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February 25 2014

January 21 2014

Internet Sleuths Help Unravel Deceased Grandma's 20-Year-Old Mystery

The Internet loves a challenge. Case in point: When a woman asked an online forum for help decoding her dying grandmother's "cancer-addled ramblings," users began to unravel the decades-old mystery in a matter of minutes.

Janna Holm posted two images — the front and back of an index card, each side covered in long strings of letters — to the site Ask MetaFilter on Monday. Holm explained that her grandmother Dorothy Holm, while dying of brain cancer in 1994, left the cards to her grandchildren as puzzles. Holm was about 11 years when her grandmother passed away.

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December 31 2013

Cool Dad Brightens Kids' Day With Interactive Lunch Notes

As the last in his family to leave for the day, "the Dad" of parenting blog And I'm the Dad is also designated to pack everyone's lunches

When his son was going through a particularly rough time, the Dad decided to kick his lunch notes up a notch to try and brighten his day. Looking at the whimsical notes, we can only assume they did the trick. In addition to his son, recipients now include the Dad's daughter and wife

Deciding what to wear in the morning is difficult enough, so how does the Dad come up with original notes day after day?

"The notes are influenced by several things," he told Mashable (the Dad declined to disclose his real name). "Sometimes it's a topic we discussed that morning or the night before. Other times, it might be along a theme, like the alphabet series I did for my daughter, who is in kindergarten and still learning to read." Read more...

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December 25 2013

Teens' Bonds with Parents Affect Their Sleep

Sleeping habits change when kids enter their teen years in part because of changing hormone levels. But a recent study suggests that social ties, such as relationships with friends and parents, may play a bigger role than biology in influencing teen sleep.

Researchers analyzed information from nearly 1,000 adolescents, following them from age 12 to 15. The teens answered questions about all aspects of their lives, including their sleep habits, relationships with parents and friends, and involvement in school. Nurses also examined the teens each year of the study, to assess how quickly they were going through puberty. Read more...

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December 16 2013

Family's Video in Xmas Jammies Will Upstage Your Christmas Card

The Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., decided to forgo the cliche family holiday card for something much more 2013: a video entitled "Christmas Jammies (#XMAS Jammies)."

The adorable footage shows the entire family in matching red-and-green striped pajamas, a decision the kids may regret in years to come, singing to a parody of Will Smith's 1998 hit "Miami." It features some of the best dance moves on this side of the Internet

In the song, the Holderness clan recaps its 2013 milestones, from mom Kim's role in Iron Man 3 to daughter Lola's triathlon to son Penn Charles' recital and dad Penn's vasectomy Read more...

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December 13 2013

Redditors Resurrect Family History With Beautiful Photo Restorations

In this digital age, everything we do is recorded for posterity in the vast archives of the Internet. In 50 years, our children will be able to look back on our lives through the archives of sites like Facebook and Flickr

Past generations have not had this luxury. Many of their memories are locked in finite scraps of photo paper, just one small house fire or an angry ex-girlfriend away from oblivion. These old photos rarely stand the test of time, becoming wrinkled, torn or discolored with age

The Redditors of r/Picrequests are fighting the flow of time — with Photoshop. Read more...

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December 11 2013

11 Holiday Survival Tips From 'Love Actually'

Christmas is a time to get really close with your family — which isn't always good news.

Sure, you love your family, but having multiple generations gather around the dinner table to discuss politics and imaginary marriage plans isn't always as festive as you'd hope.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ease your holiday stress — more than a few are found in the best Christmas movie featuring a nativity lobster, Love Actually.

Because if anyone knows how to pull through an awkward situation, it's those poor characters.

Image: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

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December 07 2013

10 iOS-Friendly Toys for Kids

Your children love your iPad, but if they're spending too much time glued to the screen, it might not be the kind of play that will benefit them the most.

As children use digital devices more and more, they miss out on opportunities to work on fine motor skills, spatial reasoning and other skills that require tactile play, instead of the rather 2D experience of tapping on a screen

But just when you're thinking about taking that screen away from your media-saturated children, a new crop of toys pops up that utilizes the iPad by taking it out of their hands, allowing them to practice other physical skills as well as playing on your device Read more...

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December 05 2013

U.S. Pregnancy Rate Reaches 12-Year Low

The U.S. pregnancy rate has fallen almost continuously over the last decade and reached a 12-year low in 2009, according to a new government report.

Researchers analyzed information on U.S. pregnancy rates for women ages 15 to 44 over the last two decades, with 2009 being the most recent year with data available.

During that period, the U.S. pregnancy rate fell 12%, from 115.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women in 1990, to 102.1 pregnancies per 1,000 women in 2009.

The total number of pregnancies in 2009 was about 6.3 million, which resulted in 4.1 million live births, 1.1 million induced abortions and 1.1 million pregnancy losses, according to the report. Read more...

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November 25 2013

Dinosaurs Come to Life Again for Dinovember

If you thought dinosaurs were extinct, think again. This week alone, a horde of dinosaurs have already found hidden treasure, performed a shadow puppet show, experienced an accidental Ice Age and had a domestic disaster while ironing.

These are just a few of the dinosaur pranks that Refe Tuma and his wife Susan Tuma have staged for Dinovember, a month-long project in which the Tumas construct nightly dinosaur vignettes.

The project started in 2012 as a way for the Tumas to engage with their four children

"It kind of was just a way to reconnect with our kids and to get ourselves excited to be parents again," Refe Tuma told Mashable. "My wife, on a whim, decided to set up dinosaurs in the bathroom sink. The next morning, my daughter ran into our room and said, 'The dinosaurs came to life and they are brushing their teeth!'" Read more...

