Eight is (Apparently Not) Enough...
Recently a woman in California gave birth to octuplets. Typically, this is one of those things that would make you marvel at the wonder of life and the unpredictability and randomness of existence, and then shake your head, whistle and say "Congratulations and God bless you."
That would be the reaction I would expect to have...unless I'd found out the mother already had six children before the new arrivals showed up. Then I think my reaction would be more in-line with wondering whether or not the woman was insane.
Well, turns out that is, indeed, the case. Now this woman (no mention of husband, you'll notice) who lives with her parents, in a three-bedroom house, has 14 children to care for. Her father is about to head back to Iraq in order to find work (guess he doesn't want to wait for The Saviour's Pork-ulus Decree to have it's desired effect), leaving two women -- both of questionable sanity to judge from these things I've read -- to fend for themselves. I'm certain the Welfare authorities in California are already lining up to cut checks. One of the articles quoted below reports that some of the octuplets are being fed with donated breast milk...I never knew such a thing existed.
Anyway, here's a bit of a round up; CBS News report is here (note how low standards of spelling and grammar have apparently fallen at CBS!), and here's one from Yahoo! News.