Myrtle Beach, S.C., is usually thought of as the place to go if you want to golf. Apparently, it's also where to go if you want to get pregnant.

A set of fertility statues from West Africa is on display at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum for the next month.

Ripley's claims that 13 women in the office caught baby in 13 months when the statues were displayed in their Orlando, Fla., corporate headquarters. The baby boom tipped off Ripley's to the true potency of the figurines, and they decided to send 'em on tour.

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Baby Bumps in Disguise

    Sarah Palin's nomination brought Tina Fey back to "SNL" and reunited her with her "Baby Mama" co-star. It also gave Amy Poehler an excuse to cover her burgeoning bump with a pantsuit-and-podium combo.

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    We couldn't help but wonder who SJP thought she was fooling in season five of "Sex and the City," making use of bars, cocktails and the empire waist trend to hide her pregnancy.

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    Using a fake baby to cover a real baby? Well played, Courteney Cox.

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    Leah Remini employed this fugly poncho as kid camouflage on "King of Queens." What's your excuse, Janeane Garofalo?

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    Normally pin-thin Debra Messing had only to cross her arms to cover her itty-bitty bump on "Will and Grace."

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    Rebecca Romijn uses the old Judith-Light-and-an-overcoat trick to cover her twin buns-in-the-oven on "Ugly Betty."

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus tossed on a bulky coat and a babushka to distract from her big belly and giant head.

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    Lingering in front of tummy-high objects is the oldest trick in the book. You thought you could get away with it, didn't you, Mariska Hargitay?

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    Rule of Television #3,456: If a woman is wearing a trenchcoat and is not starring in a police procedural, she's probably secretly pregnant. See: Amanda Peet, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

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    Laura Lane. "The Nanny." Not slick.

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After a worldwide tour of the statues, some 2,000 women have reported getting knocked up. Ripley's has said that people who want to conceive can touch the statues for free during business hours.

People not wanting to conceive are free to run away screaming.


10 Supposed Aphrodisiacs

    Avocado Avocado trees were called Ahuacuati, or "testicle tree," by the Aztecs. And they were forbidden by Catholic priests for their sex appeal (no joke).

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    Chocolate The Aztecs worshipped this treat for its supposed aphrodisiac properties. While that's not scientifically proven, it does affect serotonin and the circulatory system. When both of those are kickin', it's definitely a lot easier to get in the mood.

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    Asparagus On top of making your pee smell funny, these phallic-shaped veggies are rich in Vitamin E, which is essential to a healthy sex drive and to producing sex hormones.

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    Cinnamon Buns Cinnamon buns are the number-one smell that turns guys on, according to research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

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    Eggs Eggs are a symbol of fertility (duh) dating back to ancient Greece and the Indian Kama Sutra. Choose eggs that are naturally fertilized -- many factory-laid eggs are not produced with an actual rooster, resulting in eggs with less hormones. A study showed that men who ate naturally fertilized eggs showed increased libido, sexual activity and stamina.

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    Epimedium grandiflorum This plant is known by many as Horny Goat Weed for its er, happy effect on goats. It's popular in Chinese medicine and has been around for over 2000 years. It's frequently found in pill form and is considered to be safe.

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    Spanish Fly The most famous of aphrodisiacs is made up of crushed beetles and more than a little is believed to be fatal.

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    Ginseng Thought to posses "aphrodisiac properties," Ginseng is also a popular Chinese medicine. It also translates as "man root." So maybe that explains it.

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    Spicy Stuff Chilies and peppers are known to pep up the sex drive, so if your guy can handle the heat, bring it into the kitchen. Chili peppers can stimulate the nervous system and pump up the drive in girls and guys alike.

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    Turkey If you thought you felt a little tingle on Turkey Day, you were probably not alone. Turkey is often blamed for making us sleepy, but it turns out it is the same element that causes drowsiness, tryptophan, that's actually sending us to bed for a different reason.

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