Passing Gas Is The New Viagra

Italian scientists have discovered that hydrogen sulphide, found in rotten eggs and human farts, stimulates erections when injected into human penii. This is good news for one Jezebel reader, concerned about farting during anal sex.


He wrote us one Sunday afternoon and asked:

If I'm doing a girl up the butt and she farts will my penis explode?

To which former Jezebel editor Moe Tkacik presciently replied, months before the news of this discovery:

Yes.

It turns out, in fact, that Moe was completely correct. According to Professor Giuseppe Cirino of the University of Naples Federico II:

"We found that hydrogen sulphide is involved in human penile erection. That was proved in this study. Of course, the hydrogen sulphide pathway represents a new therapeutic target for erectile dysfunction and it should be possible in future to develop drugs that either deliver hydrogen sulphide or that control the hydrogen sulphide production."

This means that for men for whom Viagra doesn't work, researchers may be able to develop a drug that either stimulates the natural production of hydrogen sulphide — a component of human farts — or deliver a component of human farts directly to a man's flaccid cock in order to, um, "blow it up," so to speak.

So the next time a dude asks you for a blow job because he's having trouble getting it up, just toot on his dick instead. It should totally do the trick. It's science!

Sex Drug Hope Over Rotten Egg Gas [BBC]
Rotting Eggs Are New Vi-Eggra [The Sun]

Related: Flatulence [Wikipedia]
With Special Thanks To Mythbusters' Episode 48: Franklin's Kite And Flatulence Myths [Mythbusters]