Parents hiring handicapped people so their kids can jump in line at Disney World is now apparently a thing
Lines at theme parks can be long and torturous, but Disney honestly does everything it possibly can to make your wait shorter and less excruciating at its parks. Apparently, that’s got good enough for some parents, who have gotten into the habit of paying random handicapped people to pose as part of their family long enough to get bumped up to the front of the line.
After he was unable to keep his son from obsessively playing MMOs, one Chinese father resorted to hiring other players to constantly grief his son’s in-game character. Every time the son would log on, he would be killed by these paid higher level characters with the hope that the boy would soon grow bored with getting his ass kicked.
One of the most awesome dads of the year took an old video switching board from a local TV station, slapped some old NASA stickers on it and turned his son’s bunk bed into an awesome fucking spaceship.
This has been passed around the internet quite a lot over the weekend, and for good reason. In the aftermath of one of the most shocking mass shootings America has ever faced, this is a beautiful, poignant and informative essay by Liza Long (not actually Adam Lanza’s mother), who is the mom of a son struggling with violent mental illness.
Even though each person is different, everyone’s minds and circumstances and lives are different, Liza Long’s story is a good place to begin if you’re looking to try and understand. Also yes, I’m just going to keep posting cute kitten pictures every time I post something about the Sandy Hook shootings.
Trends in baby names come and go.. there were the Jennifer and Jason years and then periodically parents like to go with more old fashioned names. This year, the top girl’s name was Sophia, followed by Emma, Isabella and Olivia. For boys, the top names were Aiden, Jackson, Liam and Ethan.