Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Sex

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In the interest of priming your brain for cocktail parties and potluck dinners, we've decided to compile some of the cooler facts from past podcast episodes into a series of handy, illustrated lists. This way you can bone up on some excellent conversation starters and peruse a selection of awesome images.

So let's get to the topic: sex. That's right, we're talking the physical union of male and female genitalia as experienced by humans, dolphins, slugs and maybe even robots. And we're also talking about orgasms and all the peripheral activities that sex-crazed humans and their amazing technology get into.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.