Mumsnet's ten most memorable moments (so far)
It's hard to believe but Mumsnet was founded ten years ago this year. So obviously we can't let such a cast-iron excuse for a drink look back at some of the finer and funnier moments pass us by.
- First live birth May 2002
Members flooded onto Talk to advise one of our users, MalmoMum, who was planning a home birth but was worried that her midwife (an hour away by car) might not make it in time. Soon afterwards MalmoDad was online – the contractions were coming every few minutes. Moments later, a proud MalmoDad was back - the midwife had not yet arrived but the baby had.
- Christening of She Who Must Not Be Named August 2006
To protect Mumsnet from a libel action, we took the drastic step of banning all mention of Gina Ford on our discussion boards. Within minutes of our announcement Mumsnetters had conceived a new Potter-inspired acronym, SWMNBN (She Who Must Not Be Named), which has been used ever since.
- Rockets over Lebanon apology August 2006
The Mumsnetter who caused all the trouble by suggesting that SWMNBN "straps babies to rockets and fires them into Southern Lebanon" issued a formal apology: "I apologise to any new mums who may have been confused by my post and would advise that if you are considering utilising your baby in any sort of warfare or military conflict, please speak to your health visitor first."
- Suicidal Mum saved from the brink March 2005
A depressed single mother announced on a thread that she could no longer cope and had swallowed a bottle of painkillers. Through a process of deduction worthy of Miss Marple, other Mumsnetters worked out her true identity and called an ambulance. Then they organised to pick up her child from school and within 24 hours had raised £2,000 to pay for some emergency childcare to ease the pressure when she left hospital.
- Peter Williams' heart transplant August 2007
Mumsnetters were glued to the live heart transplant of Mumsnetter Misdee's husband after two and a half years on the heart transplant list. "Peter has a heart, his little girls have their daddy, come and share in the joy!" In the six days following publication of their story in the Mirror newspaper, 25,000 people signed the organ donation register.
- Toys reunited at Glasgow airport September 2007
Mumsnetter Sophable arrived in the Outer Hebrides, but unfortunately her luggage was lost at Glasgow airport: "My bag contains my son's teddies, without which he has trouble sleeping. There are two flights tomorrow. If, by the power of Mumsnet, my bag is on one I will be so overjoyed." No problem too great for Glasgow Mumsnetter midnightexpress, who drove straight to the airport and found the bag: "It's going to be on the 4pm flight!"
- Tory leader David Cameron tells MN about his massive panniers March 2008
"I cycled to work twice this week. I always do it on a Wednesday to try and get some energy up for the bizarre ritual of PMQs. And no, no car following behind. I have massive panniers."
- Supermarket stampede as women buy baby 'bottom butter' April 2008
FriedGreenTomatoes discovers the secret of smooth, plumped-up youthful skin: "...and it is Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter! It is SO much better than all the expensive face creams I have tried." Sales of Baby Bottom Butter rocketed, taking its Hampshire-based supplier by surprise and leading to shortages on the shelves. Meanwhile, tubs that retailed at £2.49 fetched up to £15 on eBay.
- Biscuitgate October 2009
The PM wasn't fed the biscuit-related questions during a live webchat, resulting in an international crisis. To reassure the world's anxious press, he later tweeted that he favoured, "something with a bit of chocolate". A relieved nation rejoiced as Mumsnet Towers took delivery of six tubes of Downing Street Choc Chip Butter Biscuits, with a personal note from the PM saying: "the biscuits I enjoy".
- Outdoor Advertising Association pulls campaign after MN backlash January 2010
The OAA pulled posters for a £1.25 million campaign that unwisely declared: "Career women make bad mothers" after an outcry and mass letter-writing campaign on Mumsnet. The OAA issued a formal apology, stating: "We did not intend to cause any offence." As the advertising agency Transport Media pulled out of the OAA in protest, the advertising agency responsible for the campaign replaced the posters with new ones stating: "Sexist adverts damage us all."
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