Well, it’s possible my wife might be pregnant – so naturally I must find a geekish way to reflect upon this.

My wife takes the “sensible” yet somewhat boring stance: “I’m not pregnant until the test says I am.”

I was explaining to my wife Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment which, in layman’s terms, basically means that if you have no way of observing something which might have two outcomes then in terms of quantum mechanics, to the observer, the subject is in two states at once.

Basically, I was trying to make the foolish position that because we don’t know firmly the outcome, according to Schrödinger’s thought experiment she is both pregnant and not-pregnant at the same time until we actually observe the outcome in some way – i.e., through a test.

I have no real interest in quantum mechanics, so I’ve probably grossly misunderstood the whole notion – but in the meantime it provides a funny, geeky answer to the question of “am I pregnant?”

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