Other countries have Mothers Day – just as we do. And Father’s Day – just as we do.
But we haven’t followed other countries in having National Orgasm Day.
At least, so far as the Grumbles are aware, the occasion went unnoticed in this country.
The Brits had their National Orgasm Day a few days ago and various newspapers marked the occasion in different ways.
The Daily Mail asked readers (here) if they would be faking it.
The Daily Telegraph advised (here) that if readers didn’t endlessly focus on orgasms, maybe they have more of them.
The Daily Beast honoured the occasion by listing the best orgasms in movies (here).
Alf was inclined to think nothing of any great moment had been missed, by not celebrating National Orgasm Day.
But today he has discovered that having an orgasm is better for the brain than doing a crossword or a Sudoku puzzle.
The sexual climax gives the whole brain a good workout, rather than just one area of it, Professor Barry Komisaruk said.
The sensation can, moreover, block pain and could therefore be used to alleviate the agony of childbirth, among other things, he suggested.
Depression, anxiety and addiction could also benefit if scientists can harness the pleasure-producing mechanism in the brain that produces orgasm and put it to other uses, he believes.
The 72-year-old US professor has been in a nice line of work for the past few decades. He has been studying female sexual pleasure since the 1960s.
Mind you, he started off with experiments on rats before moving on to women in 1982.
His decades of devotion to a subject apparently has scandalised some of his fellow academics at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
It also has made him something of an evangelist about the power and benefits of the sexual climax.
“At orgasm we see a tremendous increase in the blood flow (to the brain),” he told The Times.
“So my belief is it can’t be bad. It brings all the nutrients and oxygenation to the brain
“Mental exercises (such as crosswords and Sudoku) increase brain activity but only in relatively localised regions. Orgasm activates the whole.”
Prof Komisaruk has reached his conclusions after studying female volunteers in his brain scanning laboratory at the university’s Department of Psychology, measuring the blood flow in their brains as they climax.
For this, the women must lie in a narrow tube called a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine and achieve orgasm despite the clinical surroundings.
It is a pioneering science and there is still much to be learned from it, Prof Komisaruk believes.
“We know virtually nothing about pleasure,” he said. “It’s important to understand how the brain produces it.
“What parts of the brain produce such intense pleasure, and can we use that in some way?”
Alf was tempted – momentarily – to drag Mrs Grumble away from her Sudoku this evening to put the professor’s knowledge to the test right here in Eketahuna.
She deserves having her brain stimulated.
But a mate called him from the Eketahuna Club to call him down for a natter about some political stuff. And a nip of the hard stuff.
The Sudoku looked especially challenging tonight. It will have to suffice for the missus.