21 Weird Sex Facts That You Really Don’t Want To Know

You’ve been doing it since you were 17, will do it with four to six people in your lifetime, and, even if you’re married, will still do it at least once a week. But how much do you really know about sex?

The answer to that question may very well be “not a lot,” and perhaps that’s because there are plenty of weird sex facts that you just don’t want to know. Here are a handful that may keep you out of the bedroom for a while — or maybe not:

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LuckyBusiness /Getty ImagesSex can blow your mind -- literally.

Transient global amnesia is a sudden, temporary loss of memory that's not attributable to any common neurological condition. So what can cause it? Sex.

Along with a very short list of other causes that also includes sudden immersion in hot or cold water, sex can literally wipe your memory. Thankfully, the condition is rare, temporary, and not likely to recur.

But why does this happen? In a 2012 study published in the journal Stroke, researchers contend that a particular kind of tensing and straining mostly in the abdomen and common during sex can put extreme pressure on your veins and allow deoxygenated blood to flow toward the brain, causing it to essentially short out.

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FelixRenaud/Getty ImagesThe list of weird fetishes is way longer and way more specific than you realize.

The list of bizarre fetishes -- known in the medical community as paraphilias -- is truly staggering:

There's autoplushophilia (arousal at oneself dressed as a giant, cartoon-like stuffed animal), autonepiophilia (arousal at oneself in the form of an infant), climacophilia (arousal at falling down stairs), lithophilia (arousal at stone and gravel), and that's just the beginning.

Kiss Bacteria

Pixabay, NIAID/FlickrDuring one kiss, you and your partner exchange 80 million bacteria.

This figure comes courtesy of a 2014 study published in Microbiome. The researchers discovered that one ten-second kiss can transfer approximately 80 million bacteria of over 700 different varieties.

Of course, our entire bodies are home to an ecosystem of more than 100 trillion microorganisms. But fear not, neither the mouth nor body bacteria are, by and large, harmful.

Shattered Banana

Musicphone1/Getty ImagesThe penis can break.

While the human penis contains no bones, sudden and forceful bending of an erect penis during intercourse or masturbation can cause the corpus cavernosum (cylinders of tissue that make up the bulk of the penis) to fracture.

In the chilling words of the Mayo Clinic, "A penis fracture is a painful injury. Signs might include a cracking sound, immediate loss of the erection, or the development of dark bruising of the penis due to blood escaping the cylinder. Sometimes the tube that drains urine from the body (urethra) is damaged as well, and blood might be visible at the urinary opening of the penis."

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MaxRiesgo/Getty ImagesSome men break their penises on purpose.

In a practice known as taqaandan ("to click" in Kurdish), men will hold the lower shaft of their erect penis with one hand then use the other to quickly snap the upper shaft.

When done correctly, taqaandan is said to be painless, a habit akin to knuckle-cracking.

Why do these men do it? According to Dr. Javaad Zargooshi, a urology professor at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in Iran who's published work on the subject, taqaandan causes a loss of erection and a "satisfying popping noise." So, perhaps the practice is used to get rid of unwanted erections.

Chimp Woman Kiss

ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty ImagesWomen are aroused by chimpanzee porn.

A 2005 study published in Biological Psychology gathered 18 heterosexual women and 18 heterosexual men and showed them several pornographic films featuring humans and one featuring chimpanzees. Men showed neither objective nor subjective sexual arousal when viewing the chimpanzee porn, but women did.

Moreover, the researchers found that while the men showed genital arousal only to female pornographic stimuli, the study's female subjects showed genital arousal to both male and female pornographic stimuli. in the researchers' words, "These results suggest that stimulus features necessary to evoke genital arousal are much less specific in women than in men."

Flying Fox

Ian Waldie/Getty ImagesBats engage in oral sex.

A paper published in PLOS ONE in 2013 reported that bats (including the short-nosed fruit bat and the as-terrifyingly-enormous-as-it-sounds Indian flying fox [above]) engage in both fellatio and cunnilingus.

