Thursday, 27 September 2007

Oh, ya big baby!

Image-Ron Mueck's giant baby
It was only back in 2005 that everyone was going nuts about a woman in Brazil giving birth to a 17lb baby. And now in 2007 the big baby crown has been taken by a Russian woman giving birth to a 17.5lbs baby.
Each of those links will take you to the BBC news site for the full stories.
It's funny though, if you compare the first paragraph of the 2005 story with the first paragraph of the 2007 story (both in bold) you may notice that they are almost identical.
There's obviously a formula to this reporting thing. Hehe.

And, although there are similarities in the two stories, there are also conflicting 'facts'.

In the 2007 story it reports:
"Among the heaviest babies recorded are a 10.2kg (22.5lb) boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8kg (23.8lb) boy born in the US in 1879 but who died 11 hours later."

But just two years earlier the big baby facts seem to differ. Although in 2005 they don't mention the 22.5lb boy born in Italy in 1955, they do mention a baby recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as being:
born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879." And saying the baby "weighed 23.12lb (10.8kg) and died 11 hours after birth."

Is this the same 1879 baby that died 11 hours after birth?
In 2007 the boy is born in the US. In 2005 they mention the mother is from Canada. But okay he still could of been born in the US. But what happened to his weight? It seems this baby has been working out for the past couple of years because he's managed to lose nearly 1lb (6kg) in weight. Hehe.

And NO, of course the picture above is not of the Russian baby, but of one of the amazing pieces by the artist Ron Mueck.
Ron Mueck does these amazing silica sculptures. They look so lifelike whether they are oversized or miniaturized. You need to see actual people next to the works to tell the scale.

This video shows some of Ron Mueck's amazing work:

Ron Mueck - The best video clips are right here

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