A Penis a Day Keeps the Viagra Away

A platter of ox and dog penises.

A friend and I were discussing a recent article in Vogue magazine about the restaurant scene in Beijing. When I mentioned this article to my boyfriend, he forwarded me a link to the (English) online edition of the German magazine Der Spiegel [HERE], which ran an article about a restaurant in Beijing that specializes in dishes made from animal penises.

By way of explanation, the article quotes an apparently familiar Chinese saying: “Chinese eat anything with four legs, except tables. And everything that flies, except airplanes,” and then proceeds to describe the dishes in detail (and with photos!). The penises (ox, donkey, dog, sheep, yak) are prepared in a variety of ways (raw, roasted, with curry) and are thought to increase male virility and improve sex drive in men. Women are warned away from eating animal testicles, but it is noted that eating penises is risk free and may even improve a female diner’s skin.

So, what does all this have to do with luck? Glad you asked.

Toward the end of the article, the author writes, “At the end of the meal, Lucy [the waitress] hands over a little red box with ribbons on it. The dog penis bone is inside. It’s a souvenir, she says, and is supposed to bring luck and protect the holder against ‘harmful influences.’”

This is where I make a bad joke about how it wasn’t so lucky for the dog.

–Deb

(Photo by Reuters)