The Secret Tip to Getting Pregnant?

General Manager Michael Hirsch personally knows all about the power of the statues.

He and his wife got married in December 2006 and started trying to have a baby almost immediately. They tried for three years with no luck.

You see where this is going ?

"My wife's a psychologist," Hirsch said, "but I finally convinced her to come in and touch the statues, and three months later we were pregnant."

Now they have a four-and-a-half-month old daughter, Alexandra.

"I'm not going to tell people that they come here and they will become pregnant," Hirsch said.

But he theorized that maybe touching the statues helps remove some of the stress and pressure of trying to get pregnant.

"For whatever it's worth, we're very happy parents now," he said. "I take the position of: it can't hurt."

Typically, visitors have two reactions to the figures. There are those who seriously rub it and those who want nothing to do with it.

"A lot of people joke around and don't want to touch it," Hirsch said.

And then there are those who first touch the statues and then read the sign explaining them and squeal.

Ripley's Times Square has a few other fertility items, although you can't touch the others and they don't hold quite the same appeal.

First is the Mendes girl's initiation mask.

"Initiation masks like this are placed on teenage girls during the ceremonial circumcision every girl must endure to mark her passage into womanhood," the descriptive sign reads. "Worn like a helmet, it completely covers the face and head -- probably because it's best not to watch!"

Ripley's calls it the "Not So Sweet 16."

Nearby -- and this you also can't touch -- is a Ciwara fertility statue. In the Mali culture of West Africa, according to Ripley's, the Ciwara is a mythical antelope sent to Earth by a supreme god to teach man how to till the soil and sustain life. Adorned with tufts of antelope fur to enhance its power and beauty, this 7-foot-tall icon is skillfully carved from a single piece of wood.

Ripley's Times Square is offering free admission on Mothers' Day to any mom who brings children to Ripley's. And for the rest of the month, moms get 15 percent off in Times Square on Sundays.

As for moms-to-be, well, they'll have to pay full price for now.

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