Melissa McCarthy Used to Think Sex Involved "the Chinese Splits"

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Melissa McCarthy was brought up in an Irish Catholic family, and apparently the topic of sex was off the table. In other words, she never had a conversation with her parents about The Birds And The Bees, which means she developed a pretty...uh...unique notion about what's actually involved in intercourse.

"I did not know parts moved, so I assumed both parties had to do the Chinese splits," the Ghostbusters actress recently told Conan O'Brien. "I literally thought you had to go like that [edit note: at this point, McCarthy is miming splits] with your legs out, and then you lay down and, like, scooted in..."

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Understandably, McCarthy was teased mercilessly for telling friends that her parents never had sex due to her dad being split-challenged. Direct quote: "They don't do that, nor have they ever, or are they going to do it...I know they've never done it because I know for a fact my dad can't do the Chinese splits."

Watch the video below to see McCarthy blush harder than she's ever blushed before.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.