When naming a newborn in Iceland names not previously used aren't permitted via Icelandic rule. A new name would have to be pre-approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee. Also they are not permitted to give a child a name that would embarrass them. wsimag.com/culture/2248-t…
Today I learned about β€œUnschooling”, a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning. wbur.org/onpoint/2019/12/…
The firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees on 9/11. The CEO, who was taking his child to school that day, later distributed $180 million to the families and offered jobs to all children of the victims. 57 of those children were employed by Cantor Fitzgerald as of 2016. ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/…
A concerned person walked by a house and heard a man shouting "why won't you die?" with a child screaming inside. The police were called. This triggered a full police response. It turned out he was trying to kill a spider. theguardian.com/environme…
As a child Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school's social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Alan Rickman's signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. advocate.com/arts-enterta…
Many elements of Harry Potter are very similar to a book written 3 years before. The Secret of Platform 13 features a boy of magical lineage who lives with in an abusive house with a spoilt other child, and you get to the magical world through a platform at King's Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
For every child born or adopted in Wales, the Welsh government will plant a native Welsh broadleaf tree. The scheme is called Plant! – the Welsh word for children. naturalresources.wales/ab…
Child labor in the United States was largely ended by a photographer named Lewis Wickes Hine. He took child laborers photos at eye level to humanize and personalize each child. He captured nearly identical pictures across the country to show lawmakers this was a systemic problem. youtu.be/ddiOJLuu2mo
Child actor Bobby Driscoll (Peter Pan and other Disney classics) is buried as an unknown vagrant in a mass grave on Hart island (NYC), and was only identified after his mother, who thought he was still alive, matched his fingerprints to a burial record. ew.com/oscars/2019/01/22/…
Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the "Success Kid" meme made enough money to fund his dad's kidney transplant. globalnews.ca/news/287087…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Dogs are as intelligent as the average two-year-old child. Researchers have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
The reason backseat windows in cars don't roll all the way down is not in fact for child safety, but because there isn't room in the car door to fit the full window due to the wheel well. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement. reuters.com/article/us-sc…
A rescue ship at the Titanic sinking pulled a dead infant from the sea who wasn’t able to be identified. The ship’s sailors paid for a graveside monument dedicated to The Unknown Child. In 2007, DNA testing showed the child to be from an English family of six, the Goodwins, who all drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
George Michael donated the song "Jesus to a child" royalties to the charity ChildLine [a child counselling charity] in secret en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Nan Britton claimed to have had an affair with US Pres. Warren Harding and gave birth to his daughter. She was ridiculed in court when she tried to sue for child support. In 2015, Ancestry.com confirmed that Britton was telling the truth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
James Cameron was originally hired to write the first Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star. In his script, Spider-Man accidentally kills a child, calls Electro a "motherfucker", and binds Mary Jane to the Brooklyn Bridge with his webs, before having sex with her. screenrant.com/spider-man…
Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee raised like a human child by a surrogate family as part of a controversial project on animal language acquisition. During his lifetime, Nim learned over 125 signs, including "stone smoke time now" which Nim used when he wanted to smoke marijuana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Many ancient Romans loved their dogs and would not only have them depicted in jewelry, but also make graves for them with personal epitaphs. One read, "To Helena, foster child, soul without comparison and deserving of praise."⁣ newsbreak.com/news/159748…
Despite their fearsome reputation, Spartan warriors were no more effective in battle than any other Greek solider, Sparta lost as many battles as it won, and Spartans' brutal training resembled indoctrination of child soldiers and not combat training. acoup.blog/2019/09/20/col…
Today I learned of the day-care sex-abuse hysteria, a moral panic of the 1980s early 1990s with charges against day-care providers of child abuse and Satanic ritual abuse. Claims included being flown to other locations, being abused in secret tunnels, the ritual killing of a giraffe and an elephant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Today I learned about 'baby hatches', places where mothers can safely and anonymously abandon their newborns (usually in hospitals or churches). In Germany, babies abandoned in this way are looked after for 8 weeks, during which time, the mother can 'reclaim' her child without legal repercussions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Today I learned about Emilie du ChΓ’telet, a scientist who in 1749 feared that bearing a child at 42 would be the last thing she did. She worked furiously on a magnum opus that would eventually change the world of physics. Within days of completing her work, she gave birth to a daughter and died soon after. narratively.com/the-pregn…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There are no US laws or regulations about β€œexpiration dates” for child car seats. The 6 year rule was made up by manufacturers and there’s no data to indicate that older child car seats are unsafe. marketplace.org/2019/11/1…
