Monday, September 17, 2007

Russian couples call in sick to have sex

Couples in the Ulyanovsk region of Russia skipped out on work and focused on procreation Wednesday, declared "family contact day" by region Gov. Sergei Morozov.

To combat population decline, prizes -- like cars and homes -- are offered to those families that produce babies on Russia's national day on June 12 -- exactly nine months from Wednesday.

The incentives must be working. According to the BBC, the region's birth rate has risen by 4.5 percent in the past year.

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