Boy Scouts Aren't Allowed to Have Water Gun Fights Now

Tom Scocca · 05/19/15 08:34AM

The Boy Scouts of America, a paramilitary children’s organization inspired in part by the exploits of the young Mafeking Cadet Corps during the Second Boer War, has forbidden its present-day members to shoot squirt guns at one another. A blog post for adult Scout leaders on the Scouting Magazine website reports that under the rules in the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

Boy on Toddlers & Tiaras Is Possessed by a Creepy Little Devil

Rich Juzwiak · 05/24/12 11:20AM

Meet Traven, a 6-year-old pageant prince from Pulaski, Illinois, whose mother encourages him to be as womanizing as possible, but also got him into pageants "because he was so cute and he looked like a little girl." So yeah, there's more psychology going on in this episode of Toddlers & Tiaras than usual. This definitely feels like an a-star-is-born moment, but still I don't know what to think of Traven. He's cute, has charisma and uses nonsense words like "delican," but he's also a monster. He disrespects adults regularly — he "fires" his barber and tells his grandmother that she should go work at the Pony, their local strip club — and he's regularly applauded for doing so ("Man, I am something else," he says at one point, to the delight and agreement of every adult in the room). This is funny to watch but I imagine a lot less charming in person and regardless, Traven is a ticking time bomb of irreverence. He's not going to get away with this shit for much longer. Good thing he has reality TV to preserve this moment in amber.

Why the New York Times Magazine's Reformed Old-School Music Snob is Nothing But an Old-School Music Snob

Rich Juzwiak · 04/06/12 05:27PM

There's a doozy of an essay by the 27-or-so-years-old Alexandra Molotkow in this weekend's New York Times Magazine. "Why the Old-School Music Snob Is the Least Cool Kid on Twitter" argues, in a meandering, ultimately unpersuasive manner, that listening to obscure music was once cool, but snobbery has been replaced by populism. While there is a fair argument to make about the Internet democratizing not just access to independent music, but mass media to those who might otherwise have ignored it were they not confronted by page after tweet after Spotify Facebook update of it, Molotkow does not go there.

Informal CPAC Poll: How Many Attendees are Living in Their Parents' Basements?

Emma Carmichael · 02/11/12 04:05PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.— There was a line winding out the door of the Marriott Ballroom at CPAC for the bulk of the afternoon today, and it consisted mostly of bright-faced college kids. They were wearing dinner jackets and pencil skirts and toting bags full of free pens and pamphlets and souvenir T-shirts. Sarah Palin will speak at 4:30 today, and they wanted to make sure to get a seat.

Your Kids Are Getting High on Nutmeg Right Now

Richard Lawson · 07/02/10 03:17PM

They are snorting it or eating a lot of it (3 or 4 tbsps) to get the "marijuana-like high" that the common spice can provide. Is this the little extra "Hmm" factor that Rachael Ray is always talking about?

Teen Werewolves Roam the Shopping Malls of San Antonio

Richard Lawson · 05/24/10 01:35PM

No, they're not playing basketball like they used to in the '80s. Today's teen wolves, with names like Wolfy Blackheart, are hanging out in front of shopping malls and wearing weird contact lenses. One intrepid news team got the footage.

It's the Only Way They'll Learn

Ravi Somaiya · 12/23/09 01:52PM

An Ohio mother called the cops on her 6-year-old daughter, who shoplifted a $3.11 packet of stickers, then toyed with claiming the $30 reward. Presented without comment: the mother is called Diane and the girl Shiane. [AP]

Adorable PC Battle at Horace Mann

Pareene · 11/13/09 05:24PM

Breaking Horace Mann news: "Former Student Body Presidents' performances in last Tuesday's assembly caused heated discussions regarding sexism, men's bigotry, and the boundaries of comedic relief among students and faculty in classrooms, advisories, and club meetings this past week."

Six Child Media Prodigies You Should Fear

Ryan Tate · 11/06/09 02:23PM

That 16-year-old TechCrunch writer with 120,000 Twitter followers, who we wrote about yesterday, is part of a burgeoning child punditocracy. Children are operating in virtually every facet media — and doing so successfully. Fear for your job.