An incredible teenage mum story

She looks like a proud teenager posing with her little brother and six sisters for a family photograph. But incredibly Pamela Villarruel is the mother of all these seven children.
And she gave birth to all of them by the time she was 16.

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Argentine teenager Pamela Villarruel poses with her seven children outside her parents' home in the town of Leones in Cordoba Province, northern Argentina, May 11, 2008.

Pamela has more children than any other teenage mum in the world and doctors have described her as a "scientific rarity".
She gave birth to her son when she was 14 then had two sets of triplets in two years.
"Every day is a struggle but I wouldn't change anything," says Pamela, who is just 17. "They are my little miracles. It's exhausting, but the most important thing is that all my children are happy and healthy. I'll be the best mum I can possibly be."

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Pamela, the youngest of six children, is currently living with her mother Magdalena, a cleaner, and her disabled dad Jose in Leones, a farming town 300 miles from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. She no longer sees the three fathers of her children.

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The father of Pamela's first son abandoned them, the father of the first set of triplets was forced out of the house by the family for beating her, and Pamela refuses to identify the father of the more recent triplets.

Until she was 12 Pamela was just like any schoolgirl, excelling in maths and gossiping about clothes and the latest pop bands. Then she met a local boy. "I thought I was in love and wanted to be close to him so we had sex," she says. "I was almost 13 when we did it for the first time. Then I fell pregnant.

"I was terrified as I was so young, but my mum was very supportive, as she had her first baby when she was still young. But I had a miscarriage at three months, which was very frightening." Pamela's mother told her about the importance of contraception, yet five months later she was pregnant again by a new boyfriend, 17-year-old Miguel Gonzalez, from the nearby town of Marcos Juarez.

"I never thought I'd get pregnant again and didn't take precautions," says Pamela. "I was in love with Miguel and thought we would be together forever. I was naive."

Abortion is illegal in Argentina, except in extreme cases such as rape, so Pamela, then 13, had to have the baby. Her son Lisandro was born in June 2005 when she was 14.

"Miguel moved in with us in and tried to support me but it was difficult and after six weeks he went back to his family," she says.

Soon afterwards she began seeing a new boyfriend, 18-year-old Ariel Benitez, an unemployed builder. Within weeks she was pregnant again. "I really loved him and he loved me too," she says. "I know I should have been using contraception but stupidly we didn't. I can't really explain why not."

But Pamela was stunned when a scan showed she was expecting triplets. "I couldn't believe it," she says. "Nobody in my family had even had twins before."

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Pamela went into labour two months prematurely. In July 2006 she gave birth by caesarean section to three girls - Ludmila, Macarena and Candela - weighing 3lb 12oz, 3lb 14oz and 3lb 15oz. She says: "It was a very complicated birth. I suffered a lot afterwards.

I was so ill I thought I was going to die.

"Ariel stayed with me through my pregnancy but he left when the triplets were four or five months old." Neighbours and friends rallied round and donated clothes, nappies, shoes and milk. Soon Pamela started seeing a new teenage boyfriend, Franco, and her frantic mother inquired about getting her sterilised.

Magdalena was told she would need a special order from a judge as Pamela was under 21, so instead the young mum began having contraceptive injections. But after forgetting to have just one jab Pamela became pregnant again and a scan revealed she was expecting another set of triplets.

She says: "It was much more of a shock as I realised how difficult it would be with seven children." And last month Pamela gave birth to Martina, Morena and Magali - weighing between 3lb 11oz and 3lb 13oz - five days before her 17th birthday.

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Pamela, 17, bore all seven children in just three pregnancies, having her first boy in 2005 when she was 14 and the other six girls in two deliveries of triplets in the following two years.

Dr Jose Alberto Oviedo, who supervised the birth of all the triplets, is convinced Pamela's incredible brood are a world first. "There are no recorded cases of any woman giving birth to two sets of triplets consecutively without IVF treatment," he says. "As far as I know there are no girls her age with as many children. The odds are astronomical."

Her triplets are non-identical - each time Pamela produced three eggs, rather than the usual one, which were all fertilised.