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November 13 2013

The 16 Cutest Families on Instagram

Instagram is the next frontier for today's mommy blogger. The photo sharing platform provides a nice supplement to their blogs, providing a nice glimpse into the family's daily life without much effort

We've rounded up the most adorable moms of Instagram, with their delightful families in tow. Skim through the gallery, but be warned: There are high levels of cuteness coming your way

Image: Flickr, Chris Martin

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November 01 2013

'Genome Hacker' Builds Family Trees With Millions of Branches

There may be a new record for the largest family tree ever assembled. It dates back to the 15th century. It is comprised of 13 million individuals. And it is only one part of an even larger collection of genomic information: a collection compiled by the computational biologist Yaniv Erlich and stored not in albums or on walls, but in machines.

Presented at the annual meeting American Society of Human Genetics in Boston, and discussed in the journal Nature, the mega-repository could offer a new way for researchers to analyze the relationships between human genotypes and phenotypes — between, essentially, nature and nurture Read more...

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October 29 2013

Emotional Baby's Reaction to Mom Singing Will Have You in Tears

Prepare yourself for some serious baby feels.

YouTube user Alain Leroux uploaded this clip of a 10-month-old baby girl crying quietly as her mother sings a sad song. As the song progresses, the baby appears increasingly emotional until her mom finally stops and comforts her.

Some commenters have expressed concern for the baby girl, wondering if her distress was out of fear rather than sadness, while others are relishing in the baby's adorable and seemingly-emotional reaction

One thing is certain, though: this baby sure knows how to get us choked up. Read more...

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Tattoo Artist Creates Stunning Photorealistic Family Portraits

Tattoo artist Dino Tomic is known for more than the art he creates on people's bodies

The Norwegian artist also creates photorealistic mixed-media drawings of the human form, including a stunning six-piece project of family portraits. For this undertaking, Tomic created large-scale, life-like portraits of his parents and grandparents using colored pencil, colored charcoal, acrylic color and chalk pastel.

On his Facebook page, Tomic explained that each portrait took between 50 and 70 hours of work to complete. He is currently working on his sixth and final portrait in the series. Read more...

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October 27 2013

When 3,500 Strangers Helped Comfort a Dying Man

Unshaven for weeks, Brandon Curtis's bearded face gazes back at him from the iPad screen. He's in Los Angeles Skyping with his dad, who lies weakened from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease in a hospice bed 1,450 miles away in rural Nebraska.

"What if this is our goodbye?" Brandon wonders to himself before capturing several screenshots of the conversation with 63-year-old Brian Curtis.

It's 11:12 a.m. on Aug. 12, two days before Brandon turns 30, and he is waiting for the first available flight to Nebraska. All previous Skype calls now seem trivial to him. Brian has only hours to live, but his son's flight won't land until midnight Read more...

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September 15 2013

Is the Chevy Impala for High-Tech Families?

I set out to test the family-friendliness of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala during a recent family road trip. So does it live up to the high-tech billing Chevy has given it?

The stereo system, which streams music from your mobile device over Bluetooth, is a really great feature. While this can be tricky to navigate in other cars, Chevy has made it a breeze — in both setup and usage. Bluetooth calling and voice command also work very well in the Impala, making the practice of hands-free mobile totally accessible

The interface of the console, however, wasn't so great. The touchscreen was not as responsive as the typical smartphone, and it was a bit of a hassle to go from one function to the next Read more...

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September 13 2013

Family Shuns Technology Made After 1986

Meet the McMillans. They're like a lot of families — young, unmarried, with two kids, a boy and a girl — with one notable exception: They live every day like it's 1986. Not in some vague, listen-to-The Bangles-and-wear-some-Spandex kind of way, but in a manner that is deliberate and drastic and all-encompassing. The McMillans, at home, have given up all technology that was introduced to the world after 1986.

Yes. Which means: phones, but no iPhones. Videos, but no DVDs. Video games, but no Xboxes. Photos, but no Instagrams. TV, but no cable. For a year that started in April, the Toronto Sun reports in a profile of the '80s-tastic Canadians, the McMillans have been doing their banking in person. They've been entertaining themselves with books. They took a family road trip this summer, and navigated using paper maps — and kept the kids entertained with coloring books and stickers Read more...

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August 13 2013

15 Outdoor Games That Will Make You Miss Being a Kid

When the weather gets hot, it's hard not to fall into a nostalgic daydream of your sunny, summery childhood.

Instead of being stuck inside at work all day, you hung out with your siblings, best friends, and neighbors. Pretty sweet deal, right?

So, why not recreate your childhood? Grab your friends, head to a nearby park, and play like it's 1999 (Or 1969, 1979, 1989 ... we're not judging.) all over again

1. Four Square

Four square

Image: Flickr, Stewf

Before you and your sibs battled over who was the mayor of your house on FourSquare, you might've played Four Square, the old-school recess classic Read more...

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July 04 2013

12 Siblings Who Got the Short End of the Stick

Those who grew up with brothers and sisters know it's all about fairness. Who got the larger slice of cake? Who took the car on Saturday night? Who picked the TV show everyone watched?

In most of these instances, one sibling triumphed. We've compiled 12 instances that will make you feel better about your own sibling quibbles — or perhaps dredge up bad memories.


Sibling Love

Image courtesy of Imgur, dielorn


Raise your hand if you're a terrible sibling!

Image courtesy of Imgur, Mepikuphevythngsgud


Image courtesy of Imgur, chopthebass


sibling rivalry sisters hammock

Image courtesy of Flickr, Roswitha Siedelberg

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May 10 2013

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