I was commenting on how packaged pregnancy tests resemble fruit roll ups when my mother told me scientists once injected bunnies with a woman’s urine to determine whether or not she was pregnant.
“A rabbit?” I was a little stunned by the idea of poor, floppy-eared, innocent rabbits getting shot up with pee. “Oh yeah!” My mother said nodding. “People used to say, well, the rabbit died. And everyone would know she was pregnant.”
An episode of “M*A*S*H” even made reference to the practice when Hot Lips thought she might be pregnant and the only available test was via Radar’s unsuspecting pet rabbit Fluffy.
This method seemed so bizarre to me, that I was compelled to learn more about the history of pregnancy tests. Click on to see what kind of crazy stuff I discovered.
Taking a pregnancy test
isn’t glamorous. There’s the peeing part, of course, then the waiting, then the rush of emotions that comes when the pink or blue line—or plus or minus sign or whatever—pops into view. One would think women would want this to remain a private moment, like most things that take place in the bathroom should be. But that is just not the case. Many women are recording themselves taking pregnancy tests and posting the vids on YouTube. Even stranger—thousands of people are watching said videos. Slate.com has dubbed this phenomenon WombTube. Keep reading »
In Switzerland, vending machines are about to get a makeover. In addition to being able to pick up snacks, sodas, and condoms, soon women will be able to stick their quarters in the slot and purchase a pregnancy test. Keep reading »
When Sally was seven weeks pregnant, her doctor said he was 99% sure she’d had a miscarriage. But she didn’t want to believe him. So in the restroom of a restaurant in San Francisco, she peed on a stick (or seven) and against all her expectations, got two blue lines.
Meanwhile, my friend Cat was so eager to find out whether she was with child that she dashed into the local Burger King toilet to take a test, despite being a vegetarian.
And Linda took her test in a supermarket restroom on the way to a Weight Watchers meeting… which she never got around to going to.
I used to think that pregnancy was a pretty private thing – at least until the belly starts to pop and strangers want to rub it. My mom and other women of her generation all went to their gynecologist or the privacy of their own bathrooms if they wanted to know if they were knocked up or not. Keep reading »
She leads a lonely life, but Britney Spears is still the Ace of Base. A new track just popped up on Youtube.com that has the baby pop-er sampling the classic nineties hit â€œAll That She Wants.” The chorus lyrics (“All that she wants is another baby, she’s gone tomorrow boy”) explain Britney’s vicious cycle, but the truth finally sounds good! The remix is hot, way hotter than her questionable pap/skeezy boyfriend Adnan. In his Entertainment Tonight interview, the man with facial hair like a porn stars vajajay (hello, bacon strip!) discussed shopping for pregnancy tests with Brit earlier this month saying he thought she wanted to carry his child. Poor baby! Vh1â€™s Save the Music charity should buy Spears a box of condoms. [You Tube] Keep reading »