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How hard is it for a late-30s woman to have a baby?

According to The Atlantic, not as hard as you think.

The widely cited statistic that one in three women ages 35 to 39 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, for instance, is based on an article published in 2004 in the journal Human Reproduction. Rarely mentioned is the source of the data: French birth records from 1670 to 1830. The chance of remaining childless—30 percent—was also calculated based on historical populations.

In other words, millions of women are being told when to get pregnant based on statistics from a time before electricity, antibiotics, or fertility treatment.

The more you know!

Photo courtesy of sean dreilinger under Creative Commons.

Philippe,

You like to call yourself “the Original.” Among restaurants, I’m afraid, this term only confuses (the customers) or conforms (the store).

Pasadena is home to “Tops the Original” as well as “Tops Burgers”; neither concedes originality. Hollywood and Koreatown have “The Original Thai BBQ Restaurant” and “Thai Original BBQ and Restaurant,” respectively. “The Original Texas Barbecue King” is, curiously enough, located not in Texas but in South Los Angeles.

I ask that you shed the latter two words on your signs, T-shirts, mugs, and limited edition bobbleheads.

Granted, I have no leverage. Your sandwiches are too delicious, too reasonably priced.

P.S. That you are widely known as “Philippe’s” is also infuriating.