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May 20, 2004

Prescription for Couple Having Difficulty Conceiving: Try Having Sex

Is this a spoof? Will we all find out tomorrow the always-gullible world press has been hoaxed?

Eh. We'll take our chances. It's pretty amusing:

A German couple who went to a fertility clinic after eight years of marriage have found out why they are still childless - they weren't having sex.

The University Clinic of Lubek said they had never heard of a case like it after examining the couple who went to see them last month for fertility tests.

Doctors subjected them to a series of examinations and found they were both apparently fertile, and should have had no trouble conceiving.

A clinic spokesman said: "When we asked them how often they had had sex, they looked blank, and said: "What do you mean?".

The doctor in question insisted the couple were not "retarded people."

Well, maybe not technically. But in the looser sense of the word, there's little doubt that these two are world-class retards.

There's a bit like this in Catch-22. Doc Daneeka tells Yossarian a story of a couple who had just such difficulties, for the same reasons. When Daneeka explains to the man what he'll have to do with his wife to conceive a child, the man socks him in the jaw.


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