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Won't Somebody Think of the Children?

Lies We Tell Kids
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 24, 2008 - 157 comments

Thomas' Pixelated Pickle: Or The Year in Thomas

Just over sixty years ago the Reverend W. V. Awdry told his sick son a series of stories based on real life incidents with trains, which he later wrote up as the Railway Series. Now Thomas the Tank Engine and the other engines of the Isle of Sodor (somewhere between Barrow-in-Furness and the Isle of Man) are a global phenomena, with toys, books and of course the TV series - filmed using model trains on more than 70 1:32 scale 16-by-20-foot sets, and voiced by the likes of Ringo Starr and Alec Baldwin. 2008 has been a rough year for Thomas: George Carlin, who voiced the series in the US up until 1998, passed away (previously), as did David Mitton, who had written and directed over 180 episodes (and who has previously worked on the special effects for Thunderbirds). There's changes ahead for Thomas as well - this year saw the faces of the engines, which had previously been cast in silicone and attached with double sided tape, replaced by CGI faces, and from 2009 onwards Nitrogen studios in Canada will be taking over production with an entirely CGI Thomas. Meanwhile a group of British students continues the tradition of model engine-based storytelling with their YouTube based British Railway Series.
posted by Artw on Dec 21, 2008 - 74 comments

The kids aren't on your lawn, they're in the house and don't even notice you.

Immersion
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 22, 2008 - 81 comments

You know, for kids

Sex: wot's the big deal is a sex exhibition for kids currently taking place at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Pre-teens can learn about love, puberty, making love and making babies, and they can also experiment a little bit. The show is based on Willies: a user's guide (in French: Le zizi sexuel) by Swiss comics creator Zep, and features the rising star of French playgrounds, Titeuf (NSFW unless you're a French preteen)
posted by elgilito on Nov 21, 2008 - 42 comments

Phiring Up Phillies Phans.

Crowd Control
posted by empath on Nov 17, 2008 - 29 comments

Capucine tells a captivating tale

Once Upon a Time - a filmed fairy tale starring baby monkeys lost in frightening trees, a witch, crocodiles, a tiger, a "popotamus" and a lion, and even a "tremendously very bad mammoth." (In French, English subtitles)
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 16, 2008 - 12 comments

We Can Talk Politics All Night

You Can Vote However You Like
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 3, 2008 - 17 comments

We'll do it live!

The Li'l O'Reilly Factor SLYT
via Ectoplamosis, via The Percy Trout Hour
posted by JHarris on Oct 4, 2008 - 30 comments

How do you do! I am the little book that you have made.

Book of Short Stories :: Short stories written by New York State 5th graders in 1931. (Be sure to read the About page to get a sense of the setting of the times.) (via Thingamababy)
posted by anastasiav on Sep 22, 2008 - 20 comments

Flippin' 'Eck, Tucker!

After 30 years, the final bell has rung and it's home time for Grange Hill... [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 18, 2008 - 29 comments

Hope Generator

Generations of Hope is a non-profit set up to bring kids out of foster care and into extended families with grandparents. The community of Hope Meadows was repurposed from housing on a closed Air Force base in Illinois. (The NYT article erroneously refers to the community by the non-profit's name. No matter. The story is still inspirational.) [more inside]
posted by yiftach on Sep 16, 2008 - 5 comments

"We're not supposed to get more than one injury a day. I usually get three or four."

The Tinkering School. "A 'real project' is where you make a thing that isn't a pretend something else. If the kids want to make a boat, that's fine, but we're going to take it down to the harbor and put it in the ocean." [via NPR, no transcript yet] [more inside]
posted by fantabulous timewaster on Aug 5, 2008 - 14 comments

Don’t put it in your mouth!

8 Forgotten Kids Shows Sure to Give You Nightmares [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 13, 2008 - 51 comments

Back-to-school in diapers

Kids at school in nappies. Another report claims the average age of toilet-training is now 3 or 4, compared to the former norm of 18 months. Teachers don't want to change diapers; parents say they don't have time to toilet-train. Is our future a continuum of diapers to Depends?
posted by grounded on Jul 5, 2008 - 70 comments

Knee Bouncers

Knee Bouncers: something fun for the itty bitty ones. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jun 25, 2008 - 25 comments

Little kids are cute

Little kids are cute.
posted by danep on Jun 20, 2008 - 36 comments

all the things you once tried so hard to forget…

Kindertrauma is about the movies, books, and toys that scared you when you were a kid. It’s also about kids in scary movies, both as heroes and villains. And everything else that’s traumatic to a tyke! [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese on Jun 12, 2008 - 64 comments

Kids? Who'd have 'em?

