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Ever feel like you're being kept in the dark? Do you feel like the facts and history you rely on might not be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but?

Russ Kick delivers a second round of stunning information, forgotten facts and hidden history--all thoroughly researched and documented.

Sized for quick reference, filled with facts, illustrations, and graphic evidence of lies and misrepresentations, 50 Things You're Not Supposed to ...

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Overview

Ever feel like you're being kept in the dark? Do you feel like the facts and history you rely on might not be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but?

Russ Kick delivers a second round of stunning information, forgotten facts and hidden history--all thoroughly researched and documented.

Sized for quick reference, filled with facts, illustrations, and graphic evidence of lies and misrepresentations, 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know--Volume 2 presents the vital, often omitted details on human health hazards, government lies, and secret history and warfare excised from your schoolbooks and nightly news reports.

Russ Kick and The Disinformation Company have published five successful books together since 2001. Each one has become a bestseller, establishing Russ as the leader in gathering and disseminating the hidden history, forgotten facts, secret stories and covert cover-ups that "they" don't want you to know!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932857023
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Things You're Not Supposed to Know Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,125,144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Russ Kick is the editor of Abuse Your Illusions: The Disinformation Guide to Media Mirages and Establishment Lies, Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies, and You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths. He is the author of 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know and The Disinformation Book of Lists.
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50 THINGS YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW


By Russ Kick

The Disinformation Company Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Russ Kick
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-932857-02-3



CHAPTER 1

MEN HAVE CLITORISES


It's long been noted that all of us start in the womb as sexless little blobs. We each had the same undifferentiated external equipment (a bud of tissue), plus two sets of internal ducts.

Depending on whether an embryo has a Y sex chromosome or two X's, during week seven it starts developing into a boy or a girl. That little mound of tissue (the genital tubercle) either opens to form two sets of labia and a clitoris, or it closes to make a penis and testicles. When viewed this way, the similarities between guys' and dolls' private parts is obvious and has drawn comments since ancient Greek times.

But there's a whole lot more overlap than you might suspect. Women aren't the only ones who have a clitoris. Men do, too.

To fully understand this, it helps to know some things about our naughty bits. In women, the clit is a much larger organ than it generally gets credit for being. That little bit of ultrasensitive tissue that is the target of so much attention is merely the tip of the iceberg. The visible part that is touched and tasted is the crown, typically 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch in length. Hidden from view is the other 2.75 to 5 inches of the structure! The entire thing is shaped like a Y, with the visible crown leading to the section called the body, which then splits into two legs that hug the urethra and vagina canal.

This 3- to 5.75-inch structure is made of two sandwiched strips of corpora cavernosa, a tissue that engorges with blood and stiffens when its owner is aroused.

Turning to the penis, we see that its insides are made up of two kinds of tissue. The thin corpus spongiosum runs along the underside of the shaft, enveloping the urethra, and accounts for all of the head. This tissue plays a minor role in erections, since a hard-on is due mostly to the two sandwiched strips of corpora cavernosa, which comprise the bulk of the shaft. These taper off internally right as they reach the spongiosum dickhead.

As in women, a man's cavernosa soaks up blood and becomes erect when sexually excited. As in women, the cavernosa is shaped like a Y with three parts—crown, body, legs. In the case of men, the body accounts for more of the structure, and the legs are relatively stubby. On average, the male cavernosa is typically longer and thicker (which makes sense, since men as a group are bigger than women), and—unlike women—the majority of it is visible.

So here's what we have: the same tissue forming the same structure in the same place. In other words, it's the same thing.

A penis is really a clitoris that's been pulled mostly out of the body and grafted on top of a much smaller piece of spongiosum containing the urethra.

As much as I'd like to be known as the person who first realized that men have clits, the credit goes to psychologist-anatomist-sexologist Josephine Lowndes Sevely for first making this explicit in 1987. Science writer Catherine Blackledge expanded on it in 2004.

CHAPTER 2

OUT OF EVERY 100 PEOPLE, TEN WEREN'T FATHERED BY THE MAN THEY BELIEVE IS DAD


Geneticists, disease researchers, and evolutionary psychologists have known it for a while, but the statistic hasn't gotten much air outside of the ivory tower. Consistently, they find that one in ten of us wasn't fathered by the man we think is our biological dad.

Naturally, adoptees and stepchildren realize their paternal situation. What we're talking about here is people who have taken it as a given, for their entire lives, that dear old Dad is the one who contributed his sperm to the process. Even Dad himself may be under this impression. And Mom, knowing it's not a sure thing, just keeps quiet.

