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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:17 PM

Claims of virgin births in U.S. near 1 per cent: study

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/12/17/claims_of_virgin_births_in_us_near_1_per_cent_study.html

Nearly 1 per cent of young women in a U.S. study who have become pregnant claim to have done so as virgins, according to a report in the Christmas edition of Britain’s BMJ medical journal.

The authors of “Like a Virgin (Mother)” — whose prose is devoid of irony — say such scientifically impossible claims show researchers must use care in interpreting self-reported behaviour. Fallible memory, beliefs and wishes can cause people to err in what they tell scientists.

Based on interviews with 7,870 women and girls ages 15-28, 45 of the 5,340 pregnancies in this group through the years — 0.8 per cent — occurred in women who reported that they conceived independent of men. The figure does not include pregnancies that result from in vitro fertilization or other assisted reproductive technology.

Each year, the BMJ Christmas edition publishes untraditional science papers. In addition to the report on virgin pregnancies, the latest BMJ includes papers on whether there is a local baby boom nine months after home sports teams triumph (only a small one, but statistically significant) and whether an apple a day would keep the doctor away (yes, saving about 8,500 lives in the United Kingdom each year, about as many as would expanding the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs to everyone over 50)

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The researchers found that although the mothers in question were more likely to have boys than girls and to be pregnant during the weeks leading up to Christmas, neither similarity to the Virgin Mary was statistically significant.



Hehe.

Sid

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SidDithers Dec 2013 OP
politichew Dec 2013 #1
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loli phabay Dec 2013 #3
randome Dec 2013 #4
JoePhilly Dec 2013 #5
srican69 Dec 2013 #6
SidDithers Dec 2013 #8
srican69 Dec 2013 #11
nykym Dec 2013 #7
Arugula Latte Dec 2013 #9
Iggo Dec 2013 #10
aikoaiko Dec 2013 #12
Quantess Dec 2013 #13

Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:20 PM

1. That's a whole lot of Christ.

 

Someone tell God to keep it in his pants.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:23 PM

3. lol, its a case of honey honest i am a virgin, we are not even married yet.

 

epic fails all around.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:24 PM

4. And here they all are, ready to kick ass!

 


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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:28 PM

5. "Jesus Christ!"

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:28 PM

6. A woman could get pregnant through an IVF or AI without ever having had sex until birth

what is the problem here?

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Response to srican69 (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:31 PM

8. "The figure does not include pregnancies that result from in vitro fertilization...

... or other assisted reproductive technology."

Not a factor here.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 02:11 PM

11. too bad ...I was just trying to help the crackpots ...

portion of our species are irreparably stupid.

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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:31 PM

7. Then theres this from the venerable Tom Waits

From Big Time - Train Song;
"Tom, is it possible for a woman to get pregnant without intercourse?" And eh my answer is always the same. I say, "Well, listen. We're gonna have to go all the way back to the Civil War." Apparently, a stray bullet actually pierced the testicle of a Union soldier, and then lodged itself in the ovaries of an eighteen year old girl, who was actually a hundred feet from him at the time. Well, the baby was fine. She was very happy, guilt free and eh... Of course, the soldier was a little pissed off.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:33 PM

9. They need to add that the Baby Daddy is an invisible capricious sky god from ancient Judea.

 

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 01:35 PM

10. Like.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 02:15 PM

12. Sperm are wiley little half-people.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 05:51 PM

13. I'm a virgin, I SWEAR!!

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