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Jun 16, 2007 05:02 PM

WTH? Sex in a Can

Over on's "Day in Pictures" they have a photo of cans labeled "Viagra Oysters" and "Sex in a Can." Caption reads "In Australia, entrepreneurs and shellfish farmers are infusing tanks of oysters with a mixture of crushed Viagra and calcium, and marketing it in Asia."

I'd post the pice but I don't know what Reuters' rules are for reposting pics...

I can't believe this is serious!

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  1. great post. I can't stop laughing! I hope its a ruse

    1. I heard about this on NPR's "Wait, wait, don't tell me!" Apparently, it's for real. I think, though, they said something about it increasing the growth of the oysters, as opposed to affecting the eater directly.

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      1. re: optimal forager

        Nah, he literally has a can labeled "Sex in a Can" with the idea that it will increase your sexual appetite...And he's using the tag line, ahem, "rock hard oysters."

      2. Gives a whole new credence to oysters as an aphrodesiac...

        1. Any sort of voodoo or chemistry that might replace sharkfin soup or pulverized black rhino tusk as a remedy for a limp libido would be a good thing.

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          1. re: Veggo

            I emailed this to a friend in China asking if he had seen this; he hadn't. But his sentiments were akin to yours. "But if this can save one tiger from being killed for his penis then it’s a good thing."

            1. re: chaddict

              You'd figure that over the thousands of years that the Chinese have been working out life, they would have finally figured out that the easiest way to put the zing back in their ding is to quit stressing out over superstitions and take a day off from work once in a while...

          2. The man's name is George May. Apparently he has patented the idea of feeding the oysters Viagra, magnesium, zinc and sea grass among other things after the shellfish have gone through the normal purification process. He insists the 10 million oysters he has in cultivation are being very well cared for and he eats one to two dozen daily without any ill effects.

            Pfizer is miffed and has issued a Cease and Desist order calling the use of the famous name a "trademark issue." Also, Mr. May cannot sell the oysters in Australia because they violate regulations and the New South Wales seafood program.

            Here's a link with photo:

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            1. re: Gio

              Prescription oysters? This could slow things down at the drive-up window at Walgreens...

              1. re: Veggo

                Exactly, plus adding to the admissions at the Betty Ford... a la Oxycodone.
                Lends new meaning to the term Assisted Living..