Genetic testing companies report that almost one-third of the time, samples sent to them show that the man is not father to the child. But these companies are used when there's a court order in a paternity suit or when a man gets suspicious because his kid looks a lot like his best friend or his wife's coworker. So we shouldn't be surprised that the non-paternity rate for these tests hovers around 30 percent.

The shocker comes when we look at the numbers for accidental discoveries, those that occur when paternity isn't thought to be an issue. Sometimes this happens on an individual basis; other times, due to large-scale studies of blood types, disease susceptibility, kinship, and other fields of medical and scientific investigation.

Dr. Caoilfhionn Gallagher of the University College Dublin gives an example of the former:

The paradigmatic situation is that three people come to a hospital together, a husband, wife and their child who they fear has cystic fibrosis. If the child has the incurable disease she must have received two copies of the CF gene, one from each parent. Tests at the hospital confirm the family's worst fears—she has the disease—but also reveal something unexpected. The child's mother carries one of the culprit genes, but the father's DNA shows no such sign, which means he is not the carrier and therefore cannot possibly be her biological father.

The latter type of discovery occurred in the classic case from the early 1970s. Scientists were eyeballing blood types in the British town of West Isleworth, taking the red stuff from entire families. They realized, to their dismay, that fully 30 percent of the children had blood types which proved that they couldn't possibly be biologically related to their "fathers." The true rate of illegitimacy was still higher, though, because even some fathers and bastards would have matching blood types due to coincidence. The researchers estimated that the true rate was around 50 percent.

Other studies have found a 20-30 percent rate in Liverpool, 10 percent in rural Michigan, and 2.3 percent among native Hawaiians. The overall figure of 10 percent is actually an average estimate based on many studies taking place in sundry regions over the course of decades. In his book Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex, biologist Robin Baker, PhD, summarizes the stats:

Actual figures range from 1 percent in high-status areas of the United States and Switzerland, to 5 to 6 percent for moderate-status males in the United States and Great Britain, to 10 to 30 percent for lower-status males in the United States, Great Britain and France.

The prestigious medical journal The Lancet concurs: "The true frequency of non-paternity is not known, but published reports suggest an incidence from as low as 1% per generation up to about 30% in the population."

The research shows that the lower a purported father's socioeconomic status, the more likely his wife got someone else to father the child. From a Darwinian standpoint this makes perfect sense, since she wants her offspring to have the highest-caliber DNA, which may not come from the stiff she settled for at the altar.

This knowledge should make Father's Day a much more interesting, and introspective, holiday.

CHAPTER 3

HARDCORE SEXUAL IMAGERY IS AS OLD AS THE HUMAN RACE


Sometimes it's directly spoken, and sometimes it floats unsaid in the background—the idea that visual hardcore pornography is something unique to our decadent, modern society. Only in the past few decades have graphic representations of sex sprung into existence, according to this naïve belief. These things would send our innocent forebears into cardiac arrest. Whether you dig porn or whether you think it's filth that's rotting our sick society (or both), there's a tendency to view it in an ahistorical vacuum. Visuals depicting full-penetration sex acts, engorged penises, and/or spread-open labia made their appearance in the mists of prehistory and have never gone away.

Cave and rock drawings around the world limn the real or imagined doings of our ancestors. The famous rock art at Fezzan in the Sahara Desert, dated to about 5000 BC, shows manimal hybrids with enormous schlongs, some almost as big as the rest of their bodies. In some scenes, they're penetrating spread women. Caves in Italy, Spain, Russia, India, and Mesopotamia also portray Neandertals boffing. A drawing of doggie-style sex in a French cave has been dated to 40,000 BC.

China has contributed a considerable amount of sex imagery to the world, including coins showing gods and goddesses screwing, minted during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and the illustrated "pillow books" from the nineteenth century.

The ancient Greeks drenched their vases, plates, goblets, and other objects with a litany of anal, oral, and vaginal sex—two men doing a woman or a third guy from both ends, young mixed-sex couples, old men and young boys, men with animals, women loving women, satyrs fucking nubile flesh.

When the ruins of Pompeii were excavated, Victorian archaeologists must've gone white when confronted with frescos showing the same things that fascinated the Greeks, only these were rendered in a realistic style using full color. When the relics were put on display in Naples National Museum, not all of them made the cut. The dildos, fornicating frescoes, some statues (like the one of a satyr humping a goat), and other explicit works were kept in a secret room that was sealed off from the public for around 200 years.