Today I learned of Eva Umlauf, a Jew who arrived in Auschwitz at the age of two in 1944. Despite her young age, she was tattooed with her camp number: A26959. Getting it was so painful, that she passed out. Her mother was a digit lower. Eva thinks she was the youngest child to have been tattooed who survived. theguardian.com/world/201…
Miranda Cosgrove earned $180,000 per episode of iCarly, and in 2012 was listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest paid child actress guinnessworldrecords.com/…
, in order to enforce the "one child policy", 324 million Chinese women were subjected to mandatory IUD insertions between 1980 to 2014. Usually with a type that couldn't be removed without major surgery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a pet anteater, delivered an art lecture wearing a full diving suit with two Russian wolfhounds at his side, and had a lifelong disgust for female genitalia after stumbling upon a picture book of venereal diseases as a child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Chuck E. Cheese was originally a division of Atari. It was the pet project of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who wanted to expand video game arcades beyond more adult locations like pool halls to a child- and family-friendly venue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Pre-Columbian cultures, in particular Mesoamerican and South American cultures practiced Human Sacrifice. While the exact ideologies behind Child sacrifice are unknown but it is often thought to have been performed in order to placate certain gods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
John Mellancamp's former keyboardist was placed on the FBI's most wanted list and eventually caught for producing child pornography en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
As a child, as an alternative to a teddy bear, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee - which started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Fines were introduced to decrease the number of parents late to pickup their child from school. This actually doubled them, because people felt their tardiness was okay because they paid the fine for it. theguardian.com/commentis…
Today I learned of Jackie Coogan, a child actor in the silent film era who earned millions of dollars, only to find out in his 20s that his parents spent it all on jewelry and cars. He sued and the litigation resulted in the passage of the Coogan Act, which protects child actors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Wild Thornberrys was the first Nicktoon to exclusively use 22 minute stories. Other Nicktoons relied on 10-11 minute stories, using 22 minute stories occasionally. Usually, Nicktoons focused on kids, but after running focus groups, they found kids fixating on the parent-child relationships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Some of the oldest preserved female litterature come from poems by early Buddhist nuns in 6th century BCE (2500 years ago!). The women express their spiritual equality to men, and issues such as child mortality. They also discuss the role and abilities women in society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The initial working title of the book was β€˜Where The Wild Horses Are’, and the story was supposed to be about a child who escapes to the land of the wild horses. Although his editor loved the idea, Maurice realized he was unable to draw horses, and the idea of the β€˜Wild Things’ was born. huffingtonpost.in/entry/w…
Heteropaternal Superfecundation is referred to as a form of twinning where genetically the twins are half siblings or they have different fathers. In 2013, a New Jersey woman found out her twin daughters have different Daddy thru DNA test when she sought for child support on her partner. abc7ny.com/paterson-new-j…
When Flavor Flav was a child, he managed to both teach himself to play the piano at the age of 5 and set a house on fire while playing with a lighter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
A 27-year old man from India attempted to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. He claims it is wrong to bring a child into the world, because they have to put up with lifelong suffering. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
Devonte Hart, the African American child famously shown hugging a police officer during the Ferguson Riots, was killed when his adoptive parents purposely drove off a 100 foot cliff. newsone.com/3850236/devon…
In 2002, a researcher found that the average 8-year-old British child could identify 80% of PokΓ©mon, but only 50% of common wildlife species telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The due to internet popularity, Sammy Griner, the child from the 'Success Kid' meme raised enough money to fund his father's kidney transplant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
Today I learned of Little emperor syndrome. A term given to children in China who have been given excessive attention by parents & grandparents due to the one child policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Rudyard Kipling (perhaps best known for penning Rikki Tikki Tavi) was a staunch nationalist and pro-war advocate. However, his son disappeared in Belgium during WW1 and Rudyard’s wife never forgave him for pushing his child to enlist in the British army. britannica.com/biography/…
Two months before President Franklin Pierce’s inauguration, his last surviving child was killed in a train accident. He refused to be sworn in on a bible, believing God was punishing him for his past sins. bostonmagazine.com/news/2…
