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26 Penis Facts People Wish They Knew When They Were Younger

"I didn't know if the balls were on the top or the bottom."

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish they knew about penises before their first sexual experience with one. Here are some of the best responses:

1. That they aren’t the size of whatever you usually put up there.

Twitter: @CrapTaxidermy

"I thought a penis would be the size of a tampon. I couldn't imagine anything bigger than that being able to fit up there."


2. They do not look like the drawings. / Via BuzzFeed

—Toni Teran, Facebook

3. They’re more fragile than they look.

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"Careful on the grip."

—Amanda Tilden, Facebook

4. That it isn’t a furry tube of skin.

"I had only seen animal penises before seeing a human one. You know, like dogs and horses. I thought ALL penises were housed in a furry tube of skin and emerged wet and pink and gross when erect. Needless to say, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I realized that wasn't the case at all."


5. You can’t actually break it, but you CAN fracture it.

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"I wish I'd known that just because they don't *literally* have a bone in them and can't be broken, you can still seriously injure them."

—April Jones, Facebook

6. That it isn't a literal snake.

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"The fact that they're so soft. I thought they were going to be scaley???"


7. That the taste is like nothing you've ever known.

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"I wish I knew that cum comes (ha!) in many flavors, not all of them good. I think I've discovered a sixth taste."

—Jasmine Enimsaj, Facebook

8. That the head of the penis exists.

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"Now I think it'd look strange without it, but at the time I was like, wtf is on the end of this thing?"

—Victoria Day, Facebook

9. And that the head can kind of look like a tiny hat.

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"They all have a little sombrero...circumcised or not. What?"


10. That it all comes out of the same hole.

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"I wish I had known that they use the same hole for everything liquid."


11. Erections point up to the sky, not down.

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"My Christian sex-ed book completely left out the part where erections go upwards, and so for years I thought the penis got hard but basically stayed in its normal flaccid position, and I could *not* figure out how the mechanics of sex were supposed to work. The day I learned what an erection actually looked like was revelatory!"

—Katherine Stephanis, Facebook

12. That a boner can be a little bent.

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13. The skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom.

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"I wish I had known that they're actually really soft... soft and delicate like baby's skin."

—Giselle Roberts, Facebook

14. They can move.

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"That they have a mind of their own and can kind of wiggle by themselves."


15. Ejaculation speeds may vary.

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"Some leak, some rocket."

—Kylie Clay, Facebook

16. And it might not all come out at once.

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"I wish I had known it came out in spurts! It was a little awkward to be like, 'Oh you're done! No…wait. You're not…oh. OK…'"


17. That some grow a lot.

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"I wish I knew about growers. It was terrifying to see such a small penis transform into a huge D."


18. And that those growers shrink back to their normal size after sex.

19. That they come in all different colors — and that's totally normal.

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"The skin on a penis can be a waaay different color than the person it's attached to."


20. That it can move like a helicopter. / Via

"That when they do the helicopter with it, it's the funniest thing you will ever see."


21. That precum happens

"I wish I would have known about precum. I thought, Either he is the definition of a minute man or I am really good at this. I was very wrong."


22. That they are ~very~ sensitive.

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"I wish I had known how sensitive they are. (Sorry.)"


23. That circumcised and uncircumcised penises should be treated with equal respect.

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"I wish I had known that there is nothing wrong with an uncircumcised penis. I had all of these negative thoughts and connotations about guys who were uncut based on what people had told me, and NONE of them turned out to be true."


24. That the "seam" in the middle of the balls isn't a crazy scar.

Twitter: @CrapTaxidermy

"I was surprised by the line on the balls. Almost like a seam. I thought he had surgery or something."


25. That the balls are on the bottom.

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"I didn't know if the balls were on the top or the bottom of the penis until I saw one for the first time. I was 18."


26. And that penises are beautiful, amazing things. / / Via

"[I wish I knew] how not freaked out I should have been. Penises are penises. They are beautiful, amazing things, and they aren't really strange at all once you think about it."


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