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Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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On a trip to this Museum.

Iceland's Phallological Museum finally gets human specimen

LONDON – In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums.

Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs the Phallological Museum in the tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik, said Arason's organ will help round out the unusual institution's extensive collection of phalluses from whales, seals, bears and other mammals.

Several people had pledged their penises over the years — including an American, a Briton, and a German — but Arason's was the first to be successfully donated, Hjartarson said.

"I have just been waiting for this guy for 15 years," he told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview.

Hjartarson's museum started in Reykjavik but has since moved to Husavik, a small community better known for its whale watching. The Phallological Museum is an important part of the region's tourist industry, bringing in thousands of visitors every summer.

Highlights of the museum's collection include a 170-centimeter (67-inch) sperm whale penis preserved in formaldehyde, lampshades made from bull testicles and what the museum described as an "unusually big" penis bone from a Canadian walrus.

Hjartarson, 69, said his interest in what he calls "phallology" began when, as a youngster in rural Iceland, he was given a whip made from a bull's penis to help him herd cattle. Later, when he worked at a school near a whaling station, colleagues brought him whale penises as gifts.

"That was how it started. I opened this museum 15 years ago with 62 specimens," he said. Now, with the addition of Arason's organ, he has 276, many suspended in formaldehyde or dried and mounted on the walls.

Photos posted to the museum's website show small army of ghostly, whitish penises stuffed into jars, tall glass cylinders and large aquariums. There are sculptures, molds and other penis-related craft items. Outside, the museum has a large tree trunk carved into the shape of an erect phallus.

Most items are donations from friends and well-wishers, people listed on the museum's website as "honorary members."

Arason was described by Hjartarson as a former tourism worker who died Jan. 5 in the nearby town of Akureyri. Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, the medical director of Akureyri's hospital, didn't give a cause of death but said the specimen was removed from the body under the supervision of a doctor.

The phallus was officially installed in a ceremony last week, Hjartarson said, adding that he saw nothing wrong with the idea of having someone donate their penis to be shown off to the public.

"People are always donating some organ after they died," he said. "It's no more remarkable to donate a penis than it is to donate an organ like a kidney."

Hjartarson said the donation fit with Arason's personality.

"He liked to be in the limelight, you know? He was a funny guy," he said. "He was a boaster, a braggart ... he liked to be provocative."

But the museum director was coy when asked about the size of his newest acquisition.

"I can't tell you that," Hjartarson said. "You will just have to come and see it."

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Jess1231
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM
I can see one anytime so I'll pass :-P
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jaytee
by Jen on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM
Yeah I would have to pass on a visit too!!
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hepmommy
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM
What, no pics?!

*giggle*

; )
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mallowcup17
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

lol

Quoting Jess1231:

I can see one anytime so I'll pass :-P


steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Apr. 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

 LMAO!  I think we'll be going there next summer for our family vacation.  I'm sure my house full of penises would find quite a bit of humor in a museum full of them.

natesmom1228
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Pick a peck of pickled penises - say that 10x fast, lol

mrs_smiph
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

His wife must have been the Summer's Eve spokesperson lol.

Cindy18
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:39 PM
What I want to know is what kind of guy is the museum director that his friends gave him penises as gifts!!!!!!!! That either says something about him or his friends or both!
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maxswolfsuit
by Max on Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:42 PM

 

Quoting Cindy18:

What I want to know is what kind of guy is the museum director that his friends gave him penises as gifts!!!!!!!! That either says something about him or his friends or both!

 My first thought was, "He has friends????"

bupkie
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Um.... WHY????    And... No... I don't want to know WHY....

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