Ze Frank asks when the first time you saw your parents as just being human was.
posted by muthecow on May 20, 2008 - 87 comments

He got a stiffy for Cabbage Patch Kids

A most legendary find. Alex Handy likes to collect old video games. A few weeks at ago at a flea market, he bought what he thought were some old ColecoVision EPROMs for $2 each, got them home, and realized that some of them could contain the never published Cabbage Patch Kids Atari 2600 game. If the data on the chips had survived, it would be an unprecedented discovery. A friend helped him dump the ROMs, which you can download for free from Alex. Identifying the other games was an adventure in itself. [more inside]
posted by bugmuncher on May 5, 2008 - 37 comments

Kids These Days

A seven year old borrows his grandmother's car, hits a couple of mailboxes, two parked cars and two moving cars. And he's not sorry just one bit. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on May 1, 2008 - 123 comments

New Security Blanket, Stat!

New Security Blanket, Stat! What do you do if you're a parent and your darling child's favorite toy has been worn down to nothing? Or perhaps you're thinking ahead and want a "backup binky?" You start a "Lost Lovies" thread, of course. Think of it as a hive mind for real desperate housewives looking for something better than a creative explanation as to why Sprinkles the Cow is suddenly MIA.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 14, 2008 - 20 comments

The Kids are Alright

Are you sick and tired of telling those darn kids to "get off your lawn" because their "favorite band sucks?" Next time, instead of handing out snark, hand them a brochure for the Paul Green School of Rock Music! Before you know it, you'll be wishing that you had a bigger lawn. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Apr 2, 2008 - 22 comments

Cat's in the Cradle

String Figures Galore!
posted by Miko on Mar 24, 2008 - 7 comments

We're friends now!

PBS Frontline explores Growing Up Online. Here's what they learned.
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 31, 2008 - 43 comments

In Soviet Russia, baby makes you!

So we've already learned how babies are made in Germany. But we haven't seen Russia or Israel. Could be NWS if you work with people who don't know where babies come from.
posted by Lord_Pall on Jan 21, 2008 - 31 comments

LOLCLOWNSNOT

Don't send in the clowns. Why are they considered scary by kids of all ages? Maybe it just makes sense. [more inside]
posted by wendell on Jan 16, 2008 - 53 comments

Nursery School Set Goes Gaga for Gogo

Jack Mulqueen presents Kiddie a-Go-Go. Check out the intro brought to you by Mickelberry's Plump & Juicy Franks and their fine variety of cold cuts. Hostess Pandora (played by Jack Mulqueen's wife Elaine) introduces the Stop and Go-Go dance, followed by a live performance from the New Colony Six in full Revolutionary War costumes. Unlike the Buddy Deane Show (which inspired the movie Hairspray), this later clip indicates that Kiddie A-Go-Go had racially integrated without incident. Other happenings inspired by the Kiddie A-Go-Go include a children's album, the public access TV show Chic-A-Go-Go, and San Francisco's Pip Squeak A-Go-Go (featuring go-go dance lessons from the Devil-Ettes).
posted by jonp72 on Jan 15, 2008 - 5 comments

How is politician babby hold?

Darren Karnick hands his infant to the presidential candidates and photographs the results. The Daily Telegraph says the baby primary is a clear win for Obama. The Boston Globe has more pictures of the candidates with kids. And should you be embarking on a political career, don't forget to bone up on the Commandments for Policians Who Art Babykissers, including such sound advice as "thou shouldst not drop babies thou art kissing, for surely, dropped babies will gain thee no votes."
posted by Kattullus on Jan 12, 2008 - 54 comments

I Don't Want To Blow You Up!

Ricardo Cortés has a new book talked about here and here. Previously, he wrote It's Just a Plant, talked about on O'Reilly and previously here. He also plans to write a children's book about cocaine in the near future.
posted by gman on Jan 10, 2008 - 30 comments

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight? [cached via]
posted by Avenger50 on Dec 17, 2007 - 87 comments

Kidsploitation Komedy

Camp Liberty: exposing the dire fate of the littlest enemy combatants. Another chilling (albeit fictitious) video from Jon Benjamin. [more inside]
posted by TheWash on Dec 14, 2007 - 8 comments

Laptops, by 8-year-olds.

Imaginary laptops, as designed by 8-year-olds. I'd suggest printing them out so you can try them at home. The designs lack dotted lines to fold across, but I'm sure you can figure it out. Scroll down for the interview, which is as charming as the pictures.
posted by nobody on Nov 19, 2007 - 70 comments

Junior Generals

Junior General is intended to promote the use of historical simulations as a tool for teaching history by providing free resources that anyone can use. To go with their teaching scenarios they make available thousands of paper solders for download and printing. Everything from stone age primatives thru Myceneans, Confederate gunboats to US Iraq infantry and futuristic Cyber Assault Droids. Also available are accessories like castles, houses, trenches, battering rams and hangers.
posted by Mitheral on Oct 31, 2007 - 10 comments

Gap Unveils New 'For Kids By Kids' Clothing Line

When life imitates Simpsons (i.e. skittlebrau), it's generally funny. With the Onion, not so much.
posted by 445supermag on Oct 28, 2007 - 17 comments

NO CUSSING.

