[LINK] birth rate suggestion
Mon, 23 Sep 2002 16:35:12 +1000
> On 23 Sep, David Lochrin wrote:
> > On the other hand, perhaps the best solution involves the gummit
> > paying all TV broadcasters to stop transmission at 8p.m.
> each evening.
> > Experience following the famous New York blackout a few years ago
> > indicates the birth rate nine months hence would soar. Blokes would
> > be saying "Yes, I remember now, you're my wife...."
> My memory was that this had happened in the 1960s, but you
> made me think
> it must have been more recent. A search on the net came up with
> which showed that there was a blackout in 1977. The one I
> recall (and to
> which I think you are referring) was in 1965 - and blacked out a huge
> area of NE USA and E Canada. See
> for more details.
> There is no mention of an increased birthrate 9 months later, but I do
> recall that being reported.
A check of the Snopes Urban Legends site shows that it just didn't happen.
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