6-Year Old Trick Shot Artist Amazes the Internet

Her name is Riley Dashwood. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of only 6, she's already become a master trick shot artist. She can toss an object--any object--exactly where she wants to. Yes, she has to practice, but she's also developed techniques that make her remarkably precise in her tosses. Her father explained to the Daily Mail:

When Mr Dashwood, a designer and filmmaker, and Riley began filming her throwing attempts, they described it as being 'random,' but Riley soon came up with her own process to ace the shots.

'Because she couldn't look, towards the end when we were trying more difficult ones, she'd focus on a point in front of her and try and aim her arm,' he said.

'I was so surprised, one shot would hit me and the next one would be in.'

Riley's adorable joy at landing the shots is clear in the video as amazement crosses her face after every success.

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Why is the Sky Blue?

There are times to explain things to children, and times in which it is better to just plead ignorance. Then there are times to be like Calvin’s Dad and make up something really nuts. This time it worked out just fine for Chris and Moishe at Lunarbaboon.

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MTV Cribs Nursery Tour

Bryan and Caryn Canatella are expecting a little girl, and the nursery is stocked. Bryan takes us on the grand tour, in the style of the TV show MTV Cribs.

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Those who are familiar with the show find it spot-on, and those of us who don’t watch the show find it funny on its own merits. “… while she’s sitting’ on swans. SWANS!” Baby Cecilia has the perfect place to come home to, including parents with a sense of humor. -via Buzzfeed

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Photo of Homeless Little Boy Studying Goes Viral, Changes His Life

Joyce Torrefranca of Manila, the Philippines saw this boy doing his schoolwork outside of a McDonald's late at night. She took a couple photos, posted them on Facebook, and said that she felt inspired by him.

Other people shared those photos, which soon went viral and attracted national attention. Reporters tracked down the boy. He's 9-year old Daniel Cabrera. He lives with his mom, who works at the McDonald's. Their home recently burned down, so they're homeless.

After Daniel and his mom made a radio appearance, donations and other assistance have been pouring in to help them. BuzzFeed reports:

A local politician, Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, has given Daniel a scholarship, and Espinosa has been given grants from sponsors to start her own business, ABS-CBN reported.

The family have also received donations of money and food from local law enforcement and are working with a social worker to see how else they can be helped, according to the TV station.

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We’re Having One More Baby

Aaron Murray and his wife are having a baby -their fourth- so how does he react? By writing and recording a little song about it, to the tune of “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon.

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Then whaddayaknow, his brother Aaron’s wife is pregnant, too! So that’s two more Murrays- and a lot of joy all around. -via Viral Viral Videos

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3-Month Old Baby Subpoenaed to Testify in Court

Redditor aquatinne03 has an absolutely fascinating story. She says that her infant daughter has been issued a subpoena by her local district attorney’s office to testify in court on a certain date. Here’s a selection from her description of the problem:

I called the number on it to explain how it must be a mistake because my daughter is not even 3 months old yet but I was told there was no mistake and my daughter is required to appear as a witness to testify on the date shown on the subpoena. I went in person with my daughter to the DA’s office and was told the same thing. […]

My daughter has a rare and uncommon first, middle and last name, so it is very doubtful that there someone else with her exact name. When I called the number on the subpoena and went to the DA’s office I was told both times that if she doesn’t show up for court a warrant will be issued for her arrest. Would the police actually arrest a baby for not showing up in court?

-via Popehat

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Kids Prefer Personal Devices Over TV, Dessert

My little brother once had a memorable meltdown because he couldn’t see his favorite TV show as it didn’t come on for a few more hours. That was in 1963. Thirty years later, he found his own children were completely used to picking out what TV shows or movies to watch on their own time, as many times as they wanted, on home video. Now the next generation uses hand-held devices to not only watch what they want at any time, but to play games, find new entertainment, and interact with friends -instead of the people in the same room with them. Miner & Co. Studio conducted research on the viewing habits of children, and have shared their findings.    

