Category archive: news

April 9, 2014

Area Playgroup Entertains Foreign Family On Dole

While Australia is intercepting needy refugees at sea by the boatload and storing them on some [other] remote prison island, friendly neighboring New Zealand is taking a different approach. The nationa-wide family support agency Plunket recently arranged a playgroup...
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April 8, 2014

Clear Eyes, Rebel Hearts, Can't Win

You could blog for years and still not come up with a scenario that combined just the right about of aspirational travel fantasy with the opportunity to judge the bejeebees out of someone else's parenting half as perfect as the...
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April 2, 2014

Baseball/Soccer Moms, Gonna Die & Chevrolet

DT's favorite CSPAN guru Seth noted this odd mention from yesterday's House hearings into GM's total botching of the deadly ignition problems in the Chevy Cobalt. Basically the internal spring in the ignition would fail, and the car would...
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March 21, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Helicopter Edition

The DT Friday Freakout is here to ruin your weekend with a roundup of headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, politics, and France: An Indian couple in a rough Northern Paris suburb is being investigated for child neglect....
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March 19, 2014

Up. Pat. Papers.

@patkiernan This a.m. our 19mo old tried many tactics to rouse us from bed. Here's what did it: he tugged my arm & said "Up. Pat. Papers."— Dana (@real_danimal) March 19, 2014...
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March 13, 2014

O Manhatta, Get Your Damn Measles Vaccinations!

City of the World (for all races are here) City of tall facades of marble and iron Proud and passionate city. When million-footed Manhattan unpent, descends to its pavements. And spreads measles to vulnerable children because you are not vaccinated,...
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March 7, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: White Noise Edition

Time was if you wanted white noise to put your kid to sleep, you had to run the vacuum cleaner, or the washing machine, or the dishwasher. Then some enterprising genius figured out how to make CD's of these same...
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February 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Yet Unpublished Edition

Oh man, do you know the freakoutiest kind of Friday Freakout story from the worlds of science and health and parenting and politics and just general freaking out? It's the kind with "unpublished data." Because with unpublished data, you get...
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February 25, 2014

Where Do 'Designer Babies' Come From?

So there are FDA hearings on an experimental gene splicing technique that involves replacing defective mitochondria in a woman's egg with healthy mitochondria from another woman, either before or after fertilization. And the fear surrounding this process is, as it...
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February 21, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Testicular Time Bomb Edition

Time has you by the balls, gentlemen! Cut the DT Friday Freakout intro nonsense, and just read this New Scientist headline! Testicular time bomb: Older dads' mutant sperm Basically the spermatogonium, the stem cells that produce sperm, mutate all the...
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February 9, 2014

This AOL Distressed Babies BS Really Pisses Me Off.

I've had several friends and colleagues I admire deeply who have worked for AOL over the years, but I passed on at least three opportunities to work there myself. When AOL people kicked around Daddy Types early in the blogging...
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January 31, 2014

If Not Breastfeeding Is Illegal, Only Criminals Won't Breastfeed

Breast is best, in fact, it's so great, that the United Arab Emirates' legislature, whose members are appointed by each emirate's ruling monarch, has decided that every child should be breastfed until the age of two. And so they passed...
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January 24, 2014

Forget It, Karl-Heinz, It's Playmobland

Gotten goods never prosper ! The fence is not better than the stealer ! 22 Jan 2014, @playmobklau01 I am not really understanding the nuances of graphic designer Karl-Heinz Weiss's Twitter stream, but anything that results in more morality...
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January 16, 2014

America Has A Whooping Cough Vacctivist Problem

The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has assembled a map showing the vaccine-preventable outbreaks of disease around the world. And those aren't green chicken pox across the face of America; they are outbreaks of pertussis,...
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January 4, 2014

Egyptian Spokespuppet Denies Being A Spokespuppet For Terrorists

"The Muppets...Tendencies towards terror?" actual caption on this image A puppet on Egyptian TV has been accused of transmitting secret messages via a Vodafone commercial to the Muslim Brotherhood, a huge political organization that was until recently running...
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January 3, 2014

Government Birth Panels Website Under Construction

When you have a kid and insurance, typically you call the insurance company to add them to your policy. The premium goes up, and you're done. If insurance has been covering OB/GYN visits and the delivery, they may even...
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December 18, 2013

