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May 14, 2014 7:29 AM   Subscribe

Oldest known sperm discovered, and it's gigantic.
posted by Xurando (12 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Today I learned the word "hemipenis." I now have a new joke for the Dodge truck owners in my home town who like to rev their engines and squeal their tires when pulling into traffic.
posted by tempestuoso at 7:37 AM on May 14, 2014 [5 favorites]

A big big love?
posted by klangklangston at 8:45 AM on May 14, 2014 [10 favorites]

Fascinating. Thanks for posting.

Original article here for those with access privileges (even if you don't, you can still read the abstract). And here is the "gooey frog" reference for good measure. It's in PLoS one, which is open access.
posted by kisch mokusch at 8:48 AM on May 14, 2014

It's marvelous what they're doing with miniaturization these days!
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:58 AM on May 14, 2014

it's gigantic.

Also fast*.

* lol zenker organ
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:15 AM on May 14, 2014

posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 9:17 AM on May 14, 2014

The sperm was clearly wound up in knots within this weird ‘zenker’ organ, balled up like a ball of string, then literally shot at and into a female and the female catches it.
Checkmate, evolutionists.
posted by Poldo at 9:21 AM on May 14, 2014

Add that second article to the Turing test: hemipenis, spitball, megasperm, zenker organ, bat poop. If that doesn't make you giggle like a seven-year old, you're a computer.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:35 AM on May 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

I don't know what this says about my current maturity level (or ability to read or process information), but in the clicking the link I was honestly expecting to see an article about a gigantic sperm whale.

Regardless, I'm going to internalize this as a graduation of sorts for my otherwise sophomoric mind.



posted by Debaser626 at 9:51 AM on May 14, 2014

Gigantic. Gigantic. A big big load.

posted by codacorolla at 12:53 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

Reminds me of the old joke:

The fertility doctor calls his patient into the office to discuss his test results.

Doctor asks "Do you want the bad news first, or the worse news?"

Patient replies "Let's start with the bad news."

The doctor says "According to our tests, your sperm count is 1."

Shocked, the patient sputters, "Jesus, Doc, if that's the bad news, what could be worse?"

The Doctor holds up both hands in the air about a foot and a half apart and says "It's this big, and it wants out NOW!"
posted by radwolf76 at 1:24 PM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

The seed is strong
posted by snottydick at 7:24 AM on May 23, 2014

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