Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: While swimming in a community pool, a girl is impregnated by sperm ejaculated into the water by male swimmers.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1993]
Origins: Another one of those silly, impossible stories nearly everyone heard as a child, a companion piece to the persistent adolescent legend that a girl cannot become pregnant through having sex in a chlorinated swimming pool and the tale of a woman's becoming pregnant from bathing in water into which a man has ejaculated.
In July 2009 a suit was brought against an Egyptian hotel by a woman claiming her 13-year-old daughter got pregnant from using its swimming pool.
Last updated: 12 July 2009
This material may not be reproduced without permission.
snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com.