Since I've added the Newser app to my Google homepage, I've had the pleasure reading some of the most appalling headlines of 2008. The nine-year-old who landed a movie deal for his book, How to Talk to Girls; kids indicted for Kick-a-Ginger day; death by spray deodorant; studies showing intelligent men have more virulent sperm. The works.
But one this morning got me to thinking of an alarming trend. The story tells of a 70-year-old Indian woman having her first child. It says it fulfills the woman's dream of having a child she's had for a half a century.
What's alarming is that this story doesn't surprise me one bit. In fact, I call it mild.
An Indian man was highlighted on ABC some time ago for having a rare condition known as fetus in fetu, where a person develops in the womb alongside their twin. But when the twin fails to form, it becomes absorbed into the other twin. The result is a tumor-like growth these "hosts" carry with them until surgically removed. The twin's fetus grows but never develops vital organs. Believe it?
Google Image Search List:1. fetus in fetu2. 8 limbs3. vishnu4. two heads5. wolverine (5th picture)
Sadly, on August 28 of this year, a baby Bangladeshi boy died three days after being born. What's debatable was whether one boy or two boys died, as the child had two heads.
On a lighter note, a little Indian girl seems to be a happy kid --with her extra set of arms and legs. Little word has come out recently about Lakshmi Tatma, the girl born with eight limbs, but from a 2007 article, things seem to be going well and she's all smiles. I would be too, if I were considered the reincarnate of the Vishnu.
These are all without including the countless children born with tails, of course. One such case is this 2004-born Cambodian girl, whose tail has lifted her family out of poverty. By charging roughly 50 cents to see her wondrous tail, the little girl has become the family's main breadwinner. Her mother reportedly had a dream of an old man bringing her a baby monkey while she was pregnant with this "deity."
So the next question is, "What the hell is going on in Southeast Asia?"
To that, I have my well-constructed answer: "Nothing; we Americans just know how to keep our X-Men under wraps."