The best thing about the internet? Sharing the lives of the billions of other people around the planet, finding out about their joys and miracles. It's not just the next door neighbor who we get to see every day - it's everyone. That's why when this incredible family appeared overnight, six years ago, everyone fell in love with them. But their massive sextuplet surprise, and their inspirational story, doesn't just have to end there. We've caught up with them six years on, and you'll never believe what they look like now...
On the surface, Mia and Rozonno McGhee were just like any other young couple. They had been married for a number of years and were desperately trying to have a child. Little did they know that they would get much more than they bargained for...
When the exciting news arrived, it turned out to be quite the shock. Mia was pregnant, but not with one or two babies. In fact, she was expecting a sextuplet; six beautiful children, all at the same time. This would require a little more planning...
Even having twins is fairly uncommon - so what are the chances of having six, all at once? Pretty darn small. One in 67 pregnancies is a multiple birth, but having sextuplets naturally is about a one in 4.7 billion chance. With fertility treatments, the rate is a little higher, but not much.
With only six sets of sextuplets currently living in the entirety of the United States, it's no surprise that the McGhee's new family was going to break some records. In fact, when they were born in 2010, they were the first sextuplets ever in Columbus, Ohio.
Now it's time to meet this wonderful new family, as they first appeared back in 2010. Photographer Brian Killian was the one chosen to record their debut to the world, and did so with this beautiful snapshot of them all sitting on Rozonno's back.
In any other decade, it would be a small story in the newspaper and a portrait on the mantelpiece. But when this photo appeared on the internet, everyone in the world went gaga over it. The McGhees became celebrities overnight, and their life has never been the same.
They even went on Oprah to share their wonderful new family, delighting audiences with the cute-as-hell babies and their stories of raising six infants simultaneously. And you know you've made it if you've been on Oprah - she's the stepping stone to greatness.
The offers didn't stop there. Within a couple of months of the picture first surfacing, the McGhees were approached with an idea for a reality TV show, called "Six Little McGhees". They jumped at the chance to show off their parenting skills, and the show had a successful three-year run.
Most internet celebrities and viral sensations are a flash in the pan, unable to hold our attention span for long enough to last more than a week or so. Not the McGhees. For whatever reason, their story captured the hearts and minds of the public permanently, and they've never been far from the news.
But what about the actual parenting side of things? As you can imagine, it's tough work. Even now, seven years on, they're still dealing with six different tantrums and trying to get six different children ready in time for school. They won't sleep properly for another 12 years, at least.
Not only that, but Mia and Rozonno still have to earn money in order to pay for six hungry mouths. Together, and on top of raising the kids, they run a full-time carpet cleaning business. It's exhausting just thinking about it.
Married for 10 years before the children arrived, and still married seven years later, it's a wonder that the McGhees haven't quietly imploded. But through thick and thin this amazing couple has kept it together, finding strength in even the most difficult times.
Part of the reason they've worked so well is their fans, who continue to support them. So in order to say thank you to them, the McGhees this year decided to recreate the famous photoshoot that launched them into fame. Only the kids have really grown up!
This photo is likely to go just as viral as their last. They might not be babies anymore, but they're still just as adorable as ever. Have you ever seen such a beautiful family? Somehow, we really doubt it. We certainly haven't.
The McGhee's story doesn't end here. After the success of their first show, the studios have greenlit another called Growing Up McGhee which is looking to be another breakout hit. We can't wait to see what they'll look like in another seven years time...
To insure one’s house, one’s car or to underwrite a life insurance policy, that is common practice. But who would pay an insurance premium for his/her thumb, legs or smile? Stars, of course.
At the top of the ranking are the legs of Mariah Carey, worth 810 million USD: The diva became, in 2006, the Gillette brand muse for the advertising campaign «Legs of a Goddess». She then took out an insurance policy with London Lloyds to protect her legs, a decision that is far from being insignificant. Among its customers, the London insurer then included several icons of music, such as Bob Dylan or Rod Stewart.
David Beckham’s body insured for 195 million USD: European champion with Manchester United in 1999, David Beckham was in 2006 the most renowned footballer of the planet. In relation to his sporting activities, he took out an insurance cover for his legs. The huge amount paid for his insurance would reportedly exceed the 103 million USD disbursed by Real Madrid for the cover of Christiano Ronaldo in 2009. The fashion model would later extend his insurance cover to his entire body.
15 million USD in insurance for Kim Kardashian’s curves: The curves of Kim Kardashian are her number one beauty asset. The reality TV star, who is crazy about plastic surgery, has underwritten an insurance policy worth 15 million USD to protect her famous butt.
The culinary critic Egon Ronay assured his taste buds: The famous Hungarian culinary critic has insured his taste buds since 1957, for the amount of 400 000 USD. An original insurance policy which allows him to cover his sense of taste without which he will no longer be able to practice his job.