On May 6, 2016, YouTuber Billy Berigman (aka The Penis Professor) posted a seriously NSFWvideo that begins with him holding his flaccid penis in his left hand and a wooden ruler in his right hand.
Berigman proceeds to stretch his penis outwards, so as to demonstrate how he extended his penis after four months of “workouts” that involved lathering his wang with coconut oil and yanking it 20-50 times per day.
The video, which now has nearly 27 million views, is one of the definitive success stories for “jelqing:” a penis stroking technique that can—allegedly—increase penis length and girth.
The origins of jelqing (pronounced jel-king) are mysterious. Some sources claim the practice originated in the ancient Middle East to prepare young men for sexual conquests. Others say it’s nothing more than a 21st century viral craze.
Nevertheless, there’s an untold number of dudes who are hell-bent on tugging their twinkie in hopes of adding a couple of inches.
But does jelqing actually work?