Aphrodisiacs - The chemistry of almost everything (29/31)

Uploaded by OUlearn on 03.09.2009

Ever heard the one about the French Foreign Legionnaires
back in the last century?
As Dr Vezien was making his rounds he came across several Legionnaires
who exhibited rather odd symptoms,
erection douloureuses et prolongée
Let's put it this way, these guys were prepared for action
but in a sexual sense and for over 48 hours.
It turned out that these Legionnaires had been eating frogs.
But the frogs in turn had been eating beetles.
The problem was that these weren't just any old beetles,
these beetles contain the naturally occurring chemical cantharadin.
A chemical better known as Spanish fly
and a chemical that transformed these frogs into instant aphrodisiacs
with, well, quite outstanding effects.