5 Strange aphrodisiacs from around the world

Jun 27, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. ET

We're used to using oysters and chocolate as aphrodisiacs to get in the mood, but here are some seriously strange aphrodisiacs from around the world that might just turn you off rather than on.

Couple eating chocolate together
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Crab smoothies, Colombia

Walk into a smoothie bar in Colombia, and you might be surprised to see a bowl of live crabs on the front counter. Do you want a crab milkshake with your fruit salad today? No? Well, according to the locals, crab smoothies are the perfect way to get into the mood while you're in Colombia. Just whiz these little guys up in a milkshake, and you're ready to head back home for a romantic night with your partner.

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Bull testicle soup, Philippines

Found across Southeast Asia but particularly popular in the Philippines, this is definitely a strange aphrodisiac, but it's perfect if you want to feel as strong as a bull in the bedroom. The bull testicles and penis are washed and chopped into small pieces before boiling them in water and vegetables to make a soup.

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Baboon urine, Zimbabwe

Nothing says romance like a large glass of baboon urine, right? Well, maybe not to you, but in Zimbabwe, this is a popular aphrodisiac that's drunk with beer. Alcohol and sex might not mix, but throw baboon urine into the blend, and the locals swear by its aphrodisiac powers. While the animals, thankfully, are not killed in the search for this aphrodisiac, it might be a bit on the weird side for us to think about trading in our chocolate and red wine to spice things up.

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Turtle eggs, Mexico

Throw out your Viagra and candlelit dinners, because perhaps the only thing you need to get you and your partner in the mood is as simple as turtle eggs. Not convinced? Mexican folklore has been attributing aphrodisiac qualities to turtle eggs for centuries. They believe the eggs can evoke desire and feelings of sexual arousal. We're not suggesting you go out and start foraging for turtle eggs, though, because this is one of the reasons these turtles are on the endangered species list.

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Spanish fly, Europe

This might be one of the more popular of the strange aphrodisiacs, but it is also one of the more dangerous too. These beetles secrete a liquid that is irritating to the skin and can cause rashes and swelling. But apparently these little bugs have been used as an aphrodisiac since the time of Julius Caesar, so they must do something right. Just like Viagra, the Spanish fly also causes erections so powerful that they might require medical attention.

If these aphrodisiacs are too strange for you to include in your sex life, stick to these easier-to-digest aphrodisiacs, which are just as effective and a whole lot easier to swallow:

Sliced avocado

  • Chocolate
  • Oysters
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Honey

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