And other than some unproven theories about female bats using fellatio as a way to disinfect the male's penis or males using cunnilingus as a way to lick out competing sperm, it seems that bats practice oral sex for the very same reasons we do.

Crocodile Head Above Water

ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty ImagesCrocodile dung and sour milk were once used as contraceptives.

The next time you're about to disparage current contraceptive methods, just remember that the ancient Egyptians sometimes used the crocodile feces as well as sour milk to prevent pregnancy. Both were applied intravaginally and during the act.

Modern theories suggest that the milk increased the vagina's acidity enough to degrade any sperm that might enter while the crocodile dung was alkaline enough to act as a spermicide.

Elderly Dancing

TwilightProductions/Getty ImagesAs much as 30 percent of Americans over 80 still have sex regularly.

A 2010 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that between 20 and 30 percent of American men and women over the age of 80 remain sexually active.

The researchers also found that physical health was the most common predictor of sexual satisfaction for men in this age group. For women, it was relationship status. and across the board, researchers found that sexually active senior citizens simply aren't using protection.

Weird Sex Facts Elderly

Vitranc/Getty ImagesSTDs are now rampant and rising among the elderly.

According to CDC data reported in the New York Times, between 2007 and 2011, the rate of chlamydia infections for Americans 65 and older rose by 31 percent, while syphilis rose by 52 percent. Additionally, CBS reported on a British study that found that the number of new HIV infections among U.S. and U.K. citizens over the age of 50 doubled in the 2000s.

These figures actually make perfect sense. One of America's largest and comparatively less sexually educated generations (the Baby Boomers) is now in the senior citizen bracket and we now have the medicine to keep them healthy longer, the drugs to keep them sexually active longer, and the nursing homes to house them.

Money In Garter

FabioDerby/Getty ImagesMen over 60 who pay for sex do so more often as they age.

Despite what we may think -- and may like to think -- about declining sex drives among the elderly, a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Men's Health found that for men between the ages of 60 and 84, the older they were, the more frequently they paid for sex.

What's troubling is that, likewise, as men who pay for sex get older, they're less likely to use protection. Of the men studied, 60 percent reported not always using protection with prostitutes.

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Axel Bueckert/Getty ImagesA third of Americans ages 75-85 still have oral sex.

One one more sex fact from the land of senior citizens.

A comprehensive 2007 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that 31 percent of Americans ages 75-85 engage in oral sex. And for Americans ages 57-75, that number was 58 percent.

Feet Bed

Grinvalds/Getty ImagesDeath during sex is more common than you might think.

Some estimates, including one cited in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, claim that 0.6 percent of all sudden deaths occur during sexual intercourse. If at first that number doesn't sound particularly high, think of all the ways there are to die, then realize that this statistic means that one in every 200 sudden deaths comes during sex.

The most common root causes of death during sex include any number of cardiac episodes as well as brain hemorrhages.

Pope Carradine Mcconaughey

Wikimedia Commons, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesPlenty of surprisingly well-known people have died during sex acts.

Pope John XII (above left) reportedly died in 964 of a stroke during sex (although, due to his position, he was supposed to be celibate). A perhaps less believable story claims that Pope Paul II died in 1471 as a page boy was sodomizing him.

Actor David Carradine (above center), singer Michael Hutchence of INXS, and British TV host Kristian Digby all very likely died of autoerotic asphyxiation.

Former vice president Nelson Rockefeller suffered a fatal heart attack in 1979 brought on by an orgasm had with his assistant (at the time, New York Magazine wrote, "Nelson thought he was coming, but he was going."). And Matthew McConaughey's father, James, likewise died from a heart attack while having sex with his wife, Kay (above right, with Matthew), in 1992.

Leering Man

AntonioGuillem/Getty ImagesUnfaithful men are more likely to die during sex than faithful ones.

A 2012 analysis published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that sudden coital death was significantly more common when a man was with a mistress as opposed to a wife or committed partner.

The researchers aren't exactly sure why, although they suggest that the stress of keeping the affair a secret as well as the stresses of keeping up with a (presumably) younger woman can lead to dangerously high blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in a deadly cardiac episode.