The Egyptians were no prudes, either. Pharaohs were sometimes rendered with rock-hard stiffies, and the Ani Papyrus shows us how they got that way: A woman kneels before the pharaoh, giving him a blowjob in a ritual known as the animation of the phallus (in the porn industry, she'd be called a fluffer). Other artwork shows women, bent at the waist, being penetrated by guys with impossibly long, thin dicks.

Engravings for bawdy Medieval literary masterpieces such as The Decameron and Gargantua and Pantagruel could still make people blush. The same can be said of the hardcore etchings and engravings that flourished during the Renaissance and into the 1700s. A series of etchings accompanying a Dutch edition of de Sade's Juliette may still be unrivaled for the sheer inventiveness and scope of the clusterfucks they depict.

If you thought that sexual photography started with Playboy and cheesecake in the 1950s, you're off by a full century. Daguerreotypes of naked women started showing up in the late 1840s in France, not long after the process was unveiled in 1839. At first, the images were the exclusive playthings of the rich, but the photographers quickly realized that a huge market existed for their work, triggering a tsunami of mass-produced images starting in the 1850s.

Though many of the women in these shots appear demure and adopt poses from classical art, the nudity is fully frontal. Some of these old photos dispense with coyness altogether—what we would today call a split-beaver shot appeared in 1851. That same time period saw photos of women giving each other enemas. Pictures of ladies flagellating each other arrived only a few years later, as did images of women being penetrated by stiff cocks. Although rare at first, these pictures of sex and genitals became more common as the decades progressed. One of the most popular of the erotic photos carried by soldiers during the US Civil War was a shot of a woman whole-heartedly spreading her legs right at the camera.

History professor Jonathan Coopersmith writes: "The scale of production of photographs, postcards and slides was enormous: an 1874 police raid on London pornographer Henry Haylor found 130,248 obscene photos and 5,000 obscene slides."

Photos of nekkid dudes took longer to reach the masses. Shutterbugs were snapping pics of nude men in the 1850s for painters to use as reference, but it wasn't until close to 1900 that these photos "for the use of artists" (nudge, wink) were sold on a much wider basis.

The first porn film was created in 1896, not long after the invention of motion picture technology as we know it. "Stag films" soon became an underground sensation, with informal gatherings of men watching these hardcore sex flicks that had been shot on 8 mm or 16 mm film. The Kinsey Institute's collection holds 1,697 of these nuggets going all the way back to 1913.

Still photography and film continued to be used for the creation of one-handed material during the entire twentieth century, finally going mainstream with Playboy, Penthouse, I Am Curious (Yellow), Deep Throat, the VCR, and the Internet.

A menace to society? Hardcore sex imagery has been around continuously since some troglodyte first scribbled on a cave wall, yet somehow the human race survives.

CHAPTER 4

SHAKESPEARE'S WORKS ARE LOADED WITH SEXUAL JOKES AND TERMS


For almost all of us, our only exposure to Shakespeare's writings came in high school and college. Which means that we probably never heard that his work is rife with sexual puns and imagery, since teachers and professors aren't too quick to mention this aspect of the Bard. Besides a general taboo against sexual matters (not to mention fear of being censured by school boards or faculty committees, or even sued by bluenose students), the whitewashing is done for the same reason it's always done—to protect reputations, in this case Shakespeare's. Instructors are trying as hard as they can to convince impressionable minds of Shakespeare's genius and importance, so it wouldn't do to tell them that the greatest writer in the English language played around with "fuck," "cunt," and "prick." Haven't we been told that only people with no imagination and poor vocabularies resort to such foul language?

Shakespeare was enamored with vaginas. In his groundbreaking work, Shakespeare's Bawdy, mainstream scholar Eric Partridge lists 68 terms that the Bard used in both direct references and double entendres: "bird's nest," "box unseen," "crack," "flower," "forfended place," "hole," "nest of spicery," "Netherlands," "O," "Pillicock-hill," "salmon's tail," "secret parts," "Venus' glove," "withered pear," "wound," and dozens more.

Penises didn't rank quite as high in Shakespeare's mind, but Partridge still finds 45 dick euphemisms in the works, including "bugle," "dart of love," "instrument," "little finger," "loins," "pizzle," "potato-finger," "thorn," and "tool."

Some of Shakespeare's indecencies are lost on us moderns. But when you learn that "to die" also meant to orgasm, you get the joke in Much Ado About Nothing when Benedick tells his ladylove: "I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes."

