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Why devote your life to collecting penises?

Cold water preservation (Photo: Iceland Phallological Museum)

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Think Iceland, any you probably think volcanoes. Or Björk. Or the app that lets you make sure you aren't too closely related to the person you are flirting with before things get too serious.

But for some, Iceland brings to mind something even more elemental than magma and steam and screaming women: penises.

Reykjavik is the home to the Icelandic Phallogical Museum (or the Penis Museum, if you aren’t trying to be so high-fallutin’ about it), and many a vistor to the capital city have had the pleasure of browising through what is said to be the world’s largest display of penises (and some of the world’s largest penises) and penile parts (ouch). 

Originally housed in the town of Husavik, the 280 penis collection, including four human specimens, the first of which was taken from a 95-year-old (yes, he was deceased) was moved to Reykjavik in 2012 after it was taken over by the son of founder Sigurður Hjartarson.

We could go on, but it's probably best we let Hjartarson take over from here. When he’s done talking, check out the museum’s website or the thorough (and amusing) Wikipedia entry about the museum.

Oh, and by the way, the answer to the question we asked in the headline ... is at the end of the video. No skipping to the end. You’ll miss out on the all the all important build up.