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Eight Is More Than Enough

When did everybody start having -plets?

"-Plets" is what I call those extreme multiple births that seem to be everywhere these days: quintuplets, sextuplets, octuplets, etc. We seem to be in the midst of a population explosion. There's that crazy woman in California who just gave birth to eight kids -- after already having six. There's the woman who traveled from Sudan to seek the blessing of her mother-in-law -- and ended up having five kids at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

And I just learned today about Jon & Kate, stars of a TLC reality show about their twins and their sextuplets.

There's an interview with Kate in today's Post Health section. After reading the interview, conducted by e-mail, I know I would rather lower my torso into a woodchipper than watch an episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8." (I never trust anyone who can't resist overusing exclamation points.)

Apparently Kate has become some sort of organic food heroine, feeding her brood nothing but the good stuff. She points out: "I started realizing that we needed to switch to organic before it was 'in.'" Oh good for you, Kate.

Writer Jennifer Huget asks Kate, a nurse, whether she disagrees with the scientific evidence that has failed to prove that organic food is any safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food. Answers Kate:

Yes, I see that God created foods ABSENT of pesticides and hormones and antibiotics, so that is how we are meant to eat, no matter what the research shows. As I always say, it can't hurt; it can only help!

But, wait! Didn't God also create man? And didn't man then create pesticides and hormones and antibiotics, not to mention fertility treatments? Oh, I suppose God works in mysterious ways, bestowing -plets upon all sorts of irritating people simply for our amusement.

Or am I being too harsh?

Gone to the Dogs

My column yesterday about my dog, Charlie, and the "unfriendly" dogs and owners we encounter on our walks generated a lot of responses from readers. Among them was a link to a Web site called Find My Dog Alli.

Alli is a Newfoundland who went missing in the Foggy Bottom/West End area of D.C. on Jan. 21st. Her owner, Jarryd Commerford, is hoping his blog will help find Alli. Seen a Newfoundland in that neighborhood? It might be her.

By John Kelly  |  February 3, 2009; 8:02 AM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks for adding the dog stuff, at the end, John, because now I don't feel compelled to comment about "Jennifer the organicist."

Posted by: mfromalexva | February 3, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Yes, you are being too harsh. Probably the best punishment for Kate (aside from having her entire family and its squabbles viewed on National TV) would be to force her to participate in a Super Bowl ad. But not one like the Go-Daddy Danica Patrick shower scene.

Posted by: reddragon1 | February 3, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Somebody over on the Celebritology blog coined the term "octopuplets" to refer to that California mother's newest additions. I like how it implies "litter" rather than just far too many human infants.

Posted by: northgs | February 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Loved the article about your beautiful, er, I mean handsom, dog, Charlie. But since I usually own female dogs, there will be NO humping at my house;)

Posted by: iremembrmama | February 5, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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