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August 10th, 2010

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12:52 pm - I feel vaguely uncomfortable just *thinking* about it.
"The Guinness Book of World Records gives the 'official' record number of children for a woman as sixty-nine, produced by an eighteenth-century Russian peasant. In twenty-seven pregnancies between 1725 and 1745, she had sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets."
—Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

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Date:August 10th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Her vagina IS a clown car!
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Date:August 11th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
ROFL. Thanks for that.
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Date:August 10th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Does it mention there how many of them lived to adulthood? In 18th-century rural Russia, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess "two".
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Date:August 10th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
I was going to say "ouch!" but after the first 5 or so it probably wasn't much of a bother to birth a child. Kind of like that Monty Python scene where they sing "Every sperm is sacred". I also feel bad for her having to nurse the triplets and quadruplets. Unless she set another record of having more than 2 breasts. :) Or maybe she supplemented with goats milk.
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Date:August 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
"Aaaaoow, get that, would yeh, Deirdre?" ;-)
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Date:August 11th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I don't think I could come up with 69 names that I liked. I'm also sure that I'd screw up their name most of the time.

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