The council in Leones built Pamela a small house after she gave birth to her first set of triplets, but with seven young children to look after Pamela moved back in with her mother.

It's a tight squeeze - along with her seven children, her mother and father, two of her brothers are still at home and the family get by on social security of £80 a month. "With seven children I need a lot of help but I hope to move back into my little house." she says.



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Mother Offers Fresh Natural Milk To Tainted Milk

Amid the scandal over tainted milk, a Chinese mother with an eye for business opportunity has stirred controversy by offering to breast-feed other children—at a price.

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The 32-year-old woman surnamed Huang said she is producing more milk than her 3-month-old son can consume, so she is offering to sell the surplus, straight from the source, for 300 yuan (US$44) a day.
"Every day, I had to dispose of more than two kilograms milk, which was a great pity," said Huang. "Too much milk made me feel uncomfortable, and I had to get up every night to express it."

Huang, who lives in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, said she had received about 30 phone calls from prospective clients but had had no takers.
“My husband fully supports for me on this,” she said in her online advertisement on under the name “Bushisgood”.
She said she would prefer customers to live with her, or rent a house nearby, which could cost about 1,000 yuan ($146) a month, to allow their babies to benefit from the freshness of the milk.

If prospective customers have doubts about her own health or the safety of her milk, Huang said, she is willing to undergo a comprehensive physical examination.

UPDATE: 30 SEPT 2008

More than 13000 infants had developed kidney stones and four infants have died after drinking baby formula tainted with melamine, a chemical illegally added to give false protein readings in tests.

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Common symptoms of kidney stones could include: excruciating pain, sore back, back spasms, abdominal and groin pain, bloody and cloudy urine, fatigue, nausea, fever and chills. And these unforgiving symptoms can last for months until the kidney stones are removed.

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Hong Kong
Philippines list yet.

UPDATE: 2 OCT 2008

Metal-laced Chinese Herbal Medicine Found

Chinese herbal medicine found tainted with metallic substances is raising fear in Korea in the wake of the scare involving melamine in Chinese food imports.



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China's first "footprint in space"a success

The man who made China's historic first 'footprint in space' returned safely to earth on Sunday after a historic mission that boosted national pride and took his country one step closer to the moon.

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Chinese taikonauts get out of Shenzhou-7 re-entry module after their safe landing in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sep. 28, 2008.

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Zhai Zhigang

Zhai Zhigang and two other astronauts on the Shenzhou VII craft landed safely around 5.44 p.m (0944 GMT) in northern Inner Mongolia region.
His successful space walk in a $4.4 million, domestically designed, suit caps an eventful year for China in which it has both coped with the tragedy of the devastating Sichuan earthquake and revelled in the Beijing Olympics.

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The achievement was hailed by Communist Party leaders as a success for the whole nation and during his twenty minutes outside the craft -- but tethered to it to prevent him floating off -- the son of a snack-seller unveiled a small Chinese flag.

It was China's third manned space mission. The ability to 'space walk' is key to a longer-term goal of assembling a space lab and then a larger space station, and maybe one distant day making a landing on the moon.
The fast-growing Asian power wants to be sure of a say in the future use of space and its resources, and its space programme has come a long way since late leader Mao Zedong lamented that China could not even launch a potato into space.

Its first manned spaceflight was in 2003, followed by a two-man flight in 2005. The only other countries that have sent people into space are Russia and the United States.
China remained far behind the two leading space powers, Russia and the United States.



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Man in trouble for faking tiger photos

Zhou Zhenglong, the farmer who shocked the country with his fake photo of the endangered South China tiger, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Saturday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

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Zhou was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and also fined 2,000 yuan

The Xunyang County People's Court also fined him 2,000 yuan (about 292 U.S. dollars) after convicting him of fraud.
According to the court, Zhou, 54, a farmer in Zhenping County, heard he might get an award of more than 100,000 yuan (14,606 U.S. dollars) if he could take pictures of a wild South China tiger. It is a subspecies that has not been seen for years.
Zhou came up with the idea of faking tiger photos for the prize.
On Oct. 3, 2007, he shot 62 photos of a tiger from a poster which he put amid foliage.