Mobile devices are so popular with kids that nearly half of the 800 parents quizzed by Miner & Co. reported that they confiscate their kids' tablets when they act up and make them watch TV instead, thereby fostering a sort of Pavlovian response that equates TV with punishment. (That these parents simply don't restrict their kids' access to video altogether when they misbehave suggests that they're raising a generation of spoiled content junkies, but that's another story.)

Some kids are so obsessed with the small screen that they'll even forego treats for another few minutes with their portable video device. When given the choice between spending quality time with the tablet or having dessert, 41% of the parents surveyed said their kids would pick the screen over the snack.

These findings may explain the drop in Nielsen ratings for children’s television shows this year. You can read more about the study at Ad Age, and see the accompanying video here. What I’d like to see is a study that contrasts these results with families in which children do not own their own tablets and smartphones. Considering the costs, there are surely many families like that still around.

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Girl Uses A Slingshot To Pull Out Loose Tooth

Kids get excited when they have a loose tooth and hear about that mythical Tooth Fairy who will bring them money for their lost teeth while they sleep, but then they realize getting that tooth out is gonna hurt.

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Parents try to come up with creative ways of removing the tooth quickly while causing the least amount of pain, but some kids don't need help from their parents to pull a tooth.

These kids take matters into their own hands and in the process end up creating a video that they can rewatch when all their teeth start falling out again during their golden years.

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11-year-old Alexis from Colorado is one of those bold action kids, and when she finds a loose tooth she reaches for her slingbow and lets the arrow do the yanking for her!

-Via The Daily What

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This Kid Dancing at Public Poolside is Several Moves Short of Off Broadway

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Lazarin Delgado Oviedo's ten-year-old nephew Guillermo Gael Delgado Garcia performed his rendition of "Cuban Pete" public poolside in Monterrey, Mexico. I'm not sure where that kid is going, but he's going somewhere. Someone give him a juicy theater role or variety show! Via Tastefully Offensive

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Awesome Mom Invents Decorative Hearing Aid Covers for Kids

(Photos: Lugs)

When he was 3 months old, Sarah Ivermee’s son, Freddie, was diagnosed as deaf. He later received cochlear implants, which are surgically implanted hearing aids.

When a young friend of Freddie who is also deaf refused to wear her hearing aids because they made her look different from other kids, Ivermee devised a solution. She added decorative nail stickers to make them look pretty. The little girl loved them. So Ivermee saw an opportunity. She founded Lugs, a company that makes hearing aid covers in styles that kids appreciate. They look like superheroes, cartoon characters, and animals. Ivermee tells the The Mighty that the market has been tremendously responsive:

“I get emails from professionals to thank me for what I’m doing; it just amazes me,” she told The Mighty. “People all over the world are wearing the little kits that I make in my living room; it’s unbelievable!”

-via 22 Words

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Daddy Becomes the Flower Girl

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No wedding is absolutely perfect, and if it were, it wouldn’t be personal or memorable. Having children as part of the ceremony is the most common way to invite “imperfection,” but whatever they do is usually adorable anyway. At this wedding, the tiny flower girl got cold feet and decided she wasn’t going to do it. So her quick-thinking and practical dad took over to get the flower petals sprinkled down the aisle. A comment at Buzzfeed summed it up well:

One of the most important parenting skills is knowing when to say ¯\(°_o)/¯. Good job, Dad!

Yep, this is one wedding that people will remember fondly.

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How to Swaddle

See, it’s always handy to teach your children new skills! Swaddling a baby makes him or her feel cozy, warm, and safe, like being back in the womb. Or like being a burrito. And that can be a good feeling no matter what your age. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.

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Dancer and His Four-Year-Old-Son's Adorable Father Son Dance

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Professional dancer and choreographer Keith Silva and his four-year-old son Jayden are seen cutting their living room rug together to the Little Einstein's theme song in this entertaining footage. Via Viral Nova

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Chris Pratt’s Favorite #JurassicZoo Photo

We’ve posted the #JurassicZoo or #PrattKeeping meme a few times already because it’s so much fun. You can handle one more! Chris Pratt, the actor whose Jurassic World zookeeper pose inspired hundreds of hilarious imitations, posted this picture at Facebook with the message

Thank you to the parents of this little one. You've made my day. Oh man! I'm crying laughing.

