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Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 1, 2012 02:17 PM

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I'm planning a bit of redecoration while Mr. Improbable is out of town, and while looking at wall decals online, I found this:

  allbecause-room750.jpg Ugh! Am I right? I posted this on Facebook last night with the comment, "Sweet fancy Moses this is tasteless." 

Which led a friend of mine, who is planning to adopt, to write, "Trying to decide if it's less gross with a non-biological kid. And thinking that it's immaterial and nothing can make it less gross." 

Which led me to respond, "A non-biological kid? OMG YOU AND MOLLY ARE GOING TO HAVE A ROBOT BABY!!!!!!" 

Which led another friend to point out that it would be helpful to know, if one were expecting a robot baby, whether it was to be "an Asimovian Three-Laws robot baby, a Bladerunner replicant robot baby, or a BSG Cylon robot baby." 

Which led me to a stunning realization: if babies came programmed with Asimov's Laws, I'd have had, like, six of them or something. Maternity-wise, that would have been a game-changer. 

And this is what my friends and I discussed on Facebook last night. 

All because two people fell in love.
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