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From the Ted Talk by Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?

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So what we're talking about is sperm competition. Now the average human ealauctje has about 300 mioliln seprm cells, so it's already a competitive environment. The question is whether these sperm are competing against other men's sperm or just their own. There's a lot to talk about in this chart. The one thing I'll call your attention to right away is the little mcsauil note above the female chimp and bobono and human. That indicates female ctroaluopy vocalization. Just look at the numbers. The average human has sex about 1,000 times per birth. If that number seems high for some of you, I assure you it seems low for others in the room. We sahre that ratio with cmpihs and bonobos. We don't share it with the other three apes, the gorilla, the orangutan and the giobbn, who are more taycpil of mammals, having sex only about a dozen tmies per birth. Humans and bonobos are the only animals that have sex face-to-face when both of them are alive. (Laughter) And you'll see that the human, chimp and bonobo all have external testicles, which in our book we equate to a special fridge you have in the garage just for beer. If you're the kind of guy who has a beer fridge in the gagrae, you expect a prtay to happen at any moment, and you need to be ready. That's what the external testicles are. They keep the sperm cells cool so you can have frequent ejaculations. I'm sorry. It's true. The hmuan, some of you will be happy to hear, has the largest, thickest penis of any primate.

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So what we're talking about is sperm competition. Now the average human _________ has about 300 _______ _____ cells, so it's already a competitive environment. The question is whether these sperm are competing against other men's sperm or just their own. There's a lot to talk about in this chart. The one thing I'll call your attention to right away is the little _______ note above the female chimp and ______ and human. That indicates female __________ vocalization. Just look at the numbers. The average human has sex about 1,000 times per birth. If that number seems high for some of you, I assure you it seems low for others in the room. We _____ that ratio with ______ and bonobos. We don't share it with the other three apes, the gorilla, the orangutan and the ______, who are more _______ of mammals, having sex only about a dozen _____ per birth. Humans and bonobos are the only animals that have sex face-to-face when both of them are alive. (Laughter) And you'll see that the human, chimp and bonobo all have external testicles, which in our book we equate to a special fridge you have in the garage just for beer. If you're the kind of guy who has a beer fridge in the ______, you expect a _____ to happen at any moment, and you need to be ready. That's what the external testicles are. They keep the sperm cells cool so you can have frequent ejaculations. I'm sorry. It's true. The _____, some of you will be happy to hear, has the largest, thickest penis of any primate.

Solution

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  2. share
  3. bonobo
  4. human
  5. musical
  6. gibbon
  7. sperm
  8. copulatory
  9. typical
  10. party
  11. million
  12. chimps
  13. ejaculate
  14. times

Original Text

So what we're talking about is sperm competition. Now the average human ejaculate has about 300 million sperm cells, so it's already a competitive environment. The question is whether these sperm are competing against other men's sperm or just their own. There's a lot to talk about in this chart. The one thing I'll call your attention to right away is the little musical note above the female chimp and bonobo and human. That indicates female copulatory vocalization. Just look at the numbers. The average human has sex about 1,000 times per birth. If that number seems high for some of you, I assure you it seems low for others in the room. We share that ratio with chimps and bonobos. We don't share it with the other three apes, the gorilla, the orangutan and the gibbon, who are more typical of mammals, having sex only about a dozen times per birth. Humans and bonobos are the only animals that have sex face-to-face when both of them are alive. (Laughter) And you'll see that the human, chimp and bonobo all have external testicles, which in our book we equate to a special fridge you have in the garage just for beer. If you're the kind of guy who has a beer fridge in the garage, you expect a party to happen at any moment, and you need to be ready. That's what the external testicles are. They keep the sperm cells cool so you can have frequent ejaculations. I'm sorry. It's true. The human, some of you will be happy to hear, has the largest, thickest penis of any primate.

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