Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dear Dad...Things are going swimmingly!

With Father's Day fast upon us, the New York Times decided to expound upon the father's contribution to, um, fatherhood, with what I thought was a fascinating story about....sperm! Never having had kids, I've never really obsessed over the whole sperm + harrowing journey + giant egg (might) = crying baby. But what determined little swimmers most of them are, and what carnage they go through. Some can't really swim, some explode their own bodies so others might benefit (how un-guy like!). Here's a quote you egg bearers will appreciate: "As a rule", Dr. Fisch said, "a man is lucky if 15 percent of his sperm are serviceable." I see the smug looks on the female readers going "gee, kind of like the male population in general."

Happy Father's Day guys...you should be very proud of your 15% success rate. If you were a baseball player you'd be booted out of the game. In babymaking, it's a possible home run!

illustration from the article.

10 comments:

CamiKaos said...

I made the smug face when I read this. I love being smug!!!

bb said...

There's nothing better than being smug....except maybe a good "I told you so!"

Cracker said...

Yummers.....This is a good one for Andrew Simmern.

bb said...

okay, cracker...do share. Who...or what...is Andrew Simmern?

Cracker said...

He does that Bizarre foods show on Bravo. He'll eat ANYTHING! Right before my dinner too.

Cracker said...

Sorry, Travel Channel and his name is Zimmern..I think.

bb said...

Shit...one more reason I oughta have cable! First no Bourdain, now this....
Thanks for clearing that up.

Cracker said...

He's on ..I think right after Bourdain....P.S. He's No Bourdain but he will eat anything..And I mean...anything. Last night he was chowing on some very odd stuff in the Philippines. Some kind of worm that lives inside trees ...raw.I'll tell you. he aqte a few Baluts. I've eaten them before BUT he seemed to actually appreciate them. Not me!!

CamiKaos said...

unrelated to dad's, but nice look for the site...

bb said...

Thanks, Ms. Kaos! It was overdue.