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7 Inappropriate Children’s Toys

Posted in Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


The gift-giving holidays will be here sooner than you know it so be sure to steer clear of some of the TOYS ON THIS LIST.

The top two creepiest, to me, out of the bunch would have to be the You Can Shave The Baby doll and the Pole Dancer. In regards to the hairy baby – what the hell is that?! Besides, maybe, individuals suffering from hypertrichosis I think it unncessary to shave a baby let alone encourage other babies to think it’s ok to take a sharp object and shave another one.

As for the latter toy, what parent in their right mind would buy this for their daughter? It might be different if this was renaissance themed and the doll was dancing around the maypole, but she’s not and that toy is not cute at all. (via Huffington Post)


Flashback Friday! (C&H Sugar Commercial)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Food & Drink, Music, Spot The Poly, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

C&HHere’s a commercial for C & H Sugar that originally aired in the 1950’s, but re-ran in the mid-ninties. The song is pretty catchy and that little girl doing the hula is the cutest.


Poor Baby! Child Traumatized in MGMT Music Video

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Videos, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
Little Albert

Little Albert

I went to Europe about a month ago and while I was there I saw this really creepy/sad music video. I saw it on Viva TV, but they only showed it once so I quickly forgot about it once I went outside and became a tourist again. When I came back to the U.S. I couldn’t remember the name of the group or the song, but a quick Google search of “music video” + “child crying” + “monsters” soon led me to it.

The song is entitled “Kids” by MGMT f.k.a. The Management. It features a baby surrounded by scary looking monsters and in turn the child is freaked out. Even though this isn’t first person perspective, I’m guessing we’re seeing the world through the child’s eyes as everything is unknown and can be quite scary. But the video is still hard to watch as the baby obviously doesn’t know what’s happening and is truly terrified. It almost reminds me of the Little Albert Experiment.


Family Drives From The UK To Australia

Posted in International, Travel with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of Graham Naismith

In front of Ayers Rock in Australia. (Image courtesy of Graham Naismith)

Graham and Eirene Naismith decided to beat the plummeting real estate prices in their local Croydon and decided to move to Australia. But rather than taking a more conventional route to their destination, the couple decided to make it an adventure, along with their three young children, by packing up a Toyota Landcruiser and driving more than 30,000 miles to the land Down Under.

Along the way, they’ve seen sights in such exotic and breathtaking places such as The Swiss Alps in Switzerland, The Olympics in China, and the beaches of Thailand among others.

“We’ve all become closer as a family and I’ve enjoyed being in my wife’s company,” says Graham. “The children may have missed school, but they’ve learned so much on the trip and had an amazing experience which has really broadened their minds. The reason I did this was to spend time with the children, and that was the most important part of the trip.” (via Daily Mail)



Monday Cuteness! (Lil Asa)

Posted in monday cuteness, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Watch as Lil Asa helps tackle the “$400 Toddler Toy” (as his dad Big Asa likes to call it) a.k.a. The iPhone.


Monday Cuteness! (David After The Dentist)

Posted in Entertainment, monday cuteness, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

So I’ve seen this video of a little kid named David who’s just finished an appointment at the dentist office still plastered from the nitrous he’d been given. Just the look in his eyes makes you think he’s seeing bunny rabbits, cosmos, and himself probably touching and seeing air. Below is, I think, the perfect song to accompany the mood as it makes me feel all fuzzy sans drugs. It’s from my new addiction Loco Roco for the PSP which is a mind trip all in itself.


10 Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 23, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Mental Floss has uncovered some of the stories behind some of your favorite Dr. Seuss tales. Who knew he was incorporating adult issues of the time, like environmentalism, corruption, and race relations, into his books for children.

1. In case you haven’t read “The Lorax,” it’s widely recognized as Dr. Seuss’ take on environmentalism and how humans are destroying nature. Loggers were so upset about the book that some groups within the industry sponsored “The Truax,” a similar book — but from the logging point of view.
Another interesting fact: the book used to contain the line, “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie,” but 14 years after the book was published, the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss creator. Theodore Geisel, and told him how much the conditions had improved and implored him to take the line out. Geisel agreed and said that it wouldn’t be in future editions.

2. Somehow, Geisel’s books find themselves in the middle of controversy. The line “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” from “Horton Hears a Who!,” has been used as a slogan for pro-life organizations. It’s often questioned whether that was Seuss’ intent in the first place, but when he was still alive, he threatened to sue a anti-abortion group unless they removed his words from their letterhead.
Karl ZoBell, the attorney for Dr. Seuss’ interests and for his widow, Audrey Geisel, says that she doesn’t like people to “hijack Dr. Seuss characters or material to front their own points of view.
3. “If I Ran the Zoo,” published in 1950, is the first recorded instance of the word “nerd.”

