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Friday, November 16, 2007

Death in the Afternoon

posted by on November 16 at 12:01 PM

A body dies. It gets stiff. Its blood pools. It begins to rot, with bacteria rooting around in its animal proteins, ripping them up and grinding them down. Things fall apart; things smell bad.

Two organic compounds bloom on the putrefying body—putrescine and cadaverine. The pair is responsible for the foul smell of a dead body—and for the taste and smell of semen.

Every sperm swims into the womb with a little death on its back.

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You are disgusting.

Posted by Amelia | November 16, 2007 12:05 PM

Brendan, I think it's time for you to see your doctor and get your meds adjusted.

Posted by Providence | November 16, 2007 12:08 PM

That just made me come.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 16, 2007 12:09 PM

The little death.

Posted by laterite | November 16, 2007 12:09 PM

I want more posts like this.

Posted by Nick | November 16, 2007 12:12 PM

THAT is why I love to swallow cum!!!!

Posted by New Deal Demoncrat | November 16, 2007 12:12 PM

I always thought cum tasted/smelled like salty sour milk.

Posted by Julie | November 16, 2007 12:14 PM

That link was neat and all but it didn't answer my question - why do vegetarian dudes have nicer-tasting spooge?!

Posted by Hooty Sapperticker | November 16, 2007 12:32 PM

I've smelled a lot of cum and a few dead bodies (thankfully, never at the same time). While cum is no picnic, it doesn't hold a candle to the smell of death.

This has to win the prize for oddest post of the week.

Posted by Mike in MO | November 16, 2007 12:35 PM

are you channeling charles?

Posted by konstantConsumer | November 16, 2007 12:37 PM

I always thought cum smelled vaguely of Honeysuckle...

Posted by kid icarus | November 16, 2007 12:39 PM

I'm getting okra.

Posted by P | November 16, 2007 12:41 PM

Something rather Mudedean about this post. Oh, that gives me an idea. How about, for one day, all Sloggers post under the identity of, and in imitation of the style of, a fellow Slogger? (ECB as Christopher Frizzelle, Charles Mudede as Josh Feit, etc.). Posting identities would be assigned Secret Santa-style (i.e., nobody knows who's posting as them). Slog commenters could take up the idea, too.

P.S. Do sperms have backs?

Posted by David | November 16, 2007 12:52 PM

These are the moments that I feel so relieved to be a lesbian.

Posted by Carollani | November 16, 2007 12:54 PM

I have maintained for years that the ejaculate of a vasectomized man smells different - has far less scent - than that of a non-vasectomized man. So now I want to know if I've been right all these years, and taking the vas out of the picture cuts off the foul-smelling amines.

Posted by Geni | November 16, 2007 1:05 PM

I wonder if I'm the only one who didn't know Carollani is a lesbian...

Posted by Amelia | November 16, 2007 1:09 PM

I thought this was a Mudede post at first.

That's not a compliment.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 16, 2007 1:10 PM

Oh, and actually READING the other comments, I see that I wasn't the only one. Which is really fuckin' funny. :D

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 16, 2007 1:11 PM

@7 / icaraus

I've totally thought that too about honey suckle smelling vaguely like semen

Posted by the sun | November 16, 2007 1:22 PM

Fascinating. Reading on in the link, you will find this interesting info:

"In some cultures, semen is attributed with special properties of masculinity. For instance, among the Etoro people of Papua New Guinea, it is believed that young boys must fellate their elders and ingest their sperm to achieve proper sexual maturation. Other cultures believe semen to have beneficial qualities when applied to the skin, mainly for cosmetic purposes. " Are a lot of Catholic priests Etoroans?

Posted by M | November 16, 2007 1:47 PM

@15 - Care to take the "Coke/Pepsi" challenge?...

@20 - That's what my priest said...he got transferred. My youth director totally confirmed it, though...

Posted by I was but a mere lad... | November 16, 2007 3:31 PM

@21 - Oh, I've got the subjective evidence I need. Now I want to know if there is actually a biological basis for my opinion. In other words, do putrescine and cadaverine enter the seminal fluid from the vas, from the prostate, or elsewhere?

Posted by Geni | November 16, 2007 6:07 PM

The french word for orgasm, (petit mort), literally translates as little death.

Posted by Racheal | November 17, 2007 6:13 PM

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