Fetus Ultrasound

Wikimedia CommonsFetuses can get erections.

Although they've kept it relatively quiet, doctors and researchers have known about this unsettling phenomenon for decades. As much as it may shock us, ultrasounds have shown it time and again to be true.


LemonTreeImages/Getty ImagesAt some point in their lives, more than half of all humans will have an STD.

This finding comes from a sobering study published in the American Journal of Medicine. The researchers found that human papillomavirus (HPV), more than any other STD, is extremely common, particularly among Americans ages 18-28. In fact, a recent study shows that two-thirds of otherwise healthy Americans of all ages have some form of HPV.

Whether HPV or any other infection, the CDC estimates that America alone accounts for 20 million new STD cases each year, leading to $16 billion annually in healthcare costs.

Man Looking In Underwear

Themacx/Getty ImagesHerpes is scarier than you thought, and about to get a lot scarier.

As of now, according to the CDC, about one in six Americans -- approximately 50 million people -- has genital herpes (not to be confused with HPV, which can cause genital warts).

And according to projections from the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, by 2025, about 40 percent of men and 50 percent of women in America could have genital herpes.

Sad Woman In Bed

LuriiSokolov/Getty ImagesOne in three women get the post-sex blues.

The technical term is postcoital dysphoria and it involves a range of symptoms including melancholy, tearfulness, anxiety, irritability, and restlessness. And according to a 2011 study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health, one in three women experience it, with one in ten experiencing it regularly.

In the words of lead author and Queensland University of Technology professor Robert Schweitzer, "Under normal circumstances the resolution phase of sexual activity, or period just after sex, elicits sensations of well-being, along with psychological and physical relaxation." But for 32.9 percent of women, it's just the opposite and while researchers believe it's a biological, not psychological, mechanism at work, they aren't really sure why this phenomenon exists.

Usain Bolt

Michael Steele/Getty ImagesThe average speed at which semen is ejaculated from the penis is 28 miles per hour.

According to a widely cited finding from the Kinsey Institute (the pioneers of modern sex research), a man's ejaculate travels at a surprising, perhaps even alarming, speed.

For reference, 28 mph is 20 percent faster than the record-setting sprint made by Usain Bolt (above) at the 2008 Olympics and three-fourths as fast as Secretariat's record-setting pace at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Cactus Sky

Andrew Wilkinson/FlickrThe human penis used to have a barbed spine.

While you don't actually have to worry about this one anymore, it still may be disconcerting to think that the penises of our ancestors were lined with a hard spine.

A 2011 study published in Nature compared the human genome with that of some modern primates to find the specific genetic deletions that makes humans who we are. While the study found 510 deletions responsible for immensely important things like increased brain size, perhaps its the deletion of that spined penis for which we're all most thankful.

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15 Great White Shark Facts That Will Shatter Your Assumptions

With its razor sharp teeth, pitch black eyes, and 2,000-pound body, the great white shark isn’t exactly man’s best friend. And no matter how often — and awfully — the creature is portrayed in film and literature, great white shark facts are much more interesting than fiction:

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Great White Shark Facts

Elias Levy/FlickrGreat white sharks are actually conflict-avoidant — at least with one another. When there isn't enough food to go around, sharks swim past each other, slapping the surface of the water with their tails. Whoever slaps the water the most and hardest gets the meal.

Great White Shark Mouth

Travelbag Ltd./FlickrGreat white sharks' ancestry dates back more than 400 million years, which makes them much older than even the dinosaurs.

Underwater Shark

Global_Pics/Getty ImagesThe largest great white shark ever recorded was a 20-foot-long, 50 year-old nicknamed Deep Blue. She was filmed off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in 2013.

Out Of Water Shark

Elizabeth Hoffmann/Getty ImagesNot too much is known about the mating habits of great white sharks. What is known is that after mating the female develops several eggs which hatch in her womb. There, newly-hatched shark pups feed on unfertilized eggs.