Agamben Toys

First and foremost is the awesome name, obviously. Then I guess the thing I'm thinking about as I scroll back through Agamben Toys' archive is amazement and despair at the breadth and variety of Playmobil Riot Police over the...
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December 16, 2013

KKKute Overload

A young boy in KKK robes sees his reflection in a riot shield held by a Georgia state trooper, '92. By Todd Robertson— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) December 16, 2013 I was going to be shocked that this was...
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November 26, 2013

Goldieblox Is The Larry Flynt Of Our Generation

image: Oh boy, it's gettin' real in the Goldieblox vs Beastie Boys media arena. Felix Salmon has an awesome column on Goldieblox, not as an empowering girl toy pioneer, but as an archetypal disruption-obsessed Silicon Valley startup.:Under what...
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November 22, 2013

People Are Just Runnin' Over Kids In New York, And It's Got To Stop

Five kids killed by cars in five weeks, the most recent of which was a 9yo in Brooklyn:Less than a month earlier, on Oct. 11, a drunk driver killed 3-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa in Queens. Samuel Cohen Eckstein, 12, died...
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November 13, 2013

This. Is. CNN's Ridiculous Paternity Leave Policy.

This case has been brewing for a couple of weeks now, but it's never too late to point out how Time Warner has bumbled its way into an unnecessarily unfair, even discriminatory parental leave policy, and the obvious, right thing...
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November 1, 2013

Improve Human Survival With This One Weird Evolutionary Trick!

Anthropologists from the University of Colorado noticed that in some cultures, kids never crawl; they get carried for a year, then they sit, and just start walking. And that crawling might have only evolved in the last 200-300 years,...
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October 22, 2013

Why Buy The Breast Milk On The Internet, When You Can Get The Salmonella For Free?

Breast milk obtained online, whether through informal markets or donations, was found to have pathogenic bacteria and other contaminants. These include staph and salmonella, which can pose a significant health risk to preterm and medically compromised newborns. Who, if...
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October 21, 2013

Finally, A Scientific Justification For Circumcision

People say a boy should look like his father, which, what? But scientists in Pakistan and Columbia University have found that when it comes to baldness, a father doesn't have to look like his son:The researchers took papilla cells from...
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October 9, 2013

Incarcerate Me Elmo

Remember that crazy, marauding street hustler Elmo who shouted anti-Semitic rants at kids outside the Central Park Zoo, threatened Times Square tourists for not coughing up photo money, and then tried to extort $2 million by stalking the Girl Scouts?...
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October 8, 2013

Capitalism Works For Elmo

Elmo contemplates capitalism #CAPITALISMWFM— Handel (@handelsaurus) October 8, 2013 Speaking of Kickstarter, I backed Steve Lambert's project to build this giant sign, CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME! True/False a couple of years ago now, and it has been a blast...
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Back The Longest Shortest Time Kickstarter

There's much to say and read and see and hear about The Longest Shortest Time, the podcast series for new parents produced by indie radio star Hillary Frank. But kindergarten pickup beckons, and anyway, the podcast basically sells itself,...
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October 4, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pressured Parent Edition

A selection of anxiety-inducing news stories, collected, and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend (instead of your entire week)? It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Is your kid not advanced enough for his age? Are you already fearing...
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October 3, 2013

Laundry Detergent Pod Not A Toy

You'd think the laundry detergent companies would learn after putting a teddy bear on the bottle, but no. kids are still eating--and getting sick from and even maybe dying from--Tide detergent pods, which look like shiny candy, and [used...
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September 24, 2013

Because Their Favorite Word Is 'I'

This just in, here is Texas Senator Ted Cruz conducting a fake Obamacare filibuster of pre-negotiated length and no import, reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to his daughters, via the C-SPAN cameras, from the Senate floor: And in...
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September 20, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Future Edition

There's less science and safety this week, but that shouldn't keep this exclusive amalgamation of headlines from ruining your weekend. It's the DT Friday Freakout: A bunch of NYC independent schools--but not all!--are saying they'll drop the E.R.B. as part...
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September 8, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Sonic Hedgehog Edition

The DT Friday Freakout was delayed a couple of days to rope in one more shocking article about how smoothies are killing us all. Let your weekend-ruining begin: Eat food, not a lot, mostly parents'. A Scottish study finds toddlers...
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August 30, 2013

This Is Syria

What's gonna work? Going it alone? No....
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1978 Child Laborers, Where Are They Now?

I totally remember this Benetton ad showing tiny kids in Bogota working in a brickyard. But I did not know that the photographer, Jean-Pierre Laffont, had not shot it for Benetton. It was a few years earlier, for the...
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August 8, 2013

'The Baby Genius Industry'

image: Steve Paine, via slashgear High five to Susan Linn and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood for this quote: "The baby genius industry is notorious for marketing products as educational, when in fact there is no evidence that...
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August 4, 2013


I was kind of snarky about how Chinese parents' global scramble for baby formula is affecting local markets in various countries. But holy crap, people. NYT reporter Edward Wong's account of living in Beijing with his wife and 9-mo daughter...
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July 24, 2013

Area Man Installs Car Seat Incorrectly

So every thing these people do is going to be picked apart my everyone in the entire world? Count me out. [via publicists for Purveyors of Infant Car Seats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, apparently] Related: The Queen...
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July 22, 2013

British Area Couple Throws World's Largest Sponsored Twitter Gender Reveal Party

@thisisTomRiley @emirrelevant crowning cake— Jackson (@SwanseaJackson) July 22, 2013...
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July 17, 2013

This American Life

"Dad says you're spying on us online." Real limits needed for US surveillance before this dialogue becomes real.— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 16, 2013...
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June 28, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Friends Forever Edition

A special collection of news stories from the worlds of parenting, health and science to ruin your weekend all at once: it's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Breastfeeding gets your kid more friends and improves his social mobility for no...
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June 21, 2013

DT Friday Freakout

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a carefully curated collection fo headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, etc., designed to freak you out all at once, instead of a little bit every day: "How Long Can You Wait...
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Area Couple Manages To Give Child Google-Proof Name

Honestly, given those parents and their perspective on human existence, I think North West is just about the most brilliant hashtag keyword Google search-thwarting baby name in the history of the Celebrity Infotainment Industrial Complex. Think about it: she's completely...
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June 17, 2013

No Kickstarter Was Required: Glorious North Korean Cardboard Tank

Children of the great failed American devil, cower in fear at the awesome creative power of the glorious future leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. These children are all six months old, and this tank was fabricated...
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June 10, 2013

Where The Depressing Things Are

On the late author/artist's 85th birthday, Google has created a Maurice Sendak-themed logo: And the NSA is releasing the full, unedited version of Sendak's wonderful, touching phone interview with Terry Gross from 2011. image: Twitter user @7im, aka Tim Dickinson's...
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May 3, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Edition Of The Rat

It's been that kind of a week, the kind where you wish you could avoid all the freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of parenting, science, and safety. Where you wish you could just bundle them all up into one, so...
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April 26, 2013

DT FRiday Freakout: Freeball Edition

The Scottish Medical Journal reports that some Dutch guy heard that Scottish guys have better sperm quality because kilts and scrotal temperature and sure, why not? Seriously, that is the level of the analysis we're talking about here. It's...
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April 22, 2013

Stroll Your Cares Away With The Mark Maclaren!

So far they haven't taken me up on my suggestion to do a co-branded stroller with BP, but Maclaren is now rolling in style on Madison Avenue. The Mark hotel and residences on the Upper East Side are delighted...
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April 17, 2013

America's Day Care Hellscape Is A Political Choice

From The New Republic:First, Mire tried KinderCare again, but they wouldn't take Kendyll until Mire paid her debt; when she did, there were no openings. She called about a dozen centers, all of which were either too expensive or had...
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April 15, 2013

And If It's A Boy, We'll Name Him Felonious

This is probably one of those days when you come home and hug Biggles, Posie and Tuppence extra tight. And then curl up with a subreddit full of other peoples' eye-opening baby names: "I knew a Hamiley. A combination...
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April 10, 2013

Belligerent Hustling Muppets Take Manhattan

After another reported assault by violent, tip-hustling muppets, the NYPD and government officials said that sorry, there was really nothing to be done. "It's very challenging legally because dressing up in a costume and walking around Times Square is,...
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