Two giant birds attacked and tried to pick up a child in Lawndale, Illinois in 1977. The birds were never identified. lincolncourier.com/articl…
In 2009 a 3-month-old Korean child died from malnutrition after both her parents spent hours each day in an Internet cafe, raising a virtual child in an online game. wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
John Scott Harrison is both the child and the parent of a U.S. president, being the son of William Henry Harrison and the father of Benjamin Harrison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Herman Lehmann, who, at age 11, was captured as a child by Native Americans. He lived first among the Apache and then the Comanche but eventually returned to his family later in life. He wrote an autobiography, β€œNine Years Among the Indians,” about the experience. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman…
According researchers at London School of Economics, unmarried and childless women lead β€œhappier” lives, are likely to outlive their married child-rearing counterparts and are healthier than them. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) played the piano as a child, but his younger sister Janet was a piano prodigy so he switched to the guitar because "she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." Janet later married Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and played on Cure side projects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
A NYC man was exonerated and released, after being held in jail for transporting child pornography, when pornstar Lupe Fuentes flew from spain to appear at his trial with her ID and passport proving her age. nypost.com/2010/04/24/a-t…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Today I learned of Mason McDeid who cried constantly from severe cerebral palsy issues; his father failed to comfort him with classical & new age music. Then he tried Metallica & the child stopped crying, fell asleep. Now in his 20s, unable to speak, Mason has had 100+ surgeries & attended 450+ metal concerts. stage-www.startribune.com…
HMOs are a type of sugar found only in human breast milk. They are not digestible by the infant child. Instead the feed the 'good' intestinal bacteria, thereby increasing the health of the infant's intestinal microbiome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
A month after giving birth to her first child, a woman was rushed to the hospital for stomach pains. It was discovered she was in labor, giving birth to twins, and that she had 2 wombs. bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
The women of Bari tribe of Venezuela believes that a child can have multiple biological fathers. That, a child is not born from the sperm of a single man, but from the accumulation of sperm in a woman's womb. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Owners of overweight cats are more likely to say their cat is like a child to them, & are more likely to talk to the cat about topics relating to friends and family or work. companionanimalpsychology…
Robert De Niro is the only child of two well-regarded Greenwich Village painters, Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro, Sr. robertdenirosr.com/biogra…
Some BB gun pellets can go through a child's skull and cause brain damage (case studies in link) thejns.org/pediatrics/vie…
In KyōryΕ« Sentai Zyuranger (The show that was the basis for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) that Bandora (Rita Repulsa) is a Satan worshiping witch who sacrifices children because a dinosaur killed her child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Dr. Robert Lopez, a vet, suspected a connection between cat ear mites and a child's rash, experimenting by transferring them into his left ear. "I heard scratching sounds... as the mites began to explore my ear canal." He repeated the experiment twice, and won the Ig Nobel Prize in entomology. theguardian.com/education…
Leonardo Da Vinci was an illegitimate child discoverwalks.com/blog/to…
Today I learned of Bobby Driscoll, famous Disney child actor in the 1940s and 50s (including the voice of Peter Pan), who died penniless and alone at age 31 in an abandoned NYC building. When his body went unclaimed, he was buried in an unmarked grave. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_…
Today I learned of Ben and Angela Ihegboro, a Black Nigerian couple living in London. In 2010 they welcomed their 3rd child, a daughter with white skin, blue eyes & blonde hair. admin.socialgazette.com/s…
In the 1988 box-office bomb "Mac and Me", the wheelchair-bound lead child character was played by a real wheelchair-bound actor with spina bifida. In real life, when people asked why he was in a wheelchair, the 12-year-old would reply, "Vietnam." latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The title of Paul Simon's 1972 single 'Mother and Child Reunion' was inspired by a chicken-and-egg dish on a Chinese restaurant menu, and the lyrics by the loss of a pet dog which was run over and killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Research shows that cats may reflect the personality of their owner, in the same way a parent's personality can affect their child. There is some evidence of similar personality traits of owners in cats. phys.org/news/2019-02-cat…
Today I learned about the Finkbeiner Test, which is used avoid gender bias in science related journalism by asking the author to avoid mentioning a female scientist's child care arrangements, her husband's job and other topics not germane to the article. archives.cjr.org/the_obse…
Today I learned of Patricia Stallings who allegedly poisoned her son with antifreeze and the child died. She had another baby in prison that went to Foster care. The baby had identical symptoms of poisoning however it was determined that both children actually had a genetic disorder. She was later exonerated. law.umich.edu/special/exo…
