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The Differences Between Men & Women

Three of my favorite medical bloggers all posted hilarious observations about the differences between men and women.  I’m not sure what got them thinking on the same wavelength – maybe it’s because Father’s Day is coming up?

Dr. Rob writes:

You may have also noted that x-chromosomes have many more genes than
y-chromosomes. Many scientists believe that the feeling by many women
that jeans make them look fat comes from the fact that there are more
genes in a women’s body, and this is actually a cry for help from the
chromosomal level. Other scientists think these scientists are just
full of hooey.

Dr. Au writes:

Michelle: You accidentally threw out your old med school ID tag, but I rescued it.

Husband: Yeah, I saw that on the table. I threw it out again.

Michelle: Why would you throw it out? Wouldn’t you want to save that?

Husband: (Perplexed) Why?

Michelle: Because…because it’s nostalgic! Your old med student ID tag! Don’t you want to save that? Think how cool that’ll be, when you’re some old crusty attending, to have your med student name tag from the turn of the century!

Husband: Not…really. Why would I want that?

Michelle: Well, why do people save anything? Why do you save your med school diploma?

Husband: I need that to get a job.

Michelle: OK, bad example. Why do you save your graduation tassels?

Husband: I didn’t.

Michelle: You threw out your med school graduation tassel?

Husband: Well, I don’t remember saving it. What would I do with it?

Michelle: Look, if I have to explain why you would save something like that, you probably wouldn’t understand anyway.

Dr. Leap writes:

They [women] think we want nothing so much as another pineapple wall hanging
that they saw in Southern Living.  But men like gifts too!  We just
like them to be a little different.  We don’t want a day at the spa; we
want a day of quail hunting.  We don’t need a pedicure; we need to go
to the Indy 500 time trials.  We prefer to buy our own underwear,
thanks, but a pair of camouflage, Gore-Tex gloves for that winter
hunting trip would be really nice…

And over the years, I have developed a simple rule of three things that
almost every man will accept as a reasonable gift.  They are:  a pen, a
watch and a knife.  This will cover the gamut of almost all men in the
Western Hemisphere, and most in the rest of the world.  See, a pen
reminds us that our ideas and insights are meaningful, and sometimes
need to be recorded.  (And is useful for writing checks to buy flowers
and silky things on Mother’s Day).  A watch reminds us that our time on
earth is short, and we must use it well.  (And that we’re late for
work).   And a knife reminds us that we have capacity and usefulness;
that we are movers in our world, always armed with something that can
serve as tool or weapon as the need arises.  (And that we probably need
a tetanus shot).

I wonder if Dr. Leap’s advice also works well for “Metrosexuals?”  What do you think guys?  Is the best Father’s Day gift a pen, a watch, or a knife?This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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