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May 05, 2013

What's the creepiest thing your young child has said to you?

Inspired by a runaway Reddit thread chronicling all the creepy stuff kids say this Australian paper solicited stories of creepy kids from their readers. What's the creepiest thing your young child has said to you? | News.com.au
VJ of ORANGE: My son, then aged three, asked who the man in the photo was. I told him that it was my grandfather but that he died not long before you were born. He said "but he comes and talks to me at night sometimes and gives me a kiss goodnight". Dr of Canberra: My friend's four-year-old was making a necklace. When asked what she was doing her reply was, "I'm making a necklace as a going away gift for Gayle" (my friend's grandmother). Later that night my friend's mother called to tell her that her grandmother had died. Twigz of Brisbane: My four-and-a-half-year-old said to me, "when daddy gets back I want to put you on the road so he can run you over and never walk again". Anna North of NSW: When my daughter was three or four, my mum was looking after her and when she went to the loo, left the door open so she could see my daughter who turned to her and said, "grandma you should shut the door, that man's watching you." Jess S. of Adelaide: My nephew who was not quite five-years-old told me while I was 21 weeks pregnant he wanted to be my doctor and cut my baby out of my stomach. "I want to get my knife and cut you open and take your baby out." Cathnn of NSW: When about to depart his grandparents' house one evening, my seven-year-old son said: "STOP dad, I forgot to say goodnight to Nanny, I MUST say goodnight". He was quite upset and insisted he go back inside to give his grandmother a kiss and cuddle. She died that night. CP of Brisbane: I turned my son's light off to send him to sleep and he said, "mama I see eyes everywhere". Diastrophus: My (then) five-year-old: "Doesn't it bother you at night having that dead girl watch you sleep." Here is a sample of some of the best posts so far from the original story on Reddit: Unfortunatebirthmark: I was tucking in my two-year-old. He said "Good bye dad." I said, "No, we say good night." He said "I know. But this time it's good bye." Had to check on him a few times to make sure he was still there. NotTomPettysGirl: Not to me, but to his grandmother. He was cuddling with her and being very sweet (he was about 3 at the time). He takes her face in his hands, and brings his face close to hers, then tells her that she's very old, and will die soon. Then he makes a point of looking at the clock. GatorMcGovern: A friend of mine's child told him "Daddy, I love you so much that I want to cut your head off and carry it around so I can see your face whenever I want." evillawnornament: "Daddy sleep" then pushing my head underwater at the pool. Thingsimeantobe: My five-year-old at the time had night terrors and would scream in her sleep. One night I said 'mama's here it's okay'. She looked right at me still asleep and screamed 'mama? But who is that behind you? jelb32: My five-year-old son asked me last week "what do you see through the black circles in my eyes when you're controlling me when I'm at school?" Like_I_was_sayin: My three-year-old daughter stood next to her new born brother and looked at him for awhile then turned and looked at me and said, "Daddy it's a monster. We should bury it." abluesxs: I jokingly asked: "What's the best way to get a girlfriend?" 7-year-old's response: "Tell her to be my girlfriend or she'll never see her parents again." psalm_69: I was sound asleep, and at around 6am I was woken up by my 4-year-old daughter's face inches from mine. She looked right into my eyes and whispered, "I want to peel all your skin off". olafthebent: "So I shouldn't throw him in the fire?" 3-year-old daughter holding her baby brother for the first time.
*Thanks, Mia!*

May 03, 2013

Toxic Food: Rat meat being sold as lamb in China

China's Food Safety Horror Show Continues: Rat Meat Sold As Lamb On The Black Market | ThinkProgress
Just two months after thousands of dead pigs floated down the Huangpu River, a new food safety scare has rocked China. Officials announced Thursday that police have taken down an extensive meat adulteration ring that has long been passing off un-inspected rat, fox, and mink carcasses as lamb. While Europe’s horsemeat scandal earlier this year was physically harmless, China’s rat meat scam only hints at the dire public health threats posed by the nation’s underground meat market. Chinese police arrested 63 people in the fake lamb scheme as part of a larger operation to combat an illegal industry of fake, diseased or adulterated meat. Since late January, police have seized 20,000 tons of unsafe meat and broken up 1,721 factories and shops manufacturing and trading in un-inspected meat usually pumped full of illegal preservatives and toxins. One person even died recently after eating illegally-produced lamb riddled with pesticides. Mass illnesses caused by contaminated meat in 2011 is also still fresh in Chinese memory. Despite recent efforts to crack down on counterfeit meat, the black market has flourished in the absence of effective regulation . . .

Drugs, Sex, and #Risk

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