Joaquin Phoenix began calling himself "Leaf" as a child, having been inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves and desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings. This became the name he used as a child actor, until he changed it back to Joaquin at age 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
California Governor Leland Stanford Sr. lost his only child to Typhoid. Because of this, Stanford Sr. decided to honor his dead son by spending his fortune to build Stanford University, telling his wife that "the children of California shall be our children". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lel…
Trader Joe's hides a stuffed animal in a majority of their stores and if your child finds it they get a prize thekitchn.com/trader-joes…
Youngest siblings are usually the favorite child fatherly.com/news/new-sur…
Today I learned of Susanne Ripton, a Jew who survived the holocaust as a child. In 1940, when she was 4, soldiers broke into her home in Paris. She was saved when a neighbour rushed in and said that she was her daughter. She spent years hiding. In 1969, she discovered her parents had been killed at Auschwitz. youtube.com/watch?v=bmw39…
The Judgement of Solomon has parallels in many other traditions such as India (where the Buddha asks to two mothers to tug war the child's body) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Nagoro village in Japan has only 27 human residents but is also populated by over 200 life-sized dolls. 69 year old Tsukimi Ayano makes these dolls to fight loneliness, leaving them in scenarios of daily life e.g. child dolls in the local school since no one under 55 is left in the village. straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
In a 2017 criminal case, the US government put the secrecy of its hacking tools above all else. Prosecutors chose to drop all charges in a case of child exploitation on the dark web rather than reveal the technological means they used to locate the anonymized Tor user. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Years before Peary reached the North Pole, he kidnapped a native child and stole one of the world's largest iron meteorites from the Inuit in Greenland, delivering both to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. narratively.com/minik-and…
Mobster Al Capone, said the Lindbergh baby kidnapping was "the most outrageous thing I have ever heard of." He offered $10,000 of his own money for information leading to the return of the child. law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
In the ancient Roman comedic play "The Mother-in-Law," a husband falsely accuses his new wife of infidelity after she gives birth mere months into marriage. A stolen ring reveals he assaulted his future wife in a dark street before they met, and is in fact the father of the child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hec…
Today I learned about β€œThe Mother’s Kiss”, a procedure in which one nostril is closed while a caregiver blows into a child’s mouth, removing a foreign object from the open nostril. webmd.com/children/news/2…
Kids falling victim to tampered Halloween candy is an urban myth. None of the reports have found to be true. In one case a child died from heroin found at a relative's. In another a child died after eating cyanide-laced candy from his father who'd taken out a life insurance policy on him. joelbest.net/halloween-sa…
Michelle Birnbaum, a Mother from New Jersey gave birth to a daughter, Rose on Feb 29 2008, coincidentally she's also born on a Leap year in 1980. The odds of mother & child sharing birthday on Leap Year is 1 is to 2 Million newsfeed.time.com/2012/02…
The first case of child abuse case in the US was prosecuted in New York under an animal abuse law, because child abuse laws didn't exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Serial Killers are more likely to have suffered a head injury as a child than non-serial killers. medicaldaily.com/serial-k…
Queen Anne of England was pregnant 17 times. The first time at the age of eighteen, and the last at the age of thirty-four. She either miscarried or gave birth to stillborn babies. One child died under a year, another at a year and a half, and the oldest died at the age of eleven in 1700. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned about Abram Petrovich Gannibal, an African child kidnapped to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. The tsar freed him and raised him as his godson. Gannibal became a Major-General and the Governor of Reval. He is the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, considered the greatest Russian poet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
Bayard Rustin was told to move to the back of a bus, but stopped when a white child reached out to grab his tie, before being scolded by its mom. He thought, β€œI owe it to that child, that it should be educated to know that blacks do not want to sit in the back”. He was then arrested and beaten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Today I learned about Tony Momoh, a journalist and one-time Nigerian minister of information and culture (1986 - 1990). He is the 165th child of his father, King Momoh I of Auchi, who had 48 wives and about 245 children. tonymomoh.com/biography/
Today I learned of U.S. Patent 3216423: Apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force, which was intended to facilitate labour by spinning a pregnant mother. The designers believed that "civilised women... often do not have the opportunity to develop the muscles needed in confinement." longstreet.typepad.com/th…
Dudley Moore was a child prodigy on the piano and organ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…

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