Predicting the gender of babies in the womb: what would you even call that?
I mean, is it an art form?
Is it voodoo?
Is it a scam? Who would want to scam you on that one?
It’s not medicine, obviously. But then again, why not, right? Medicine ain’t all that fail-proof the last time I looked.
See, for as long as there have been babies popping out of moms there have been people claiming they know a way to tell you straight up if it’s a boy or a girl in there. From the Appalachian Mountains to the far-flung corners of China, plenty of folks since the beginning of time have been saying that they could stare into a bowl of lady pee or swing a ring over a woman’s palm and, with a little concentration, they can spill the beans on one of nature’s best kept secrets.
I don’t doubt that some can, either. After all, a cliche is a cliche because it’s mostly true. And let’s be blunt here: people playing around with other people’s pee-pee must have some kind of idea of what they’re doing, don’t you think?
So the other day on the way back from an ultrasound that revealed the sensational news that we are to be the parents of a bouncing baby boy come March, 2014, we both got to talking about all of these different kinds of folky gender tests. And in the course of the discussion we decided to try them out, after the fact.
In other words, with the answer already scribbled on the back of our hand (BOY!) we set out to see how bunch of these ‘tests’ fared when put to the … uhhhh … test.
And you just might be surprised at the results we came up with. We certainly were. We tried out 7 gender prediction tests: the 7 most popular old wives tales including a bit of ancient numerology as well as some peepee handling and ring swingin’. Click onward to see which tests passed the … test. Final results are in the last image.
Read more from Monica on Babble:
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