In Honor of National Orgasm Day, 5 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasms

Yes, that's right, July 31 is apparently National Orgasm Day, otherwise known as an excuse to pay tribute to our favorite friend. (Celebratory fireworks are a bit less literal today than on the Fourth of July.)

In honor of a day totally devoted to pleasure, we've provided you with a list of the five most interesting, intriguing, and mind-bending facts about orgasms: 

Happy National Orgasm Day!

Yes, that's right, July 31 is apparently National Orgasm Day, otherwise known as an excuse to pay tribute to our favorite friend. (Celebratory fireworks are a bit less literal today than on the Fourth of July.)

In honor of a day totally devoted to pleasure, we've provided you with a list of the five most interesting, intriguing, and mind-bending facts about orgasms: 

You Can Totally Have An Orgasm While Giving Birth

You'd probably assumed that the sensation of giving birth is pretty much the opposite of what you'd look for in an orgasm. Well, you'd be wrong: it's actually entirely possible to enjoy a whole lot of orgasms during childbirth. It's rare, but evidence suggests that you're more likely to experience during natural births, particularly those that take place at home, and if the almost-mother is feeling safe and comfortable.

Talk about multitasking. 

Synesthesia Can Make You Really, Really Enjoy James Bond

You can develop synesthesia at any point in your life, so there's hope yet. The condition means your brain confuses sensations — hearing music might make you see colors, or saying a word might make you taste it. And when synesthesia crosses over with orgasms, well, the results can be bizarre.

A patient in Canada developed synesthesia after a stroke, and discovered that listening to James Bond theme music was the ticket to 'riding the music' all the way to orgasm. Really. Other people have reported seeing vivid colors at their moment of glory. 

Some People Have Orgasms Hundreds Of Times A Day

Are sufferers of PGAD (Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder) actually suffering at all, what with the several hundred orgasms they can have every day? Well, yes: the rare disorder has a strong link to depression, and those afflicted say that the disorder interferes with their life to the point that responding, uh, positively to absolutely everything makes them feel dirty.

One women, who was unable to work but was repeatedly turned down for disability benefits, sold her story to a local paper. She then committed suicide the day after the story came out. "I used to love life. But this has destroyed it. This isn't living," she'd said

Still, news of the disorder liberally appears and re-appears in the media, under various headlines along the lines of "Best Disease Ever." Doesn't sound like it.

The Orgasm For World Peace Movement Is a Thing That Exists

Some people think of orgasms and world peace as disparate, but apparently, they'd be wrong. December will mark the eighth Global Orgasm For World Peace movement (tagline: "Come Together.") This global occasion encourages people to tune into happy thoughts about world peace at the moment of climax — so you, too, can do your bit of good for the world.

Last year's event fell on the Mayan calendar day that predicted the world was supposed to end: Dec. 21. Nailed it. 

Your Bike Will Soon Be Able To Help You Out

Like world peace, we'd generally thought of cycling and sexual pleasure as belonging to different camps. But that's all about to change: a U.K. company has released a vibrating bike seat called "Happy Ride." And yes, it's designed to do exactly what you think it is.

It'll be happy, sure, but it also has 'lawsuit' written all over it. Go back to watching James Bond, maybe.