Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Ponerology is a a branch of theology that studies the doctrine of evil and is an interdisciplinary study of social issues. This discipline gathers data from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history to account for such phenomena as war, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and terrorism. Łobaczewski adopted the term from the branch of theology dealing with the study of evil, a word derived from the Greek, poneros. According to Łobaczewski, all societies vacillate between "happy times," or times of prosperity. It is to be noted that happy times do not imply morally advanced times, as Łobaczewski makes clear that this happiness or prosperity may well be premised on the oppression of a target group (Source)

Other prolific P_ology words

Parapsychology: The study of paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, reincarnation and apparitional experiences. Interestingly enough, this filed of study is conducted in about 30 different countries through private institutions and universities (Source).

Parthenology: The part of physiology which deals with virginity . The study of virgins (Source).

Pelology: The study of mud and its therapeutic applications.

Phangonology: Having to do with collecting dolls. A plangonologist is a doll collector.

Philematology: The study of kissing.

Pogonology: The study or treatise on beards.

Specifically, the repeated use of the word penis. 
All in the name of science of course, but still--
you have been warned. 


Phallology: The scientific study of the penis.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum (Museum website) is located in Reykjavík, Iceland. Their mission statement is focused on enabling "individuals to undertake serious study into the field of phallology in an organized, scientific fashion." The museum houses the world's largest display of penises and penile parts. The collection compromises 280 penises from 93 species of animals. Of the penises on display, 55 were hacked off  taken from whales, 36 sliced off from seals and 118 broken off from land mammals. The museum's largest exhibit is of a blue whale's penis measuring 170 cm (67 in) long and weighting 70 kilograms (150 lb). It was dubbed "a real Moby Dick" by the Island Review. The real Moby Dick is only the front tip as the entire organ, when intact, would have been about 5m (16 ft) long and weighed about 350-450 kilograms (770-990 lb). (O_O) On the other hand, the collection also includes the 2 mm (0.08 in) penis bone of a hamster. This specimen can only be seen with a magnifying glass. The penis bone, often referred to as the baculum, is a bone found in the penis of most placental mammals. It is absent in humans, but present in other primates, such as the gorilla and chimpanzee. The bone aids sexual intercourse by maintaining sufficient stiffness during sexual penetration. The museum also features phallic art and crafts such as lampshades made from the scrotums of bulls. In addition, it claims that its collection also includes the penises of Icelandic elves and trolls called the Huldufólk. Trouble is, Icelandic folklore portrays such creatures as being invisible.  Ok then. Sounds legit to me.

In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of four promised by would-be donors. Its detachment from the donor's body did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a greyish-brown shriveled mass pickled in a jar of formalin.*giggles* The museum continues to search for "a younger, bigger and better one." That's what she said. 

Founded in 1997 by retired teacher Sigurður Hjartarson, the museum is now run by his son Hjörtur Gísli Sigurðsson. It grew out of an interest in penises that began during Sigurður's childhood when he was given a cattle whip made from a bull's penis. Sigurður has described the collection as the product of "Thirty-seven years of collecting penises. Somebody had to do it." (Source)


  1. Thank you for stopping by today! You guys are great. (: I'm still unable to reply individually to you all, but I am doing my best to get to everyone's blog. Have a good day and happy AZing!

  2. Another awesome selection of -ology words. The warning made me laugh out loud.

  3. Once for a spa treatment, I took a hot mud bath that was supposed to be loaded with minerals and health benefits and all that good stuff. I suppose that the people who designed this treatment had studied pelology.

  4. I can understand why a person might do horrible stuff (crazy doesn't need a reason) but it's all the people who go along with that nutter that defies explanation. Oh, and penis.

    Moody Writing

  5. This is a most interesting collection of words. Virgins, kissing penis (there is that word again, does it really require the adult content label? I think the powers that be are getting a bit silly - Not you Elise, I know why you labeled it.)


