ALSO ON NEWSSTANDS Freelance Dad's

ALSO ON NEWSSTANDS

Freelance Dad's other contribution to the October issue of Parents magazine is a feature called "Smart Daddy Tricks," in which a ten-pack of dads from across this great nation reveal their unique, and uniquely male, strategies for wrangling their tots, from singing a cranky baby the national anthem to taking phone calls on an infant's foot. Other than not being named "Dad's Toolbox," as suggested by its writer, the piece is a lot of fun. But since it will not be made available on parents.com until October 11, we'll put off a more detailed discussion of its specifics until then.


WRONG ANSWER

Reebok is recalling 140,000 Allen Iverson model toddler sneakers because of a defect in the tag on the shoe's tongue. The tag can be peeled off, presenting a choking risk. (Insert your own Allen Iverson choking joke here.)


GOVERNMENT OF THE PRETTY, BY THE PRETTY, FOR THE PRETTY SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH

A study from Britain's University of Exeter reveals that newborn babies prefer to look at pretty faces, a sign that our sense of what's attractive may be hard-wired into our brains. In fact, when presented with photos of an attractive and an unattractive face, most babies spent 80 percent of their time staring at the prettier face. This doesn't mean that moms and dad should run to Halloween Hut for Charlize Theron and Jude Law masks. All babies still prefer their parents' faces to any others.

Still, the lead scientist in the study says that our hard-wired preference for pretty gives attractive people a leg up in all walks of life.

"Research has shown that if you have attractive individuals, people judge them to be more honest, trustworthy and better in terms of time-keeping - any positive attributes are more likely to be associated with such attractive individuals . . . . There’s no doubt that attractive people tend to do better in life than less-attractive people - nobody ever said evolution was supposed to be fair."
This research bodes well for Tiny Girl's future, as well as this performer's chances of winning the next several Academy Awards for Best Actress.

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