It doesn’t take much to baffle scientists of course. They really need to get out more.
Women may be having virgin births every day in the United States, according to new research published Tuesday.
Startled researchers found that about ½ of one percent of teens and young women interviewed as part of a larger survey reported they had given birth without ever having had sex.
We thought, This cant be right. We must have done something incorrectly, says Amy Herring, a biostatician at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who led the study.
Her team was looking at data for 7,870 women interviewed multiple times over 14 years, from their teen years to adulthood, as part of the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
About 45 consistently stuck to a timeline that showed they had given birth before they ever had sex.
Herring thought it was an important issue, but also thought it might work for the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Christmas issue, which publishes tongue-in-cheek medical studies. We also thought it fit nicely with the Christmas theme, Herring told NBC News.
Virgin birth is not unknown in nature. Its known as parthenogenesis and its been documented in snakes, sharks, and Komodo dragons.
But science has never demonstrated a human case of parthenogenesis. Herring thinks it may all be a mistake. Its self-reported pregnancy, she says. And the survey, given by computer so the women and girls would feel free to answer questions honestly, didnt follow up and ask them Are you sure? if they reported having had a baby yet not ever having had sex.
Jizz finger was a well known and regularly occurring phenomenon especially among Catholic girls in the 1960s and 70s and frequently led to immaculate conception.
Determined that their wedding plans would not turn into an undignified race to get to the altar before her waters broke (like wot ours did), the girl would give her desperate boyfriend “hand relief”. Then, aroused by the experience naive young women would reach down to pleasure themselves, completely forgetting to wash their hands first and thus introducing his essence (jissum) to her womb.
Hey presto! Immaculate conception leading to Virgin birth.
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