Great White Shark Breech

Carl De Souza/Getty Images Great whites have such acute senses that they can smell one drop of blood in 100 liters of water, or a seal colony up to two miles away. They can even detect another animal's electromagnetic field.

Great White Shark Depth Record(dorsalfinedotcom)

George Probst/FlickrWhile great white sharks are loners, there is a degree of social hierarchy. Females often dominate males. Sometimes sharks will bite each other as a show of strength, but cannibalism is rare.

Jump Great White Shark Food

USO/Getty ImagesGreat white sharks rarely attack humans, even when one is swimming nearby. The human blood usually only spills when sharks "test-bite": bite something to see if it's food. When the shark realizes it is tasting human flesh, it usually swims away, which is why most attacks aren't fatal.

Great White Fullbody

Elias Levy/FlickrGreat whites prefer warm, salty water, typically residing in Australia, South Africa, California and the northeastern United States. Still, they have been known to dive to chilly depths of 820 feet.

Great White Shark Head

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Believe it or not, the great white's biggest threat is human interaction. Sharks are hunted for their fins and teeth, and are often the victims of bycatch -- when they're caught in the nets of commercial fishermen.

Great White Shark Blue

Elias Levy/FlickrThe great white shark's tongue is absolutely worthless. Called the basihyal, the tough piece of cartilage sits on the floor of the shark's mouth, and usually doesn't move.

Great White Shark Seal

Carl De Souza/Getty Images The great white shark is an exemplar of industrious efficiency: it can eat a sea lion whole, after which point it doesn't need to eat again for another three months.

Teeth Bite Shark

Elizabeth Hoffmann/Getty ImagesThe only animal known to prey on great white sharks is the orca whale. The orca flips the shark on its back, rendering it immobile and thus defenseless. Last year, tourists in Australia witnessed a pod of orcas circle a lone great white and kill him with continuous body slams.

Great White Shark Teeth

Wikimedia Commons Sharks don't chew. Instead, they use their serrated teeth to shred their prey into tiny pieces. And about those teeth: Great whites have 300 at a time, and loose about 1000 over a lifetime. When they loose teeth, a new row slides into place, like a conveyor belt for their mouths.

Great White Face Flickr

Discovery Channel/FlickrThe great white shark typically weighs anywhere from 1,500 to 2,400 pounds -- the liver alone can take up about 24 percent of that figure. Despite their weight, their torpedo-shaped bodies and powerful tails propel them through the water at 15 miles per hour.

Great White Shark Eating

Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr Great whites need to be left in the wild. In January 2016, Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tried to keep a great white shark in captivity. The shark became disoriented, banging into the walls of his enclosure. He refused to eat and died just three days later.

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21 Kanye West Facts That Reveal The Man Behind The Bombast

There’s no doubting that Kanye West is talented — and perhaps there’s no better a person to tell you that than West himself. While the public knows much about his fantastical persona — be it through his Twitter feed or his hagiographic song lyrics — they know comparatively less about the actuality of West’s life. With that in mind, here are some lesser-known Kanye West facts to acquaint you with the man behind the music:

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Stronger Video

West’s clothing choice in the music video for “Stronger” (above) garnered him a phone call from Michael Jackson, who inquired about his jacket.


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West’s father, Ray West, was a member of the Black Panther Party, and later became one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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MTV TRL Paul Hawthronegetty

His mother, Donda, worked as an English professor at Clark Atlanta University. West lived in Atlanta until the age of three, when he moved to Chicago with his mother following his parents’ divorce.

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Kanye West Greets Fans At Tower Records

When he was ten years old, West spent a year in China with his mother, who was visiting a professor there.

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US Rapper Kanye West Performs During The

West — whose first name in Swahili means “the only one” — became friends with producer No I.D. in high school, and began sampling on a keyboard and rapping in his teenage years.

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"The Truth Tour 2004" Baltimore

West was admitted into Chicago’s American Academy of Art for a year on a scholarship, then transferred to Chicago State for a degree in English.

