Castration for the purpose of singing wasn’t ever officially legal, but that didn’t stop people from filling their choirs, and occasionally their courts, with castrati. But what caused the singers to have that beautiful voice? And what were the other effects of the operation?
Men, what would you be willing to give up to live a couple decades longer? Think carefully before you answer. Research has shown that men who are castrated may have significantly longer lifespans. Here's what we know.
For many male spiders, having sex means surrendering one or both of their genitals. In some species, up to 75% of males will experience what's known as sexual cannibalism. But this castration carries an advantage: the males become fearsome warriors.
Spider sex carries a very definite danger for male arachnids: genital loss. Spiders can actually lose their reproductive organs during intercourse, turning them into spider eunuchs. But, unlike humans, this "castration" actually turns the spiders into even more aggressive fighters.
With Piranha 3D already in line to get a sequel, it's time to admit that penis-severing is the special effect of the year. But the now-infamous piranha cock-chomp wasn't the first. Let's contemplate its forerunners, shall we?
Not so long ago, a girl smashed her boyfriend's Xbox 360 to the internet's delight. Now, another girl has shown up to do the same to a PS3 (seen here). So why can't men get enough? Castration anxiety.
Ice Pirates is one of those movies that keeps on giving in all the ways you want from an early-1980s B movie about, well, a ship of sword-wielding pirates. The "ice" part is because they steal frozen water in a universe of thirsty, resource-depleted planets. I cannot do justice in words to the mind-blanking whatever…