"A Russian region of Ulyanovsk has found a novel way to fight the nation's
birth-rate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for
the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate.
The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia's
national day. Couples who "give birth to a patriot" during the June 12
festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes."