Category archive: news

March 24, 2015

Kid Meets Heroes

2yo Quincy got to meet his heroes Friday, the guys who collect garbage on his Cincinnati street on Fridays. And it was a little overwhelming, reported his dad. To the local news station, because I guess nothing more awesome...
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March 22, 2015

Uh Oh, NHTSA Fines Graco

NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats. The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release....
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March 20, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Breastfeeding Edition

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is here/back, a collection of freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of science, politics and parenting, dumped all at once to ruin just your weekend. Sometimes the headline doesn't need changing at all: The longer babies...
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March 17, 2015

Californians Have 40 Different Words For Extreme

Ever since the state replaced the water it normally serves with Disneyland Measles™, concerned parents in California have begun taking "extreme steps" to keep their kids from getting sick. Extreme steps like not having playdates with unvaccinated kids. And keeping...
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February 23, 2015

'I hope I'll live long enough that she has some memory of me.'

Paul Kalanithi is a Stanford neurosurgeon and a new dad with metastatic lung cancer. And his most recent essay and interview for Stanford Medical School's magazine about his experience is the reason I am crying right now. Before I Go...
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February 1, 2015

Measles Killing Roald Dahl's Daughter Was Just Part Of It

The pram before the storm: Roald Dahl & Patricia Neal family in 1961, with Theo, Tessa & Olivia. image via telegraph All this time I thought Roald Dahl was just a horrible narcissistic monster who treated his family badly...
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January 30, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Measles, What Else? Edition

Oh man oh man, how can this week's freakout be about anything but measles and vaccines? What matters is "herd immunity." Unvaccinated people relying on vaccinated people around them to keep the disease from spreading. Including people who can't get...
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January 23, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Arsenic Edition

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a compendium of news stories from the worlds of science, health, and parenting, saved up during the week and unleashed here all at once to freak. you out: Though one could easily say, "There's...
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January 16, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Naptime Edition

Oh things are piling up; there will be more to freakout about this weekend, just let me get back to my laptop. But even if it were the only one, this first breaking announcement from the world of pediatric development...
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January 9, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Measles Is Coming For Your Unvaccinated Children Edition

Here at Daddy Types we don't like to play by publicists' and TV news' rules, stringing you along with one anxiety-inducing science, news, health, and parenting story after another, details tonight at 11, learn how after the break! Parenting's stressful...
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December 23, 2014

I'm Thinking Of Making The Senate CIA Torture Report Into A Boardbook

Gotta tell you, the CIA onesie, coupled with multiple stories like this about Melville House making a trade version make me want to adapt the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture as a boardbook. Maybe over the Christmas break. Maybe...
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December 19, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
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December 16, 2014

From A Dad Who Wears T-Shirts In The United States

From Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins' statement to the media yesterday about his wearing a Tamir Rice & John Crawford t-shirt on Sunday, as reported by ESPN:As you well know, and it's well documented, I have a 2-year-old little boy....
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December 13, 2014

Don't Shoot

Christopher Robinson, 2, Says "Hands Up" Marching With His Dad #MillionsMarchNYC @kari_paul— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) December 13, 2014 This just tears me up inside, no kid should have to fear this, and no parent should have to worry so...
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December 12, 2014

This Internet Feeds Us A Roll Of Toilet Paper Every Day

It looked like a Clickhole story, as so much news does these days, and so I didn't need to click it. But John Hermann traced the link chain of "This Mom Eats A Roll Of Toilet Paper Every Day" backwards,...
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December 6, 2014

Breastfeeding Mums Welcome

Apparently there's a breastfeeding in public dustup in the UK right now? Where Ukip, the local reactionary, nativist political party, objects to the present not being the past? Who would like to return England to the good old days when...
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December 4, 2014

Andrew Sullivan Is Skeptical Of This CDC Circumcision Recommendation

The CDC recently released a recommendation that circumcision leads to lower HIV infection rates in men. Noted man and intactivist Andrew Sullivan is not having it--the rationale, that is, not circumcision, though I assume he is also not having that--and...
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December 3, 2014

Fancy A Midwife, Then, Comrade?

The National Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending that births in low-risk pregnancies would be better handled by midwives than in hospitals. This recommendation applies for up to 45% of pregnancies in the UK. The UK is a country...
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November 4, 2014

Baby Wipe Industrial Complex Issues Big Bacterial Recall

It's been a week. Has this been solved? Are all the bacteria-laden store label wipes cleared from the shelves and diaper bags of America? Last week Nutek Disposables, a private label wipe manufacturer for stores from Walgreens and Sam's Club...
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October 31, 2014

Hashtag NotoriousRBG Hashtag Halloween

In the case of Ruth Baby Ginsburg vs. every other baby Halloween costume in existence, the Court rules unanimously in favor of the plaintiff. There is no dissent. [via dt neighbor sarah]...
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October 28, 2014

We Are Terrorizing Our Children

Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it...
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October 7, 2014


OK, let's face facts: the report of the 4-yo boy in New Jersey who died of Enterovirus 68 in his sleep after not seeming that sick at bedtime is pure parental terror. I found myself not even able to recap...
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October 2, 2014

Teapot Dome

via someone on Twitter, I have no idea rn....
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September 22, 2014