Sometimes it's not that subtle, like when Mercutio tells the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet that "the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon." Besides the overt imagery of a "bawdy hand" on a "prick," Shakespeare's also making a sly reference to the hands of a clock being straight up at 12 o'clock.

William even invented a highly visual slang term for sex that's still in use. In Othello, lago informs Brabantio: "I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor [i.e., Othello] are now making the beast with two backs."

The Bard never directly used the word "tuck," but he did pun on it. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, as Sir Hugh Evans tries to teach Latin, a bizarre speech impediment involving the letter "V" makes him talk about the "focative" case. This is immediately followed by him mentioning the Latin word caret (a homophone of "carrot"), which a female character assures us is "a good root."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from 50 THINGS YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW by Russ Kick. Copyright © 2004 Russ Kick. Excerpted by permission of The Disinformation Company Ltd..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents


About the Author,

Introduction,
01 Men Have Clitorises,
02 Out of Every 100 People, Ten Weren't Fathered by the Man They Believe Is Dad,
03 Hardcore Sexual Imagery Is as Old as the Human Race,
04 Shakespeare's Works Are Loaded With Sexual Jokes and Terms,
05 Barbie Is Based on a German Sex Doll,
06 Fetuses Masturbate,
07 Some Legal, Readily Available Substances Can Get Users High,
08 A DEA Judge Ruled That Pot Is Medically Beneficial,
09 Each Month, New Warnings Are Added to the Labels of 40 Drugs,
10 SUVs Are Over 3 Times More Likely Than Cars to Kill Pedestrians Who Are Struck,
11 Aristotle Set Back Science For Around 2,000 Years,
12 Native Americans Were Kept as Slaves,
13 George Washington Embezzled Government Funds,
14 The Declaration of Independence Contains a Racially Derogatory Remark,
15 James Audubon Killed All the Birds He Painted,
16 One-Quarter of Lynching Victims Were Not Black,
17 Freud Failed to Help His Patients,
18 The Board Game Monopoly Was Swiped From Quakers,
19 Gandhi Refused to Let His Dying Wife Take Penicillin Yet Took Quinine to Save Himself,
20 Several Thousand Americans Were Held in Nazi Concentration Camps,
21 The US Has Almost Nuked Canada, Britain, Spain, Greenland, and Texas,
22 During the Cold War, the Code to Unlock Nuclear Missiles Was "00000000",
23 The Government Practically Gives Away Valuable Land to Corporate Interests,
24 Most Corporations Pay No Federal Income Tax,
25 The Military Used to Put Slanderous Secret Codes on Discharge Papers,
26 One in Three American Homeless Men Is a Military Veteran,
27 The US Imprisons More of Its Population Than Any Other Country,
28 The Government Can Take Your Property Without Even Charging You With a Crime,
29 The EPA Lied About New York's Air Quality After 9/11,
30 Condoleezza Rice Committed Perjury Before the 9/11 Commission,
31 Al Qaeda Attacks Have Increased Substantially Since 9/11,
32 The Patriot Act Is Used in Cases That Have Nothing to Do With Terrorism,
33 The Government Offered Around 30 Reasons for the Iraq Invasion,
34 A Leading Pentagon Hawk Admitted the Iraq Invasion Was Illegal,
35 The US Runs a Network of at Least 20 Secret Prisons,
36 The Government Has a Database of Every Child Porn Image Ever Made,
37 Presidential Debates Are Strictly Controlled by the Two Major Political Parties,
38 For Over 100 Years, Almost Every Discharge of Waste Into US Waters Has Been Illegal,
39 The Water Supply Is Filled With Small Amounts of Pharmaceuticals and Other Chemicals,
40 Well Over 300,000 Tons of Chemical Weapons Have Been Dumped into the Sea,
41 Cigarette Butts Are the Most Common Type of Litter,
42 Caviar Involves Extraordinary Cruelty,
43 The Hippocratic Oath Has Been Changed Dramatically,
44 Most Hysterectomies Are Unnecessary,
45 Using Sunscreen Can Cause Cancer,
46 Involuntary Human Experimentation Is Not a Thing of the Past,
47 Head Transplants on Monkeys Have Already Been Performed,
48 Scientists Are Recreating the 1918 Spanish Flu Virus,
49 The Vatican, Including the Pope, Is Directly Involved in the Catholic Church's Pedophile Cover-up,
50 God's Name Is "Jealous",

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