Fertility Statues Get Thousands Knocked Up

Amy Kuras
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I went through infertility, I understand the motivation to try whatever whackadoo thing you think might get you knocked up. But subjecting yourself to a Tennessee tourist trap? Now that's just beyond.

People are flocking to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Gatlinburg to visit and touch two African fertility statues said to have gotten 2,000 women pregnant since Ripley's put them on display at their headquarters in Orlando in 1993. The company's receptionist, who sat closest to the statues, got pregnant first and then 12 more visitors or employees followed.

Ripley's, knowing a good money-making opportunity when they see it, sent the statues on three world tours starting in 1995. It would have been so awesome if the tours were sponsored by a big chain of fertility clinics or maybe one of the big baby stores or something. But they weren't and the statues were retired and put in storage in 2001 ... and the worldwide birthrate actually didn't crater as a result.

Now, though, they're back on tour -- and Ripley's says they are the most popular exhibit ever.

The statues, carved by work of Baule tribesmen, are five feet tall and depict a king holding a mango (a fertility symbol in some African cultures) and a queen holding an infant. The statues are placed on either side of the entrance to a bedroom and if either the man or woman touches them on his or her way into the room, the woman will soon become pregnant, according to legend.

Ya know, whatever works, or what you think might work. And at least if you make the pilgrimage to Gatlinburg, you can take a jaunt through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and go see Dollywood. Which is probably about as likely to get you knocked up.

Do you believe?

 

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