues.
Region: Southeast Asia
According to Chinese medicine, tiger penis is supposed to help get you in the mood. But do we really need to be killing tigers just to get it on? Really, people?!
So there you have them: 10 of the weirdest folk aphrodisiacs in the world.
Try them if you dare. (And if you do, try not to eat them in public, okay? No need to get all 'When Harry Met Sally' on everyone.)
Have you heard of any other aphrodisiacs? Do you believe aphrodisiacs work?
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