A conversation thread on Mumsnet has almost crashed the site’s server in less than 24 hours, after a woman admitted that her lover uses a “penis beaker” to clean himself after sex.
After a bizarre discussion about one couple's post coital cleaning ritual, the site struggled to cope with the onslaught of traffic.
According to Justine Roberts, the chief executive and co-founder of Mumsnet, the site’s traffic has more than doubled since the post went up Tuesday night.
“On a daily basis we get about 300,000 visits to the site and at the moment it's looking like today's traffic will be more than double that. Frankly our poor old servers are beginning to creak as the thread goes viral,” she explained.
“Mumsnet is a go-to destination for straight answers when you need to ask life's important but often embarrassing questions. And a recurring theme is "is this normal behaviour?" Obviously it can be a bit of a blow to find out that it's not.”
Sara Crewe, a regular poster on the popular parenting website since 2012, asked fellow mums if their partners “dunked” their penis into a beaker of water left by the bedside table post love-making.
“We have a dedicated post-sex cleanup area on the bedside table. A box of tissues, a small bin, and a beaker of clean water for temporary cleaning/dunking while the bathroom is occupied by me.
“Apparently our penis beaker is strange and not the done thing.”
Another mum quickly replied: "No. We have a normal bedside table. With books and a lamp. Not a sex clean-up bit!"
The post immediately went viral and quickly became a popular discussion on Twitter, with people expressing their confusion about the thread using the hashtag #penisbeaker.
Another person replying to Crewe’s thread wrote: “Next time he [your partner] goes down the pub and his mates all cover their pint glasses with beer mats, you'll know why.”
UPDATE: Penis Beaker now has it's own Twitter account.