February 1, 2015

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Reporter: Allison Kropff

Touch and you shall conceive

This is one of those touchy subjects...

You've spent a long time trying to get pregnant. You've tried everything your doctor has suggested. You say you will do ANYTHING to have a baby - so would you touch a fertility statue? More than 2,000 women say they've touched these African statues and found out shortly after they were expecting!

Here is a little statue history: the 5 foot tall King and Queen statues are from the Ivory Coast of West Africa. In 1993, they were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment's corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within 13 months, 13 women were pregnant.

The statues go on tour every few years. We talked with a Powell woman who had tried everything for about a year. Her doctor told her she could not get pregnant on her own. So, all in good fun, they decided to go to 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' in Gatlinburg to give the statues a try. Shortly after, get this, Tammy Williams had not one, not two, but triplets after rubbing the legendary statues! Then, 4 years later, she had a baby girl! She jokes that her step dad always says she rubbed the statue one too many times.

So is it really that simple? All you have to do is touch a statue at an entertainment venue and years of disappointment and heartache are washed away?

WVLT photojournalist Daniel Beckner compares this to Phiten necklaces. He tells me if you wear the necklaces it helps with your circulation. He wears one because he has a bad shoulder. On days he wears the necklace, no pain. On days he doesn't, he has an aching shoulder. But is it just in his head? Is it possible to convince yourself your pain is gone or that the stress of trying to get pregnant is transferred to the African statues with a simple touch and you no longer carry that worry?

Guess it's all just what you believe....or not.


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  • by Ann Location: Knoxville on Mar 31, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    How silly to believe that a statue has any kind of "power" to cause a woman to become pregnant. Having unprotected sex causes pregnancy. The fact that the women believed it has power caused them to relax and get pregnant.
  • by Deborah Bates Location: Rutledge, tn on Nov 29, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    I have a neice that touched the statue just for fun, she's due April 3rd.