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Why Is Ringaskiddy, Ireland, Referred to as ‘Viagra Village’?

Residents of the Irish town of Ringaskiddy report that fumes from a local Viagra factory have been giving local men (and male dogs) random erections.
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Residents of the Irish town of Ringaskiddy report that fumes from a local Viagra factory have been giving local men (and male dogs) random erections. Since the factory opened in 1998, residents have reported that you don’t need to ingest the drug to enjoy its famous reaction; just inhale.

“One whiff and you’re stiff,” said Debbie O’Grady, a bartender at the Ferry Boat Inn. “As they say, there’s something in the air—not that we need it, of course. But for some fellas with problems in that department it can be a blessing.”

According to legend, a baby boom followed the opening of the factory, as well as a tourism boom, as curious visitors came to see if the story of the Viagra Village was true. Locals say it’s not just humans who are reacting. Dogs “walk around in a state of sexual excitement,” said local nurse Fiona Toomey. “I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply.”

Others are concerned about the impact of releasing chemicals into the local environment. American chemical companies own most of the farmland surrounding the village, and Pfizer has operated there since 1969, producing numerous substances besides the little blue pill.

“I suppose it’s a question of ecology versus economics,” said resident Martin O’Driscoll. “I’ve seen a lot of people emigrating out of here. But we also had to put up with a lot of shit from the chemical companies for a while. Pfizer told us what they were pouring into the water was 100 percent safe, but it’s farcical to suggest that any chemical company is completely clean.”

Pfizer says there is nothing to the rumors surrounding Ireland’s Viagra Village.

“Pfizer manufacturing facilities operate to high environmental standards and are regulated and licensed by health authorities and environmental agencies which have strict protocols to ensure that emissions from manufacturing sites have no effect on human health or the environment,” a company spokesperson said.

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