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BritNews RoundUp: Blessed/Blasted Event Edition

Our first child arrived after 33 hours of labor. It was excruciating. I think it was pretty painful for my wife, too. At the other end of the spectrum you have mothers such as Katherine Allen of Milton Keynes in England, whose story the Daily Mail begins thusly: "A mother told of her shock today after she unexpectedly gave birth at home so quickly her baby daughter slid down her trouser leg."

Nothing more to say, really, except that it was a good thing she was wearing loose track suit bottoms and not tight capris.

Something similar happened to Rebecca Longley of Winchester, England, who was twice turned away from the hospital while in labor and had to give birth in her boyfriend's Peugeot while driving down the highway. "Andrew did a brilliant job to carry on driving even though he was feeling quite faint," Rebecca told the Mail. I'll bet.

I have two questions: Was baby Aaliyah conceived in the car? And how much will it cost to get the interior steam-cleaned?

Often in this space we explore the English love of animals. However, let us not forget that the only thing the Brits love more than dogs, cats, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and stoats are plants. Even ugly ones. The Royal Horticultural Society is asking the public to vote on a survey of the world's ugliest plants. The list -- along with photos -- is here at the Telegraph's site. The names alone are worth reading: bastard cobas, birthwort, corpse flower, stinky squid...

Speaking of stoats: A Norfolk water company employee revived a baby stoat by giving it mouth-to-snout resuscitation. Said a wildlife official: "Although we would not recommend someone trying to do CPR on a wild animal, their rescuer saved them from almost certain death and did a great job of helping them to survive."

And just in case you missed it, the Daily Mail -- as always, aspiring to the upper echelons of investigative journalism -- reports that actress Megan Fox of the "Transformers" films, is not perfect. She has "clubbed thumbs." The Mail has the photographic evidence to prove it.

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By John Kelly  |  June 12, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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I have a third question for Aaliyah's parents: Can they get whoever turned them away from the hospital to pay for that steam cleaning?

Posted by: MikeM_inColumbia | June 12, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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