Scarface, Elementary School Edition

posted by Stal on 2010.04.22, under Stal

As mentioned at lunch:

I’m leaving you, you motherfudger!

[ Scarface School Play / YouTube ]

The Worst Swear Word in the World

posted by Stal on 2009.11.23, under Stal

From Jon Ronson at the Guardian:

My eight-year-old son, Joel, comes into my office to ask if there’s a worse swearword than fuck. “No,” I say.

There’s a silence. “You’re lying,” he says.

“There’s none worse than fuck,” I say.

Joel narrows his eyes. “I know you’re lying,” he says. He leaves the room.

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Experiments on Children, Klingon Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.11.18, under Stal

In an experiment in language acquisition development, d’Armond Speers of Minneapolis spoke only Klingon to his child for the first three years of its life.

“I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language,” Speers told the Minnesota Daily. “He was definitely starting to learn it.”

Speers claims not to be a huge Star Trek fan. This is why people with doctorates in computational linguistics shouldn’t be allowed to rear children.

[ Minneapolis City Pages ]

Unique Study aids: Ball and Chain

posted by Diomedes on 2009.05.18, under Diomedes

I saw this one circling the internet and it’s just too awesome not to mention. You can now get a ball and chain to lock to your kid’s ankle for a predetermined period of time. I’m certain that associating school work with jail will doubtless forge and excellent attitude towards lifelong learning in your kid.

Of course if you’re like me and you actually need to use the computer for your job/school, however all of your greatest distractions are also on that same computer, you might consider SelfControl (mac) or LeechBlock (firefox). It lacks the awesomeness factor of a ball and chain, not to mention the idea of punishing children, but it’s functional.