Playgrounds these days are usually brightly colored things, low-slung plastic-coated structures with short, gently sloping slides, set on surfaces covered with shredded rubber or wood chips. No see-saws. No hand-pulled twirling whirling rides. No super-high jungle gyms to climb. Swings (if there are any) often have safety bars and seat belts attached.
But that wasn't the case just a generation ago.
"I am still quite nostalgic for the two-, three-, maybe three-and-a-half-story high wooden playground castles I grew up with 30-odd years ago," says Alex Gilliam, an architect and a national expert on K-12 design education. "We're now at a point where every playground is pretty much the same. And they're boring. They're not challenging."
Blame a litigious society. Or, maybe, helicopter parents. But the increased focus on safety may have had unintended consequences: a generation of kids who aren't able to accurately assess risk or cope with fear.
Have playgrounds become too safe?
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Playgrounds these days are usually brightly colored things, low-slung plastic-coated structures with short, gently sloping slides, set on surfaces covered with shredded rubber or wood chips. No see-saws. No hand-pulled twirling whirling rides. No super-high jungle gyms to climb. Swings (if there are any) often have safety bars and seat belts attached.Read More »from Have playgrounds become too safe for kids?
We're all on guard for the occasional, embarrassing nip slip. But could we be showing a little more than we bargained for without even knowing it?Read More »from Is that a mole, or a third nipple?
That little round mark below your breast, near the bottom of your rib cage. It looks like a mole, but it may actually be an extra nipple.
Relax-they're usually non-functional. And they're a lot more common than you might think. About 1 in 50 women have them, and about 1 in 100 men. They usually appear on the chest, along the "milk line"- picture an invisible line running from each armpit, though the breasts, and down to the groin. Yes, kind of where the extra teats would be on a non-human animal-but not always.
In May, 2006, a 22-year-old Brazilian woman asked her doctor to check out a strange growth on the bottom of her foot and found out that she had a fully developed nipple "in the plantar region of her left foot," according to a report in the journal Dermatology Online. The nipple, pictured here (safe for work, we guess!) was
Former neo-nazi teen singers distance themselves from their Prussian Blue past: "My sister and I are pretty liberal now"By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Jul 18, 2011 10:03 PM EDT
Photo from tumblr.thedailywh.atTheir looks were disarming: teenage twin girls with long blond hair, bright blue eyes, sweetly singing in their pop-folk band Prussian Blue. But their songs-with lyrics praising skinheads and racism-fueled plenty of outrage.Read More »from Former neo-nazi teen singers distance themselves from their Prussian Blue past: "My sister and I are pretty liberal now"
Lynx and Lamb Gaede landed in the limelight after appearing on ABC Primetime in October 2005. In the interview-interspersed with clips of the duo playing at pro-White conferences, being home schooled by their mom, and hanging out at their grandfather's Swastika-branded cattle ranch-the girls deny the Holocaust and explain why they're happy to sing about White Separatism.
"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," then 12-year-old Lynx told ABC. "We want our people to stay white... we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."
Their mom, April, defended what she taught her daughters. "All children pretty much espouse their parents attitudes. If they were Christians, they would be maybe singing Christian rock
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 15, 2011 11:02 PM EDT
The August 2 deadline for deciding whether to increase the federal debt ceiling is approaching, and members of congress are digging in their heels.Read More »from The debt ceiling and the deficit: What you need to know
Democrats warn that increasing the limit to the amount of debt our country can carry is essential in order to keep our economy from collapsing. Republicans insist that they won't agree to raise the debt limit unless Democrats agree to make huge spending cuts and not increase taxes. If we don't increase the debt ceiling soon, we might be in default, which would ruin the country's credit rating, economists caution. "We are obviously running out of time," President Barack Obama said in a press conference earlier today.
But tax increases and budget cuts actually have no bearing on the debt limit. Neither does the size of government, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, balancing the budget, lowering taxes, increasing income, or reducing the deficit. It seems odd, given that all of those things have to do with money and government spending, but
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Power Your Future – Thu, Jul 14, 2011 8:43 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockThe University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie School of Management is offering a full scholarship worth $37,240 to the MBA program applicant with the best answer to their essay question. The catch: The answer must be in the form of a tweet, 140 characters or less.Read More »from Planning on an MBA? Your tweet could be worth $37,000
Think of it as a chance for a prospective MBA student to hone his or her elevator pitch, says Jodi Schafer, Tippie's director of admissions and financial aid. "That's sort of the power statement you need to sell yourself quickly and concisely, the way you have to sell yourself quickly and concisely in business," she told Yahoo! Shine.
The question is pretty straight forward: "What makes you an exceptional Tippie Full-Time MBA candidate and future MBA hire? Creativity Encouraged!" But crafting a 140-character answer is harder than it looks. (In fact, this paragraph itself is twice as long as the answer can be.)
So how are you supposed to sell yourself succinctly without selling yourself short? Schafer offered a tip: Just like on
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jul 13, 2011 7:56 PM EDT
Photo from Facebook.com/NetflixYesterday, Netflix sent out a little letter to its streaming-video-plus-DVD subscribers: Your $9.99 a month service is going up by 60 percent.Read More »from Netflix raises its rates: Is the convenience worth the higher price?
If you were only signed up for the $7.99 per month unlimited streaming video plan, nothing has changed. But for those who thought they were getting a bargain by bundling in DVDs by mail will now have to pay for the DVD service separately. It'll cost another $7.99 per month to have one DVD out at a time, bringing the total cost to $15.98 per month. The new price structure takes effect September 1.
"We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into separate plans to better reflect the costs of each and to give our members a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan or the option to subscribe to both," Jessie Becker, vice president of marketing for Netflix, wrote on the company's blog.
People weren't pleased by the price hike. As of this afternoon, nearly 7,500 people had left comments on Netflix's blog and there were
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Jul 12, 2011 8:15 PM EDT
The News of the World voicemail-hacking scandal seemed confined to the United Kingdom at first-until we learned that reporters from the now-defunct newspaper tried to access the phone records of people who died in the 9/11 attacks.Read More »from How to protect your voicemail from being hacked? Change your password. Really, it's that simple.
A former New York policeman (who now works as a private investigator) came forward recently, saying that News of the World employees had offered to pay him in exchange for providing phone numbers of 9/11 victims and a list of calls they made just before the World Trade Center's twin towers fell.
"This investigator is used by a lot of journalists in America and he recently told me that he was asked to hack into the 9/11 victims' private phone data," a source told The Mirror. "He said that the journalists asked him to access records showing the calls that had been made to and from the mobile phones belonging to the victims and their relatives. His presumption was that they wanted the information so they could hack into the relevant voicemails, just like it
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Jul 12, 2011 6:53 PM EDT
A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics point to the possibility of a higher risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) and learning disabilities in kids who are often exposed to secondhand smoke.Read More »from Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of ADHD, learning disorders in kids
Using 2007 data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers form the Harvard School of Public Health and the Tobacco Free research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, estimated than almost 5 million children age 12 or younger are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.
Eight percent of those children-more than a quarter million-had learning disabilities, ADHD, or other behavioral disorders; compared to children whose parents didn't smoke, those exposed to second-hand smoke "had a 50 percent increased risk of developing two or more childhood neurobehavioral disorders compared with children who were not exposed at home," CNN reported. According to the study,children age 9 to 11 living in high poverty
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 11, 2011 8:36 PM EDT