Cruel, Cruel Scientific Discovery: Castration Adds 15 Years to a Man’s Life
Scientists pouring over records from the Korean Chosun Dynasty (AD 1392-1910) have discovered that there were an awful lot of dudes walking around without testicles back in the day.
And surprise! Those who converted their scrotums into art lofts, Hello Kitty retail outlets or produce stands in lieu of housing a man’s gonads lived significantly longer lives.
The castrated boys in Korea lost their reproductive organs in accidents – usually after being bitten by dogs – or underwent castration purposefully to gain early access to the palace.
Eunuchs were allowed to marry and had families by adopting castrated boys or normal girls.
According to Min’s study, castrated men lived 13-19 years longer than men who kept their testicles. Some of the castrated men even lived over 100 years! And keep in mind here that we’re talking about 100-years-old in the 1400′s to 1900′s. With inflation, that’s got to be like 150 in 2012 years.
Min and his colleague Cheol-Koo Lee note that the incidence of centenarians in their study is 130 times greater than in developed countries like the United States today.
Now that the fountain of youth has been revealed to be a literal fountain in which men toss their own testicles instead of say, a penny, there’s just one question to ask:
(via Daily Mail)