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Another Gem From Pakistani Radio

February 7, 2014

It was a phone-in show. The topic was “What You Should Never Say To A New Mum”.   I’d missed some, but our host kindly did a recap of the best.

“You can say goodbye to having a social life” was predictable.

“He’s quite an ugly baby, isn’t he” felt a bit harsh, given that the majority of new born babies look like a bulldog chewing a wasp (except mine, of course.  Mine were stunningly attractive from day one, and I’m completely objective about that).

Then it came.  Someone actually rang in to say that they’d said this to a new mother.  Only in Pakistan.

And the offending phrase?

“You must have eaten a lot of dark chocolate when you were pregnant.”

I don’t think they were talking about iron levels.

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