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Category: Birth/Babies
Madonna Adopts Baby in Malawi — Officials in Malawi apparently claimed that Madonna asked them to select a group of children from local orphanages, from which she chose one for adoption. Spokeswoman Adrina Michiela said: "She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe." However, Madonna, through her publicist, is denying this claim. "I can confirm Madonna is in Malawi on a private visit. She is building an orphanage and child care center and is involved in other…
Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006.   Comments (13)

Quick Links: False Lobster, etc. — False Lobster Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is lobbying to remove the pelagic crab known as "langostino lobster" from restaurant menus in Maine. The issue came to light after a California-based restaurant chain, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, was sued last year by customers for using the less expensive langostino instead of lobster in its "lobster burrito." "Rubio's decision to put cheaper and inferior langostino meat on its menus as 'lobster' is a material fraud uniformly affecting…
Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006.   Comments (14)

Waterlily Supports Baby — Marco sends along this photo of a baby supported by a Victoria amazonica, a giant waterlily from South America. He writes: The Leiden Hortus Botanicus grows Victoria amazonica in one of their greenhouses. So what better way for the Hortus Botanicus to get some publicity than to organize a photoshoot for mothers with their babies, having the latter posing on one of such Victoria amazonica leaves? Apparently however, they were not so sure themselves about the myth that the leaves can…
Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2006.   Comments (11)

Suri’s Bronzed Baby Poop — Daniel Edwards, creator of the controversial statue of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug, has gone one step further with his new sculpture. Entitled Suri's Bronzed Baby Poop, it is a homage to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' new baby, and her... well, poop. The Suri stool isn't for real but gallery officials insist Edwards' latest creation is more than a publicity stunt. In a statement, they write: "It's partially a statement on modern media that celebrity poop has more…
Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006.   Comments (8)


Quick Links: Pregnant Man, etc. — Beijing Fake Smile Campaign Beijing residents are being urged to practice their best fake smiles, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics: "We hope Beijing residents will join in the smile campaign to turn the city into a city of smile," Liu Jian, one of the committee members, was quoted as saying on Monday. What happens to those who refuse to smile? Clown Crushed To Death, Audience Applauds No reason to doubt this story isn't true, but it does seem like a real-life version of the Hippo…
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006.   Comments (17)

Infants-Blood — Infants-Blood is a website that claims: "Our uncompromising approach to quality means we offer simply the best infant's blood on the market today. Independent lab analysis proves it. And your taste buds will know the difference! " They offer products in a number of categories - Bath & Beauty, Health & Nutrition, Premium Blood and Virgin's Blood. It's pretty obviously a joke website. There are some wonderful quotes on it, including: If Virgin's Blood provides us such wonderful…
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006.   Comments (10)

Jesus in an Ultrasound — Following hot on the heels of the chocolate Virgin Mary (which, as many people pointed out, looked more like the Maltese Falcon) comes: Jesus as seen on an ultrasound picture. Seven months through her pregnancy, Laura Turner went for a routine ultrasound. She already knew that her son had a cleft lip, and she and her partner had been told there was a possibility of the child having Down's Syndrome. She says that she didn't notice anything particularly odd about the scan until a friend…
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006.   Comments (12)

Giant Baby Born in China — Xinhuanet.com reports on a "giant baby" born in China's Hubei Province a few days ago. The baby looks pretty big in the photos, but the photo captions state that the baby "weighs 5.5 kilograms and is 57 centimeters tall." That would be about 12 lbs and a little under 2' tall. I think the height is more unusual than the weight. From what I understand, babies weighing 12 lbs aren't that unusual, especially if the mother is diabetic. Babycenter.com notes that: For most women with…
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006.   Comments (7)

Quick Links: Perishing Penguins, etc. — Penguins Perish in Freak Texas Truck Accident A truck carrying zoo animals to a new home overturned on a Texas highway. Four penguins died as well as some exotic fish. The octopus got away unharmed. The person who emailed me this (they didn't give a name) writes : "The story itself isn't all that interesting, but the headline is a classic. Possible sequel to Hippo Eats Dwarf?" Beware of Eyeball-Sucking Red Lamprey A prankster in northern Wisconsin has been placing hoax signs around…
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006.   Comments (10)

Very Pregnant — Status: Hoax I missed this story last month, but better late than never. Early in June a lot of newspapers ran this photo of Qiao Yubo, a Chinese woman supposedly pregnant with five babies. Apparently it was one of the most viewed photos on Yahoo! News. The caption accompanying the photo stated that she was 1.67m tall, five months pregnant, had a waist measuring 1.75m, and was eating seven meals a day. Honestly, I have a hard time understanding how anyone thought this was real. Her…
Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006.   Comments (13)

