Cheating Women Bearing Bastard Spawn Less Than Previously Thought


In news that will make dads and milkmen alike breathe a sigh of relief, The Independent busts the myth that 1 in 10 kids is secretly illegitimate. It’s actually more like 1 in 25!

Curious about the common wisdom that 1 in 10 children “are illegitimate without their legal fathers knowing that they have been cuckolded,” scientists studied men with unusual surnames. They found that, among men with the same surname, the “probability of illegitimacy” — i.e. that your legal dad was named Attenborough but your bio-dad was some nameless handsome stranger — is between 1 and 4 percent. But where did that 1 in 10 number come from? Had you ever heard it before? [Independent]

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