There are a handful of different names for your testicles but how much do you actually know about them?
Here are nine things you might not have known about them.
- The word avocado actually derives from the Aztec word for testicles.
- In the Middle Ages when people didn’t know stuff, men would often chop off their left testicle if they wanted a son, as they thought their right testicle held male sperm (while the left one held female).
- In Roman times, men placed their right hand on their balls before giving testimony in court, the reason being having testicles supposedly made them whole (as opposed to women and eunuchs who were not allowed to testify).
- Your testicles produce 200 million sperm every single day.
- 16th century Europe was a weird place, women weren’t allowed to sing in Roman Catholic Church choirs. The only logical answer (note sarcasm) to this was to remove the boy’s testicles before their voices broke. Mozart supposedly appreciated this loads, as their voices were unique.
- Balls can grow up to twice their size during sex.
- The most popular theory on why we have our testicles outside our bodies is because a cooler temperature improves sperm production. However, many animals including elephants and anteaters have their balls all up inside their body, being cosy and stuff.
- Most men’s left testicle hangs lower than the right. This is because being unsymmetrical means they take up less space, it also potentially stops them clattering into each other like an angry S&M pendulum.
- The largest scrotum on record belonged to 49-year-old Wesley Warren, who died from a heart attack last year.