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A question about QI - Lawyers

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Federation
652787.  Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:08 am Reply with quote

I'm just curious,
what was the quote that Stephen made at the end of one of the shows?
It was something like,
Whats the difference between sperm and lawyers? One in 50 million have the chance to become a human being.

Obviously it wasn't that because it doesn't make sense but curious what it actually was.

 
soup
652846.  Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:46 am Reply with quote

Federation wrote:
I'm just curious,
what was the quote that Stephen made at the end of one of the shows?
It was something like,
Whats the difference between sperm and lawyers? One in 50 million have the chance to become a human being.

Obviously it wasn't that because it doesn't make sense but curious what it actually was.


It is more or less correct, not sure of the numbers.

Like a lot of jokes it falls apart if analysed too closely

It is implying that lawyers are not human beings (a common theme ), and it is comparing that with the numbers of sperm ejaculated. If this number is averaged with the number of masturbations, unsuccessful attempts, condoms being used etc, one in fifty million is not a ridiculous number. In all this sperm only one in fifty million fertilize the egg and then that egg/zygote/embryo goes on to become a human.

 
MinervaMoon
652849.  Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:54 am Reply with quote

It was comparison, not contrast.

Quote:
What do lawyers and sperm have in common? One in fifty-million has a chance at becoming a human being.


Source.

 
Federation
652863.  Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:25 am Reply with quote

thanks guys :D

 
soup
652864.  Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:27 am Reply with quote

Minerva Moon wrote:
It was comparison, not contrast.




Eh?

soup wrote:
and it is comparing that with the numbers of sperm ejaculated.

 
davybowwow
762116.  Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:23 pm Reply with quote

Better late than never!
Soup's quite sensible logic has actually increased the fifty million to one odds slightly - one of those fertilized eggs might become a lawyer.

 

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