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Q: hanging left or right ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   10 Comments )
Subject: hanging left or right
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: quacky-ga
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Posted: 22 Sep 2004 04:45 PDT
Expires: 22 Oct 2004 04:45 PDT
Question ID: 404630
This should be a fun one :)

I was wondering if there has been any research into any kind of
correlation between a man's pride-and-joy hanging to the left or
right, and anything else.

For example, comparing left/right handed males to the direction in
which their package lies. Or any other correlations you may come
across which may be interesting.

Also, while your there, i always thought 'a little to the left' was
far more common than 'a little to the right', is this true or not. Are
there any statistics for this kind of thing ?

Lol, have fun :)

Subject: Re: hanging left or right
Answered By: googleexpert-ga on 22 Sep 2004 08:54 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi Alex,
According to Professor Chris Mcmanus's paper and various sources:
Both testes don't actually hang toward one side.
Actually, the right is slightly higher than the left testicle

Appearances aside, the right testicle actually hang lower than the
left testicle due to its weight and volume.

Some interesting facts:
Right side hernias are more common than left-side hernias probably due
to its weight and volume.

About correlations with handedness, it seems to be that in
Right-Handers, the left-testicle
is positioned lower.  Whereas with Left-Handers, it is the opposite.

Chang et al (1960) found that the right testis was the higher in 62.1%
of 486 men, and the left testis higher in
27.4%, the two being equal in height in the remaining 10.5%. Antliff
and Shampo (1959) found an essentially similar
result in 386 men, the right testis being higher in 65.1% and the left
higher in 21.9%. The two sets of authors
differ in their findings as to the effect of handedness, Chang et al
claiming that the relationship is reversed in
left-handers, whilst Antliff and Shampo found no such reversal. There
is also evidence that in the bull the right
testis tends to be the higher of the two.  


[search strategy]

left testicle survey filetype:pdf
"scrotal asymmetry"
hernia left right statistics

Please let me know if you have anymore questions.

quacky-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Great thanks :)

One star left off because i did not quite see the relationship between
the drop of the testis and my questions. Anyway, it was just for a
laugh :).

Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: voila-ga on 22 Sep 2004 06:52 PDT
It's supposed to be well known among tailors or those in the rag trade
that most men dress left but I can't give you any 'hard' numbers.

Trouser Rise The rise is the vertical area between your waistband and
your crotch. If your waistband is not resting over your hips, you need
a higher (longer) rise. Men who are well endowed by their creator will
either dress-left or dress-right. Most men in the U.S. dress-left, so
most suits have a tad more width on the upper left leg of the trouser,
near the crotch.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Sep 2004 09:38 PDT
I've always thought that it was a piece of codswallop (if you will
forgive the expression) used by bespoke tailors because I've never had
any problem with ready made trousers which are obviously ambidextrous
(if that's the right word).

Has anyone?
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: 1anton1-ga on 22 Sep 2004 10:13 PDT
Ambidexcrotumous may be the word you're looking for.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Sep 2004 11:20 PDT
Hi, 1anton1

That's exactly the word!

Many thanks.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: guzzi-ga on 22 Sep 2004 18:38 PDT
Best place for your research is in Scotland. Kilts often worn -- em -- alfresco.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: googleexpert-ga on 23 Sep 2004 05:30 PDT
or al dente
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: billnye-ga on 27 Sep 2004 03:48 PDT
It is my (untested) understanding that the hang is from circumcision.
The healing process isn't uniform so most men hang to one side or the

Just a guess.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: probonopublico-ga on 27 Sep 2004 04:25 PDT
Hi, billnye

I suspect that you might be confusing circumcision with castration, a
common mistake made both by those seeking surgery and also by

My advice?

Better to trust your tailor.
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: xandergr8-ga on 11 Oct 2004 11:50 PDT
I could be wrong, but I think the original questioner was referring
not to the testicles but to the penis.  In most men the flaccid penis
points slightly to one side rather than straight ahead.  The direction
it points in correlates with what side the heart is on -- which is on
the left in most people.  Thus most men hang slightly to the left. One
sign of dextrocardia (having ones heart on the right side of the chest
instead of the left) is a penis that hangs to the right.

I know I've read articles about this - will follow up with documentation.  Cheers
Subject: Re: hanging left or right
From: dreamqeen-ga on 13 Oct 2004 17:45 PDT
in high school, one of my friends and i asked a number of our guy
friends which way they dress, just for fun (we had to explain it to a
surprisingly high number of them).  anyway, it did seem to depend on 
handedness as most right handed guys we asked said they dress left
while the left handers said they dress right.

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