It’s a Weird World

DOUBLE PREGNANCY: A pregnant woman shocked US doctors when she had a scan which showed her baby girl –– and a second, younger male baby beside her.

Julia Grovenburg conceived the second baby two-and-a-half weeks after the first and they are both developing side by side in her womb.
The babies are an extremely rare case of “superfoetation” when a woman conceives for a second time while already pregnant.
Dr Karen Boyle, of the Greater Baltimore Medical Centre said: “When the woman had her ultrasound initially they saw one sack, one baby developing, and that baby had a certain gestational age.
“Then they noticed a second heartbeat in a child that was much, much younger developmentally. It does really sound like this is a true case of different conception times for these children.”
Superfoetation can be dangerous for the younger baby as it could lead to premature birth and lung problems, but experts said a gap of only two-and-a-half weeks should not lead to a problem for Hudson. –– Daily Telegraph.

CHEMICAL ‘THERAPY’:  Poland last Friday approved a law making chemical castration mandatory for pedophiles in some cases, sparking criticism from human rights groups.
Under the law, sponsored by Poland’s centre-right government, pedophiles convicted of raping children under the age of 15 years or a close relative would have to undergo chemical therapy on their release from prison.
“The purpose of this action is to improve the mental health of the convict, to lower his libido and thereby to reduce the risk of another crime being committed by the same person,” the government said in a statement.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said late last year he wanted obligatory castration for pedophiles, whom he branded “degenerates”. Tusk said he did not believe “one can use the term ‘human’ for such individuals, such creatures”.
“Therefore I don’t think protection of human rights should refer to these kind of events,” Tusk also said.
His remarks drew criticism from human rights groups but he never retracted them.
The bill, which also increases prison sentences for rape and incest, must still be approved by the upper chamber of parliament.  –– Reuter.

I DO TIMES FOUR: Milton Mbhele showed up for his wedding in Weenen, near Ladysmith, in a white limousine –– with four brides, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The women all wore white gowns, and each received rings and a kiss from the groom at a ceremony attended by hundreds of people.
South African law recognises polygamous marriages, which are common among several tribes including the Zulus and Swazis, but simultaneous weddings are rare.
Mbhele (44), a municipal manager in Indaka, said the joint celebration saved money by combining the festivities. He has already been married to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and has 11 children.
“I want her to be happy,” he said of Vilakazi. “I think getting married to her for the second time would make her happy since I will be taking in three other wives so this will relieve her in some way.”
His “middle wives” –– as he described them –– are Zanele Langa and Happiness Mdlolo, both 24.
The youngest wife, 23-year-old Smangele Cele, said she was looking forward to marrying Mbhele, even though it means she’ll have to share him. She said the wives planned to live separately, with their husband rotating between them.
“It is because of the way in which he shows his love for me. He loves me in all ways,” she said. –– Daily Telegraph.

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