Weird inventions for parents, vol. 1
Mon Feb 23
The editors here at Time Out Kids have just been alerted to a number of wacky new products and services, and we wanted to let you in on the little gigglefest they caused. Moms and dads, we present the first installment of Weird Inventions for Parents! 1. MyGeneImage: These are works of art that display your baby's DNA sequence. This is how the process works: Parents receive a collection package which they use to swab the inside of their baby's cheek to collect a DNA sample from the buccal cells. Then the folks at MyGeneImage lab create custom genetic art based on the sample. Framing your kid's biological imprint will cost you, of course: A single oeuvre can run upward of $500! 2. Pk24: Are you ready for this one, parents? It's a doozy! Pk24 is a "clinically tested 24-hour vaginal tightening cream answering women's desires to regain their sexuality and turn the clock back on their love life." We're surprised they didn't throw in the phrase "miracle worker" while they were at it. We...
13-year-old may not be a daddy after all
Mon Feb 23
Last week, we reported on the baby-faced British boy, Alfie Patten, who allegedly fathered a child at age 13. However, the paternity of the baby is now being debated , with as many as eight other men (sorry, boys) claiming that the infant girl, Maisie, is actually theirs. Maisie's mom, Chantelle Steadman, says that she has only slept with Alfie, but paternity tests are underway (they may even be revealed on live TV!). Holy Jerry Springer .
Don't drink the water
Mon Feb 23
Talk about seeing double! According to this New York Times article, there are 38 pairs of living twins in a tiny Brazililan village called Candido Godoi and some believe the water supply may be the cause. The town's residents are really into the myth—there's even a statue of a woman holding twin infants and a night-lit "fertility spring." Due to the expense--not to mention the possibility of the town losing its claim to fame--Candido Godoi's water has never been tested. We're surprised the village isn't trying to export its water as a miracle infertility cure.
The tweet life
Fri Feb 20
Okay parents, if you don't have a Twitter account yet, you need to get one immediately. For those unfamiliar, Twitter is, more or less, a 140-character blog that you update on a daily/hourly basis. It's blogging with a much shorter time commitment. You can follow friends, family, complete strangers, your favorite blogger, Joe the Plumber, the Times , even Time Out Kids --the list is endless. I know what you're thinking: "Huh? How is this fun? I don't get it." I know! I thought the same thing. And then as people started following me and I started following others, "tweets" became more meaningful and I realized it's a really fun (and easy) way to stay updated on the things and people you care about. It's getting big and you need to get on board! If my feeble attempts at a pitch haven't sold you, these tweets might. They are from parents all over the country and will make you LOL. Read, laugh, commiserate, then get on Twitter--STAT. "Look, son, I get that you'd...
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