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The inscription found in one of the books attributing its binding material to Mary L___

The inscription found in one of the books attributing its binding material to Mary L___

The Strange Case Of The Woman Whose Skin Was Turned Into Books

No one knows much about Mary Lynch apart from the fact that her thighs are wrapped around three medical books in The College of Physicians of Philadelphia?s Historical Medical Library.

Preserving your tattooed skin might be the next big thing in tattoos but that wasn?t quite the deal almost 150 years ago. As if?flesh?bound books don?t sound too macabre enough, how about dying in a hospital far from home, not knowing that the skin from your corpse will soon be used to bind three books?

On Wednesday, July 15, 1868, a 28 year old woman named Mary Lynch was admitted to Old Blockley, Philadelphia?s almshouse, officially known as Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). Old Blockley was located at what is now the intersection of 34th?Street and Civic Center Boulevard, on the southeast corner of the University of Pennsylvania. Blockley was where you went when you could not afford care in a private hospital.

The Women?s Receiving Register from PGH lists a small amount of information for each patient: name, birthplace (a country, if other than the United States. Mary was born in Ireland.), age, temperate or intemperate habits (Were you a drunk, or not?), date of admission, ward, color and diagnosis.

Mary suffered from phthitis, an archaic term for tuberculosis of the lungs. She was listed as being of temperate habits.

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Greens fighting battles past, this time it is abortion


For some reason the Greens have decided that abortion should be a defining issue of this campaign.

They have decided to have as a policy a change to abortion law to streamline the killing of children faster.

The Greens have ratified a policy on abortion, which would get rid of a process a certified consultant says is “perfectly workable”.

Abortion is a crime under the Crimes Act, and is legal only if two consultants agree that the pregnancy would seriously harm the woman’s physical or mental health, or that there is a substantial risk the child would be born seriously disabled.

The Greens want abortion removed from the crime statutes, saying it would reduce stigma and judgment surrounding the procedure. This would mean a woman seeking one would not need external approval.

“The Green Party trusts women to make decisions that are best for them and their whanau/family,” women’s spokeswoman Jan Logie said.

That’s nice…they make a decision that another kid isn’t wanted, so reef it out…never to be part of a family so someone can decide what is best for them. ? Read more »

Old Pommy Porn Book on the Auction Block

Nothing sells like porn sells, and an old Pommy porn book, once banned, is no exception:

A once-banned book on sex and pregnancy from the 18th century is expected to fetch up to ?400 when it goes on sale in Edinburgh next week.

Aristotle?s Complete Master-Piece?is a manual which is thought to have provided information for amateur midwives and young married couples about pregnancy and sex. It is up sale at Edinburgh?auction house, Lyon & Turnbull on 9 January, where it is expected to reach up to ?400.

Sounds fascinating, but what exactly is in this 18th century book of porn?

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Easy Roots

? NZ Herald

What an easy way to blag a root and actually get paid for it:

A Dutch man who remained a virgin until the age of 34 is now the proud father of 82 children, some of whom are kiwis.

New Zealand women who used a ‘baby-making’ service set up by the Dutch man may not know their children are linked to up to 80 other children worldwide, the?Daily Mail?newspaper reported.

Ed Houben, now aged 42, launched his business after becoming frustrated with his sexless life and had fathered 82 children in just nine years – 45 girls, 35 boys and two unknown.

He has another 10 children on the way.

His growing “family” of 82 live in Berlin, Holland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France and New Zealand.

The oldest child is nine and the youngest two months old.

Houben is now far removed from his previous life as a 34-year-old virgin still living with his mother.

He runs his baby-making business for free, when sperm banks generally charge thousands of dollars for artificial insemination, the?Mail?said.

The business sees women come to him from across the world or he can go to them if they cover his travel expenses and accommodation.

Since the launch of his business he’s been getting lucky – he says he sleeps with around 15 childless women a month in a bid to make their quest to become mothers a reality.

With a no strings attached policy, he asks his partners to sign documents waiving any legal claim to child support.

“My girlfriend says that what I do only makes me more interesting,” he told Germany’s?Der Spiegel?magazine.

The tragedy in the celebration

The Bay of Plenty Times had, what appeared to be a happy story, about a couple who have had their third set of twins.

Feeding six boys would be a challenge for many parents but for Papamoa mum Tressa Simonsen, it’s almost become a military operation.

Not that you would know it. As a mother to three sets of twins, the 31-year-old almost makes it look easy.

“I’m a bit of a whiz at it now,” she says.

“But I’m very lucky because the new babies are great and feeding and sleeping well.”

But there is an underlying tragedy in this story, one that is yet to materialise, but it will. Unhappiness is stalking this family.

Tressa was already mum to four boys – Sharaz and Shaqiel, 10, and Daklan and Darius, 2, when the latest pair arrived.

Kramer and Kelly, weighing 6 pounds 11 and 6 pounds 4 ounces respectively, were born 20 days early on September 5 at Tauranga Hospital.

But there is an interesting twist in this story.

All three sets of twins are fraternal, which means they are not identical and come from two separate eggs. Identical twins happen when an egg splits.

The chance of having three sets of twins is only 1 in 500,000.

Wow those are some odds. I wonder if the repeater bothered to ask two simple questions.

1. Did you have IVF?

2. Did the taxpayer pay for it?

Three sets of fraternal twins….smelling a rat here? I know she says she has never taken fertility drugs, but that isn’t a never had IVF either. Bet she goes again to get a girl too, which is what she was probably doing the second and third times.