Okay, so the pencil test is effin freaky.
We just did it this very moment and are speculating on the science of it. Was the lead responding to the blood in BioMom's wrist? At one point, the tip of the pencil was following her vein up her arm!
If there is any doubt out there, it DEFINITELY predicted boy.
The pencil stopped and then started, clearly going back and forth, back and forth.
Of course, I doubt, therefore I am.
BioMom, ever the researcher, whipped out her laptop and began reading the myriad websites about the pencil test. There were as many websites as people with opinions on the topic.
One in particular suggests that the difference is not straight lines v. circles, but which way the straight lines move. i.e. up and down the arm, or back and forth across the wrist. In that case, it would predict a girl. Read on and it says that a CIRCLE means boy while BACK and FORTH means girl.
I'm sorry, Anonymous, I'm with the theory of probability on this one.
From the previously cited website:
"It was unbelievable! Our baby pool had over 1000 participants, statistically, 50%, yes that's right, 500 people got it right, we had a girl!! It's unbelievable that many people would get it right! Still can't explain it, must be a miracle!"
On second thought, we DID use an unsharpened pencil. . .