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Is A Fungus-y Silkworm The New New Viagra?

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Can the Nepalese yarsagumba cure erectile dysfunction? At what cost?

You know how men (and ladies and pets) often equate virility with masculinity vis-à-vis the quality of a fellow's erection? Some guys actually become more fixated on their hard-ons as they get older. Because of these men, we have things like a pharmaceutical industry built almost exclusively to combat erectile dysfunction.

But sometimes a guy wants to go organic, instead of asking his doctor about something he saw advertised during the NFL playoffs (on Fox!). Perhaps he's afraid of getting priapism because of that one scene in True Blood where Jason Stackhouse slams too much vampire blood and has to have a needle drain his wang. So he turns to rhino horn, or rare Peruvian frog juice. And now? He could also try a fungus-encrusted Nepalese silkworm!

Per the Daily Mail, an ounce of the sweet, nasty, crunchy stuff will set you back around $800. After purchasing, it's often sprinkled on cereal. And you thought Kashi was a little rough. 

The so-called Himalayan Viagra (also called "yarsagumba") has been used as a potent cure to impotence, and its potency is said to increase when brewed into tea. It's also said to increase general kidney and lung health. Is Pork The New Viagra?

Unfortunately, the eons-old truism—mo' money, mo' problems—has followed the now pricey fungus-covered silkworm. Harvesting yarsamumba has become quite lucrative, and the lure of rich men with a soft spot for erections has led to violence amongst rival gatherers.

What's the grossest thing you've ever eaten or done to get your motor running? Did it cause strife amongst indigenous OR itinerant laborers?

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