Hart Cain of New Philadelphia, Ohio, pictured above, was thirteen years old in 2010. At the time, his sister was selling candles for a school fundraiser. Hart didn't like the girly scents of his sister's wares. It made him reflect on candle scents that would appeal to men. He went on to produce the candles, called "man-cans," which feature scents such as leather baseball mitt, gunpowder, freshly cut grass, bacon and pizza.
Hart's candles are also unique in that they are contained by soup cans, the soup from which he donates to soup kitchens. Thus far, this enterprising young man has donated 80,000 cans of soup to feed the disadvantaged.
Read about nine more kid innovators here.
Writer Jessica Chavkin is putting her infant son Noah in adorable costumes, one per day until Halloween. In a fun exercise she calls "Noah's Halloween Countdown," Chavkin gives her Instagram and Tumblr followers daily delights with these cute-as-can-be getups. Judging from Noah's frequent smiles, it looks as if he's having almost as much fun as mommy.
It’s important to teach kids that Halloween isn’t just about one night of collecting candy- it’s an October full of fun and festively fall activities that culminates on that magical sugar laced night of sidewalk strolling.
Celebrating a month of Halloween fun as a family means coming up with activities the whole family can enjoy, and what better way to celebrate the season of spooky than with activities both fun and educational?!
STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) projects are a great way to keep the kiddos entertained while teaching them a thing or two about science.
The projects are often messy so youngsters love 'em, and parents will love spending time with their kids while showing them another way Halloween is the most fun holiday of them all!
BuzzFeed has put together a collection of 19 Spooky STEM Projects For Kiddos This Halloween, pick out a few and watch their faces light up with wonder!
There is nothing wrong with being a sensitive and sweet man. Honestly, it is a nice change from the emotionless brutes that society seems to encourage. One night Tristen Combs heard her husband singing to the baby in the tub, and she just knew she needed to share it with the world.
Nice to see that there are still dads out there who know how important it is to actually take joy in those moments that so many take for granted. Also note, when he gets busted, his look of shame as he pulls the curtain closed is priceless.
You have nothing to be ashamed about, friend. Frankly, the world needs more guys like you.
How do you transport a baby on a long airline flight? During the 1950s, engineers at the British Overseas Airways Corporation (what we now call British Airways), developed the "skycot." High Life, British Airways' in-flight magazine, tells us that parents would hold babies during takeoff and landing, but, while in the air, would place them in these hammocks clamped onto the overhead luggage racks.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
The New York Times Magazine took six children from the second grade at P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to a restaurant. Not just any restaurant, though: they were treated to a seven-course tasting meal at Daniels, which runs $220 a head. Chef Daniel Boulud served them Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi, Crispy Japanese Snapper, and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye, among other dishes. These are Brooklyn kids, so they have restaurant experience, but none had been to such a fancy diner before. They are well-behaved, but they are also delightfully opinionated about their food. -via reddit
Nick Turner had a camera set up in the family room to capture his daughter’s first steps. As you can guess, that plan meant he captured an awful lot of attempts and false steps before Lucy actually “became a biped.” He put those clips together to make a video of the process of learning to walk. And as any parent can tell you, once they start walking, they spend the next couple of decades trying to walk away from you. -via Viral Viral Videos
Watching your kids grow up means being exposed to some pretty strange stuff, because even the nicest, sweetest and most well behaved kids are prone to bouts of nutty behavior.
They’re trying to figure out the world for themselves, and haven’t yet learned all the nuances of right and wrong, tactful and rude.
Comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee also happen to be moms, and they created a two woman live show called The Pump and Dump where they share their experiences in motherhood with their eager audience.
They invite audience members to share the strangest things their kids have ever done or said, and their hand written responses are comedy gold!
I guess becoming a parent is a great way to break in to the comedy biz, because the comedic moments write themselves when you have kids around.
Redditor YesImAtWork posted a picture of his nephew’s birthday cake, which recreates the periodic table of the elements. His nephew is six years old. How much does a six-year-old boy know about the elements? You might be surprised:
Yes, this child has a series of YouTube videos telling us about the elements, 32 of them so far. He understands more chemistry than most adults. And he’s got an awesome cake to share!