Join the No Cussing Club™. Look at some people who don't cuss. Become one of them. Then buy a CD, a T-shirt, and a mood ring type color changer thing about hugs. But not before you learn the story behind it all.
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 28, 2007 - 91 comments

The Waterhobo

Kids, get off my lawn!
posted by Soliloquy on Oct 13, 2007 - 60 comments

Can you explain that again, but this time IN SONG AND DANCE?

nuglah is a really odd kid that uploads some really weird youtube videos. Lots of melodrama and poor chromakey. I love it: The Unicorn Kingdom Club | Legend of the Unicorn Kingdom | Legend of the Unicorn Kingdom 2 | A Hopscotch to remeber! | Casandro Crumbrow | Twilight Princess Thief!!! and more… GIF
posted by blasdelf on Oct 12, 2007 - 33 comments

Child Labor Travesty or Pap Smear? You Decide!

While other children their age spend their days in school, forming friendships and worrying over their grades, these two young ragamuffins spend long nights camped out in front of hot night spots they won't be able to legally enter themselves for at least half a decade. Please open your hearts, ladies and gentlemen, to the littlest paparazzi. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Oct 8, 2007 - 29 comments

Surprisingly, Space Jam isn't listed

The 10 best animated movies for (traumatizing) kids.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Sep 30, 2007 - 125 comments

Giant Bugs 2: Best 5 minute musical ever

The Striking Viking Story Pirates craft and perform badass showtunes made from stories written by little kids.
posted by 23skidoo on Sep 14, 2007 - 8 comments

"Fighting is bad." *THWACK*

Child Beater. Part II. YouTubes, from onehitmaster.com. (No children were harmed during the making of these movies.) [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Sep 14, 2007 - 28 comments

Avoiding Kids: How Men Cope With Being Cast as Predators

Avoiding Kids: How Men Cope With Being Cast as Predators These days, if Rian Romoli accidentally bumps into a child, he quickly raises his hands above his shoulders. "I don't want to give even the slightest indication that any inadvertent touching occurred," says Mr. Romoli, an economist in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. Previous article by same author.
posted by agregoli on Sep 13, 2007 - 247 comments

no napkin corner required

Clean (but not sanitize) your kids' faces the easy way, with MomSpit.
posted by ericbop on Aug 28, 2007 - 25 comments

Bad little scooter man

Jammin' with Buddy Guy You are a good guitar player, you are a really good guitar player, but you are eight years old, but whoa, here you are on the stage with one of the greatest bluesmen ever, Buddy Guy, and he is digging your sh**.
posted by caddis on Aug 25, 2007 - 68 comments

It went for $142.51

After 53 bids, the Pokemon cards went for $142.51. (see also)
posted by Robert Angelo on Aug 22, 2007 - 25 comments

Adventure Playground

The antidote to the controlled, indoor world of modern kids might be Adventure Playgrounds. Messy, chaotic, but counter-intuitively, safer than traditional playgrounds, there are only two in the US: Listen to Berkeley's Adventure Playground on NPR, or check out some flickr shots. In Europe, where they originated from the rubble of WWII, and in Japan where they are also popular, the importance of play that involves risks is better understood. There are hundreds of Adventure Playgrounds outside of North America.
posted by serazin on Aug 18, 2007 - 38 comments

Kids, Monsters, and Lemons

Little kids are tough, but I have discovered their weakness.
posted by churl on Jul 24, 2007 - 49 comments

Hail to the Chief

Sterling is a kid from Mesquite, Texas with T-cell lymphoma. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation asked him what his dearest wish was, he said he wanted to be the President of the United States for a day. So hundreds of people from 12 government agencies made his wish come true.
posted by ottereroticist on Jul 11, 2007 - 68 comments

On My Honor...

"Give your children a program that Jesus could join. Why not step beyond a politically correct scouting program in which a Christian might not feel completely comfortable at activities, or with the materials furnished by a central committee? Are you tired of pretending to be neutral?" Keepers at Home and Contenders for the Faith are Bible-based alterntives to traditional youth scouting groups. Keepers at Home features lessons to prepare girls for their future roles as help meets, mothers, and keepers at home," while Contenders for the Faith learn "everything a Christian boy needs to learn to prepare him to be a man." Just like traditional scouting, Keepers offers uniforms, badges, and handbooks. girls. Keepers is just one of many Christian approaches to scouting; others include American Heritage Girls, Awana, and Mpact.
posted by Miko on Jul 9, 2007 - 141 comments

The Ethics of Infertility

The ethics of infertility: After taking fertility drug Clomid, Ryan and Brianna Morrison conceived sextuplets. Their religious beliefs steered them away from undergoing a selective reduction procedure in favor of bringing all six fetuses to term. Four of their newborns have died; the remaining two are in critical condition. This mother of multiples says that while she's grateful that insurance and Medicaid covered her million-dollar hospital bill, her "quest to have a family resulted in a significant drain on society's resources."
posted by lalex on Jul 2, 2007 - 136 comments

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