I noticed the following slightly-butchered factoid at the bottom of a “fun semen facts” infographic posted by Mistress Matisse:

The Etoro people of Papua New Guinea it is believed that to become sexually mature men, young boys must swallow the semen of their elders.

I’m calling bullshit. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that the cultural anthropology has been done right and reported right — not too likely, but hey. Go with it. Assume the cultural pattern exists as reported.

It’s that word “believed” I’m choking on. My proposition to you: the “elders” in question “believe” this line of happy horse shit in exactly the same way that I “believe” the following two propositions:

1) Anal sex will make your butt bigger; and
2) Swallowing semen will make your unborn baby healthier.