The First Home Pregnancy Tests Were Really Something

The First Home Pregnancy Tests Were Really Something

Pregnancy tests have come a long way, baby. In ancient Egypt, women would pee on wheat and barley seeds to determine whether they were expecting. As papyrus document from 1350 BCE explained: "If the barley grows, it means a male child. If the wheat grows, it means a female child. If both do not grow, she will not bear at all." In 1963, the wheat and barley theory was partially validated: in 70 percent of cases, the urine of pregnant women resulted in growth of either seed, while the urine of men or nonpregnant women did not. (There was no...

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