There is a group in England called the Sense About Science campaign, and they’ve been turning a skeptical eye on some of the more outrageous health and wellness claims made by celebrities. Buried in the article I read about their project is this absolute gem:
One of the highlights for SAS was a tip from cage fighter Alex Reid, who told The Sun tabloid newspaper in April that he “reabsorbs” his sperm to prepare for a big fight.
“It’s actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn’t ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition. A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh,” he said.
I think my favorite part is the specificity. Steak, eggs, lemons, and oranges. A combination that I’m sure will be known as the Ejaculate Platter when Mr. Reid retires from the cage and opens his line of signature restaurants. (Actually — per a google search that I never suspected I would type — it looks like he is a reader of Vice Magazine. (maybe NSFW) You don’t need to read the whole article, just scroll down and you’ll see what I mean.)
From now on, whenever I encounter people engaging in the fallacy of thinking that just because someone is successful that makes them generally worth listening to, I am going to imagine that they are earnestly telling me that a man having unprotected sex is one of the most nutritious of all possible activities.