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A Man's Job

A surprise delivery from sperm to egg

12:04pm, October 1, 2002

On a recent episode of NBC's "Meet My Folks," a summer reality-television show in which parents judge which of three potential mates should go on a trip to Hawaii with their daughter or son, a mother came up with an unexpected test. She dragged the guys courting her daughter to a fertility clinic, handed them specimen cups, and demanded that they produce a semen sample to prove that they could provide her with grandchildren. "May the best sperm win," joked one of the nervous suitors.

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