How did 23-year-old Kristy Nicholson go from severe claustrophobic to genie in a bottle circus performer? Oh, she had her mother stuff her into a cupboard every day. Kristy was a skilled contortionist with a dream of joining the Circus of Horrors, but her fear of tight spaces held her back until her mom had a brilliant idea. She would help Kristy overcome her fear by shoving her into laundry baskets, cupboards, and animal cages a few times a day. Once Kristy got used to the enclosed spaces, she began using her skill to hide in unlikely places and scare her family members. All the practice paid off and now she is able to squeeze herself into a two-foot by 18-inch glass capsule, but only after getting her appendix removed. And that, my friends, is one way to cure claustrophobia. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Is it weird that my uterus is totally spasming over this video of a baby gorilla — named Tiny! — taking its first steps at London’s Zoological Society? I mean, we’re both primates so it can’t be that weird that I wish I could give birth to a baby gorilla of my very own. It’s totally natural. Yup, uh huh. [The Gloss
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Here’s a sticky wicket for you: the mother of a 21-year-old mentally challenged woman in Britain is asking a court for permission to sterilize her daughter so she will not continue getting pregnant. The daughter, who is referred to in court as P to protect her anonymity, already has two young children who are being raised by P’s mother, Mrs. P, who lives with them. However, Mrs. P said she cannot financially support a larger family and that when she took her daughter to a family planning clinic, she refused to get a contraceptive injection (Depo Provera). As Mrs. P described it, if P were to become pregnant again, Mrs. P would put the baby up for adoption. The nature of P’s mental difficulties are not explained by the Guardian, but Mrs. P told the court that P does not seem to understand the gravity of the situation. “I tried to explain that any future babies will go to a new mum and dad,” Mrs. P said. “She doesn’t understand that she won’t ever see them again. She says, ‘I’m the mummy’. She doesn’t understand they will get a new mum.”
Mrs. P continued, “I want the best for my daughter. We are supporting and helping her, bringing up her children and keeping them together as family unit. Obviously we can’t carry on supporting more and more children. She doesn’t see anything wrong in her behavior.” The judge handling the case, however, said that expert evidence was not available to make a judgment and he declined to rule on an “extremely serious and important” issue without it. Keep reading »
I am not always the biggest fan of Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts here at The Frisky. But I would like to give the senator my sincere respect for opening up to “60 Minutes” about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child from a camp counselor.
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