Tattle: Octomom's cargo hardly precious

O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989.
O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989. (RAY STUBBLEBINE / Associated Press)
Posted: July 11, 2011

IF YOU'VE EVER flown cross-country (or longer), you probably know what it's like to sit in the waiting area, check out your fellow passengers and make a mental list of who you hope is not sitting next to you.

Tattle's not talking about trying to determine who's wearing exploding underpants - merely who looks annoying. Who's going to chew your ear off for five hours or take your armrest or listen to their iPod so loudly you want to choke them with their ear buds.

So imagine you're waiting and the call is made for travelers with young children, and you see that "Octomom" Nadya Suleman is on your flight.

And she isn't traveling light.

She has all eight 2-year-olds and a few older kids.

According to E! that was the story Friday night at JFK in Queens on a flight bound for LAX - a flight that had already been delayed two hours.

At best, Octo's 2-year-olds behaved like 2-year-olds, and "3rd Rock from the Sun" star Kristen Johnston, also on the flight, wasn't keen on listening to them for five hours.

Johnston reportedly complained about the noise and asked Nadya to keep her octet quiet.

Nadya: "How would you like me to keep eight 2-year-olds quiet?"

Kristen: "Get more help!"

Nadya: "Why don't you grow a baby and get a life!"

Said Octo's rep, whose money probably should be spent on another nanny: "Nadya and her children were in business class. Apparently Kristen became upset and came from first class to tell her to keep her kids quiet. They had an altercation, and Kristen got off the plane and never returned. While Nadya had help from her friend and two older children, it's not easy to travel with one 2-year-old, let alone eight 2-year-olds, on a plane. She did the best anyone could."

When Nadya landed in L.A., TMZ.com was there. She said she had no idea who Kristen was, adding, "I guess there's some people that don't like kids."

The plane problem followed the Octo family's appearance on "Today," in which the wandering toddlers made host Ann Curry seem more like a cat herder than an interviewer.

The segment was such a circus, Curry may still be roaming the halls calling, "Meredith. Meredith. Come back, Meredith."

Vendys

Congratulations to Thomas Bacon and Elukene Rene, whose Gigi and Big R's Caribbean/soul-food truck took home Philadelphia's first Vendy Cup for best street-food vendor.

The 10-year-old eatery operates curbside at Drexel University.

Vendy attendees chose Cucina Zapata's chicken satay tacos and other Thai-Mexican fusion dishes as winner of the "people's choice" award. Sweet Box was chosen best dessert truck.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email: gensleh@phillynews.com.

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