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Children

How many ways are children annoying?

Back in 1931, Dr. Mandel Sherman, director of the Child Research Centre, wanted to find out the exact number of ways in which children annoy their parents. He came up with the oddly specific number of 2,124 different ways.

He arrived at this number by having a group of parents carry notebooks around with them for a week and record each time their child annoyed them.

Some of the ways in which the children annoyed: being disobedient, being too slow or too quick, not being neat, primping, etc.

Personally, I think he seriously lowballed that number.

We've encountered the work of Dr. Sherman before. Back in 2009, I posted about his advice that instead of training kids to be successful in life, we should train them to accept the inevitability of failure. That way, they'll be much happier when they actually do end up as mediocre flops.

The New York Times - Jan 30, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 20, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Psychology, Children, Parents, 1930s

Beulah Miller, the Girl with X-Ray Vision



Very proud to have a resident of my native Rhode Island exhibit this uncanny power.

Although not everyone was so positive, as the NYT coverage from April 23, 193, shows.

Original article here.

Further coverage here.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 03, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels, Children, 1910s

The Playground Jungle

You could easily spend hours at The Playground Jungle, investigating all the childhood lore you half-recall, whether silly or naughty.

Here's a seasonal ditty I had never heard of:

We three kings of Leicester Square
selling ladies underwear
how fantastic, no elastic
not very safe to wear
O, star of wonder, star of light
the royal knickers caught alight
how fantastic, no elastic
guide me to the traffic lights

Or you could also buy their book.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 08, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Antiques, Anachronisms and Throwbacks, Culture and Civilization, Customs, Children

The Littlest Maniac







Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 03, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Children, 1900s, Brain Damage

The Bully

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 19, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites, PSA's, Children, Juvenile Delinquency, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #295




So that's where corporate executives come from! It's something in their breakfast cereal as kids!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 01, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Children, 1960s

Kenner Easy Care Manicure Set





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 21, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Cosmetics, Stereotypes and Cliches, Toys, Children, 1970s

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