Spanish Fly: The Deadly Aphrodisiac


It's easy to assume the so-called "Spanish fly" is nothing but a myth, but this legendary aphrodisiac is as real as it is deadly. Just why did humans come to treat male sexual dysfunction with ground-up blister beetles? How does it work and why is the Marque de Sade involved in all of this? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

Spanish Fly: The Deadly Aphrodisiac

It's easy to assume so-called "Spanish fly" is nothing but a myth, but this legendary aphrodisiac is as real as it is deadly. Just why did humans come to treat male sexual dysfunction with ground-up blister beetles? How does it work and why is the Marque de Sade involved in all of this? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

Image Credit: Here we see the aphrodisiac and the ground beetles of its origin. (DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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