The Girl Who Gets Gifts from Crows

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Blogger David Thompson calls her "an eight-year old queen of the crows." So far, Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington is using her super power modestly. It's been developing for the past year. What is her power?

Crows bring her things.


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Wild crows fly up and drop small objects in front of her. They're gifts. For the past 4 years, she's fed them scraps for fun. Now they're expressing their loyalty. The BBC reports:

The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn't a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically - anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.

One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word "best" printed on it. "I don't know if they still have the part that says 'friend'," Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.

How should Gabi use this power?



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Parents Get Bright Red Tattoos to Match Their Daughter's Birthmark


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Honey-Rae Phillips of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, was born with a string of bright birthmarks stretching from her right foot up her leg and that side of her body. People noticed. Strangers made comments.

Her parents, Adam and Tanya, initially covered up the birthmarks. But then they changed directions. Honey-Rae's birthmarks were not unsightly disfigurements. So they let her wear shorts and other clothes that expose her birthmarks.

And then Adam and Tanya went even further, taking the radical step of having Honey-Rae's birthmark pattern tattooed over their own bodies. The Daily Mail quotes Tanya:

'From the moment she was born, we told Honey-Rae she was beautiful and constantly covered her in kisses.'

She added: 'Some people will says it odd and think what we’ve done is quite extreme, but in our eyes all we have done is ensure Honey-Rae never feels different. Mummy and Daddy now have the same permanent markings as she does.'

The couple already had tattoos on their legs, but none as extreme as the imitation birthmarks.

Now they have had the procedure done, Honey-Rae couldn't be happier - and even points at the tattoos and yells 'match!'.

-via Daily Telegraph



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The Most Sinister Baby Laugh You'll Hear Today

Bwahahahahaha! This baby will make a great supervillain when he grows up. Just watch as he unleashes the most sinister laugh you'll hear today.

The video of the unnamed laughing (Russian?) baby, titled "The most sarcastic baby in the world!" by YouTube user moonez has gone viral and racked up over a million hits since it was uploaded just a couple of days ago.



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Baby Born with Intact Amniotic Sac

First off, little Silas Philips is fine. He was delivered by Cesarian section three months early at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, still shrouded in his sac of amniotic fluid. Neonatologist William Binder snapped a picture of the unusual sight with his cellphone, then opened the sac so the baby could begin breathing.

The photograph shows the baby just seconds old. Until the bag was broken, the baby was still getting oxygen through the placenta.

“It felt like slow-motion but really realistically probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing,” the doctor said.

The photo is a rare opportunity to see what a six-month pregnancy really looks like. And from the baby’s point of view, the trauma of birth didn’t happen until he was outside his mother. Despite his prematurity, Silas is doing well at ten weeks old and is expected to go home within a month. See a video report at CBS Los Angeles. -via Buzzfeed

PS: I found out some other interesting things about Dr. Binder.

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15-Year Old Hires CEO to Run the Company She Founded 3 Years Ago


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This is Noa Mintz, the founder of Nannies by Noa, a successful small business in New York City. If you need a top quality nanny or babysitter, she can set you up.

She's only 15 years old.

From a young, er, younger, age, Noa got to know a lot of nannies and babysitters. She developed a knack for knowing if a caregiver's personality was a good fit for a family--or wasn't. When she was 12, she launched a company that paired nannies and babysitters with families who needed them. Noa ran the company while going to school and living an otherwise normal life as a middle schooler.

Now, as a high school freshman, she realizes that she can no longer devote enough time to her company, which serves about 190 clients through about 75 nannies and babysiitters. Noa has hired a CEO to take over of day-to-day operations. The New York Post reports that this is only her latest venture:

Mom Meredith Berkman, a former journalist, isn’t surprised by her daughter’s ambition.

“Noa is a natural-born serial entrepreneur — from 6 or 7, she was always trying to start these mini-companies,” says Berkman.

“She’d reach out to my friend and ask to be a consultant for birthday parties. There are kids whose lives are absorbed by tennis or acting — but this is her baby, her startup. It’s not a hobby for her. This isn’t a lemonade stand.”

