How grandma says boys are conceived — maybe

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Slugs, snails and puppy dog tails -- that’s what little boys are made of. Old wives' tales around the world ensure the survival of other vibrantly entertaining recipes from forgotten civilisations, modern-day urban legend, and really old people. We show you the best 5 ways of conceiving boys we’ve seen so far.

Grandma's old wives' tales on conceiving boys

Grandma’s old wives’ tales on how boys are conceived

I once thought I read an article on the newspaper that said a man should eat more vegetables if he wants to produce boys, and more meat if he wants a girl. So I tried to turn vegetarian while my wife and I were trying for a baby. Yes, it turned out to be a boy. No, it wasn’t the vegetables (notice I said “tried”).

Most of us accept that determining gender at conception is very much like playing 4D with only 2 people playing; you have 50% chance of getting what you want. But as with any form of gambling, superstition plays as big a role as science, and as long as we’re gunning for a particular horse to win, we’ll probably believe in anything and everything if it means putting the odds in our favour.

1. Boys are conceived via the Chinese Conception Calendar?

Legend tells of an ancient chart, sealed in a tomb in Beijing for 700 years, that can tell you with 95% accuracy what gender your baby will be based on your lunar age and month of conception. Legend also tells of a giant panda who would eventually become the next Dragon Warrior, and his story would be told in 2 very successful movies and a Nickelodeon animated series.