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His fake photo of the endangered South China tiger

The provincial forestry department announced the news to the public on Oct. 12 and rewarded Zhou with 20,000 yuan (2,921 U.S. dollars).
But doubts arose immediately on the Internet, after netizens found an old Lunar New Year commemorative poster showing a tiger that resembled the photo.



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Pigs can fly in Australia

The Royal Melbourne Show takes place each September in Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Pig Racing at the Royal Melbourne Show. No gambling, it is a free show of about 15 minutes includes races and diving off a high board into a pool of water. The announcer divides the crowd into 4 colours and we all cheer the appropriate colour and just for good fun and excitement.

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On your marks, get set, GO!

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Racing pigs in action

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Pigs kicking up sand during pig racing events

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Miss Porky Pig shakes herself down after landing in the water as part of the racing and diving pig show which is on exhibition of the Royal Melbourne Show



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Chinese man-made eggs

Cases of problem foods and food poisoning are widely reported in Mainland China over the last few years. In 2001, there were 185 cases of food poisoning, affecting about 15,715 people and causing 146 deaths. The cases doubled in 2002. In 2003, the number of reported cases was ten times more than that in 2001, and the number of people suffered was as high as 29,660, including 262 deaths Now In Sept 2008 Nearly 53,000 Chinese children sick from contaminated milk; 4 have died

Manufacturing fake eggs

In China there are fake schools and classes that teach a variety of blatant fraud technology, even eggs can be modulated by chemical materials, but also be able to fry cook, is currently the most popular False course.

Step 1 modulation of raw materials

Using 7 kinds of chemical materials, see pic below

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Fake egg was made from calcium carbonate, starch, resin, gelatin, alum and other chemical products.

Step 2 egg production
Raw egg into the mold to 2 / 3 full, put calcium chloride, colouring die, the egg appears on the film been announced.

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The 'yolk' is shaped in the round mould. 'Magic water' containing calcium chloride is used.

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By adding a yellow pigment and become raw egg yolk.

Step 3 fake egg shape
In the mold into 1 / 3 raw egg white, like the first package, like dumplings into the egg yolk, egg white into another, into the magic water, a shell eggs will come slowly. Naked egg shape to 1 hour to dry after washing with water, at shells ready.

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To make the egg white, various ingredients, including a powder and alum, are mixed together.

Step 4
Sewing lines through the use of eggs, immersed in paraffin wax, calcium carbonate, such as modulation of the eggshell into a solution, repeated several times until the shell a little dry, immersion in cold water pumping line shape, this point, the egg has been put on a false cloak , You're done.
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Hard shells are formed by soaking in paraffin wax onto the egg, which are then left to dry.

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Oh yeah The Egg is ready. The artificial egg shell is very fragile and break easily but who cares!!
Look so real

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Many small bubbles is formed during frying the egg but not many people can tell the difference.
The egg look exactly the same, and the eggs taste better than real but you are adding to the
statistic of food poisoning person.

Why make fake eggs ?
Because of money.

The cost of fake egg is only 0.55 Yuan/kg, while the true eggs’ market price is 5.6 Yuan/kg.

UPDATE: Nov 2009

Japanese journalist secretly investigates fake eggs made from chemicals in China.



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Where do babies come from?

To make a baby you need to eat 18 broccolis
That's one six-year-old's take on the facts of life. As the Family Planning Association publishes a sex education pamphlet for six-year-olds to encourage early discussion of the facts of life, we ask five children what they know about where babies come from.

Amy, 6: I think God makes babies, using a very special magic. They grow in a mummy's tummy. I think God rolls a dice, maybe, that's got hundreds of numbers on it. Each lady has a number, and if that number matches the number that is on the dice that God throws, the lady gets a baby growing in her tummy. I think ladies are pregnant for about a month and then the baby comes out of the tummy. I remember being in my mummy's tummy. It was lovely and warm inside.

Joseph, 7: Babies come from mummies' tummies which is where they get born. There is an egg inside the tummy and it cracks. The tummy decides if it's a boy or girl. It starts by making the head and then the rest of the body. The daddy helps the mummy look after the baby and he helps by sex. He gives the baby half the blood. One day when you are really in love, you say you are going to have sex and then you've made a baby.

