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Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm
 I have hayfever, not as bad as when I was younger, but I still have it.  We can estimate how sniffly we will be by checking out the pollen count.  I don’t know, but I presume the pollen count consists of testing how many pollen particles are in a sample of air and then extrapolating from the sample to the locality as a whole.  That’s sort of what a sperm count is too, isn’t it?  Take a sample of sperm and check the show of hands (tails) within the sample.  That gives you the number present in the classroom.  Then there’s the second test - for motility.  That gives you the number of lazy-ass pupils out of the group as a whole.  It’s all very well having a class of 30 pupils, but if only 5 of them have any motivation to pass exams, well…So, if a low sperm count makes it less likely you will conceive, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, just that your chances are reduced.  I wonder if the same applies to the pollen count – that a high pollen count doesn’t guarantee hay fever symptoms (in those with that allergy present), just makes it more likely that you’ll breathe in a ‘bad’ bit of air and ahhhhh-choooo! I have hayfever, not as bad as when I was younger, but I still have it.  We can estimate how sniffly we will be by checking out the pollen count.  I don’t know, but I presume the pollen count consists of testing how many pollen particles are in a sample of air and then extrapolating from the sample to the locality as a whole.  That’s sort of what a sperm count is too, isn’t it?  Take a sample of sperm and check the show of hands (tails) within the sample.  That gives you the number present in the classroom.  Then there’s the second test - for motility.  That gives you the number of lazy-ass pupils out of the group as a whole.  It’s all very well having a class of 30 pupils, but if only 5 of them have any motivation to pass exams, well…So, if a low sperm count makes it less likely you will conceive, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, just that your chances are reduced.  I wonder if the same applies to the pollen count – that a high pollen count doesn’t guarantee hay fever symptoms (in those with that allergy present), just makes it more likely that you’ll breathe in a ‘bad’ bit of air and ahhhhh-choooo!