At least once every week (sometimes way more) I get sucked into Google, researching stuff, learning stuff, gawking at stuff. In general just wasting loads of time.
And, even though I should be, I don’t get any work done.
Most of the time, I also have no idea how I got sucked into it at all. Google is like this crazy informational vortex that sucks you in and spits you out the other side without a second thought to what you should be doing or how you should be spending your time.
And so, this week as The Farmer’s Daughter and I got sucked into debate about how old the youngest parents ever recorded must be, I realized that it doesn’t have to be lost time.
I can make a blog post out of it and turn time wasting into time working! Which is why I’m going to start a weekly afternoon series “How Google Got Me This Week.”
And what better way to start out than the youngest parents ever recorded?
My guess was that the youngest father ever recorded was 9. The Farmer’s Daughter guessed 11.
My guess for youngest mother ever was 10. Her guess was 9.
And we were wrong. According to the Google vortex, these were the youngest parents ever recorded.
Unofficial: Karl Corr. Sources say he was seven. After a lot of searching, I have found nothing official to verify this (just lots of forums and unofficial sources, none with more information than this).
Most official thing I could find: Sean Stewart from Britain.
He became a father one month after his 12th birthday. This was in 1998.
His girlfriend, Emma, was 15 when she got pregnant with their child.
They planned to stay together and raise their child. But life had other plans.
Emma left Sean six months later and is now married to another man.
And that’s all I can find about that.
On a side-note: Alfie Patten (also from Britain) became a father at 13 a couple years ago. His photo has been widely circulated around the internet as being Sean Stewart, probably because his baby face makes a more shocking photo for those getting sucked into the Google Vortex.
This one is just shocking no matter how you look at it. And sad.
Youngest mother was Lina Medina, age 5 years 7 months when she gave birth. According to Wikipedia:
Lina Medina, from the Ticrapo District of Peru, gave birth by cesarean section in Lima at age 5 1⁄2. The infant was a 2.64 kg (5.8 lb), 47.5 cm (18.7 in) boy named Gerardo. Medina’s parents, who assumed their daughter had a tumor, took her to a hospital in late March, where she was found to be 7 months pregnant. By interrogating her parents, the doctors understood that Medina had entered into precocious puberty (when hormone glands are activated earlier than normal) very early after her birth. Although Medina’s father was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse, he was later released due to lack of evidence, and the baby’s biological father was never identified.
There is a photo of young Lina on the wiki page. Go over there to see it. It’s old and grainy but she’s nude so I’d rather not share it here.
And that is how Google sucked me in this week.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. what would your guesses for youngest parents ever have been?