Men of Scotland, there are facts for you to ponder, in this new medical study:
“‘Real men wear kilts’. The anecdotal evidence that wearing a Scottish kilt has influence on reproductive potential: how much is true?” Erwin J.O. Kompanje [possibly pictured here], Scottish Medical Journal, vol. 58, no 1, February 2013, e1–e5. The author writes:
“Background and aims: There are anecdotal reports that men who wear (Scottish) kilts have better sperm quality and better fertility. But how much is true? …
“Methods and results: Analysis of literature concerning scrotal temperature and spermatogenesis and fertility.Wearing a Scottish kilt in a traditional (‘regimental’) way may have clear health-related benefits. Kilt wearing likely produces an ideal physiological scrotal environment, which in turn helps maintain normal scrotal temperature, which is known to be beneficial for robust spermatogenesis and good sperm quality.
“Conclusion: Based on literature on scrotal temperature, spermatogenesis and fertility, the hypothesis that men who regularly wear a kilt during the years in which they wish to procreate will, as a group, have significantly better rates of sperm quality and higher fertility.”
BONUS: Reports on this: Colin Lecher in Popular Science; NatureWorldNews, The Daily Mail, Neurotic Physiology, NBC News
BONUS: Comments and a cartoon from The Kilt Store in Edinburgh