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Very Pregnant
Status: Hoax
image 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 stomach looks obviously fake. And sure enough, a few days later it was revealed that what was really beneath her dress were "three bed quilts, a dozen sweaters, shirt, cushions, hats and so on." Other news sources state that she had as many as 20 bed quilts beneath her dress. This was only discovered after a clinic offered her a free medical check-up, prompting her to come clean. This is the story of why she did it according to the South China Morning Post:
Six months ago, she became pregnant again with triplets or quadruplets, doctors said. But she miscarried again three months ago at the same time that her husband, Liu Defu , was injured in a traffic accident. Concerned because he was the only son in his family, Ms Qiao decided to tell a white lie so as to reduce the stress he was under. Two weeks ago, she found out she had become pregnant for the third time. She said she planned to "grow" her stomach first, and when it was bigger take the stuffing out. However, Ms Qiao found it impossible to hide the truth as more doctors wanted to examine her, and more journalists wanted to interview her. The woman's husband, family and neighbours were all deceived. Mr Liu told the New Culture Post that he had not dared touch his wife recently, and had kept a distance between them in bed since she claimed to be carrying quintuplets.
Readers of Hippo Eats Dwarf (particularly Reality Rule 1.1: Just because a woman looks pregnant, it doesn't mean she is) would not have fallen for this hoax. (Thanks to Robert Brewington for the link)
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Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 14, 2006


That girl kind of looks like a guy.
Posted by FlintJ  in  Florida  on  Fri Jul 14, 2006  at  07:47 PM
Just what I was thinking.

But then again, I'm not really that curious to find out if it is or is not.
Posted by Soldant  on  Sat Jul 15, 2006  at  03:50 AM
I don't understand how people could be fooled by this...
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Sat Jul 15, 2006  at  06:36 PM
I'm not sure I get this - do you mean she actually Wanted to be pregnant with quints? That would be illegal in mainland China, unless it was her first birth, which the article says it was not. Or is this from Taiwan? No limits, there.
Posted by stork  in  in the 'puter room, where else?  on  Sat Jul 15, 2006  at  07:11 PM
?!?!? this story is really confusing
Posted by Richy  on  Sat Jul 15, 2006  at  10:05 PM
well well... first of all i thought it was a Chinese kid pregnat at first...that scared me more than five babys... but five is alot... but rather impossible... the way it looked I also dont understand why people thought it was real. amazing what family presure can do to people.
Posted by RisingSunOfNihon  in  www.risingsunofhnihon.com  on  Sat Jul 15, 2006  at  11:18 PM
i think she is really fat not pregnant
Posted by jill  on  Thu Dec 21, 2006  at  03:07 PM
I think you poeple should shut up and do further research instead of making mindless inferences.
Posted by Alice  in  NY  on  Tue May 01, 2007  at  10:04 PM
what you lot on about. this is all bullshit. and that lady lookz like a man or is she a man???? CURIOUS!!!!!!!
Posted by ??????  in  birmingham  on  Fri Jun 15, 2007  at  05:04 AM
Not very convincing.. even if it was 5 babies..i don't belive it'd look like that... ya..
Posted by meg  in  AZ  on  Wed Aug 08, 2007  at  08:19 PM
u iz so stupid why would u do some stupid shit like dat datz why u done had all then miss carriages.
Posted by don't matter  on  Thu Jan 31, 2008  at  08:46 AM
snake hahaha.. what a funny yet so confusing and may also be fooling kind of story or write ups.. the picture is fake, the story is fake, and everything is just so so so damn fake!!! end it cause it's stupid and waste of time because reader will always got into it........stupid!!!!
Posted by Mauwi  in  Philippines  on  Tue Feb 05, 2008  at  02:19 AM
well ok, I don't know if any of you guys have seen the TLC show, Jon and Kate plus 8. She had 6 babies, her stomach looked very similar to that. I didn't take time to read the story, but I did read the comments that others have said. I don't know if it is real or not, I was just stating my opinion. It does look like a man, but for fuck sake, the are from another part of the world. If you don't know anything about their culture, this could be normal looking for a pregnant woman.
Posted by adrienne gutzki  in  ithaca, michigan  on  Fri Feb 29, 2008  at  10:33 AM
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