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Oklahoma State professor questions science behind collecting Viagra data

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This has to be the quote of the year. It comes from Dr. Raji Gill, a urologist from the Oklahoma State University Medical Center, according to a story in the Tulsa World. Are you ready for it?

"I don't know how scientific it was. They were sort of using erections as a barometer for how healthy a guy is."

Yup. First, we had lady parts predicting the weather a few weeks back, now we have the little guys functioning as barometers. Are we classy here at Chicken-Fried News, or what?

If you can still read this after spitting your drink out on the pages, here is the context of the quote, which is even better. Men's Health magazine conducted a study of which American cities needed the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra the most. (CFN has made an open-records request for the lab notes to bone up on the data; we'll keep you advised.) And of all the cities to rank No. 1 on the list, the one with the praying hands statute stood up "¦ err, we mean out.

Tulsa came out on top, just ahead of Lubbock, Texas, and stretching past Charleston, W.Va. The city in the heart of Green County, known for oil, Oral Roberts, and now lots of men with pant bulges. Which is not really something you can ignore. So, when the World got ahold of the study, their hands-on reporter contacted Dr. Gill, and he then surmised the hard facts of the study and assessed the erect barometer theory of the study's conclusion.

The study based its rankings on a variety of factors including obesity, smoking and diabetes rates. Oklahoma ranks very high in all three categories. The magazine also looked at the number of urologists in each city, and Tulsa was nowhere near the top of that list.

Then one last factor was written into the equation " the number of prescriptions given out for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. If you don't know what those are, you don't watch television much, do you? Here is where the scale gave rise to Tulsa. The city ranked near the top in sexual enhancement drugs prescriptions. Yeah, baby!

For the folks in Oklahoma City who may be laughing at their I-44 rival, don't laugh too hard. Our fair city came in sixth. Stay classy, OKC.

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