Iceland's penis museum to get human specimen
Posted on: 07:10 PM IST Jan 12, 2011
New Delhi: Sigurour Hjartarson will finally get to claim the penis promised to him by an Icelander 14 years ago.
The donor of the penis, Pall Arason, passed away on January 5, 2010 and Hjartarson, the curator of Icelands Penis Museum, is now preparing to collect the museums first human specimen.Hjartarson said while he does not know if the agreement - made 14 years ago - will be respected, he does not think there will be a problem, according to media reports. The Icelandic Penis Museum has penises of every species of living thing that has a penis except for a human. Hjartarson told the local media he has long waited for a full human specimen.Just in case the Arason deal doesn't work out, the curator has three other donation pledges for a human specimen.Hjartarson is founder and owner of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which offers visitors from around the world a close-up look at the long and the short of the male reproductive organ.His collection, which began in 1974 with a single bull's penis that looked something like a riding crop, now boasts 261 preserved members from 90 species.The largest, from a sperm whale, is 70 kg (154 lb) and 1.7 meters (5.58 ft) long. The smallest, a hamster penis bone, is just 2 mm and must be viewed through a magnifying glass.A German, an American, an Icelander and a Briton had promised to donate their organs after death, according to certificates on display at the museum.The American, 52-year-old Stan Underwood, supplied a written description of his penis -- which he purportedly nick-named "Elmo" -- for display alongside a life-size plastic mould of the member as well as his pledge to donate it.The museum, originally opened in Reykjavik in 1997, has now moved to the quiet fishing village of Husavik, 480 km (298 miles) northeast of the capital.Open from May to September, it is housed in a plain brown building, the entrance marked by a tall brown phallus near the door and a penis-shaped sign over the front porch.A growing number of people from all over the world view the collection each year, 60 percent of them women.The specimens, most of which were donated by fishermen, hunters and biologists, are kept in glass jars of formaldehyde or dried and mounted on the wall, creating an atmosphere that is part science lab, part trophy room. (With Reuters inputs.)