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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Raccoon Penis Bone

Okay, this is a sensitive topic and I will handle it with the dignity it deserves.  Many people may do a double take on this one, but the Raccoon penis bone is important to Appalachian culture.

The initial reaction that most people have to this is "Wait a minute, raccoons have bones in their penis?!?"
Yes, yes they do.  Actually almost all mammals have bones in their penis known as a baculum.  There are only a few exceptions to this.  Humans do not have penis bones, but all other primates do.  Oddly enough, the possum does not have a penis bone.  Makes you question who are true closest relative is.

This here is a raccoon penis bone.

In Southern Appalachia the raccoon penis bone has traditionally been worn as a fertility talisman.  It also has the amazing double purpose of being used as a toothpick. It keeps you fertile and keeps gunk out of your teeth.  

Now if you are dieing to get your raccoon penis bone, there are readily available on Etsy.

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