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If the lyrics strike you as funny, it’s most likely because calling a sperm cell "sacred" sounds ridiculous when men can produce so many of them.

In fact, the average male will produce roughly 525 billion sperm cells over a lifetime and shed at least one billion of them per month.

A healthy adult male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation.

By puberty, a majority of those follicles close up and only about 450 will ever release mature eggs for fertilization.

But if it only takes one sperm and one egg to meet and create a baby, then why do men produce such a whopping number of sperm?

Wouldn't it be less wasteful for a man to release a single sperm, or at least fewer, to meet one egg?

The reason for this predicament boils down to two words: sperm competition.

Since the dawn of the sexes, males have vied with each other to get as many of their own sperm near a fertile egg as possible.

Getting more of your sperm closer to an egg means there is a greater probability that it will be you and not your neighbor fertilizing it.

This kind of competition is an evolutionary imperative for males of any species.

If a rival's sperm fertilizes an egg, then an opportunity to pass on your genes is lost.

Through many generations, as the reproductive spoils continually go to the highest sperm producers, their genes are passed on.

The genes of the smaller sperm producers are eventually weeded out of the population and become a footnote to evolutionary history.

But if it was just a matter of "more is better," then animals of all species would have evolved ridiculously large testicles in a bid to overwhelm the competition.