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Uncommon Knowledge: Who was the greatest mother ever?

There may be a lot of qualities that go into being a great mother, but if you’re speaking numerically, the greatest mother ever was an 18th century Russian peasant woman. Hailing from the hamlet of Shuya, it’s believed that her name was Valentina, although on official records she was always referred to as Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev. Over a 40-year period, Mrs. Vassilyev gave birth 27 times. Impressive, you say? That’s not all. Of those 27 births, 16 were pairs of twins, 7 were triplets, and 4 were quadruplets. That adds up to a grand total of 69 children, and what must have been some pretty intense Mother’s Day celebrations.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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