4. “The Cat in the Hat” was written because Dr. Seuss thought the famous Dick and Jane primers were insanely boring. Because kids weren’t interested in the material, they weren’t exactly compelled to use it repeatedly in their efforts to learn to read. So, “The Cat in the Hat” was born.
5. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. “The Cat in the Hat” was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with “Green Eggs and Ham” — which uses exactly 50 words.
The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

6. It’s often alleged that “Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!” was written specifically about Richard Nixon, but the book came out only two months after the whole Watergate scandal. It’s unlikely that the book could have been conceived of, written, edited and mass produced in such a short time.
Also, Seuss never admitted that the story was originally about Nixon. That’s not to say he didn’t understand how well the two flowed together. In 1974, he sent a copy of Marvin K. Mooney to his friend Art Buchwald at the Washington Post. In it, he crossed out “Marvin K. Mooney” and replaced it with “Richard M. Nixon,” which Buchwald reprinted in its entirety.

7. “Yertle the Turtle” = Hitler? Yep. If you haven’t read the story, here’s a little overview: Yertle is the king of the pond, but he wants more. He demands that other turtles stack themselves up so he can sit on top of them to survey the land. Mack, the turtle at the bottom, is exhausted. He asks Yertle for a rest; Yertle ignores him and demands more turtles for a better view.
Eventually, Yertle notices the moon and is furious that anything dare be higher than himself, and is about ready to call for more turtles when Mack burps. This sudden movement topples the whole stack, sends Yertle flying into the mud, and frees the rest of the turtles from their stacking duty.
Dr. Seuss actually said Yertle was a representation of Hitler. Despite the political nature of the book, none of that was disputed at Random House — what was disputed was Mack’s burp. No one had ever let a burp loose in a children’s book before, so it was a little dicey. In the end, obviously, Mack burped.

8. “The Butter Battle Book” is one I had never heard of, perhaps with good reason: it was pulled from the shelves of libraries for a while because of the reference to the Cold War and the arms race.
Yooks and Zooks are societies who do everything differently. The Yooks eat their bread with the butter-side up and the Zooks eat their bread with the butter-side down. Obviously, one of them must be wrong, so they start building weapons to outdo each other: the “Tough-Tufted Prickly Snick-Berry Switch,” the “Triple-Sling Jigger,” the “Jigger-Rock Snatchem,” the “Kick-A-Poo Kid”, the “Eight-Nozzled Elephant-Toted Boom Blitz,” the “Utterly Sputter” and the “Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroo.”
The book concludes with each side ready to drop their ultimate bombs on each other, but the reader doesn’t know how it actually turns out.

9. “Oh The Places You’ll Go” is the final Seuss book published before he passed away. Published in 1990, it sells about 300,000 copies every year because so many people give it to college and high school grads.

10. No Dr. Seuss post would be complete without a mention of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Frankenstein’s Monster himself, Boris Karloff, provided the voice of the Grinch and the narration for the movie. Seuss was a little wary of casting him because he thought his voice would be too scary for kids. If you’re wondering why they sound a bit different, it’s because the sound people went back to the Grinch’s parts and removed all of the high tones in Karloff’s voice. That’s why the Grinch sounds so gravelly.
Tony the Tiger, AKA Thurl Ravenscroft, is the voice behind “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” He received no credit on screen, so Dr. Seuss wrote to columnists in every major U.S. newspaper to tell them exactly who had sung the song.



The Immersion Project

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by TheDiversePurse


The debate on whether children re-enact violence when exposed to violent video games rages on and 39-year old Robbie Cooper has made this the basis of his art project entitled “Immersion”. He records the facial expressions of children ages 9-12 as they play games such as Call of Duty, Halo 3, Tekken, GTA 4, and Star Wars Battlefront in order, for us the viewer, to see how one can become so involved and immersed in a virtual world.

“You look them in the eye and they’re really transported. That’s what I like about having them looking directly into the camera. We’re not used to seeing that look directed at us – as if someone’s looking right through you,” Cooper commented. Link! (via Daily Telegraph)


Fuck Twilight – I’m Ready For ‘Let The Right One In’

Posted in Entertainment, International, Movies, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Now this looks good.

It’s the story of a lonely 12-year old Swedish boy named Oskar who’s constantly bullied at school by older kids. He soon finds friendship in 12-year old Eli who moves in next door of their apartment complex. But, oddly, gruesome murders are happening left and right. Oskar comes to the conclusion that Eli may be the culprit – and a vampire!

The movie’s setting in Sweden, with its cold snow laden landscapes, only adds to the feeling of isolation that Oskar experiences from his peers and the contrast of warmth he receives from Eli. Thus, her secret doesn’t scare him.

I’m so juiced! It’s already received rave reviews. I have yet to see it since it opened in the U.S about a week ago, but I definitely will soon before its gone from theaters.


Italian Court Bans Parents From Naming Child “Friday”

Posted in International, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by TheDiversePurse
Image from Robinson Crusoe

Image from Robinson Crusoe

Judges in Italy intervened when news of a couple naming their child “Venerdi” or “Friday” in English got around. The couple got the name from a character in Robinson Crusoe, but the judges felt the name was associated with “subservience and inferiority” since the character in the book is a “native servant”.

Instead, the judges invaded the couples right to name their child as they wanted and re-named him “Gregorio” after the saint’s day on which he was born. Link! (via The BBC)