Polar Bear Arrested; Gonna Do Some Time

First they came for the Elmos, and I said nothing RT @nathanairplane: Polar bear being arrested at #FloodWallStreet.— Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek) September 23, 2014 Previously: Elmo Gangs of New York Incarcerate Me Elmo...
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September 21, 2014

Spanking Is About You, Not The Kid

We sat the kids down and talked to them about spanking this week, and why we don't spank them, and why some parents--a lot of parents in the US--do. [Spank their own kids, obv, not ours.] We explained that most...
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September 9, 2014

Child Lobbyist Visits White House

"When you grow up, this could be your office, too." "When I grow up, the earth will have been fracked into Venus." [image Lawrence Jackson via The White House flickr feed, thx dt photo dt]...
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September 5, 2014

The Daddy Types Friday Funk: Leave In Car Edition

You know, it's like a freakout in that it will still ruin your weekend, but the new DT Friday Funk is just too depressing to freak out over. And it's the guy who left his kid in the back seat...
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August 5, 2014

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bombed

A mural of Mickey Mouse peeks out from a gutted building in Beit Hanoun yesterday - an area entirely flattened #Gaza— Bel Trew - بل ترو (@Beltrew) August 5, 2014 If the intellectual property lawyers for the Walt...
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August 1, 2014

Elmo Gangs Of New York

It's funny because they arrest protestors all the time for wearing masks on the street, but they don't use that same 19th century law to arrest the tourist-harassing character hustlers. As long as we can produce slideshows like this...
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July 31, 2014

Journalist Dressup In Gaza

@ekmathia: Young boy in #Gaza pretending to be a journalist with his home made flak jacket, had to lend him my helmet. don't know if it's the cuteness or the futility of this kid's flak jacket, but it's...
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July 25, 2014

Here Is A Link To An Outrageous Report From A Gaza Maternity Ward.

Jesse Rosenfeld's reports from a maternity ward in Gaza were published yesterday in the Daily Beast. Premature births are up since the bombing began, and incubators and oxygen are not functioning when the power goes out and the generators run...
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July 19, 2014

Long Live The Welfare State

A small British child descended from immigrant stock has survived his first year on government support. [via bbc]...
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July 6, 2014

Hello Kitty Waging Global War On Mr. Jihad

There's a new Mr Men in town, and Hello Kitty is not smiling. The Daily Mail reports [sic, obv] that Mr Men & Little Miss owner Sanrio is bent out of shape about Mr Jihad. [Wait, who owner what?...
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June 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Contagion Edition

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is apparently on summer hours: With nutritional standards based on adults from 1968, fortified cereals are not part of kids' balanced breakfast, says a study. [usatoday] The Amish were refusing vaccines before refusing vaccines was...
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June 20, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: CHECK YOUR CAR Edition

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June 13, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Whooping Cough Edition

There's only one headline that freaks me out this week, and it includes the words, "Whooping Cough Epidemic." California has declared a pertussis epidemic, with 3,458 cases reported since the beginning of the 2014, more than in all of 2013....
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June 6, 2014

DT Friday Freakout

News piles up during the week, news from the worlds of parenting, science, health, politics, education, &c., that's designed to get your attention by freaking you out. Here at Daddy Types, we like to help parents sail through the week...
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June 4, 2014


Seriously, this is the perfect before and after at Target picture about open carry yahoos— Abe Sauer (@abesauer) June 4, 2014 Wasn't giving ribbons to everyone in peewee league supposed to cure this generation of its insecurities? Can we...
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June 2, 2014

Remember, It's The Cable Companies That Brought Caillou Here In The First Place

The smackdown of Caillou turns out to be only the 25th awesomest thing about John Oliver's report on how badly the cable/internet providers are going to screw us all if their gutting of net neutrality rules goes forward. Last...
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May 23, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Bed Stuy Edition

for full-sized image: nydn Rather than hype every science and parenting-related press release when it comes out, Daddy Types saves them up and dumps them on you all at once, so you can freakout for one day and be...
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May 16, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Frozen Edition

Rather than freak you out every day on s=some publicist's whim and agenda, here at Daddy Types we store up reports from the worlds of science, health, politics and parenting, and dump them on you all at once, to ruin...
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May 9, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Plagio Helmet Edition

This week it's not a roundup, so much as a carefully curated selection of headlines from the worlds of parenting, politics, health, and safety, designed to focus your freakout and ruin just your weekend, not your every day; "Helmets Do...
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April 21, 2014

Corrupt Bully Named Garmentos' Father Of The Year

Some random assortment of garmentos have invited the abrasive, corrupt political bully and current governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to be their fundraising figurehead Father of The Year, and he has graciously accepted while in the middle of multiple...
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April 18, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Chocolate Edition

Here is a handy round-up of headlines from the worlds of science, health and parenting, delivered all at once to ruin, not your every waking day, but just your weekend. It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Toddlers show racial bias...
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It's Hard Out There For A Vaginal Birth

Damn, as if childbirth wasn't already hard enough. Doc bros gotta go make them even more complicated, just to fit their schedules. I was struck by the symmetries between two articles this week: The first, from the NYT, is a...
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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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