Earlier this week, in Part 1 of what could be an ongoing series, I detailed the unexpected education I received courtesy of C-SPAN about the correlation between the tips that lap dancers receive and where they are in their menstruation cycle. Who knew?
Now comes a story in The Atlantic Monthly, another non-crackpot source, detailing the linkage between penile size and economic growth.
That’s right, penis size. In a study published [July 18], the University of Helsinki’s Tatu Westling points out a surprising strong correlation between a country’s GDP growth rate and average penile length. As the chart above shows, countries that averaged smaller penis sizes grew at a faster rate than their larger counterparts between 1960 and 1985. Every centimeter increase in penis size accounted for a 5 to 7 percent reduction in economic growth. The study also showed that overall GDP was at its highest in countries with average-sized penises with GDP falling at the extremes of penis length.
So, if this is true, China, with its GDP growing at like 10% per year, is full of guys with exceptionally tiny Wangs (if this is not the Chinese word for “Johnson”, it should be). As the Atlantic points out, “some fast-growing countries may be compensating for something. ” There is apparently no discussion of the fact that more than half the world’s population lacks such equipment.
The study begs a question though. What happens during recessions or depressions? Does that average penis shrink? Or is it the shrinkage of the penis that causes GDP to decline? Which occurs first? Perhaps Professor Westling can do another study.