As winter approaches, humans huddle inside their homes and…have sex? Whether the motivation is warmth, boredom, or a combination of the two, it seems cold weather is nature’s most effective aphrodisiac. Don’t believe me? Check out this article that says the summer months have the highest birth rate in America. Do the math: 9 months before August = November!

Merriam-Webster defines an aphrodisiac as “something (such as a food, drink, or drug) that causes or increases sexual desire.”

Here’s a list that claims to document 19 foods that will stimulate sex. The science behind this catalog of romantic treats may not be solid, but you won’t be surprised to see bananas, clams, and whipped cream included.

Even the Bible has something to say about this. In Genesis, mandrakes—which were thought to be an aphrodisiac—make an appearance:

One day during the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes growing in a field and brought them to his mother, Leah. Rachel begged Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes”—Genesis 30:14

Rachel was barren, and she desperately wanted to have a child. Check out this picture, and you’ll understand why she turned to mandrakes…

 

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

Google’s metadata shows that aphrodisiac, after trending up for more than 80 years, is losing popularity:

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The Ngram also shows aphrodisiac peaking in the 80s, so it’s no surprise that at least two bands from that decade chose to use it:

More recently, Bear Vs. Shark used it in their lyrics:

To close, here are some quotes that show I might be wrong about cold weather:

“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” – Henry Kissinger

“A man becomes as attractive as an attractive woman when he becomes successful and is publicly noted. Power’s an aphrodisiac.” – Curtis Jackson

“All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he’s a writer. It’s an aphrodisiac.” – Saul Bellow

And then one that’s just ironic:

“I want to be an artist, not… a celluloid aphrodisiac.” – Marilyn Monroe

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