You’ve got to look through the photos people posted in the comments of that Facebook post, with “zookeepers” corralling children, motorcycles, movie monsters, cartoon characters, and more. -via Uproxx

See more of this meme here, here, and here.

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Desperately Seeking Sleep

There’s nothing like parenthood to make you appreciate what your own parents went through. But even if you aren’t a parent, you can bet your bottom dollar that you weren’t easy to deal with as an infant (or toddler, or teenager). This revelation is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

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How to Hold a Baby

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New Zealander Jordan Watson has a baby, and has classified 17 different ways to hold her. He’s glad to share them with you in this instructional video. He must be doing it right- the baby never hit the ground and never started wailing in terror. My favorite is the Superman. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Two-Year-Old Becomes Celebrity Foodie, Eats For Free at NYC Restaurants

A photo posted by Food Baby (@foodbabyny) on Jun 22, 2015 at 5:48pm PDT



Under the Instagram nick @FoodBabyNY, two-year-old Matthew Chau and his father Mike are tearing it up on the Instagram foodie scene, with 45,000 followers at present. Mike began posting restaurant reviews to Yelp in 2012. In 2013, Matthew made his first appearance in one of his father's food photos. It was then that a baby foodie legend was born. Said Mike, 

“Even before Food Baby became what it is, I would take pictures with him in the shot because with him in the pictures, it’s funnier... I love to eat. I love to spend time with my family. And that’s what I do every day. We get to be together. I can’t ask for more than that.”

Internet fame may not win the growing family (Chau's wife is pregnant with a girl) free meals at every restaurant, but they have saved a huge amount by getting many meals comped at New York eateries. Way to eat, Food Baby! 

Check out more amusing photos here at the FoodBabyNY Instagram account.

Via Business Insider | Images: Mike Chau via Instagram

A photo posted by Food Baby (@foodbabyny) on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:24am PDT

A photo posted by Food Baby (@foodbabyny) on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:36am PDT

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Impatient Toddler Shoves Little Girl into Swimming Pool

In 15 years, this little boy will be the guy behind you who honks as soon as the stoplight turns green. He's been waiting in line long enough--all of 5 seconds!--and is ready for traffic to keep moving.

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-via Tastefully Offensive

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Toddler Rides a Skateboard on a Custom Sidecar

(Photo: Braden Boards)

Jared of the skateboard company Braden Boards has a little boy who loves to ride as much as his daddy does. Jett, who is now 1 and 1/2, has been riding with his father since he was just 6 months old. This sidecar-like attachment helps him do it. As this video demonstrates, the sidecar keeps the boy secure while bending and flexing with the movement of Jared's longboard.

-via Laughing Squid

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Forget Velociraptors! Chris Pratt Met the Challenge of His Life: Training Little Kids!

Remember that Chris Pratt raptor training pose? Turns out, wrangling velociraptors was just preparation for something much more challenging: training human children.

Chris Pratt's Jurassic World raptor training pose

Redditor chrysias posted this image of Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, taming entertaining the kids and their families.

Just to underscore how dangerous little children could be, does anyone know where Chris Pratt is now? He hasn't been heard from since ...

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Father's Days

The Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran tells the story of how he became a father for the first time. It wasn’t anything at all like he expected, and illustrating it in pictures helped him come to grips with the experience. Fathers are supposed to be heroes, right? But life doesn't always follow the script.

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But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and you find them everywhere. You might want to have a hankie ready when you watch his Fathers Day tale. -via Metafilter

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These Guys Were Born To Be Dads

Most kids see their dads as heroes- larger-than-life figures who fix problems, fight the monsters in the dark and make their kids feel safe and secure when they tuck them in at night.

Some dads have a hard time adjusting to fatherly responsibility, but the guys in this collection of 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing were seemingly born to be papas.

They don’t let fatherhood get in the way of the most important things in life, like gaming and napping, and yet their kids don't feel deprived. They're just happy to be spending time with daddy. Happy Father's Day!

