In 1922, on this day the author Kurt Vonnegut was born. As recounted in his famous book Slaughterhouse-Five, Tralfamdorians had explained to him that the act of conception was much more complicated than most human beings believed. Flying-saucer crews had identified no fewer than seven sexes on Earth, each essential to reproduction. Vonnegut couldn't possibly imagine what five of those seven sexes had to do with the making of a baby, since they were sexually active only in the fourth dimension. The Tralfamadorians tried to give Vonnegut clues that would help him imagine sex in the invisible dimension. They told him that there could be no Earthling babies without male homosexuals. There could be babies without female homosexuals. There couldn't be babies without women over sixty-five years old. There could be babies without men over sixty-five. There couldn't be babies without other babies who had lived an hour or less after birth. And so on. It was gibberish to Vonnegut.
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