Arkansas woman has 16th child
SPRINGDALE, Ark., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An Arkansas woman has just given birth to her 16th child.
Johannah Faith Duggar was born Tuesday to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of Springdale. The little girl has 10 brothers and five sisters.
"The entire family is excited to welcome another child into their lives," Duggar said. "Everyone is healthy and happy and doing wonderful."
The other children range from 17-year-old Joshua to Jackson, who was born last year. All have names beginning with J.
The Discovery Channel has done two TV specials on the family. The first, "14 Children and Pregnant Again," was made a couple of kids ago and is getting a reprise in honor of the new arrival. "Raising Your 16 Children" is underway is scheduled to air in March.
ME finds obesity a problem after death
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Des Moines, Iowa, medical examiner must hire help when the corpses are too heavy to move, proving that obesity can follow a person to the grave.
Dr. Gregory Schmunk says 300-pound bodies have become common and he needs extra hands just to get some of them to the autopsy table, the Des Moines Register reported.
Iowa ranks 20th in the nation in its proportion of obese adults, at 23.4 percent. Experts say everyone pays for the problem through higher health-care costs.
Now add $250 to the cost. That's what Schmunk's office will pay Seely Funeral Services of Urbandale, Iowa, to help move bodies when it falls behind or the subjects are too large.
One of his employees recently strained an arm tendon and was put on limited duty for nearly a month when he tried to move an obese corpse.
Python's big meal gets it stuck in a fence
MIAMI, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An African rock python got caught at a Miami turkey farm with a fresh-caught bird in its gullet because the meal made it too big to slither through a fence.
Felix Azquz found the snake stuck in the fence when he came to feed his turkeys and chickens, the Miami Herald reported. An animal-control officer captured the python, named it Goblin and took it to the Sense of Wonder Nature Center and Trail.
Capt. Al Cruz, head of the Miami-Dade anti-venin unit, described the snake as aggressive and said for that reason it is being handed over to a zoo.
"It launches at everything that tries to come near it," Cruz said.
Experts are unsure of the source of the snake, since African rock pythons are not usually sold in pet shops. Cruz said a 16-foot African rock was found three years ago a few blocks from Azquz's business.
A few days ago, a Burmese python -- an exotic species that has invaded South Florida -- was discovered in Miami Gardens, where it is believed to have eaten a domestic cat.
Parrots being taught to protest G8
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An Edinburgh artist is developing a parrot act inspired by the famous Monty Python sketch and last summer's G-8 demonstrations.
Ruth Ewan has recruited parrot owners to teach their birds to chant popular numbers like "Bring the whole system down"; "If you want trade justice, clap your hands"; and "What do we want? Trade Justice! When do we want it? Now!"
Ewan plans to record the birds and play back the results during a show at the Capital Gallery called "Psittaciformes Trying to Change the World" -- using the Latin name for parrot.
The Monty Python "this is an ex-parrot" sketch contributed to her work, Ewan said, along with the belief that many of the 200,000 people who gathered in Edinburgh while the Group of 8 was meeting in Scotland did not really understand the slogans they were chanting.
"The parrot is funny but at the same time represents imperialism because of the notion that the parrot is in a cage and is being repressed by it," she said.