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2005 MTV VMA's Hosted By Diddy   Arrivals

He eventually dropped out, with his mother saying that “some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout, it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you. And that's what Kanye did."

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Before hitting it big, West worked as a telemarketer and insurance salesman. As befits West, he still considers himself superlative in those fields. “I was way better than most of the people there,” he once told Playboy. “I could sit around and draw pictures, basically do other [things] while I was reading the teleprompter.”

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In the early 2000s, West’s “big break” came when he crafted a beat for Jay-Z’s “This Can’t Be Life.”

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"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala   Alternative Views

That’s not to say that West was immediately well-received by his colleagues at Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. As then-CEO of Roc-A-Fella Damon Dash told Josh Tyrangiel of Time, “Kanye wore a pink shirt with the collar sticking up and Gucci loafers. We all grew up street guys who had to do whatever we had to do to get by…then there's Kanye, who to my knowledge has never hustled a day in his life. I didn't see how it could work."

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He gained notoriety for his “chipmunk soul” style — which Rolling Stone describes as “sped-up vocal snippets of old R&B records” that were, according to West, inspired by RZA’s production in the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Soon enough, West produced five out of the 13 songs — and two bonus tracks — on Jay Z’s The Blueprint in 2001, more than any other producer on the album.

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Kanye West Performs As A Model Wears Lin

While in the hospital following a near-deadly car wreck in October 2002, West — ever the workaholic — had an electronic drum machine delivered to his hospital room so he could work on music.


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It was the song he produced there, “Through the Wire,” which helped convince Roc-A-Fella to let him record an album. As West later told Time, “Death is the best thing that can ever happen to a rapper. Almost dying isn’t bad either.”

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His first album, 2004’s The College Dropout, sold nearly half a million copies in its first week.

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Following The College Dropout’s success, West bought himself an 18th century aquarium — filled with 30 koi fish.



Three years later, in November 2007, West’s mother died at age 58 due to plastic surgery complications.


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The death took a major toll on West, who once said at an event that “There were times [after my mom’s death] I would put my life at risk. I didn’t have something to live for.”

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West has said that one of his biggest regrets in life is that his daughter, North, was not able to meet his mother.

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West has a thing for Fiona Apple. In interviews he has called her one of his favorite artists, and went so far as to say of her that he wanted to work with producer Jon Brion “so I could be like the rap version of you.”

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After making his incendiary remarks about Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West got out of town — and for a while. Before returning to music, West went to Japan and Rome, and then lived in Hawaii for six months.

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21 Little-Known Facts And Photos That Reveal John Lennon’s Dark, Weird Side

The life of John Lennon was marked not only by genius and fame, but contradictions. The patron saint of peace and love sometimes engaged in acts of shocking violence and cruelty. The singer beloved for his vocals just happened to despise his own voice. The songwriter responsible for “all you need is love” and “imagine no possessions” had an extravagant taste for the finer things.

These 21 John Lennon facts bring to bear the artist’s dark, ugly, funny and strange sides that most fans don’t know about:

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Getty ImagesLennon was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who did not encourage his guitar playing, often telling him, "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it."

Strawberry Field

Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesStrawberry Field, the inspiration behind Beatles hit "Strawberry Fields Forever," was the Salvation Army children's home in Liverpool near where Lennon grew up. As a child, Lennon played on the home's grounds with his friends and enjoyed the Salvation Army band's playing at their annual summer garden party.

Peace Spectacles

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesLennon was legally blind without the use of his glasses. He was also later found to be dyslexic.

Beatles Smiling

Getty ImagesWhen Lennon was a boy, a friend challenged him to masturbate ten times in one day. Lennon fell just one short.

Love John

STF/AFP/Getty ImagesBeatles producer George Martin said that John Lennon had “an intense dislike of his own voice.” Lennon would continually ask for additional effects to be added to alter his voice on final recordings.

Lennon Pepper

Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesLennon loved to play Monopoly. Up to play the popular board game any chance he got, his primary goal was to gain control of Boardwalk and Park Place (even if he was to ultimately lose the game).

