699: Trimester

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Also, it's not like anyone actually calls up the Nobel committee to double-check things.
Title text: Also, it's not like anyone actually calls up the Nobel committee to double-check things.


Some pregnancies are different than others, but a universal truth (except in cases of Cesarean section) is that a baby will always exit a woman's body through the vagina. Cueball is wearing a white lab coat and holding a clipboard, looking like a doctor, telling Megan that until the second trimester, the baby may decide instead to exit through the anus or mouth. The caption reveals the truth, that Cueball simply bought the lab coat, is not a doctor, and is pranking Megan.

The alt-text implies also that in addition to faking being a doctor, he has also faked being a Nobel laureate, on the logic that people will not choose to verify this claim.


Cueball: Well, until the second trimester, the baby hasn't decided which opening it will exit through.
Megan: What?
Cueball: We'll hope for one of the lower ones, so it won't be fighting gravity.
Did you know you can just BUY lab coats?

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You don't need to call up the Nobel committee, just check Wikipedia. Also, how did Cueball manage to infiltrate the hospital? Benjaminikuta (talk) 18:29, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Did you know you can just EDIT Wikipedia? 13:05, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
Checking Wikipedia would be just that, checking. Going straight to the source (the Nobel committee) would be double checking... Mumiemonstret (talk) 11:10, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

If he were simply pranking Megan as a doctor, he would be checking her patellar reflexes, or looking into her eyes with an ophthalmoscope, or having her say Ahhhh while he looked into her throat with a tongue depressor. The fact that he has chosen to pretend to be an Obstetrician/Gynecologist suggests some ulterior motives. 04:27, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

You can prank someone outside of general care. This could just be a prank of opportunity. flewk (talk) 04:27, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

The use of the word "trimester" does not really add medical authority. It is basically the lab coat combined with the clinic setting. Most people understand what a trimester is without any medical training. "Trimester" is not medical jargon. -- Flewk (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)