Some books are so iconic that their plots are known the world over, even if most people haven't read them. Like, say, Gulliver's Travels -- you probably know it's about a giant living in a land of tiny people (and vice versa), but probably don't know that it's all a detailed satire of 18th century society. So when people actually sit down and read the books they've always heard about, they find themselves blindsided by the hardcore sexual depravity everyone so often fails to mention.
For example, did you know ...
#5. In Gulliver's Travels, Giants Use Gulliver as a Human Sex Toy
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is a classic of the Western canon in which protagonist Lemuel Gulliver journeys to fantastical lands like Lilliput, an island country where the residents are less than 6 inches tall. What most movie and cartoon adaptations of this tale tend to leave out, however, is the part about giant dongs.
When Gulliver visits Lilliput, an army of little men walk under his legs and point and gawk in admiration of his gigantic genitals. Which, we suppose, is the only circumstance when you'd want a shocked crowd pointing at your junk.
"That's right, citizens. I call him Li'l Gulliver."
And after leaving Lilliput (with visions of his gargantuan schlong), Gulliver ends up in Brobdingnag, a land where everyone is a giant. Gulliver appears roughly 6 inches tall to them, making him Ant-Man to the Brobdingnagians. And here's where we get the other part the children's book edition of the story tends to leave out: tiny Gulliver being used as a sex toy.
"Astounding! Let's use him for sex."
In Brobdingnag, some of the queen's maids see no problem with stripping naked, changing in front of Gulliver, and even resting him on their bosoms. Gulliver gives a pretty horrifying account of their skin blemishes and large pores, and even the terrible odors emanating from their bodies, which will knock the wind out of anyone's boner-sails. One maid puts Gulliver right on her nipple, which will no doubt afford some of you many an exhilarating masturbation fantasy tonight. But the worst by far was when poor Gully was used as a sex toy to pleasure the maids -- he mentions "many other tricks, wherein the reader will excuse me for not being over particular." So hey, he and Ant-Man really do have something in common!
#4. The Canterbury Tales Popularized English Prose, Rim Jobs
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories within a story about a group of bored pilgrims spinning yarns about life in the Middle Ages. Oh, and it single-handedly established English as a written language (up until this point, most works were written primarily in French or Latin). At the time, English was considered too clumsy and barbaric compared to the other Romance languages.
"I like large shanks and cannot speak untruth.
My fellow brothers cannot refute."
The Canterbury Tales changed this perception. Written in Middle English in the late 1300s, it presented beautiful descriptions of fair country maids and the escapades of jousting knights. So it was some of the purest, most pristine writing known to humanity, right?
Oh, goodness no.
Let's start with "The Miller's Tale," a story of rim jobs and anal torture.
The tale involves an affair between a student named Nicholas and the married woman he is boarding with, Alison. A local parish clerk, Absalom (who is also obsessed with Alison), decides to come to her window the same night she and Nicholas are enjoying medieval boning. Absalom stands outside her house, begging for a kiss. She acquiesces and sticks her ass out the window for a smooch -- which he delivers.
"Say, did you have corn for dinner?"
Absalom can't see her butt in the dark of night, but he realizes he's been tricked into making out with her bum-hole. How does he know? Because he felt her pubic hair on his chin and realized that women don't have beards. That's in the text, by the way.
Absalom is so enraged that he grabs a flaming hot poker and returns to the window. This time, it's Nicholas who sticks his bum out the window, and Absalom shoves the poker right up there. Right. Up. There.
"This is actually the second worse burning sensation I've had involving my ass."
But surely the rest of Canterbury is totally PBS-period-drama-friendly, right? Well, in "The Wife of Bath's Tale," a wife talks about her five marriages from the age of 12 onward. What follows is essentially a primer on BDSM, and she is possibly the first dominatrix in literature.
The wife explains that her sexual prowess is a God-given power and that she uses it to control her husbands. Her first three husbands were old and submissive, and she would sexually torment them, teasing them in bed until they gave her large amounts of money before she would let them climax. She actually spends more time talking about the sex than she does telling the tale itself -- which, by the way, begins with a knight raping a maiden. See? Game of Thrones is just carrying on the tradition.
#3. One Thousand and One Nights Is Orgy-riffic
Paul Emile Detouche
One Thousand and One Nights is a frame tale about a king who witnesses his wife cheating on him. He sentences her to death and swears to never be cuckolded again. To avoid this scenario, he marries a virgin every day, sleeps with her at night, and executes her in the morning, because apparently nobody had a problem with that back then.
After the dead wives start piling up, the king finally marries a new wife who staves off her demise by telling him an elaborate story with a cliffhanger every night. He's so intrigued that he lets her live only so that he can hear the end of the story. This continues for, you guessed it, 1,001 nights -- 1,001 nights of thrilling adventures, starring such famed characters as Sinbad and Aladdin.
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Truly one of the greatest characters of myth.
Oh, and also 1,001 nights of screwball sexcapades. One character who will definitely not be receiving a Disney cartoon anytime soon is the cuckolded snoozing demon. Later in Nights, we meet a demon's wife, who cheats on her monstrous husband whenever he sleeps and wants the aforementioned king and the king's brother to diddle her. The men are so scared of the demon that they tell her they're just too damn flaccid. Unsatisfied, she says she'll wake the demon and have him eat them if they don't both ram-jam her right then and there. After this galvanizing sexual pep talk, the brothers comply, but carefully watch the demon the whole time they're porking his wife. She responds by grinning at her sleeping hubby-demon every time she has an orgasm.
The worst part is that she faked half of them just to be an ass.
After this menage-a-trois out of hell, the demon's wife demands their rings as tokens and reveals a purse of 98 other such rings, all from men she fucked while her husband slept a few feet away. This is proof positive that modern doctors must prescribe slumbering demons as a cure for erectile dysfunction.
Also, remember how the king was cheated on? That was actually an orgy between the queen, her handmaids, and 11 slaves, which the king watched. Look, we're not telling a king what to do when his wife is cheating on him with a sex party, but it's not exactly poor etiquette to jump out shouting "A-ha!" rather than watching the whole damn thing.
"Well, I didn't want to be rude."