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17 Fun Facts About Vibrators That Will Have You Buzzing

Knowledge is electrifying.

From neck massagers to Rabbits, there are an overwhelming amount of vibrators out there ... and an overwhelming amount to learn about them. Here are the weirdest, most fun and important vibe facts that, whether you want one or not, will show you what all the buzz is about.

  1. The market for vibrators is $1 billion, more than twice the condom market size.

    ...and that's according to Trojan's own numbers.

  2. During the recession, sales of sex toys skyrocketed.

    An industry insider told CNBC this was due to numerous factors, such as falling prices, a boom in discreet online commerce and the fact that "younger generations are dealing with more stress than they have ever known." Consider them an unemployment accessory.

  3. 70% of men say they aren't threatened by the use of vibrators.

    Don't let a few insecure dudes speak for all of them.

  4. New Zealand has the highest rate of vibrator ownership: 38%.

    Now that's an achievement to set your country apart: Nearly 4 in 10 New Zealanders either own a vibrator or their partner does, according to a Durex study.

  5. Vibrators were originally invented by Victorian doctors to treat "hysteria" in women.

    ...which up to three-fourths of the female population supposedly suffered from. (Not a real disorder, but effective therapy nonetheless.)

  6. In rare cases, they can land you in the ER.

    Last year, a woman reportedly went to the hospital because a vibrator got stuck in her urethra, and in 2013 a man live-tweeted his vibrator-induced ER visit: "Yo guess who has to go to the hospital because he shoved a dildo up his ass and can’t get it out (answer: it’s me)."

    The number of Americans requiring emergency care for sex-toy related injuries has doubled since 2007, possibly due to the popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey," and while not all of these incidents were due to vibrators, 83% required the removal of a foreign body.

  7. There are no U.S. government safety regulations for sex toys.

    According to the Kinsey Institute, the chemical composition of your vibrator can mean the difference between a rash and a good time. And some vibrators may even contain known carcinogens. Orgasmic doesn't necessarily mean organic.

  8. Women who use vibrators are "significantly more likely" to visit the gynecologist for exams.

    ...and to perform "genital self-examination," according to a Trojan-backed study from Indiana University and Kinsey Institute researchers.

  9. The Rabbit was originally made in Japan, which had laws against vibrators.

    ...so the company disguised them by making the sex toys brightly colored and animal-shaped. (And then "Sex and the City" made it cool to have a hot pink bunny buddy.)

  10. Thanks to "Fifty Shades," vibrating rings are now sold at Target.

    ...right next to the toothbrush aisle?

  11. Experts say the best way to know how a vibrator will feel downstairs is to test it on the tip of your nose.

    It's "sensitive just like your lady parts," Claire Cavanah, the cofounder of sex toy store Babeland, told Redbook.

  12. There's a vibrator that simulates oral sex.

    A foreplay vibrator to use before your regular one?

  13. There are vibrators made specifically for couples ... including long-distance couples.

    Perhaps the most well-known is the We-Vibe, which even has its own smartphone app that your partner can operate from across the globe.

  14. The most popular day to use that app? Christmas.

    A We-Vibe spokesperson told us that, despite the assumption it'd be Valentine's Day, Christmas is the most popular. That's one way to cope with holiday stress.

  15. The amount of women who use vibrators and the amount of women who admit to using vibrators are very different.

    We-Vibe's consumer research indicates that, while just over 50% of women say they use vibrators when asked, it became apparent that "vibrator ownership was closer to 75%" after 20 minutes of discussion and getting comfortable.

  16. Guys mostly buy the color pink.

    The spokesperson also told us that men make a majority of the pink purchases -- as opposed to purple and slate -- because they perceive that as the color that women want.

  17. Even Cleopatra had one, according to legend.

    No, electricity hadn't been invented yet, but a historical rumor suggests that Cleopatra had a gourd filled with angry bees and enjoyed the buzzing. (No matter what you're into, it's nice to know that there more options available now.)

    Even if that's more myth than history, there's no reason to be embarrassed about sex toys when people have been using them for a very long time. We've come along way, baby.