January 13, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Disaster Edition

Well, I just had my calendar cleared, and ended up spending ten hours out with the kids. At one point, we just sat in the car. For like an hour. Just chilling when napping wouldn't do. And then there were K2's four vaccinations, which are now manifesting themselves as moany mom deprivation. Anyway, the DT Friday Freakout: news from the worlds of kids and parents to ruin your weekend all at once:

  • A Mercedes slammed into the back of a minivan on the Balboa Island Ferry, sending it plunging into Newport Harbor. A Taiwanese family of four was rescued seconds before it sank. Fortunately, it was a rental. [ocregister via @dannysullivan]

  • A sewage pipe explosion opened a gaping hole in a Russian sidewalk, swallowing a toddler, whose remains were discovered the next day, 3.5 miles away. [bbc via dt sr freakout correspondent sara]

  • Some choketivist vigilantes put stylish wooden toymaker HABA on their made up Worst Toys In The World list because they think US choke hazard regulations should be tighter. This makes no sense to me, but it sure ruined HABA's weekend [kidstuffpr via publicist, obv]

  • Have you ever heard of the Cronobacter bacteria, which lives in powdered formula and causes meningitis? The CDC has heard of it twice as much as it used to. [cdc]

  • Alaska Native newborns die 50% more frequently than the national average. [cdc]

  • Another way to ruin your kid: missing a daily nap will cause 2-3yos mental and emotional development problems later in life. [press release via eurekalert]

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