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Baby Born With 8 Legs

baby born with 8 legs

  • A very young child, esp. one newly or recently born

  • The youngest member of a family or group

  • a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; "the baby began to cry again"; "she held the baby in her arms"; "it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"

  • A young or newly born animal

  • pamper: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

  • the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young); "the baby of the family"; "the baby of the Supreme Court"

  • brought into existence; "he was a child born of adultery"

  • Having a natural ability to do a particular job or task

  • Existing as a result of birth

  • British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)

  • natural: being talented through inherited qualities; "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent"

  • Perfectly suited or trained to do a particular job or task

  • (leg) a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle

  • (leg) a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion

  • staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"

  • Travel by foot; walk

  • Run away

  • Propel (a boat) through a tunnel on a canal by pushing with one's legs against the tunnel roof or sides

  • eight: being one more than seven

  • Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. It usually involves attaching covers to the resulting text-block.

  • eight: the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one

Todd Ray with Myrtle & Squirtle the Two-Headed Turtle

Todd Ray with Myrtle & Squirtle the Two-Headed Turtle

This is Todd Ray with Myrtle and Squirtle the Two-Headed Turtle.

Yes, a live siamese-twin turtle.

He is the proprietor
of the Venice Beach Freakshow,
at 909 Ocean Front Walk on the circus of humanity that is the Venice Boardwalk. He’s a pal of my pal the right Reverend Tommy Gunn, and carries on the great tradition
of Abbot Kinney
and PT Barnum and anyone else who has entertained the masses
with exhibitions of freakish animals and humans.

My beamish boy and I have had much fun
exploring his collection
of two-headed skeletons
and much else.

And on this day
as we strolled the sunny Venice boardwalk
on the second day of 2008,
there was Todd out
in front displaying this –
a live two-headed creature.
I was amazed to see it
– a real live freak,
a tiny one,
right in our presence.
I tried to photograph
it a few times,
but found instantly
that the light and
angle and focus
and all had to be
quite precise to
get a shot that worked.
I took many,
failed, and returned,
asking him to hold it just so
so that I could get this shot,
which finally worked.

I asked him –
just where does a guy get a two-headed freak turtle?
From Peru, he said.
A woman there let him know
she had one.
Or should I say two?
Is this two or one?

So you went to Peru to get it, I asked?

“No, I paid to fly her here.
She brought it in a parmesan cheese container.”

That is dedication. M&S is about 8 months old now.
One of its heads often falls asleep as the other stays awake. It eats a lot, his wife said.

Todd –
whose museum you must come and see
if ever you're in this
hemisphere –
runs his freak show
with his lovely wife
and with frequent visits
from his kids, Asia and Phoenix.

Besides the double-headed turtle, he also has the “largest collection of two headed animal skeletons in America,” and a collection that includes, “a two headed raccoon, a two headed chicken, 2 two headed calves, a two headed pig with 5 legs, a squirrel with 6 legs, a rooster with 3 legs, a duck with 4 legs, a tarantula with 12 legs, 2 cyclops pigs ( born with one eye in the middle of their face), a pig with 2 mouths, a pig with 8 legs 4 ears and 2 tails, all types of Strange sea creatures, a CHUPACABRA, 3 Human shrunken heads, A Real Black Mamba (the Deadliest and Fastest snake in the World),
a Two Headed baby skeleton with 3 arms, a cyclops baby skull, a 3 ft wide GIant Alaskan King Crab (it's a baby),
a duck with one head and 2 bodies, and on and on. What more do you want for $3.00?”
That’s right.
Only three bucks
to see this collection,
and support this great tradition,
which is practiced by few still living.

among those selling t-shirts,
sun-glasses and pot paraphenalia,
a man is proudly displaying a two-headed creature,
live, in the sun.
Does it get cooler?

"These are the most honest and beautiful creatures I've ever seen," Ray said.
"This is stuff you're never
gonna see again."

He grew up in the South, where he discovered the allure of the sideshow.

"Every time the carnival would come to town, there would be a sideshow and I would go to it," Ray said. "Back then, they actually had people in there that had deformities."

"Both heads eat and they
sometimes both
want to eat at the same time
and their
heads go in
different directions
and they end up going
nowhere," Ray said.

One of these people,
who had a
heavy influence on Ray
when he was younger,
"the human cigarette factory,"
a man
whose arms and legs
didn't work properly,
yet he could make
and light cigarettes
using his mouth and tongue,
a can of tobacco,
rolling paper and matches.

"After his performance,
I talked to him,"
Ray said.
"And he said,
'Remember son,
you can do anything in life.'"

May 8th - Knit One, Birth One

May 8th - Knit One, Birth One

Midwives are no longer allowed to bring placentas into classrooms to show students - I have absolutely no idea why.

Now they bring felted/knitted versions.

They're really fucking weird, like a vascular Tam O'Shanter.

The midwife who comes in is quite clearly the best lecturer we've had all course. The vast majority of the other have been proficient and pleasant, though some have slouched in their chairs and exited the building at such a rate it was hard to convince ourselves that they were in anyway interested in actually teaching.

This lady, however, was fabulous. Energetic, relaxed, funny, knowledgeable and honest. She was also fiercely pro-green suit, bigging us up at every opportunity - "I'm not going to insult you by telling you how to resuscitate people, you're paramedics".

The issue of absent midwives on the road raised its head repeatedly. Our lecturer was passionate about giving us the straight dope on pre-hospital obstetrics. Stingray was concerned, as we all were, and asked if, perhaps, the local GP could be called in to assist?

"GP?!" she exploded, "A bloody GP?! Don't even THINK about it! You are BETTER than GPs at delivering babies."

Cool. :)

She mentions a physiological phenomenon that presents just before birth - I've always known that a symptom of imminenf birth is "anal pouting" - but this lady introduced us to "anal winking" as well.

If I'd known that my obstetrics training would involve getting the come-on from a stranger's poopy pipe?

I may have reconsidered.

The lesson is intensive and fast, we all know how to handle a normal, healthy birth, so this is nothing but pathology, a rapid list of terrifying situations and the skills needed to manage them, her handheld slide advancer clicks like a panicked Geiger counter. Children are born backwards, with trailing limbs, toxic liqour in their lungs. Mothers' organs tear themselves apart, massively increased blood volumes pour into body cavities and down their legs. Our lecturer trips between being a health professional and an expert in the human angle of her skill.

"Women will clean themselves up before calling you, they'll wipe their legs down, they'll be embarassed. It won't look as bad as you might expect - there might not be any blood at all. But look at their toes.
There isn't a woman on this planet with the mental stability to scrub between her toes when she's scared she's bleeding to death."

We're taught to push twisted babies around inside the womb, to understand why handling a cord is a bad thing, to appreciate how the simplest gesture (like wiping shit off a baby's bum as it's born) can have devastating effects. We are interlopers in the most natural procedure on earth, frighteningly necessary, dramatically redundant.

She hands us a blank maternal record so we can be familiar with its layout, we now know enough to NEED to know the pregnancy's history. There's a box at the bottom - "If you have any cultural needs (dress, certain people to be present, ceremonies), please let your midwife know and we will accommodate you."

See if I was having a baby? I'd be writing in that box - "In my religion, people who are present at births must all be dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers."

It's maybe just as well I'm a man...

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