A Gourmet Experience for Second Graders

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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



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Baby Learns to Walk

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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



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Moms Share The Craziest Things Their Kids Have Ever Said Or Done

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.

Read more of these "shocking" parental confessions over at 22 Words



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Periodic Table of Elements Cake

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:

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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!



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The First Baby Ever Born from a Transplanted Uterus


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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.

-via io9



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How Mystery Guitar Man Got a Baby

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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



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Reporter Covering Missing Child Story Finds Missing Child

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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.


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-via Huffington Post



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There's Nothing Sweeter Than Babies In Halloween Costumes

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!

Check out the rest of the Baby Halloween Costumes Even More Delicious Than Candy over at HuffPo



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Making Breakfast with the Twins

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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



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Amazing 5-Year Old Can Do 20 90-Degree Push-Ups


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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



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Sparked: A Breathtaking Cirque de Soleil Performance

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.

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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.

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How to Win a Preschool Argument

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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



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Declarations of Independence

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.   



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Pretty Crabby

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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



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This 8-Year Old Earns $1.3 Million a Year


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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:


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His YouTube channel earns $1.3 million a year. He doesn't get to keep all of that, of course. There are production expenses. But Evan's father invests what's left in a fund for Evan and his siblings.

So, clearly, I should quit my job and make YouTube videos. Then I'll get rich!

-via Marginal Revolution



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Countdown

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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.



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How Babies Make Decisions

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.



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Hairstyles for a Hairy Baby

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.



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Horrifying Game of Peekaboo Ends in Tears


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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



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11-Year Old Boy Has Run Marathons on All 7 Continents


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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



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Roozle, The Little Girl Who Draws Herself to Sleep

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."

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Desks with Pedals for Hyper Little Kids

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.

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Artist Turns Sketches By Her Two-Year-Old Into Paintings

Young children who are developing their artistic skills don’t worry much about drawing realistic looking figures, or whether their lines look like much of anything to the rest of the world, because they see what they want to see in their original works of art.

Unfortunately, parents are hardly ever able to see what their child sees in that mess of scribbles, but one parent decided to interpret her child’s artwork into collaborative paintings she and her daughter can create together.

Ruth Oosterman creates paintings that explore the shapes and contours found in-between the lines drawn by her two-year-old daughter, and from within the chaos of kiddy art she draws forth something quite special.

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L.A. Vaccination Rates Still Plummeting Amid Pertussis Outbreak

This map, interactive at the site, shows the vaccination rates for schools in Los Angeles. Thirteen schools in Los Angeles have opt out rates of 50% or more. That means more than half the children who attend are not following the prescribed schedule of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria, or pertussis (whooping cough). Many more schools have opt out rates just under 50%. That means that there is insufficient herd immunity at these schools, and children can contract these diseases and transmit them to babies and those with compromised immune systems -the people most likely to die from them. Children who have been vaccinated are also at risk, because some vaccines take years to gain peak immunity, and even then it’s not 100%. Being vaccinated will reduce the risk, however, and the best way to reduce the risk of disease is to vaccinate as many children as possible to reach herd immunity -the point where diseases hit roadblocks in contagion.

Keep in mind that the statistics on the map are for the percentage of parents who filed a “PBE,” or Personal Belief Exemption for immunizations. In many cases, that doesn’t mean the child is completely unvaccinated, but instead means that certain vaccines are skipped or delayed from the standard immunization schedule. But the current outbreak of pertussis is real. So far this year, almost 8,000 of cases of pertussis have been reported in the Los Angeles area, 267 people have been hospitalized, and three babies have died of the disease. The rate of measles is higher than it’s been for 20 years. The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive article about vaccinations and the parents who opt out. -via Metafilter



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First Graders Of 1988 Make Predictions About The Year 2000

(Images Via August 18, 1988 New Castle News in Pennsylvania)

Kids are generally a pretty optimistic bunch, without any cynicism or prejudice to color their view of the world, and because of this positivity their outlook on the future is usually pretty fantastic.

In the past their ideas about the future involved flying cars, space exploration, and a world full of computer screens and cool inventions.

However, in the year 1988 kids were already starting to look at the future in a more realistic light, and their ideas about the year 2000 were some of the most mundane answers ever given to questions about the future.

Little Catherine Book, seen here striking her best future movie starlet pose, had this to say about houses in the future:

They'll build the houses so they have zig zags. Then they'll have trees on the outside of the zig zag so if a skunk tries to walk through the house they can't because the ends will be so sharp that they'll prick them.

And shy Brad Shaffer shared this startling revelation about the future of his family's home:

My house will get older and more spider webs . . . It'll just get more unless my mother cleans it.

It seems kids in 1988 had already accepted the disappointing reality awaiting them in the new millenium, and they were tired of animated propaganda like The Jetsons spreading lies about the future.

Read more about what first graders in 1988 thought the year 2000 would look like over at Paleofuture



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Adorable Baby Photo Shoot Ends Predictably

(Photos: Kirsty Grant/Rex)

Professional photo shoots of babies are cute. Leaving them naked for the shoot gives the images a natural ambience. That's probably what Al Ferguson was looking for when Kirsty Grant photographed him with his newborn son Ted.

But once you become a parent, black and white images of naked babies aren't charming. They're alarming. A baby without a diaper is a time bomb. Which is precisely what Ferguson learned:

And Ted detonated just as the photographer snapped her shutter. His father wrote:

During the shoot I felt his tummy muscles tense up and in that moment I knew what was about to happen. Unfortunately, it was just a moment and before I could do anything Ted exploded from his bum.

A warning to Mr. Ferguson: you have seen only the beginning of it. There will many, many more poop explosions in your life.

Look at the satisfied grin on that baby's face!



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Baby Hears for the First Time

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Australian Lachlan Lever was a newborn baby in 2012 when early screening discovered he had moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears. By the time he was seven weeks old, Lachlan was fitted with hearing aids. That’s when his parents, Michelle and Toby Lever, saw him smile for the first time, caught on video. Since then, Lachlan has developed well. He said his first word at 6 months, and he’s now a two-year-old chatterbox. Read more about Lachlan at The Daily Mail. -via Daily Picks and Flicks



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