(Photo: The Lancet)
3 years ago, I mentioned that researchers in Sweden were planning the world's first uterus transplant. This would have offered new options for women for whom fertility is a lost cause. According to Dr. Mats Brannstrom of the University of Gothenburg, their efforts have been fruitful. Brannstrom and his colleagues published an article in the medical journal The Lancet reporting on the first successful live birth from a transplanted uterus.
Last month, a 36-year old woman who received one of the transplanted uteri gave birth to a premature but healthy baby boy. She had been born without a uterus, but had healthy ovaries. A 61-year old friend of her family donated her uterus to the woman. 6 weeks after she gave birth, the woman had a period, which indicates that the uterus remains healthy. She could try for a second baby, but the AP reports that she's not considering that right now.
Congratulations to musicisn, animator, and YouTube star Mystery Guitar Man, also known as Joe Penna (previously at Neatorama) on the birth of his son Jonah Lane Penna! He and his wife made a pregnancy time-lapse video with a difference: this one has a plot, sort of. A lot of planning, work, and timing went into this video over ten months. They even moved to a new home during the shoot, and the new residents of their old apartment let them keep the camera and props set up in the garage to finish the video. He talks a little about how they did it here. -via Viral Viral Videos
(Photo: Paul Fagan and Cameron Polom)
Paul Ezekial Fagan, a 10-year old boy in Tampa, Florida, vanished from his home last Thursday. Police searched the neighborhood on foot and in a helicopter while his frantic parents feared the worst.
Local news reporters drove into Paul's neighbhorood to report on the case. Among them was Cameron Polom of the local ABC station. At around 7 AM on Friday, Polom spotted a tired-looking child in some dense vegetation. The Today show describes the scene:
“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told TODAY.com on Monday.
Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.
Paul's family was overjoyed to see him back. The boy explained to them that he had left home because he needed some space from his younger brother.
-via Huffington Post
Kids look awfully cute when they’re all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating, but there’s simply nothing cuter than a chubby cheeked baby wearing a Halloween costume.
Maybe it’s the fact that they’re too young to actually go out trick-or-treating, or perhaps it’s the fact that the parents get to choose the costume, and they always err on the side of cuteness.
Whatever the reason behind our love of babies in costume, nothing warms the heart quite like seeing a little rugrat all dressed up with no idea what lies in store for them on Halloween!
A father demonstrates why it takes so long to make breakfast when you have twin babies. I can imagine it takes much longer to do anything! One baby takes all your time and attention; two will outnumber you, even if you have two stay-at-home parents. The upside is that eventually they will keep each other occupied. The downside is that they will be plotting against you. -via Tastefully Offensive
Claudio Stroe and his older brother Giuliano are gymnasts and bodybuilders in Romania. They've been training since they were very young, so they've built up an amazing amount of strength.
Claudio can perform 90° push-ups, which means that he remains balanced on his hands while pushing his entire body upright over his head. In fact, he can do it 20 times!
In contrast, I can do 0 90° push-ups (I tried).
-via 22 Words
Art is one thing, but art in motion is on a whole different and divine level. The performers for Cirque de Soleil are some of the best in the world at what they do. It is like a Terry Gilliam film brought to life before your very eyes, with zero room for failure.
To get an idea of just how utterly staggering their work is, check out Sparked. Humans and machines, moving in unison. It is like some beautiful fable that unfolds before your eyes in ways you could never have imagined. Keep in mind, were this a scene from a film, it would be all added by computers and MADE to look perfect, but this is live. This is real. This IS perfect. No CG. Just some remote controlled drones and some brilliant minds behind it all.
It is so mesmerizing it is hard to wrap your mind around.
It is actually quite reminiscent of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" but from Fantasia, where Mickey Mouse makes the brooms come to life, and then things get a little out of hand. This is like an adult version of that, only even more amazing to watch. Make sure to check out their YouTube page for more beautiful performances like Sparked.
Okay, is it sprinkling outside, or is it raining? A little boy tries to argue about the weather with a little girl. She’s got a sister for backup, and although the sister makes an attempt to moderate the disagreement, you know the poor little boy feels totally outnumbered. And she poked his heart! There will be a lot more of that in this young man’s life to come. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Grant Snider of Incidental Comics continues to enjoy and share the intricacies of life with a toddler. It’s astonishing to watch them develop and become distinct personalities, and so many of them follow the same path that other parents can remember and relate. The process of seeing them learn about the world around them and discover their ability to manipulate it is almost magical, but at the same time chaotic and exhausting for parents.
