Irene and Sex

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Unless you have been in a coma for the past week, you know that Hurricane Irene hit the east coast from North Carolina all the way up to the northeast including Vermont, Upstate New York and Massachusetts. While people were having hurricane parties and preparing for the worst, safe here in the Midwest I started thinking about the black outs New York City used to have. For example there were many reports of a surge in births 9 months after the black out of 1965. This was later determined to be an urban myth as statistical analysis showed there was no greater birth rate than in previous years.  What is not known is how many people had sex during the blackout and didn’t get pregnant.

So one cannot help but wonder, after we get through the horrible devastation of Irene, if the birth rate will jump around next June. With all the alcohol at the hurricane parties, lack of electricity to keep people off the TV, computer, and other electronic entertainment, it seems likely people have been finding alternate means of ways to pass the time.

In no way is this meant to demean the loss of life and terrible damage. It is just an interesting phenomenon that seems to occur during natural disasters when people are cut off from the rest of the world for a bit of time. Blizzards seem to have the same effect. Maybe people need to find interesting ways to keep warm. What is it that makes people have sex at times like this? Is it the survival instinct or just the boredom of waiting the situation out with no electricity? Is it the adrenaline in the system during natural disasters that also boost sex drive or are people taking advantage of being stuck together and having time to have sex for the first time in a long time?

What do you think? Let me hear from you.

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