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5 Weird Things That Make You Horny

Man and woman getting sexy in the barHey, are you wearing pumpkin perfume?

Another day, another strange aphrodisiac: In a new study from the University of East Anglia in the U.K., researchers observed that fruit flies mate for significantly longer and reproduce more offspring when they’ve been exposed to rival male flies prior to mating.

In other words, when these guys sniff even the faintest hint of competition and suspect their partner might hook up with other dudes, they straight-up get to work, researchers say. Who knew the threat of infidelity mixed with a healthy dose of paranoia made flies so horny?

Ah, but just like our winged bretheren, sometimes men get turned on by weird, freaky stuff, too. Here are five.

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1. Twitter Sometimes all it takes is 140 characters to get in the mood. A 2011 survey from dating website OKCupid found that its members who tweeted at least once a day were twice as likely to regularly masturbate. Though there’s no formal study to back things up, clinical sexual psychologist Kat Van Kirk, D.H.S., suspects that people who tweet have easier access to, um, “visual stimuli,” considering the time they spend in front of a computer. “If they make time to tweet, there’s a good chance they can make time to masturbate,” she says. (See how social media has changed sex.) 2. Pumpkin Pie After reading this, you’ll never think of Thanksgiving as a wholesome, family-friendly holiday again: In a study from Chicago’s Smell and Taste Research Center, researchers tested the effects that 24 odors had on arousal in men. According to lead researcher Alan Hirsch, M.D., the number one scent that increased men’s penile blood flow was a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie. (Just in case you wanted to complete your sex dessert, vanilla had the strongest-strongest effect on men, with strawberry rhubarb pie coming in third.) Want to know which aromas turn her on? Learn how to drive her wild with your scent.

 

3. The Economy Your wallet might have taken a hit from the recession, but your sex drive hasn’t. Tough economic times could make men more tempted to sleep around, according to a series of experiments from the University of Kansas. Since money is the main way we gauge resources today, the stagnant economy could make our ancestral instincts kick in, explains social psychologist Omri Gillath, Ph.D. In prehistoric times of famine, men who sought out lots of one-night stands may have helped preserve the species, even if they kicked the bucket the next day.

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4. Fear Flip on Jaws pre-foreplay? In a classic study at the University of British Columbia, researchers dispatched an attractive female assistant to ask two groups of guys to fill out a survey. The woman approached one set of men on a short, sturdy bridge while she contacted the other group on a long, shaky suspension bridge with a frightening 230-foot drop. Both groups of men were just as likely to stop when they saw the sexy assistant, but the men on the dangerous bridge provided more sexual answers on the survey, and were five times more likely to call the woman after the experiment. In other words, fear makes you super horny, even when you could be facing death. (And it works on her, too—learn How Zombies Turn Her On!

 

5. The Color Red There’s a reason why red is the color of lust: Men are more attracted to women in rouge without even knowing it, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In one experiment, researchers had men rate pictures of women in terms of attractiveness, and found that women in red were given significantly hotter grades than those in other colors. Men even passed over pictures of the same women they had previously rated as sexy when they were dressed in different hues. 

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