Angus, 5: Babies come from the mummy and daddy. Inside the mummy's tummy, they go zoom - the two things. Whoever wins the race goes wuvavoovavoov, mixed up with the egg and then out pops the baby. Which one won the race? Did I win the race? Do they have eyes? I won't have any children. I don't want to put my willy in that secret hole.

Frederica, 6: They come from Mummy's tummy. They start like an egg. I'm not sure how the egg gets there to begin with. I think it comes from food. You eat lots of food, very healthy food, and that makes the egg. But you do have to eat very healthy food, even like 18 broccolis a week. The egg in the tummy grows bigger and bigger. Then the mummy goes to hospital and the doctor cuts open her tummy and she can see the little baby peeping out. There is a tube between the mummy and baby that feeds the baby before it is born, and then that turns into your tummy button. That's where they come from. Babies don't grow in the ground or come from the sea or anything. (What do daddies do?) You have to be married first before the baby comes. That's how you know to get a baby ready. Mummies have the baby and daddies get to choose the name. There are some differences between boys and girls. Boys have short hair and girls have long hair. Boys are tough and girls are girlie. Boys don't really like princesses. Boys and girls both have nipples. We don't really talk about things like this at school.

Jessica, 6: The only thing I know about how babies are made is that the sperm joins up with the egg. I know the sperm comes from the father, and the egg from the mother. I think it happens because the people are near to each other. I don't know exactly what happens next. After this, the baby starts growing in the mummy's tummy. It stays there for nine months, gets bigger and starts to kick. The baby and the mummy are joined together by a cord that gets cut when the baby comes out. After nine months, the mummy goes to hospital and the people take the baby out of her tummy. I was the wrong way round. I know that some babies come out a different way, but I'm not sure how.



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Pregnant Kenyan women crave stones

The phenomenon of craving non-food items like soil or soft stones is referred to as pica, a Latin word for magpie, the bird notorious for eating almost anything.
Researchers from the University of Nigeria interviewed 1,071 pregnant women attending a prenatal clinic at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi.
At least 800 of those interviewed said they ate soil, stones and other non-food items during their pregnancy.

Nancy Akoth is four months pregnant and like many women in her state has strange cravings. Some women eat coal, gherkins or soap but Mrs Akoth craves soft stones, known in Kenya, where she lives, as "odowa".

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Stone-seller Stephen Ndirangu unsurprisingly says women are his main customers.

"I just have this urge to eat these stones. I do very crazy things, I would even wake up at night and go looking for them."
"I consulted my doctor and all he told me is that maybe I'm lacking iron and gave me medication on iron, but I still have the urge to eat those stones."

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Most of them buy the stones to go and sell them to women who are pregnant

Luckily for Mrs Akoth, she is not alone in craving stones and they are easily found on sale in Nairobi's sprawling Gikomba market.
It can actually cause things like kidney damage and liver damage, if you don't take enough fluid
Experts say that the craving to eat odowa is largely due to a deficiency of vital minerals, like calcium, in the body.
Although they are stones, they are too soft to break the teeth of Mrs Akoth and her fellow cravers. Nutritionist Alice Ndong says the stones have a bland taste.
"It's a pleasant taste. It doesn't have a tangy flavour or a salty or a sugary flavour. It's a bit like eating flour," she told the BBC.
I cannot do without it.



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Mother's Milk Wanted in Switzerland

The owner of the Storchen restaurant in the exclusive Winterthur resort will improve his menu with local specialities such as meat stew and various soups and sauces containing at least 75 per cent of mother's milk.
"We have all been raised on it. Why should we not include it into our diet?" Hans Locher, who has become Switzerland most controversial restaurant owner, said.

Mr Locher attracted the attention of the leading media of the German-speaking world this week after he posted ads looking for women donors who will receive just over £3 (US$5.4) for 14 ounces of their milk
He said: "I first experimented with breast milk when my daughter was born.
"One can cook really delicious things with it. However, it always needs to be mixed with a bit of whipped cream, in order to keep the consistency."
The authorities do not share Locher’s enthusiasm. Zurich’s regulatory body, the Association of Swiss Milk Producers, has threatened lawsuits against Locher and any of the donors.

