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Recently I stumbled upon the fact that Honey Boo Boo‘s sister had a child at age 18. The grandmother, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, is 33 years old. Younger than I am! Then I see headlines in trashy British tabloids of the form: The three men who have fathered 78 children with 46 different women… and they’re not paying child support to any of them. Here I am, in the fullness of man-childhood, a new father, groping to understand evolutionary process in all its glory, and here are they who live evolution! There are those around us who don’t blink at maximizing their fitness in the modern world. Here’s some data from the GSS:

Humans developed from animals Number of children
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 or more
TRUE 64.2 55.6 50.7 41.5 35.1 40.7 32.2
FALSE 35.8 44.4 49.3 58.5 64.9 59.3 67.8
Age when first child born
18 and under 19 to 24 25 to 29 30 to 34 35 and above
TRUE 56.6 40.1 54.2 59.2 68
FALSE 43.4 59.9 45.8 40.8 32

Go teen parents! Maybe?

• Category: Science • Tags: Evolution, Idiocracy 
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