10 Buildings That Look Like Penises (PHOTOS)

06/06/2014 11:53 am ET | Updated Jun 24, 2014

In an episode from the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," Ted's firm designs a skyscraper for a bank. The only problem is that it looks like a giant penis.

Architects in real life can't seem to avoid the same aesthetic.

Here are 10 buildings that look like penises. Two of them are twins.

Feel free to construct your own puns. Nothing moves a list like this along like double entendres.

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  • The headquarters of the People's Daily newspaper in Beijing, China, gave people the shaft daily while it was under construction. Sadly, the finished building became this.
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  • The Ypsilanti Water Tower was, ahem, erected in 1889, but its builders might not be too thrilled with its colorful nickname. Locals call it the "brick dick," according to Cabinet Magazine, which bestowed the edifice the title of "Most Phallic Building In The World."
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  • Torre Agbar, the 466-foot-high home of Aguas de Barcelona in Spain, was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. No, he didn't call the style "Modern Illuminated Dildo."
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  • "Johnson" and "Johnson"? Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur proudly rise 452 meters above street level.
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  • London's 30 St Mary Axe, affectionately known as "The Gherkin," keeps a stiff upper well, you know. It's 180 meters tall but girth counts too, doesn't it?
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  • HK magazine wrote that Two International Finance Center in Hong Kong is alternately called "The Shaver" and "The Giant Penis." No kidding.
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  • Buffalo City Hall in New York seems to get less mention as an architectural schlong, but if you just use your (dirty) imagination a bit...
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  • The Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka comes with its very own Cupid-like archer at its reservoir tip. (OK, it's a Kansa Indian warrior, but go with us on this one.)
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  • When The New York Times calls you a "great phallic monster of truly monumental ugliness," you know you've been accepted as a member. Congratulations, Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower in Shanghai.

And here's one last one just for giggles:


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