MOST surprising paper title of the week has to be "Cutting off the nose to save the penis". This article, by Steven Schrader, Michael Breitenstein and Brian Lowe appears in the August issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine. What could it possibly be about? The online journal Physorg.com's report on the article makes things a little clearer: "No-nose bicycle saddles improve penile sensation and erectile function in bicycling police officers."
It transpires that the traditional bicycle saddle, with its protruding nose, can cause deleterious health effects such as erectile dysfunction and groin numbness. A study of 90 bicycling police officers before and after using noseless bicycle saddles for six months found "significant improvements in penile tactile sensation" and "significant increases in erectile function". Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the journal, found the article so rousing that he wrote an accompanying editorial entitled "The A, B, C's of The Journal of Sexual Medicine: Awareness, Bicycle Seats, and Choices".
You wouldn’t believe it if you hadn’t read it here first.