-via Oddity Central



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Toddler Does Tahitian Dance

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This little girl is not yet two years old, but she’s learning the basics of Tahitian dance from Tahitoa Productions in Guam. They normally take students starting at age three. In case you are not familiar with Tahitian dance, here’s what a talented adult can do. The little girl above is getting a head start! -via Daily Picks and Flicks



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Artist Creates Charming Cartoon Characters From Baby Photos

In her most recent project, Costa Rica-based artist Maria Jose Da Luz transforms pictures of infants and toddlers, which are adorable in their own right, into appealing cartoon characters. Taking the basic expressions of the children and tones of the photos and accentuating them, Jose Da Luz may also make slight changes, such as turning dad into a superhero. Why not? The result couldn't be more engaging and sweet. 

Visit the artist's Behance site to see her other drawings of this type. These pieces are done on commission. Request a portrait of your own or see more of the illustrator's work here. Keep up with her via social media on Facebook.

Via Elite Daily | Images: Maria Jose Da Luz 

 



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The Student Creed

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Positive, offensive, self-discipline, self-control, physical health: those are awfully big words for a three-year-old! This white belt is reciting the student creed at Premier Martial Arts in Leeds, UK. Isn’t her speech just the most adorable thing you've seen today? -via Daily Picks and Flicks



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Coming Soon: A New Dr. Seuss Book

The beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, but he’s got a new book coming out in July. What Pet Should I Get? is believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962, and features the same brother and sister from the 1960 book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.   

Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel, found the manuscripts and illustrations in their La Jolla, California, home soon after her husband died. She set the materials aside, only to rediscover them in 2013 while cleaning out his office.

"While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time," Audrey Geisel said in the release.

Random House announced the new book today, and said that two more new books from the discovered materials will come later. 

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5-Year Old Boy Proposes to 8 Disney Princesses . . . And 1 Said Yes!

Parker Schoberl is 5 years old, so it’s time that he get married. He went to Disney World to find a wife. He’s not that particular. He just wants a Disney princess—and any Disney princess will do. He proposed to Snow White, Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Elsa, Belle, and Tinkerbelle.

Parker is, to say the least, bold. He actually proposed to Jasmine right in front of Aladdin.


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Parker’s efforts paid off. One of the princesses agreed to marry him. That’s better than having two acceptances, which could cause complications.

-via Fashionably Geek



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This Mother Let Her Toddler Dress Her For A Week

Summer Bellessa is the mother of a three year-old boy. After picking out his outfits for three years, she thought it might be interesting to let him pick out her clothes for a week. The results are surprisingly fabulous -particularly the polka dot Minnie ensemble above.

Her discoveries from the experiment are interesting not just because her son has pretty great fashion sense, but also because she realized that most people really don't care what you wear -even if you're wearing two shoes that don't even match. And while she doesn't say it, the results also prove that hipsters dress like children.

Via Fashionably Geek



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Metal Alphabet

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If you would like some evidence that learning is enhanced by music, look at this little girl. She really knows her ABCs! Well, she may need a little work on her elemeno, but she’s only two years old. If you don’t need any such evidence, watch this little girl anyway, because she’s adorable. -via reddit



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Artists Transform Children's Hospital With Murals

A British arts collective called Vital Arts, for a project in which the goal is to bring art to Britain's hospitals, has transformed London Royal Children’s Hospital into a visual feast for little eyes. Mural after mural, some embellished with parts affixed to give them dimension and life, meets the eyes of patients and their guests. What was once a grim, institutional paint job is now full of vibrant color. If the designs put one smile on the face of a sick child or parent in distress, the artists have made a positive impact. 

See many additional pictures, each more charming than the last, in this post. Visit Vital Arts' website to learn more about the artists and their admirable mission. 





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Perfectly Punny DIY Valentine's Day Cards

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Every February kids look forward to sharing a bit of their individual personalities with their classmates in the form of a Valentine's Day card, which they usually have to give to every kid in their class. This causes most parents to go looking for Valentines that are easy to put together and cheap, resulting in a totally throwaway experience.

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Kids and parents who are bored of the same old store bought Valentines are now seeking alternatives, something new and truly unique to spice up that classroom share and wow their peers.

Well, if you're looking to share some Valentines that are sure to impress look no further than this fun collection of 34 Punny Valentines Perfect For Any Classroom.

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These simply awesome ideas will allow you to up your Valentine's Day game without breaking the bank, and you won't just be making Valentines with your children- you'll be making memories that'll last a lifetime!

See the rest of the 34 Punny Valentines Perfect For Any Classroom here



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Kids Reenact Oscar Nominated Movies

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As they did last year, Cinefix recast the movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar with children. Too bad these aren’t full-length features; from what I’ve heard, most of the nominees would be improved by turning them into comedies and casting 8-year-olds with beards. Then again, I haven’t seen any of those movies. -Thanks, Daniel!



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Dad Gets His Son's Doodles Tattooed On His Arm

Most parents appreciate the artwork created by their children, no matter how bizarre or indecipherable it may look, but that appreciation usually goes no further than putting their works of art on the fridge for all to see.

Those typical displays of parental pride simply weren’t enough for proud papa Keith Anderson, so he has been getting a tattoo of his son’s doodles applied to his right arm every year for the last seven years. 

Photographer Chance Faulkner sat down with father and son to shoot some intimate portraits that show how Keith's inked arm serves as a truly personal way to express his parental pride, and to capture this tender moment:

That's Keith's son applying the latest doodle tattoo to his father's arm and loving every minute of it. It looks like this endearing project may lead to a career in tattoo art for the budding artist, which is quite possibly the coolest way to become a tattoo artist ever!

-Via BuzzFeed



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Babies Going Through Tunnels

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It’s not unusual for the parent in the passenger seat to record video of the baby in the backseat. This compilation of clips proves that there’s a universal reaction to riding through an unexpected tunnel for these little ones. “Hey! The world changed!” Or something like that. The totally unrelated music in this video only adds to the surrealism. Metafilter has a string of puns and jokes about what’s going on in their heads, including the title of their link post: OMG, it's full of cars!



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Why Children Need to Be Quiet

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Children make up a particularly gullible audience, so its very tempting to impress them with whatever nonsense you want to concoct, and sometimes those tall tales have a positive effect. Or one like this could just as easily scar them for life. This tall tale was inspired by a real-life train ride with children. It was produced by British animation studio Kilogramme, which had already produced another episode of tall tales you can see here. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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The Mother ‘Hood

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A large number of apparently first-time parents gather at the neighborhood park to defend their baby care choices by snarking at those who have selected a different path. I say they must be first-time parents because there’s no older kids with them, and by the time you’ve have several kids, you might tend to be less defensive and judgmental. (Then I wonder, why would you take an infant to a park?) Such dogmatism is one of the main reasons I stay away from mommy blogs and parenting forums. Chill out, moms (and dads)! -via Buzzfeed



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Dear Baby: A Mom Apologizes to Her Daughter with Funny Notes

Sarah Showfety of New Jersey is the mother of a 22-month old baby. She's got another one on the way. She's busy, tired, and stressed. In other words, she's the mother of a toddler.

Like any parent, she's taking shortcuts. That's the only way you get through this period relatively sane. Showfety knows that her decisions are not always the best, so she's already writing apology notes to her daughter. The results are quite funny. You can read them all at Dear Baby XO.

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Dad Gave Honest Answers to Daycare Questionnaire

When you send your child to daycare, you're probably asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding the kid's interests, allergies, and so on. But when a daycare asked a father all about his 11-month-old daughter Emma, the man decided to answer the questions with complete honesty.

For example, he listed one of Emma's goal as to "inflict sleep deprivation on [her] parents until such time as they acquiesce to [her] every whim." Every parent is nodding in agreement, I'm sure.



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Parents Who Are Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing

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Some parents struggle to fit in with their kids, and they never know quite how to communicate with their children despite all the time they’ve spent together as a family.

And then there are those parents who just “get it”- they know one of the secrets to having a good relationship with your children is to bring yourself down to their level and embrace your inner child.

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They’re the cool parents who make parenting look easy, and although they may seem to stray a bit too far from the norm at times their methods prove effective and bring a fun energy to the parent-hood.

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Peruse this collection of 15 Awesome Parents Nailing This Whole Parenting Thing and you’ll see how these pillars of parenthood handle things like discipline, chores, social media and the dreaded Prom date meet n greet.



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Revisiting the Farm of Photographer Elena Shumilova



Mother and photographer Elena Shumilova (previously at Neatorama) first got widespread recognition a year ago with her charming photographs of rural life. She's once again making the rounds with a new set of lovely captures of her family farm in Andreapol, Tverskoy Region, Russia.

Shumilova's preference of exclusively using natural light during her shoots creates a soft, warm glow that is perfectly suited for the natural innocence of her subjects: her two children and their animals. Shumilova says of her work,

“Children and animals – it’s my life. I’m a mom with two sons and we spend a lot of time on the farm. When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image.”

See more of Shumilova's latest captures on 500pxFlickrSmugmug and Facebook.

Via Bored Panda | Images Elena Shumilova

 
 

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The Awesomest Stroller Ever Looks Like the Batmobile

I'm so sad that I can't fit into this Batmobile anymore!

Tim Baker, a master propmaker, is the leader of Super-Fan Builds, a program that makes incredible one-of-a-kind toys for the biggest fans of pop culture franchises. His team has previously built a swing that looks like Groot and a Lord of the Rings litterbox house. Now, to satisfy the innermost desires of a Batman fan and his son, they've built a stroller that looks like the tumbler Batmobile from The Dark Knight film trilogy.


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The stroller is made of plates of CNC routed PVC, a welded steel frame, Plexiglas mirrors, and vengeance.

-via Gizmodo



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5-Year Old Billed for No-Show at Birthday Party

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Julie Lawrence of Cornwall held a birthday party for her daughter. The child invited her classmates, including 5-year old Alex Nash. Alex accepted. Then Alex's father Derek realized that they already had reserved the day of the birthday party to spend with Alex's grandparents. So Alex didn't show up to the party.

After the party, Julie Lawrence slipped an envelope inside Alex's backpack at school. It contained an invoice for £15.95--Alex's share of the cost of the party. This made father Derek quite mad. He went to the school to investigate the incident, then confronted Lawrence about the invoice. BBC News reports:

Mr Nash said: "It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it.

"I can understand that she's upset about losing money. The money isn't the issue, it's the way she went about trying to get the money from me.

"She didn't treat me like a human being, she treated me like a child and that I should do what she says."

In a short statement, Ms Lawrence said: "All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me."

Mr Nash said he had been told he was being taken to the small claims court because he was refusing to pay.

It was perhaps undiplomatic of Lawrence, but I'm sympathetic to the notion that people should keep their appointments or cancel them.

-via Daily of the Day

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Dad Puts on Pants While Holding a Baby


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There comes a time in every man’s life when he must wear pants. It is not a good time, but it is inevitable. Slide them on.

We’ve previously seen a man put on pants without using his hands. But he was rather acrobatic in the process. Let’s face it, he was just showing off. YouTube user ThePurplePanzy is foregoing his hands for a good reason: they’re full of baby.

This is Level 2 Dad Skill. At Level 3, you tie a necktie while holding a baby.

-via Huffington Post



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Comparison Photos of Parents and Their Children at the Same Age

Daughter (l) and mother (r) | Image: Danielle McCoy

They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and these pictures prove that can certainly be the case in terms of looks. Despite changing hairstyles and clothing, genetics ensure that the faces remain similar. This collection of photos submitted by users at HuffPost Parents is a fun diversion.

See more of these side-by-side comparisons here. -Via Twisted Sifter

Son (l) and mother (r) at 1.5 years | Image: Lauren Malone Harrison

 Mother and daughter, 8 years old | Image: Ashley L’Herault Peters



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