“I don’t understand all the controversy,” Locher said. “The mother’s milk is the most natural thing in the world, how can anyone be against it? It is, after all, the first thing we taste and I see no reason why I should not include it in my menu.”

So far in his experiments, he has produced breast milk soup, breast milk lamb curry and antelope steak with chanterelle sauce with breast milk and cognac.



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Mr Pingping meet Ms Pankratova


The world's shortest man, He Pingping, dies aged 21

The world's shortest man, He Pingping, who was just 74.6cm (2ft 5in) tall, has died in Rome. He was born in 1988 in Wulanchabu, China, with a form of primordial dwarfism, and was officially recognised as the world's shortest man in 2008.

He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago after suffering a chest complaint and died on Saturday, but his death has only just been announced. Mr Pingping was in the Italian capital to take part in the filming of a television programme called The Record Show. According to the TV production company Europroduzione, he had already filmed two episodes of the programme when he complained of feeling unwell.

Standing at just 2ft 5in high, He Pingping, from China, has been officially named the smallest man in the world.
Svetlana Pankratova, meanwhile, owns the longest legs in the world, which stretch to 132cm.

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Mr Pingping barely came up to Ms Pankratova's knees at a bizarre photoshoot held to mark the launch of the new Guinness Book of World Records.
But the pair seemed rather happy in each other's company as they posed for photos on Trafalgar Square's steps in central London.
In January 2007, Mr Pingping was invited to take part on a television programme in Tokyo, and has since become somewhat of an icon.

It is rumoured he is now so protective of his image, he refuses to have his photo taken unless he is paid a substantial fee.
While Ms Pankratova might have the longest legs in the world, she is not the tallest.
Last month, Sandy Allen, at 7ft 7in, recognized as the world's tallest woman, died aged 53.

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16 MAR 2010
Worlds smallest mans big rival broke his heart

The tiny teenager who was set to steal the crown of the world's smallest man before he died is to contact Guinness World Records bosses to take over the title.

Mongolian-born He Pingping - 29 inches tall - collapsed with chest pains on a visit to Rome on Saturday.

Now his 17-year-old rival Khagendra Thapa Magar in Nepal is set to be awarded the title within weeks, say his family.

At just 22 inches tall Khagendra is head and shoulders shorter than Pingping and was about to take the title from him before he died.

"It's a terrible tragedy. Maybe the strain of losing his title got to Pingping and his heart couldn't take the strain any more," said one member of the new champion's family.

Only weeks ago the two rivals met for a TV programme about short people.



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Qi Pao Fashion is coming back

Qi Pao is the sexiest dress to ever drape a woman's body.
A Qi Pao starts at the neck and falls all the way down to the feet. It's shaped to show the contours of the body and is slit down the sides, starting around the upper thigh area to give a sneak peek at the color, glow and smoothness of the wearer's skin.
To wear a Qi pao and to look good in it, one must have a swan's neck, a snake's waist and the legs of a giraffe.

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UPDATE: 19 Mar 2009

ONE-HUNDRED qipao-loving Shanghai ladies will take their favorite dresses to Taiwan to promote the World Expo 2010 there.

The women, all members of a local qipao club, will start a seven-day trip to Taiwan on April 18, the two-year anniversary of the club, the Oriental Morning Post reported.

They will arrive in Kaohsiung City and travel north to Alisan Mountain and Sun Moon Lake before reaching Taipei. Each will wear different styles of qipao through Taiwan.

"We will walk on Taiwan's streets in qipao to show the traditional Chinese styles as well as the modern Shanghai style, and we will promote Expo," said Wang Weiyu, the club founder.

In April last year, 40 club members visited Hong Kong and Macau. They attracted a good deal of public attention when they wore the classic Chinese dresses. Wang said this was part of China's rich clothing culture. She said her biggest hope was that qipao would be seen being worn in every lane in Shanghai during Expo.

Wang called her club "a party for women." Founded in 2007, the club has more than 270 members with an average age of 55. It has parties twice a week.

"Qipao is the classic dress for Chinese women. Wearing it makes us feel confident," Wang said.



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