Prehistoric siltstone phallus, the world's oldest sex toy, was also used as tool to ignite fires
By Rosemary Black
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, May 17th 2010, 12:42 PM
Courtesy of University of Tubing
The world's oldest sex toy was more than just a feel-good aid. The 30,000-year-old siltstone phallus doubled as a tool to ignite fires.
The racy relic was found in a cave in Germany and is being studied at the University of Tubingen there, according to Independent Online.
The prehistoric phallus, which has marks where it was obviously used for striking against flints, also features carved rings around one polished end. Researchers say it's easy to see what it was used for. [...]
Here's the scene: Thog goes off to kill a woolly mammoth. Thog's wife ... she... well... she keeps the home fires burning.
Seriously though... Sex toy? Maybe. But could it be polished smooth by simple frequent use as a fire starter? The rings could have been made to prevent the tool from slipping in the hand. Until I see greater evidence of "dual use", this object is simply a fire starter and nothing more. This picture alone, suggestive as it is, is not enough for determination.