Archive for December 2nd, 2013

The Ugliest Women In LA

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In the early 1960’s, Los Angeles suffered a rash of handbag snatchings (ah – those were the days!) For those of you who don’t live in America, a “snatching” occurs when a criminal rushes towards a woman, grabs her handbag, and then runs away as quickly as possible.  It’s not very sophisticated but it’s often a “starter crime” for kids.

To combat this crime wave, the LA Police Department gathered a few dozen officers to act as women decoys.  “Operation Handbag” was not successful for a number of reasons:  the men were too tall, too heavy, stumbled trying to wear high heels, and had godawful taste in womens’  fashion.  Few criminals were fooled.

Worse, more than one officer said, “people were just laughing at us!”

She Keeps The Placenta In A Shot Glass

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This is well-known Norway health and fitness writer Caroline Berg Eriksen – four days after giving birth. She posted this selfie of her washboard stomach on the internet.  The picture and the world’s outrage – went viral.  Doctors cautioned that women should not compare themselves to other women especially before and after pregnancy.

According to WebMD, “A woman who is average weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.”

“She probably gave birth to a rabbit!” declared one viewer. “She’ll probably claim her baby will be driving before she’s two,” said another who doubted the story.

Eriksen, who is married to soccer star Lars-Kristian Eriksen, was surprised at the outpouring of womens’ anger.

“I let out the picture,” she said, “because I’m proud of myself and my body for something as tough as a pregnancy / birth, and I think all mothers, regardless of their body, should be.” Right.

You can read more: here.

I Remember Philosophy Class

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Do You Know Where your Placenta Is?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Although essential for fetal life, after we’re born our lowly placenta is usually tossed like a used tissue. This wonderful, membraneous organ connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient intake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply. Unfortunately it looks like a dripping meal for a bit player in a zombie movie.

The only things worse than throwing away placentas are the alternatives. The most disturbing choice is eating one. Say what?! WHO EATS PLACENTAS?! You might guess some aborigine tribal-mamas egged on by shyster witch doctors – but you’d be wrong. The usual p-eaters are educated, upscale women who believe they get many positive physical benefits from eating them because they’re full of nutrients (although obviously recycled) and a natural life force.

These women also tell anyone who’ll listen – a very few I would guess – that the word ‘placenta’ comes from the Latin word for ‘cake.’  OK, then.

Only hardcore p-eaters (some with their husbands) sit down with a fork and knife and dive in. Really – a new placenta goes way beyond bloody ‘rare.’ Other women have it mixed into smoothies or send it to a company to be dried and repackaged into pills. Not hungry?  How about making it into jewelry or bronzing it? Here’s an upbeat website full of ideas: