When the captain tells you to get in the boat, you better not waste any time! A playground at Munson Park in Monroe, Michigan, is the setting for an epic high seas adventure.
When you’re James Hashimoto, the Action Movie Kid (previously at Neatorama), you can go with the flow, because you know that sooner or later, the stories in your adventures will come to life on video. But even if you aren’t, your parents can learn to do this from the tutorials his dad shares. You can see how this particular video was made here. -via Metafilter
Kids who use wheelchairs sometimes find that conventional costumes on sale won't work for them. That's when Walkin' & Rollin', a non-profit organization in Kansas City, comes in. The artists there specialize in the costuming and cosplaying needs of children who use wheelchairs.
It's the brainchild of Lon Davis, who started the organization after building a WALL-E costume for his son, Reese. After encountering the challenges of integrating a costume into a wheelchair, Davis began offering the service to other families for free. Last year, Davis described the design task to The Mighty:
“A lot of what Reese helps with is helping me to understand what works for a child in a wheelchair and what doesn’t,” Davis told The Mighty. “When I build a costume for his chair, he will give me hints like, ‘No, you can’t do that because then I can’t reach my brakes for my chair,’ or ‘If you attach that bar here instead, then I can get in and out of my chair easier.'”
You can see photos of costumes that Walkin' & Rollin' has produced here.
-via Super Punch
Between helicopter parenting, kids staying indoors instead of going outside to play and schools instituting stricter policies regarding recess, the young folks can't have any fun these days.
So when Julie Walsh Holcombe found out her sons got in trouble at school because they were climbing a tree and playing like normal kids she sent a strongly worded memo and a permission slip to the teacher and guard involved.
Julie's kids look too old to be getting hassled about climbing trees, but now they have official permission to have fun!
Yannick Vicente, a French artist, is raising his 4-year old daughter Anaé. Recently, he illustrated 4 moments that he shared with his precious little girl. He loves her so much and people around the internet have been charmed by how he has expressed it.
At Fashionably Geek, Geek Girl Diva writes, "I have no idea who this Batman baby belongs to." He belongs to Thomas and Martha Wayne, but that's not commonly known. Now young Bruce is getting an early start on avenging the murder of his parents. He's armored for war, just in case he has to deal with heavy interference from Metropolis.
Twitterers in their teens and twenties get all the attention these days, which is totally unfair to those hard-working guys who gave those kids their smartphones and can take them away if the kids don't behave- the dear old dads.
Fathers have some really funny things to say about life with kids, and Twitter is now the platform of choice for dads with too little time on their hands for long form posting.
Besides, sometimes 140 characters is more than enough to paint a pretty picture.
With Father's Day right around the corner it's time to let dear old dad have the social media spotlight for a while, so we can celebrate the guy who wants to help us make our dreams come true.
How many sit-ups could you do in an hour and a half? How about 10 minutes? Or just until your body gave out?
Kayleigh Bass of Kansas City, Missouri is a high-endurance sit-up producing machine. At only 10 years old, she completed 2,110 of them in 90 minutes, smashing the previous record of 2001 sit-ups. Even though she almost threw up, Kayleigh kept going until she completed this incredible goal for Project Fit America, a non-profit organization that promotes physical fitness. Fox 4 Kansas City reports:
“It’s a mind thing. If you think about it, you can do it and you’ll make it,” Kyleigh said.
Kyleigh was already on the board with 800 sit-ups but she wanted to be at the very top. So P.E teacher, Bill Lentz, helped train her to reach that goal.
“I like to think I am an active person, but I’m inspired. She’s my hero and hopefully I can work out half as hard as she does,” said Lentz.
-via Oddity Central
Annelies van Overbeek has a combination of talents: makeup, wardrobing, and facial expression. When combined, she can perfectly mimic the great stars of the past, including actress Audrey Hepburn, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Vivian Leigh from Gone with the Wind. She doesn't use Photoshop or a sophisticated camera--just her smartphone.
As luck would have it, I am wearing cargo shorts and just took off my phone holster, which I wore while taking my kids to a park.
Zach Weinersmith, who is himself a father, understands that conception changes not only a woman's body, but a man's as well.
Women are giving birth later in life than ever before, and advancements in medical science keep extending the age range which doctors deem safe for women to give birth.
But even with our medical advancements and extended lifespans getting pregnant and having a baby when you're a senior citizen isn't advisable.
Apparently nobody told Daljinder Kaur or her husband Mohinder about the age limit, because after two years of receiving IVF treatments Daljinder gave birth to a healthy baby boy- at age 72.
This is their first child after nearly fifty years of marriage, and Daljinder says she was able to give birth because "God heard our prayers".
Let's see how you feel about that baby when he hits the terrible twos!
Don has a couple of problems: his memory is poor, and his handwriting looks like a second-grader’s.
Lily is a smart kid, but her execution needs a little work. For one thing, it helps to find out what Mom’s name is and remember it. Her parents explained that Lily was promised a surprise if she stayed quiet enough for her mother to take a nap. The surprise was Reece’s sticks, so there’s no spoilers to keep from her anymore.
In the discussion at reddit, people told stories from their own childhoods, like the kid who forged a note from God, the woman who knew her Dad’s name but not his age, and the one who wrote a threatening letter to the Tooth Fairy.
Chris at Lunarbaboon is employing a trick akin to the flashy thing they used in the movie Men in Black to erase memories. That’s a fantasy we all have, because what parent hasn’t realized a little too late that they’ve said exactly the wrong thing to our kids? It would be nice to get an immediate do-over.
(Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Wall Street Journal)
Third-grader Andrew Calabrese of San Diego, California has Type 1 diabetes. Everywhere he goes, he carries with him a robotic pancreas to regulate his blood sugar.
Designs for these machines exist, but the Food and Drug Administraton won't approve them for manufacture. So Andrew's father, Jason Calabrese, built it himself. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Jason Calabrese, a software engineer, followed instructions that had been shared online to hack an old insulin pump so it could automatically dose the hormone in response to his son’s blood-sugar levels. Mr. Calabrese got the approval of Andrew’s doctor for his son to take the home-built device to school. […]
Initially, Mr. Calabrese worried about the safety of the do-it-yourself project. He built it over two months, and spent weeks testing. At first, he only tried it out on his son on weekends and at night. Once it performed well enough, he said it felt irresponsible not to use it on his 9-year-old son.
“Diabetes is dangerous anyway. Insulin is dangerous. I think what we are doing is actually improving that and lowering the risk,” Mr. Calabrese, 41, said.
Andrew's artificial pancreas is one of about 50 in the United States that individuals have built themselves.
-via Marginal Revolution
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Elna Wright, 17, of Elyria, Ohio uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal due to heriditary spastic paraplegia. That didn't stop her from getting elected homecoming queen and making plans for prom night.
Unfortunately, her boyfriend died last fall. She had no date, so her parents asked for one on social media.
Cameron Erving, a member of the Cleveland Browns football team, showed up with a limousine bus. Elna got professional-grade hairstyling, flowers, and a dress donated for her special night. She had a blast. Fox 8 News (auto-start video) reports:
“I just wanted to come here for her,” Erving said. “Just being able to make her smile, that's the biggest thing. Everybody deserves happiness, so anything I can do to make this night as special as possible.”
Wright flashed a bright smile much of the night. Her parents said they expect it will be one of her best memories ever.
“She’s on top of the world right now,” Elna’s dad, Ebony Wright, said. “This means everything.”
-via Ace of Spades HQ
Little kids can make most any activity look adorable, and they love to do silly stuff that their family will get a kick out of, but sometimes their silly antics can look a tad terrifying.
An adorable kid wearing adult sized clothing normally = cute, but when the tiny cutie pie in this video puts on a large black coat and shambles around she ends up looking totally creepy.
Maybe this video shared by Kyoot Kids is actually test footage from the new G-rated installment in the Paranormal Activity series?
-Via Laughing Squid
(Photos: Greenbriar Christian Academy)
7-year old Anaya Ellick of Chesapeake, Virginia executed perfect penmanship in a national competition called the Nicholas Maxim Award. This was an incredible feat, considering that she doesn't have hands.
It doesn't surprise anyone who knows her. Anaya has been determined from infancy to not let her disability impede her goals. The Virginia Pilot reports:
But when Anaya was only a few days old, she was already making an impression. She couldn’t hold a pacifier, but she was keeping it in her mouth by cupping it there with one arm.
While still a baby, she figured out how to hold a fork to eat and how to build with blocks.
“She helped me be comfortable with it,” Middleton said.
From an early age, Anaya got the message from her family that she could do anything. But it hasn’t been that simple. She is fiercely independent, apt to reject offers for help. In her first few years, she grew frustrated when she wasn’t able to complete a task.
Kaiori was born on April 27 (with a magnificent head of hair). Her birth announcement is a video featuring her parents, Timilehin and Maria Wusu, recreating the opening scene from The Lion King, right there in the hospital.
The hospital staff reacted just as you’d expect, with much joy and celebration. This little girl is going to have a lot of fun with her parents. -via Tastefully Offensive
When you go to a hospital to have a baby, you probably don’t have a clue how much it will cost. For one thing, most people don’t have a choice of hospitals. You go to the one your insurance will cover, and where your doctor has privileges. Or the only hospital in town. They charge what they want, and knowing won't change that. Johnny Harris and his wife Isabel wanted to get an idea of what the bill might be beforehand, but ran into problems -no one wanted to quote any numbers. It’s a secret!
Luckily, they had insurance, and the insurance company haggled the bill down after the birth. A person without insurance would be stuck with the entire bill, and hospitals rarely negotiate prices with individuals. The “good” news is that if they think you won’t be able to pay the bill, you’ll be sent home within 24 hours. As expected, the comments under this video are full of Europeans shocked that Americans have to pay to have a baby. -via Viral Viral Videos
(Photo of Mark Zuckerberg by Robert Scoble)
Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.
The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:
This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.
Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high, she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.
“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”
Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.
-via Marilyn Terrell
That area of your house that has a slant roof over it is pretty useless. It’s often only good for storage, and in this case it had two closets, but they didn’t hold much. So MetalMan83 transformed that spot into a castle fort as a gift for his daughter’s fifth birthday, with doors and lights and a lookout tower! See a series of images from the building process at imgur. He’s a pretty handy dad. Look at how he decorated the nursery for his younger daughter.
LeeAdianez Rodriguez signed up for a 5-kilometer race in Rochester, New York. But she arrived at the wrong starting position and ran a course set up for a half marathon.
LeeAdianez realized about halfway through that she must have been in the wrong race, but she decided to finish the race, whatever it was. So instead of running 3.1 miles, she ran 13.1 miles. Her finishing time was 2 hours, 43 minutes, and 31 seconds.
What lies in your baby's future? He can't think beyond the present, so do your parental duty and read out his horoscope. Cartoonist Jim Benton has helpful scanned the stars and made mystical calculations for the next week.
(Photo: Gabi Shull)
When she was 9 years old, Gabi Shull was diagnosed with cancer in her right knee. So doctors amputated her leg, removed the knee, then re-attached the rest of the leg backwards.
This surgery reduced her ability to enjoy dancing. She couldn't dance en pointe--that is, on tip toes--until she got a custom prosthetic leg. This prosthetic slips over her right leg. When she flexes her ankle, it acts as her knee. Now 14, Gabi is back dancing, cheerleading, and inspiring others to overcome their challenges.
-via The Soul Is Bone
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Brooklyn Andracke gets very excited when the garbage truck rolls through her neighborhood. It's a chance to meet the driver and her friend, Delvar Dopson. They wave at each other and Dopson honks the powerful horn on his truck.
So when Brooklyn had her third birthday party, she saved a cupcake for Dopson. Brooklyn's mother writes on Facebook:
Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him. When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us.
Then... (melt my heart)... he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn't have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can't believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be "our favorite awesome smiley garbage man".
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Jaime Primak Sullivan wants her three young children to learn good manners. So when they didn't thank a Dairy Queen server for giving them ice cream, she threw it in the trash. She writes on Facebook:
The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me... So I waited. I counted to 10
in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can. All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down.
I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency.
So today, I am the meanest mom in the world.
Sullivan's post has gone viral, gaining 49,000 shares so far. Some commenters think that she did exactly the right thing, giving her kids some tough love about being polite. But Ronda Robinson at PJ Media disagrees:
Good parenting does not include setting your children up to fail or engaging in public humiliation. Punishment should be reserved for crimes. It shouldn't be a punishable offense to not say "thank you" or to fail "see" a teenager behind the ice cream counter. These are traits of childish behavior at best, or failed parenting skills at worst, depending on the children.
What do you think?
-via Ed Driscoll
Matthew Canning is a rock ’n’ roller, and so is his three-year-old daughter Lily. They recently played a game of Name That Tune with Led Zeppelin songs, which are her favorites.
Lily ends the game with a request, a dance, and a sing-along. It took me longer than three years to learn the names of all those songs when I was much older than Lily, but to be fair, their releases were separated by more than three years. -via Arbroath
This pic took 85 tries.— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) November 9, 2015
Someday, those matching outfits will be the reason they put us in a terrible nursing home. pic.twitter.com/4DHaeS4ekT
James Breakwell (Exploding Unicorn) has been called the funniest Dad on Twitter. But it’s actually his four daughters who are the funny ones. Years ago, I tried my best to remember the funny things my kids said long enough to tell my Mom, but today with Twitter and smartphones, they can be instantly recorded. Some of these are priceless.
4-year-old: What happens when you die?— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) October 2, 2014
Me: You go to heaven.
4: No, I mean when you die, do I get your stuff?
5-year-old daughter: Why does Mom wear makeup?— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) June 19, 2015
Me: To look pretty.
5: But she's already pretty.
5: Dad, you should wear makeup.
A mysterious video from somewhere in China shows police attempting to shut down an illegal street vendor. The owner's grandson picks up a steel pipe and brandishes it against the cops, yelling "Don't touch my grandma! Go away, don't touch my grandma!" (auto-start video). Go get 'em, kid!
About 60% of people with Down Syndrome have vision problems. But most eyeglasses frames won't fit the facial features of people with it.
For Maria Dellapina, a single mother of 4 children, that was a problem. Her daughter, Erin, couldn't find glasses that fit her. So in 2004, she founded SPECS4US, a company that produces glasses for children and adults with Down Syndrome. The Erin's World line of frames gives users fashionable, practical choices for glasses.
The Huffington Post describes how the Erin's World glasses are different:
However, because many people with the disorder have flattened faces, particularly the bridge of their noses, it’s difficult to find frames that fit.
“I noticed a typical frame wouldn’t fit properly,” Dellapina, who had originally designed some frames for her daughter on a piece of paper, said at the conference.
To help alleviate the issue, Specs4us’ “Erin’s World” frame line, inspired by Dellapina’s daughter, is crafted to accommodate a low nasal bridge, according to the company’s website. The arms of the glasses are also modified to prevent them from slipping down.