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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The 'wolf child' delighted to be named the world's hairiest girl - because it makes her more POPULAR at school

By Daily Mail Reporter

Her nicknames may include 'wolf girl' and 'monkey face'.

But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. 

Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular.

Record breaker: Supatra Sasuphan, 11, has a rare genetic condition that makes hair grow all over her face
'I'm very happy': Supatra Sasuphan, 11, is one of only 50 people ever to have Ambras syndrome which makes  hair grow all over her face. She has now been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. 

'I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in,' she said. 'All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me.'
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded 'werewolves.' 

She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth.

But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.

Supatra with friends in Ratchabophit school
'One of the most popular girls in school': Supatra with classmates at Ratchabophit school, where she says getting the record for world's hairiest girl has helped her win more friends.

Little Supatra Sasuphan
They don't tease me anymore: doctors tried to remove Supatra's hair with laser treatment but it quickly grew back

She said: 'There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more.

'I'm very used to this condition. I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything.

'It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long.I hope I will be cured one day.'

In other ways Supatra is the same as other children her age - she loves swimming, dancing to her favourite music and playing with friends.

But more than anything, Supatra loves perching in front of the TV at her tiny one-bedroom family home in Pranakom, on the outskirts of Bangkok, to watch cartoons.

Happily families: Suptara with her sister 15-year-old Sukanya, left, her father Sammrueng and mother Somphon
Happily families: Suptara with her sister 15-year-old Sukanya, left, her father Sammrueng and mother Somphon

 People in a street turn and stare as Supatra walks by in Bangkok, Thailand.
Still attracting stares: strangers look at Supatra on the streets of Bangkok, but her neighbours say her sweet nature quickly won over her local community

She said: 'I like to watch anything on TV, whatever is, I like having it on. I like to watch Bugs Bunny.'

The bubbly little girl is also determined not to let her condition prevent her from leading a normal life.

She said: 'I like to study maths so I can be good at it and teach it to younger children so they can do it too.

'I want to become a doctor so I can help patients when they get injured.

'I want to help people who get hurt and help cure people.'

But Supatra's future didn't always look so promising. When she was first born she had to undergo two operations just to breathe.

Her father Sammrueng, 38, said: 'We found out Supatra's condition when she was born - we did not know before.

'She was not very healthy because her nostrils were only one millimetre wide. For the first three months she was kept in an incubator to help her breathe.She was in the hospital for a total of ten months. We were very worried about her.'

Supatra gets her hair cut by her mother in Bangkok, Thailand
Time for a trim: Supatra's hair grew longer as she got older and her mother now cuts it with scissors, above

One of the most popular girls in school': Supatra during a PE lesson in Ratchabophit school, Bangkok
Outgoing child: Supatra  during a PE lesson with classmates

Supatra has another operation when she was two-years-old and can now breathe normally.

But when Sammrueng and his wife Somphon, 38, brought Supatra home to live with them and their other daughter Sukanya, now 15, they faced more problems.

'When neighbours first saw Nat they asked what kind of sin I had done. I was very worried about what she would be when she grew up because of other children teasing her,' he said.

But Supatra's sweet nature quickly won over people in her community.

Sammrueng, a jewellery maker, said: 'She gets along with others really well and is very generous. She has a lot of friends.

'She is just the same as any other little girl her age.

'But her teeth grow slowly and she can't see very well."

Doctors tried to remove the hair with laser treatment when she was two-years-old but despite numerous sessions it kept growing back as thickly as before.

Supatra's hair has got increasingly thicker as she has grown up so her mother has to cut it back regularly for her. 

She uses baby shampoo to wash her hair as she is allergic to stronger brands.
Sammrueng said: 'I still hope one day she will be cured. We will do anything we can if it will help her.'

This Guy’s Name Is Wonderful And Terrific


The University at Buffalo football team may not have been able to recruit the high school prospect with the most talent among this year’s class, but they were able to recruit the high school prospect with the best name.

Meet Wonderful Terrific Monds II. In an effort to make sure their son would never lack self-confidence, they gave him the most glorifying name they could come up with (we are simply assuming that is the explanation for such a name). Now the Bulls are hoping Monds can live up to his name.
That could be a tough task for the defensive end out of Westwood High School, but if he wasn’t up for the challenge, his parents probably would have just named him Average Mediocre.
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The Five Most Expensive Beatles Collectibles

by Deidre Woollard

beatles, a new collaborative wiki project for collectors, has created the a list of the top five most expensive collectibles associated with The Beatles. The popular band has spawned many museums and items that are associated with members of the band, especially in relation to the creation of their music, sell very well, often at auction at some of the world's top houses. The top collectibles are associated with the life and music of John Lennon.

1) John Lennon's Rolls-Royce Phantom V – $2.23 million. In 1985, a psychedelic hand-painted Rolls-Royce Phantom V owned by John Lennon was sold by Sotheby's. This amazing car with custom modifications including a seat that converts to a double bed, a television and an interior-exterior sound system, is housed at the Royal BC Museum. Canadian businessman Jim Pattison donated the car to the museum.

2) The piano John Lennon used to write Imagine - $2.1 million. The simple walnut-finished Steinway upright that John Lennon used to write the song "Imagine" is an example of a humble collectible that has acquired value because it is part of history. It is considered to be one of the most valuable pieces of music memorabilia with a current estimated value of $8 million to $12 million. Musician George Michael bought the piano at auction for $2.1 million in 2000 and composed the song "Patience" on it. The instrument was recently on loan to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
3) The Wikicollecting list cites John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the life" - $1,202,500 as the third most valuable collectible but this may not be true. The John Lennon-penned lyrics to "A Day in the Life" were auctioned off by Sotheby's New York in June 2010. "A Day in the Life" is the last song on The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and considered to be one of the best songs of all time. The lyrics sold for $1.2 million beating the estimate of $500,000 to $700,000 but according to various sources, the record for most expensive Beatles handwritten lyric record still belongs to the lyrics for "All You Need Is Love" which sold for $1.25 million in 2005 at the Cooper Owen auction house.

4) The drum skin which appears on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - £541,250 ($1,071,133). The hand-painted bass drumskin shown on the front cover of the Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band designed by artist Joe Ephgrave sold at a Christie's auction in 2008 for £541,250, nearly four times its pre-sale estimate.

5) George Harrison's Gibson SG guitar - $567,500. George Harrison's Gibson SG guitar - $567,500. A 1964 Gibson SG guitar played by George Harrison between 1966 and 1969 was sold at a Christie's New York sale in 2004 for $567,500. The guitar used by Harrison during the Revolver recording session and The Beatles' last official UK concert and was played by John Lennon during the White Album sessions in 1969.