  6. Even though I read your warning I still had to read on - with a smile on my face.

  7. Ponerology sounds very exciting to me. Penises are probably another interesting thing someone (else) might study. I want to start collecting dolls again and virgins are definitely worthy of studying. *Hair flip*

  8. All that hacking, slicing, and breaking doesn't sound good to me.

    I only knew about parapsychology.

  9. I read that last part while shuddering in horror...
    If there's field work in Philematology, sign me up!

  10. There can't be much material for parthenology these days. I see I now have to go visit Iceland.


  11. That is a cool ology...I would be into that...and then NOT be able to sleep forever!!!

  12. Sounds like the founder of The Icelandic Phallological Museum was compensating...LOL

  13. pogonology... hmmmmm, i'm sure walt kelly's 'pogo' would object to his name being used in that fashion, pogo was always clean shaven, in EVERY drawing ;)

  14. The warning of course kept me reading on ;)

  15. You guys are so awesome and totally crack me up! :D

  16. I figured "pornology" would show up somewhere here! :)

    Great post and very interesting stuff, Elise.

    1. I was going to, trust me . . . but figured this post was long enough. (:

  17. Great post. The studies of virgins, kissing, beards and penises - banner day!

  18. I spend a lot of time on x-rated tumblrs (ahem) engaged in scientific phallology of course. It's purely clinical. Yes. And I uh...collect the pictures on my iPad for specimens in my research. Ayep. And anytime you also want "research material" just hit me up via email and I'll send you the best links.

  19. I had no idea there was a specific term for the study of beards, lol!

  20. Ponerology, some more study should be done in this area, there has been too much evil in the world lately.

    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

  21. Okay, so my comment to do with those p words not sounding anything like what they're about went out the window with the phallic info. below. Your asides had me more entertained than the information presented. :)

  22. This has the potential to be your most popular A to Z post this year!
    Warning readers about something is a sure way to capture the attention! LOL

    Writer In Transit

  23. never heard of Ponerology but what an intriguing study! love this theme of yours.

  24. Philematology...this sounds like Candy. She's' a self-proclaimed philematologist. LOL!

  25. That has to be like the weirdest creepiest collection I've heard of. And hey, I think I could apply for Philematology, if there are any dragons there.

  26. Strange collection and yet somehow fascinating. I guess you need something to keep you busy in the cold weather of Iceland!

  27. Hi Elise! I had no idea there was a name for the study of evil. That's a subject that interests me very much, so I will have to memorize this and start dropping it into my conversations. ;)

    I also like the idea of an official study of kissing. Sweet!

  28. Studying the evil must be a daunting task, as sadly there are a ton. And hmm kissing, well that might at first seem fun, just imagine if you had to use live subjects of all types haha

  29. Remind me to stay the hell away from the Icelandic Phallological Museum. I'm getting a high-pitched voice just thinking about it. Yeah, this is the guy who has long red hair! :)

  30. 37 years of collecting penises...I laughed out loud on that one.

    You are going to get a bunch of funny Google search keyword hits on this post!

  31. Ponerology intrigues me, but then I used to be a sociologist, and my focus was genocidal societies.

    OMG, I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. Did anyone else check out the museum gift store??? I think it was the "Klick to Enter" that sent me over the edge. Thanks for the giggle, Elise!

    VR Barkowski

  32. Hi Elise .. is that why the Parthenon is called the Parthenon?! I think there's an exhibition of penises in London at the moment .. but maybe it was about the Icelandic museum I read about! Interesting .. especially the grey blob -? Will they ever get an erect perfectly formed one ..... too many thought processes here ..

    I did go to a Death Exhibition at the Wellcome Institute recently .. I haven't written about it .. thought it a little challenging but different perspectives from around the world and over time ...

    Fun - cheers Hilary

  33. I was 'smart' enough to take a course called Human Sexuality in college. We learned all about...well...err...we learned about penises, lol... Not the best class for a prude such as myself to take, pa ha ha XD


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