That might have been the topic around the water cooler this morning in Korea as folks here talked about Korea’s decisive upset over Greece Saturday night, but it was the subject of an article in the Korea Times.
Is sex correlated with World Cup football? For naysayers, here is an interesting statistic.
On the Saturday night of Korea’s convincing victory over Greece in their opening match of the 2010 South Africa World Cup, convenience stores recorded a jump in condom sales.
It may be thanks largely to the raging hormones of hundreds of thousands of young people braving the rain in rooting for their team outdoors across the nation. Perhaps, it may need two more victories from Korea to see a firm correlation between the two.
GS25, a convenience store subsidiary of GS Group, said Monday that its outlets had sold about 5,000 condoms on Saturday, a five-fold increase from four years ago during the Germany World Cup.
And it gets better if you read the rest of the article here.
Not that it was a slow news day in Seoul by any means (though I wonder why there wasn’t much in the paper about North Korea’s threat to turn Seoul in a sea of flame…again; the last time was 1994).
Instead, we got to chuckle with this:
“When folks are excited, their sympathetic nerves are stimulated. When they relax afterward their parasympathetic nerves are aroused,” said Park Jung-soo, a neurologist at Hanyang University
“The switches are similar to the mechanisms of male ejaculation. Watchers of intriguing sports games feel such switches several times over the course of the games. At the end of the day, they may be susceptible to sexual arousal.”
Obviously Jung-soo hasn’t watched a Cubs’ game.