901: Temperature

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Temperature
And the baby has a fever.
Title text: And the baby has a fever.

Explanation

This is a simple play on the fact that many digital thermometers look similar to pregnancy tests. Cueball, feeling ill, is using a thermometer to determine whether he has a fever or not, and is surprised to learn that, apparently, he is pregnant.

The two bars on the thermometer are similar to the two lines that appear on a traditional pregnancy tests. One bar is the control line; it will become visible given any normal urine sample. If it doesn't appear, the test is invalid. The other bar, the test line, reacts to human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone that's released during pregnancy. If both lines become visible, the test result is positive; if only the control line becomes visible, the test result is negative. (Other results are invalid, since the control line didn't appear.)

Since thermometers are typically used to measure fevers, the title text notes that, apparently, the thermometer gave this reading because it detected a fever in the baby.

Transcript

[A close up of Cueball with a thermometer in his mouth.]
[The thermometer beeps.]
Thermometer: BEEP
[A full-body shot of Cueball looking down at the thermometer.]
[A close-up of the thermometer's read-out.]
Thermometer: PREGNANT
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Discussion

Apparently, male pregnancy is a thing. It requires surgery and artificial implantation, but it's a legitimate thing that yields live babies. Davidy²²[talk] 02:00, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Link? That's really difficult to believe. Theo (talk) 18:13, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_%28film%29 <-- reference 184.66.160.91 03:07, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
Just a bit of trivia: there's a photo online of a pregnancy test where the control line is not (or faintly) visible and the test line is very visible. Someone said that it can happen if there was so much of that hormone that the test line drained ink from the control line. 173.245.48.24 04:10, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
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