Are you familiar with the old saying, “The eyes are the windows to the soul?” Well, it turns out that in a quirky twist of science, our noses might just hold secrets too. But, this time, it’s not about our inner psyche, but rather, about something more tangible, more physical—specifically, male anatomy.
An Unusual Hypothesis: The Link Between Noses and… You-Know-What?
We’ve heard a lot of old wives’ tales, and this one might sound like another: “Big nose, big hose.” A seemingly baseless and amusing saying, but is there any truth to it? A group of intrepid scientists in 2021 asked themselves this exact question, and the answer they found might surprise you. They looked at two features—noses and male genitals—to discern if there’s any correlation between the two.
Now, before we delve further, here’s a gentle reminder that size doesn’t matter in terms of the male anatomy. Comparisons or worries about size are usually unwarranted. So, even as we look at this interesting piece of research, remember, every individual is unique, and that’s something to celebrate, not worry about.
From Sterile Labs to Forensic Mysteries
So, how exactly does one go about testing this “big nose, big hose” hypothesis? In the spirit of thorough research, a group of scientists took it upon themselves to study these two seemingly disparate aspects—noses and male genital size—of 126 male bodies post-mortem. This took place at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine from 2015 to 2019, ensuring that each of the bodies was fresh to minimize the effect of decomposition on the results.
A careful measurement process followed, taking into account height, weight, and the length and circumference of the flaccid penis. Since inducing an erection post-mortem isn’t feasible, they used a method known as “stretched penile length,” where the penis is manually stretched. This process, as odd as it might sound, gives an accurate estimate of what the erect length would’ve been while the individual was alive.
What Do Your Noses and Genitals Have in Common?
In the series of measurements taken, researchers found the highest correlation between the flaccid penile length and stretched penile length—no surprises there. But here’s the surprise—the next most significant correlation was between nose size and stretched penile length. Essentially, the findings suggest that the larger the nose, the larger the “erect” penis.
Interestingly, though, this correlation wasn’t as strong when it came to flaccid penis length. The researchers hypothesized that this could be due to the greater elasticity of a small, flaccid penis compared to a larger one.
Science Delivers Another Surprise
What does this mean for us, and why is this important? This research could potentially shed light on how fetal androgen levels, and consequently, male genital functions, develop. While these findings may not immediately apply to forensics or medical practices, they pave the way for deeper understanding of male physiological growth and development.
However, the research has its limitations—it was conducted solely on Japanese male cadavers. Additionally, the underlying reasons why nose size and stretched penile length are related are still unclear, inviting more exploration into this interesting subject.
In a twist, the researchers found only a weak correlation between nose size and testicle weight.
From Fun Fact to Fascinating Science
This study might seem more like a fun fact than serious science, but it underscores an important point. Even the most unexpected correlations could lead to interesting discoveries. The connection between nose size and male genital size, while not something that will transform our day-to-day lives, gives us a fascinating glimpse into the intricacies of human anatomy. As we learn more about these unexpected connections, we’ll continue to marvel at the fascinating, surprising, and often strange world of our bodies.
Stay curious, keep learning, and remember—sometimes, even the wildest of hypotheses can hold a grain of truth. Who knows what unusual correlation scientists will uncover next?
Ikegaya, H., Suzuki, M., Kondou, H. et al. Nose size indicates maximum penile length. Basic Clin. Androl. 31, 3 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12610-021-00121-z