Many of you write romance that includes scenes that range from explicit to implicit. For you, I have this little nugget I came across the other day on Quora, which you may particularly enjoy if your romance takes place in the 19th century.

During the 19th century, prostitutes had a little gadget to measure how long they would have sex with a client.

It was known as “Short Time Sales“.

Short time sales | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

You see, it turns out that when it was time to take a client to a room, they lit some small candles. Said candles were made to burn for 5-7 minutes, and when the flame went out, it meant the customer’s time was up.

When I read this, I remembered how Jodie Foster in ‘Taxi Driver’ lit a cigarette and left it burning in an ashtray when De Niro paid a visit. No matter how much things change, they remain the same, it seems…