Young Beatles

Peter Skingley/Getty ImagesIn 1965, Lennon and the other Beatles were made members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

However, Lennon returned his medal in 1969, stating, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon."

Bed In

AFP/Getty ImagesAlthough famous for espousing peace and love, Lennon had a violent temper, especially when it came to his first wife, Cynthia. He's often admitted to physically abusing her, telling Playboy in an infamous 1980 interview, "I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically -- any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace."

Glasses Shimmer

RV1864/flickrLennon's violent temper extended to men as well. He once severely beat friend and DJ Bob Wooler for insinuating that Lennon was homosexual, poking fun at Lennon's relationship with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who was in fact gay. Lennon threw Wooler to the ground and kicked him repeatedly. Wooler had to be rushed to the hospital after the incident.

Lennon Glasses

-/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 1967, Lennon bought Dorinish Island, off the coast of Ireland. He soon invited a group of hippies to establish a commune there, which thrived for two years, at which point a fire destroyed many of their supplies. After Lennon's death, Yoko Ono sold the island.

Yoko Hat

Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia CommonsPart of Lennon and Yoko Ono's initial meeting and courtship was his participation in her conceptual art event called the 13 Days Do-It-Yourself Dance Festival. Participants received 13 consecutive daily postcards with bizarre instructions like "go find a clover and send us measurements" and "swim in your dreams as far as you can until you find an island."

Lennon Ono Black

MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty ImagesMost controversial among the many bizarre art films Lennon made with Yoko Ono was Self Portrait, a 15-minute slow-motion shot of Lennon's penis going from flaccid to erect.

Work Permit

Stephen Dyrgas/Flickr Lennon and the other Beatles were once detained in West Germany for five hours when their booking agent, Allan Williams, failed to obtain their work permits. They were released after Williams convinced authorities that they were merely students on vacation.

Rolls Royce

Ian Stannard/Flickr Lennon was a terrible driver, only getting his license at age 25, then crashing his infamous psychedelic Rolls Royce (above) just two years later, injuring himself, Yoko Ono and each of their children. After that, he gave up driving for good.

Eventually, he gave up the Rolls Royce in order to settle a $250,000 tax bill. After his death, the car sold at auction for $2.3 million, making it the most expensive car sold in history.

John Statue

STR/AFP/Getty ImagesHe was the only Beatle to not become a full-time vegetarian. George Harrison and Paul McCartney adopted vegetarianism for philosophical reasons, and Ringo Starr took up the lifestyle because of health concerns. Lennon, however, remained a meat-eater his whole life.

Final Interview

Wikimedia CommonsLennon's final televised interview was with Tom Snyder for Tomorrow in 1975. It took place a full five years before Lennon's untimely death.

Lennon Mccartney

Wikimedia CommonsApril 24, 1976 was the final time Lennon and Paul McCartney ever saw each other. Hanging out in Lennon's New York apartment, they watched "Saturday Night Live" together. Seeing Lorne Michaels jokingly offer $3,000 for the Beatles to appear on the show, Lennon and McCartney reportedly almost took a cab to the set.

Julian John

rafimages/Flickr He never had a good relationship with his first son, Julian. The boy was an unwelcome surprise to Lennon, as his birth forced him into marriage with Cynthia Powell at a young age. When Lennon left Cynthia for Yoko Ono, he rarely saw Julian. When Lennon died, Julian was quoted as saying, "There was some very negative stuff talked about me ... like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that?"

John Yoko Sunglasses

-/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter spending the five years between 1975 and 1980 retired from music, Lennon was compelled to make music again after hearing Paul McCartney's 1980 single "Coming Up" and realizing that he actually liked it and had better get recording again himself.

Last Photograph

RV1864/Flickr This photograph of John Lennon was taken just five hours before he was murdered by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. The image shows Lennon signing a copy of his Double Fantasy album for the killer himself.

New York

Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesYoko Ono kept Lennon's death an intensely private affair, holding no funeral and scattering his ashes at an undisclosed location -- by most accounts, somewhere in New York's Central Park.

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