October 12, 2005

I Didn't Know There Were Any J-People In Arkansas

I thought they were all in NYC and San Francisco. At least that's where the two J-families WE know live.

But congratulations to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar down near Little Rock, who just had their 16th kid, a girl, the first in 8 years:

Their children include two sets of twins, and each child has a name beginning with the letter "J": Joshua, 17; John David, 15; Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah, 6; Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; Jackson Levi, 1; and now Johannah.
Mom delivers 16th child, thinking of more [cnn via gawker??]

12 Comments

Folks in Little Rock are really keen on sex. Guess Bill came by it honestly. (And Jefferson starts with a "J"...)

Hey, I like the sex too, but it didn't take me sixteen goes to figure out what happens when you do it.

Want a real life demonstration of exponential growth? Assuming the parents quit now, and all these kids emulate their parents' example and have 16 kids a piece, and all their kids maintain the family tradition, these people will have sired 4096 great grandchildren.

Two more generations of the same behavior would result in over a million descendants. Only five generations later and you'd have 73 billion progeny. Good thing we don't all do that.

[I think I saw a movie in school about this, where the world collapses under the weight of 150 billion non-Americans. -ed.]

wow, scott, what a way to put that high school math to work!! those are some seriously scary numbers!!!

Especially if they all have she-mullets like mom.

Ooo. Thank you JJ! I looked again -- thought they were sideburns. Good work Jim Bob! Better sell some more homes or hope for scholarships.

An Arkansas correspondent on another blog indicated that the family in public wears identical homemade outfits, and the girls all sport the never-cut hair.

When I first read this story, I first wondered about C-sections...if she delivered in an American hospital, it seems like it would only be a matter of time before you hit surgery.

If she has had a C-section, did they use staples or velcro? Sorry.

[now that they have economies of scale, they should outsource the clothesmaking; it'd provide jobs to an entire Madagascar village, too. -ed]

Herewith is the Duggar Family Website.

Of particular interest are the "Jim Bob's Message To Fathers" and "Michelle's Advice To Mothers".

They also have a "FAQ section", althgough I don't see an answer to "What the hell are you thinking, having 16 kids?" which has to the THE most FAQ.

It does however, note that they curently live in 2400 sq. ft. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM house! That is the equivalent, per person, of the 3 people in the 400 sq ft apartment, which was talked about on DaddyTypes a few weeks ago.

Also, they are Mac users! Think Different, indeed.

**note, while I was viewing their site just now, it suddenly changed from home made, to a groovy perfessional-looking site devloped by "WebProclaim, LLC". Complete with links to all their recent press coverage. Other content is the same, except FAQ is now under "articles" section.

[kids 1-3 must have started a webdesign company. I now wonder if the whole thing isn't a McSweeney's stunt. -ed.]

Please tell me y'all took advantage of JJ's research and visited this site -- specifically the recommneded links:
http://www.wholesomewear.com/page-4.html

This stuff makes swimsuits from the 1700s look downright slutty.

Check out the favorite recipes on the website. If they keep reproducing at this rate we all might be advised to buy stock in Velveeta.

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to have that many people living in a house that small in my city. WTF are these people smoking? Send that man off for a vasectomy before her uterus falls out!

What I don't understand is why everyone cares how many children this couple has. Why is it more wrong for them to have 16 than for someone else to have 5 or 2 or 1 or none? Why does everyone care what clothes they wear? At least they are covered which is more than you can say for a lot of people now days.
I think they are a truly happy family...how many of those can you find now days.

[I think the key phrase there, JR, is "now days." It's just out of the ordinary, to say the least, to have 16 kids. We --me and some other Mormon friends, that is--were talking about this the other night, and we all knew families with 8 or 9 kids growing up, but one guy from Utah knew a family with 19 (!!), and one woman who has 8 siblings remembers at the height of the "zero population" 1970's having people yell at her parents in the supermarket.

I'd guess that a great deal of the criticism comes from people imagining THEMSELVES with 16 kids, and multiplying their current parenting challenges by several orders of magnitude. And that's gotta freak people out a bit. It's less about Jim Bob&co and more about them. Just a guess. -ed., oldest of (just) six.]

Hey,
I say the more the merrier!! As long as you can keep your eyes on them. They must have plenty of baby video cameras, sound monitors, and all kinds of electronic toys!

[or there's always like four people in each room of the house at any one time... doesn't make quite as much sense without your url, does it, Jay? -ed.]

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