DeeWil: The following is from Newsweek magazine. I notice many of you in this forum mention families made up of mainly or all brothers and/or sons. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe not. Jan. 26 issue - For centuries, kings and queens tried myriad ways to increase the odds of giving birth to two boysan heir and a spare. Even in these high-tech times, couples still use unproven, often wacky methods to try for the boy or girl of their dreams. It's easy to see why couples might fervently believe that a particular folk remedy is effective: they forget that even without messing with Mother Nature, they've got a 50-50 chance of getting their preferred gender. Whatever crazy thing they do, half the time it's going to work. A guide to some old wives' tales. SEXUAL POSITION: For an X-bearing (girl) sperm to win the race to the egg, folk wisdom counsels that the woman should initiate sex, try the missionary position, achieve orgasm first and then sleep on her partner's left side. For a Y-bearing (boy) sperm to win, the man should enter from the rear, penetrate deeply at climax and achieve orgasm first. Alas, it's difficult to ever document efficacyor lack of it. "How are you going to prove that he really did ejaculate deep in the vagina?" asks Dr. Sandra Carson, immediate past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. I'd like to ask Dr. Carson: What if the guy you're dealing with has a large penis and just naturally cums deep in the vagina? King Henry VIII is supposed to have beheaded some of his wives based on their giving him only daughters instead of sons. Never mind that it was his sperm, not his wives' eggs, that determined the sex of his children. Maybe it would have helped if he were well hung?