Can you influence the sex of your baby by eating cereal?

This article by Monique Robinson is interesting — not because it tells you anything particularly useful about what you can do before conception to influence the sex of your child, but because it provides a rundown of the many random correlations studies have linked to fetal sex determination over the years. From eating cereal to being a billionaire's kid, it's an intriguing look at how easy it is to find patterns, even when those patterns may (or may not) be totally meaningless.


  1. The standard problem that 1 our of every 20 completely-arbitrary relationships appear to be statistically significant at the 5% level. (Feel free to “obligatory-XKCD” this.) 

    This is why good science generally needs to start with a hypothesis first before discovering the correlation — although new discoveries can certainly happen the other way around.

  2. hm, what do i have to eat for my child to be the child of a billionaire? that one i’d be interested in.

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