I will be working in Montréal today. Today, December 19 and a mere 6 days till Christmas. I think a good time to pass on some revelations of some true Christmas miracles, 8000 actually!
Recently uncovered by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health conducted by the University of North Carolina and published in the British Medical Journal (they like to keep up on what's happening in the colonies, even the ones that broke away) is that the U.S. reports that around .5% of their births to young women are.. absolute MIRACLES, virgin births.
Say what? oh yes. Now I remember from chats with my dad and from grade 7 sex-ed that in order to make a gal preggo one needs to have some spermatozoa fertilize an egg. There is an extremely easy way to accomplish this and does not require extra equipment, special training, nor Devine intervention.. yep, teenagers having intercourse. no not debate and discourse, but rather, the fun kind.
And yet the respondents to the aforementioned study seemed content to answer that they were virgins and also with some regularity, pregnant or had been pregnant.
Hmmm... how about this, 30% of those virgin birth mothers reported also that they had taken chastity pledges. Ever hear the axiom that there are three kinds of lies, lies, damned lies, and statistics?
How could it be that 8000 young women with an average age of 19 actually expect the survey takers that they had all become pregnant without the requisite activity? I can understand the young gal getting all twisted in lies trying to explain to her parents that she didn't have sex and yet they notice that she's waddling around and eating pickles with her ice cream, but this was an anonymous survey.
Were they lying to themselves? Could it be that these 8000 women have never been taught how their bodies work and that like the gal on Seinfeld actually think that one can get an STD and get knocked up from riding on a tractor in a bikini?
Damn. I have nowhere to go with this and the flight is on its descent into Montréal..
Um.. the virgin birth respondents were more likely to have parents that were more likely that the non-virgin birth respondents to indicate that they did not themselves know enough about sex and birth control to speak to their daughters about the subject.
So, perhaps not a set of 8000 true Christmas miracles just 8000 examples of how ignorance is not bliss.
Have a great day.