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Biblical Character

The Resume

    Appears in the Book of Genesis
    Son of Judah
    Nephew of Joseph
    According to the Bible, ‘spilt his seed upon the ground’ rather than impregnate his wife Tamar

Why he might be annoying:

    He is famous for only one thing: masturbating.
    Since the Middle Ages, religious people have used his story to condemn masturbation, sex for pleasure, ‘coitus interruptus,’ contraception and homosexuality.
    Some say he ‘spilt his seed’ because he wanted to weasel out of supporting a child.
    His name inspired a euphemism for masturbation (‘onanism’).
    He probably has the most embarrassing story in the entire Bible.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was forced to marry his dead brother’s wife.
    God supposedly struck him dead for his ‘seed-spilling.’
    He may simply have suffered from premature ejaculation, a fairly common problem among men.
    After he died, his wife finally conceived a child by pretending to be a prostitute and seducing her father-in-law (but that’s another story).
    He’s been celebrated in songs, books and comedy routines.
    He may have been the first man to masturbate, but he was hardly the last.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 9 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 361 Votes: 46.81% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 160 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 492 Votes: 52.85% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 174 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 167 Votes: 58.68% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 105 Votes: 38.10% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 101 Votes: 64.36% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 156 Votes: 51.92% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 697 Votes: 40.75% Annoying