You will probably be surprised to learn that dildos have existed in some form throughout all of history. Archaeologists have even unearthed a 28,000-year-old stone penis that very possibly was used as a sex toy. Today, dildos come in all sizes and shapes and can be found in a very large volume. Just one sex toy factory in Los Angeles claims to produce 15,000 sex toys a day, which calculates to approximately five million a year. In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of dildos.
It might come as no surprise, then, that some of these dildos have been involved in some very strange cases. The following are just ten of the strangest news stories from the last decade involving dildos.
10Lotions And Lace
In addition to being used as an adult toy, dildos can also function as a weapon like in the following story, which occurred at a Lotions and Lace store in San Bernardino, California, in December 2016. Fifteen minutes before closing, a robber wearing a gray hoodie entered the store and held its employees at gunpoint.
However, the robber met interference when he tried to obtain money from the cash register. Rather than comply with the criminal’s wishes, the two female clerks fought him off by throwing dildos at him.When questioned about why she fought the man off, one of the store clerks told the local news that she just wasn’t scared and didn’t have time for the robber’s shenanigans. The store employees proceed to throw dildos and other sex toys at the man until he left the store.
This masked man is not to be confused with Newfoundland’s “dildo bandit,” who made news in January 2017 for robbing dildos from a St. John’s sex store.
9The Dildo Flag
The following story doesn’t deal with actual dildos but rather artistic depictions of them, which created quite the controversy. In 2015, CNN international assignment editor Lucy Pawle thought she was playing the role of an eagle-eyed reporter when she commented on-air that she had spotted an ISIS flag at a London Gay Pride parade.Pawle was so invigorated about noticing this potential act of terrorism that she announced it was a “glorious exclusive.”
In actuality, however, the flag was just a very clever act of satire created by artist Paul Coombs, who had spent the morning of the parade hand-stitching dildos. Coombs later revealed that he had created the flag as an act of protest against countries that still view gay citizens as sex objects. If asked about the flag’s relationship to Islam, Coombs noted that he had been careful not to replicate any actual writing on the flag because Islam was not the target. The flag was then marched as part of Alien Sex Club, an art project exploring HIV by John Walter.