See 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing here

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Little Girl Has the Best Reaction to Acrobatic Plane Tricks

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Leá, a little girl in Quebec, went on her first airplane ride. Her father is a skilled pilot with a small plane, so he took her on loops and spins. Little Leá thinks of it as the best thing ever! She laughs and giggles her way through the flight, shouting "Again, again!" with each stunt.

-via American Digest

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What Kids Really Think of Fathers Day

Comedian Mark Malkoff (previously at Neatorama) asks kids about Fathers Day. It’s a good thing, too, because otherwise, none of these kids would even be aware of it!

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I can’t figure out which is the best answer, but I think it may be “Your face!” followed by “Poop!” I guess you just have to ask the right questions. Still, the part about going to Disney World and having Dad pay for it was pretty good.  -Thanks, Mark!

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Flower Girl Stole the Kiss ... and the Photo!

Photo: Leah Bullard

No wedding photo is complete without "The Kiss," but when photographer Leah Bullard snapped a photograph of the bride and groom kissing, she got a bit more than she expected: the flower girl wanted in on the action, too!

When Anthony Palmer and Michelle Hall of Knoxville, Tennessee, got married last weekend, Michelle's four-year-old daughter Anderson was the flower girl. When Bullard said that she needed the bride and groom to kiss, the little girl "thought I was referring to her, because she thought she was the bride and so naturally she just leaned in for a kiss and kissed that ring bearer!" said Bullard to KFOR.

"Guess what! When momma kissed, Ikey and I kissed!," said Anderson about Ike the ringbearer, "He was the best ring bearer ever! And he thought I was the best flower girl ever! We're best friends"

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“Freeze” is One Fierce Softball Team

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Look at this fierce team of four- and five-year-old softball players! They play ball in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have a great time together. The only thing these girls love more than playing softball is the movie Frozen. So they named their team Freeze. 

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One of the moms, Betsy Gregory, is a photographer. She thought it would be a hoot to take team pictures combining the girls’ two interests. Every one of them already had an Elsa costume, so they donned them for the picture. No, they don’t wear their evening gowns for games. However, they do have hats with blond braids attached! Learn more about this adorable team and see more pictures at Buzzfeed.

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Men Find Out They’re Going to Be Fathers

This compilation video shows men in the process of finding out they are going to be fathers.

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Yeah, it’s an ad, but it’s happy and touching and sweet all the same. And it just might get you into the mood for Fathers Day this weekend. -via Buzzfeed

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Just Look at Her

Back in December, we posted a Lunarbaboon comic that promised a new character coming in June. Now it’s June and Chris just posted a new comic featuring a new character -his daughter! But it’s mainly about the admiration he has for Mrs. Lunarbaboon. Congratulations to the whole family! You can leave a message at the comic's Facebook post

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Calvin And Hobbes Embodied the Voice of the Lonely Child

So many people loved the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes because they related to the small child who lived out his fantasies with his ever-loyal stuffed tiger Hobbes. Of course, Calvin was much more clever than we were at that age. According to Libby Hill, Calvin’s fantasy world was a retreat from the real world he didn’t fit into.

For as much as the brain of a child is growing and changing and maturing, for as many distractions as the world provides to developing minds, kids aren’t stupid, particularly children as highly sensitive and attuned to the world around them as Calvin. Disappearing into his own world is a coping mechanism for dealing with a world that seems to have little patience or place for him. His isolation breeds fantasy, which breeds isolation, which does him no favors at school or at home. To be a lonely child in the world means creating your own fun, your own friends, your own magic.

And we all did that at one time or another, didn’t we? Or were we lonely kids in the minority? Read an essay on the motivation behind Calvin’s childhood fantasies at the A.V. Club.

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37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son

Kids have a lot of questions about life because it’s all new to them. Author Mira Jacob is East Indian and her husband is Jewish. Their 6-year-old son has a lot of questions about color, ethnicity, and Michael Jackson, with whom he is obsessed. In an excerpt from her forthcoming book Good Talk: Conversations I Am Still Confused About, she shares some of her son's more memorable questions and comments. Altogether, he seems like a pretty cool kid. See many more panels at Buzzfeed.

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