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Parents

Dawn Langley Simmons



I believe every word that Dawn Langley Simmons says.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Children, Parents, 1960s, Gender-bending, LGBT

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

Miss Stardust of 1948

A couple of points about this beauty queen.

1) Mother was also a beauty queen, "Miss Brooklyn of 1928." Alas, I can find no pix of the elder Bayes.

2) Should a beauty queen who represents the "falsie" industry be considered for her natural endowments, or her falsie-assisted curves?

3) Note the loving care and extra attention that WU brings to all its posts, as we present the previous year's winner below, as a supplement.

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Original pic here.


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Original article here.

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Children, Parents, 1920s, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #274



Horny beach bunnies switch instantly from thoughts of lust to thoughts of dental hygiene.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 12, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, Parents, 1960s, Teeth

Party Favors

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Delightful mother of the year planning her daughter's 18th birthday party didn't think a limo ride to London for an evening of partying was enough. To make sure they had a good time she got 12 baggies of cocaine for the trip. The party was to be in February but unfortunately for mom police stopped by on the 31 of January to talk to her and caught her with the drugs. Having had 6 previous convictions tends to get you extra police attention.

Posted By: patty - Thu Sep 10, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Drugs, Parents

The Fun That Builds Good Health




From an incredibly weird pre-internet, pre-cellphone, pre-cable-TV world! Limbs in actual motion--outdoors! Witness the horror of "free-range children!"

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 30, 2015 - Comments (15)
Category: Family, Children, Parents, Sports, 1950s

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby.

Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these. Source: Illustrated World (Mar 1920).


Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 24, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, 1920s

Cheerful Dying Wish Fulfilled

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I regret that I did not have this story ready for you for Christmas. Nonetheless, its spirit lives on through every season!

Thank God the kid didn't wish for the whole world to follow her!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 23, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Children, Parents, 1940s

Tarzan of the Canines



Original page here.

Do we dare to believe this Weekly World News article? Well, the case was reported a year prior in a reputable newspaper.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 22, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Children, Parents, Dogs, 1980s

Father’s Day Greetings

Happy Fathers Day

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 15, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Husbands, Parents

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