So, I guess the first item of buisness is: yes, there's a penis museum. Sigurdur Hjartarson runs the Phallological Museum in the tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik, known for its whale watching and, well, the fact that it has a penis museum.
Since its founding in 1974, it's reguarly brought thousands of visitors each year, with its "170-centimeter (67-inch) sperm whale penis preserved in formaldehyde, lampshades made from bull testicles and what the museum described as an "unusually big" penis bone from a Canadian walrus." But, despite its success over the last thirty-five years, it's still lacked one essential specimen: a human being. "In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums....Several people had pledged their penises over the years — including an American, a Briton, and a German — but Arason's was the first to be successfully donated, Hjartarson said.
'I have just been waiting for this guy for 15 years,' he told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview."
Photos posted to the museum's website show small army of ghostly, whitish penises stuffed into jars, tall glass cylinders and large aquariums. There are sculptures, molds and other penis-related craft items. Outside, the museum has a large tree trunk carved into the shape of an erect phallus.
Arason was described by Hjartarson as a former tourism worker who died Jan. 5 in the nearby town of Akureyri. Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, the medical director of Akureyri's hospital, didn't give a cause of death but said the specimen was removed from the body under the supervision of a doctor.
The phallus was officially installed in a ceremony last week, Hjartarson said, adding that he saw nothing wrong with the idea of having someone donate their penis to be shown off to the public.
via the Hairpin
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