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( This probably isn't true, but I found it amusing. :) ) [Nov. 12th, 2005|12:37 pm]
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This happened at Harvard University in October last year. In a biology class, the professor was discussing the high glucose levels found in semen which gives the sperm all the energy for their journey. A female freshman raised her hand and asked, "If I understand you correctly, you're saying there is a lot of glucose, as in sugar, in semen?" "That's correct," responded the professor, going on to add statistical info. Raising her hand again, she asked, "Then why doesn't it taste sweet?" After
a stunned silence, the whole class burst out laughing. The poor girl's face turned bright red, and as she realized exactly what she had inadvertently said (or rather implied), she picked up her books without a word and walked out of class, never to return. However, as she was going out the door, the professor's reply was classic. Totally straight-faced he answered her question. "It doesn't taste sweet because the taste buds for sweetness are on the tip of your tongue and not the back of your throat. Have a
good day."

[User Picture]From: maggiedacatt
2005-11-14 08:50 am (UTC)
How would you prove this true, though? You can't prove it true without finding someone who was in that class. You can't prove it false without talking to everyone who has taken a biology class at Harvard in a several-year span.

I first heard/read this my freshman year of undergrad, 1998.
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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2005-11-14 11:23 am (UTC)
Most those kinds of stories are based on a story.. that just grows and grows. I remember this from Jr High.. and the story was about a local high school student.. 1995 or so.

I think its just a funny story that got passed around and around and around. Who knows how old it is, or who exactly or exactly what was said. There is a chance that it happened or something similar.. the same way about the cactus full of spiders and such. Ya know?:)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-14 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ahh. Urban legends, how we love you. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-14 12:04 pm (UTC)
A valid point.
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