The Baby Mind Reader — Status: Psychic mumbo-jumbo This week Channel Five in the UK will begin airing a documentary about Derek Ogilvie, a guy who claims to be a "Baby Mind Reader." That's right, he can read the minds of infants and tell desperate parents why their little darlings won't sleep, or why they're fussy about eating, or why they cry all the time, etc., etc. The Scotsman has a pretty sympathetic article about him, describing him as a "respected Scottish medium." The Sunday Times, however, rakes him…
Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006.   Comments (20)

Huichol Labor Pain Relief Custom — Status: Probably Real An anonymous contributor sent me a link to this image depicting an ancient Huichol Indian labor pain relief technique. The text reads: Huichol Indians are descendants of the Aztecs, and live in the mountains of North Central Mexico. During traditional childbirth, the father sits above his labouring wife on the roof of their hut. Ropes are tied around his testicles and his wife holds onto the other ends. Each time she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the…
Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2006.   Comments (22)

Missouri Couple Has Sextuplets — Status: Hoax A Missouri couple, Sarah and Kris Everson, have been charged with staging an elaborate hoax to fool people into believing they had sextuplets. Supposedly Sarah gave birth to the six babies on March 8. Stories about the multiple birth ran in local papers, and people who heard about the family's tight financial situation began to organize donations for them. Sarah also supplied the Associated Press with a photograph of herself looking very pregnant, as well as sonograms of…
Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006.   Comments (14)

Is Katie Holmes Pregnant? — Status: Undetermined Before I saw this picture it would never have occurred to me that Katie Holmes was faking her pregnancy. But now, I don't know what to think. I mean, that has to be a soccer ball beneath her shirt. Right? This picture, taken on April 4, has been doing the blog circuit. The Blog You Love To Hate has some more photos from the same series in which her belly looks less fake. So maybe it was just the camera angle, or something like that. But still, it's kind of…
Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006.   Comments (17)

The Dolakha Baby — Status: Probably real eKantipur.com (a Nepalese website) has reported the birth of a severely deformed child to a woman in Dolakha. (Warning: the newspaper article contains a possibly disturbing image.) The poor child looks a bit like a mutant muppet doll and created quite a stir in Nepal: The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.
Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006.   Comments (36)

Great-Grandmother Gives Birth — Status: True Thanks to Big Gary for directing my attention to Janise Wulf, the 62-year-old great-grandmother who just gave birth to her 12th child. Gary wasn't totally sure that the story was real, but I'm pretty sure it is. After all, on my page about birth hoaxes I note a true story of a 63-year-old woman who gave birth back in 1997. And the Guardian reports that the oldest woman ever to give birth was Adriana Iliescu, who did so at the age of 66 last year. I know a lot of kids are…
Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2006.   Comments (18)

Dating Service for Single Men Seeking Birthmoms — Status: The intention seems genuine (though it doesn't look like the service has matched anyone up) Ally forwarded me a link to the website withchild.us, along with this comment: A friend sent this to me (we used to be part of a young mom's group) and I thought it was really disturbing... Could this site be a hoax? I sure hope so... It's a site that hooks up men who want to adopt with girls who don't want to give up their babies and they have the slogan "Attention Single Men Seeking…
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006.   Comments (22)

Baby Bush Toys — Status: Hoax Website (political satire) We've already seen W Ketchup, so why not Baby Bush Toys? Their website states: Sure, we all want what's best for our kids, but let's face the truth: not every child can grow up to be Einstein! At The Baby Bush Toy Company, we offer an exciting range of products for the resoundingly average child. Products include a "Twisty Thing, That is Red" (shown in the thumbnail), and a "Terror Alert Xylophone." Unfortunately, none of these products seem to…
Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2005.   Comments (5)

Amamanta Anatomically Correct Dolls — Status: True-to-life dolls Here's a great way to permanently traumatize your kids. Give them some of these creepy Amamanta anatomically correct dolls: These dolls include true anatomical details such as stitched on genitals and breasts. This means that children and parents alike will find the dolls true-to-life and see themselves as naturally complete and OK... Amamanta family cloth dolls are soft and cuddly and consist of a mother, father, son, daughter and newborn baby. This…
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005.   Comments (17)

Wait For The Bling — Status: Real Sightings of a curious abstinence-promoting billboard are being reported throughout Iowa. The message that the billboard offers: Wait For The Bling. While teen pregnancy is obviously a serious problem, these billboards almost seem like a joke (and have a few people questioning if they're photoshopped). But they seem to be real. The fine print on the bottom of the billboard reveals that they're created by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Abstinence Education Program.…
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005.   Comments (18)

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