4 Wacky Things You Don't Know About Sex Toys

Vibrating rings, lube, and dildos are hardly shocking stuff anymore. Hell, pleasure products are sold next to vitamins in the drugstore, and even Oprah endorsed vibes on daytime TV! What is pretty damn shocking? These four little-known facts about the goodies that live in the nightstand drawer.

Fact #1: A doctor invented vibes...for "crazy" women.

Yep, the first electrical vibrator (a 40-pound contraption that required two people to operate - not exactly a pocket rocket) was used by a British M.D. treating "female hysteria." He used the tool to bring nervous or stressed women to orgasm. Luckily, a few years later, take-home versions were created. Bet you didn't know about these sex toys that are already in your bedroom.

Fact #2: The infamous Rabbit is shaped like an animal for legal reasons.

The Rabbit (which Charlotte got addicted to on Sex and the City) originated in Japan, where it was against the law to create a sex toy that resembled a penis. Why it's acceptable to make one that looks like a cute animal, we'll never understand. But we're just glad the manufacturers didn't let the government hold them back from creating this beloved buzzy toy.

Plus: Read about this down-there vibrator disaster.

Fact #3: They're totally recession-proof.

Women may give up mani-pedis in a crappy economy, but not their sex toys! Not only are sales holding steady, but the recession has actually led to an increase in purchases. Online sex toy distributor Adam & Eve reported a 17 percent uptick in purchases in 2009, while sales of the Trojan Vibrating Mini Massager were up 20 percent.

Bonus: From frisky foreplay moves to the trick to having a mind-blowing orgasm, we got our trusted sexperts to spill their favorite secrets.

Fact #4: If you don't use one, there's a good chance your roommate does.

According to a recent academic study of vibrator use in America - yes, scientists are paid to research this stuff - one in two women get their buzz on. Think your solo sex habit is normal? Check out these stats.

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