The following item as reported by Reuters on Friday is a little reminder of the burden placed upon the alpha male of the species to perform as a suitable role model for the next generation:
BERLIN (Reuters) – A 43-year-old German man was taken to hospital in critical condition after he fell off a second storey balcony during a spitting contest with his 12-year-old son, police said Friday.
A spokesman for the police in the eastern town of Cottbus said the man in Forst had apparently lost his balance after thrusting too far forward in his attempt to outspit his son.
He tumbled over the ledge and landed on a balcony of the ground floor apartment, police said. He was taken to hospital in a rescue helicopter.
The good news is that it wasn’t a pissing contest, so there is still hope that the imprinting of the male imperative that did take place will hopefully not impact the propagation of subsequent progeny in the genealogical line… or maybe that would be the preferred outcome in this case.
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