Shortly after meeting my wife, she introduced me to the nuanced meaning that the Spanish word nervio had acquired in the lexicon of her family. As used in their Chilean home, the word could be defined as a feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection. I have heard others allude to the sensation in seemingly bizarre phrases such as, "It's so cute [that] I want to squeeze it to death." I often ask people about nervio. For those like me who have experienced it frequently throughout their lives, a complete definition is unnecessary and the word fills a void in their vocabulary. With others, my description is often greeted with bewilderment. Having never felt such a sensation, it is hard for them to imagine.More? Tagalog's gigil, corporal cuddling, and some scientific insights into the "cute aggression" phenomenon
Can you make it through this post without squealing? Plus hedgehog bath time! & other moments of squee, within [more inside]
Sure a baby has a swimming reflex but that doesn't mean watching them swim isn't absolutely terrifying.
The Squirrel in our Window. A website documenting a squirrel lady raising her squirrel babies. BONUS FEATURE: BRITISH MAN IS FRIENDS WITH A SQUIRREL
Sophie Can Walk, a documentary that chronicles "the prejudice faced by baby-Americans born without the ability to walk" (Via BoingBoing)
Zoo Babies from around the world. Probably the cutest photo gallery you'll see this week.