Caspar Babypants makes music for children. “Pretty Crabby” is the first song from the new album Rise and Shine. The video is a wonderful stop-motion animation featuring yarn crafts, by Charlotte Blacker and Mark Taylor. About the song:
This one started out as a really abstract song called PRETTY SPARKLE and I was trying to capture the wonder of being alive in a song. It turned out to be too abstract so I gutted it and made it about this wee crab that I met on the beach on an island a little while ago. It seemed like it was having a bad day and wanted to get me but it was also an amazing creature with its intricate shell. In the end you can listen to this song if you are feeling crabby and maybe it will cheer you up!
Well, it worked for me! -via Tastefully Offensive
You know how kids love to try out what they see adults do? These three siblings staged their own dance battle earlier this week. ShoateZoo’s kids are ages 6, 4, and 2. The two older ones are great dancers, but if it was put to an audience vote, the two-year-old would win just for being adorable. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
This is Evan. He's 8 years old. He earns more money than you and I do. In fact, he earns more money than we ever will.
Is that depressing? Wait--I'm not finished yet.
Evan earns that money by playing with toys, reviewing them, then posting his thoughts on YouTube. For example, here he is trying out a LEGO Ghostbusters kit:
So, clearly, I should quit my job and make YouTube videos. Then I'll get rich!
-via Marginal Revolution
This cartoon was painful to read because it's accurate.
So when I got home from work, I played with my daughters for a few extra minutes.
This time in their lives and mine will never come again.
Yep, that’s about it. Up to a certain point, your biggest job as a parent is to feed your child and keep him or her safe from the worst consequences of their poor decisions. That point is when they leave home as an adult, and even afterward occasionally. And believe me, the most important job you have for your children’s entire lives is teaching them how to make good decisions on their own, since they come pre-wired to make bad ones. This is the latest comic from Doghouse Diaries.
Redditor ShavenRaven writes, "People kept commenting on how much hair our baby son has, so naturally this was the next step."
They're appropriate for different developmental steps. He should start out as a mad scientist (we all go through that awkward stage), then have a rebellious year with the surfer haircut, then sell out and become a greasy banker.
Finally, he should stop caring and become the creepy old man, who looks like the happiest guy in this photo.
Some women like a man with a rich, full beard. This little girl is among them.
Bradley Bailey played peekaboo with his toddler. In the middle of the game, he paused to shave his beard. His daughter looked under the towel, expecting to find her father.
But he was gone! In his place was this horrifying, hairless monster.
-via Tastefully Offensive
(Photo: Nik Runs the World)
This is Nikolas Toocheck of Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. He's only 11 years old, but has already run a marathon. In fact, he's run several of them all of the world, including 2 in Antarctica. He's the youngest person to have run marathons on every continent on Earth.
He earned that title earlier this month after running a marathon through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Only 450 people have also run "seven on seven" and most of them are in their 40s or 50s.
Nikolas started running when he was 6 and his father was training for the Air Force Reserve. He jogged with his father, then ran 5k races with him, then full marathons.
He runs because it's fun, but Nikolas also raises money for Operation Warm, a charity founded by his grandfather in 1998. This non-profit donates coats to needy children in the United States.
-via Huffington Post
How do you get a 4-year old to sleep? With great difficulty.
But Riley, the daughter of Casey Carey-Brown of of Boston, found a way. Her little girl, who goes by the nickname "Roozle," likes to color herself to sleep. Give her some paper, crayons, and markers, and she'll quietly doodle and fill in coloring pages until she falls asleep, sometimes with the drawing instruments still in her hands. Carey-Brown felt inspired to capture these precious moments. She explained to the Huffington Post:
Just as making paper pictures has become a bedtime habit for Roozle, capturing the scenes on camera has become one for mom.
"I've always gone in to check on her before I go to bed, but these days with a very active 4-year-old, I find that capturing a moment of sleeping Roozle helps me as a parent too," Carey-Brown said. "Time slows down, just for a moment, in the midst of all the chaos."
Redditor LurkerMcLurkerton says that his daughter's first grade classroom has desks that have bicycle pedals. I love this idea! It would be a great way to help kids who are a bit too energetic to calm down.
Other redditors point out that all of this energy is wasted. The school administrators clearly haven't seen the movie Conan the Barbarian, or else they wouldn't have let this educational opportunity pass by.