BEST. SHOW-AND-TELL. ITEM. EVER


It was Small Fellow's turn for sharing time in his kindergarten class the other day. And what did he choose to share with his New York City pals? His 2006 pocket Boston Red Sox schedule. Now that's our boy.


[PS: We recently discussed with Small Fellow the possibility of rebranding him Large Fellow, in advance of this summer's arrival of Small Fellow 2.0. He angrily refused, however, which leaves us in a bit of a lurch.]

THE NEW RESEARCH CONTRADICTS PREVIOUS STUDIES WHICH HAD CONCLUDED THAT IT'S IN HIS KISS

Women can tell whether a man is interested in having kids just by looking at him, according to a new study led by a UC-Santa Barabara scientist:

“This study suggests that women are picking up on facial cues that are perhaps related to paternal qualities,” said James Roney, a University of California at Santa Barbara psychologist and lead author of the study. “The more they perceived the men as liking kids, the more likely they could see having a longer-term relationship.”

In the study, women looked at photos of a group of men and accurately guessed which were interested in starting families - and which were just interested in having a good time. (For the purposes of the study, the two were presumed to be mutually exclusive.)

YOUNG WOMEN WERE ALSO ACCURATELY ABLE TO GUESS WHETHER TEEN BOYS WERE INTERESTED IN ORAL SEX JUST BY LOOKING AT THEIR FACES - AS IT TURNED OUT, ALL THE BOYS WHO HAD FACES WERE INTERESTED IN ORAL SEX

Over the past decade, the number of teens reporting that they had had oral sex appears to have doubled, according to a relatively narrow study of Baltimore-area young people. Clearly, young people feel that oral sex is safer than intercourse. However, STD experts worry that kids are missing out on the fact that oral sex is not STD-free, and that STDs acquired through oral sex may be harder to detect.

DON'T WE KNOW IT. AT OUR LAST PARENT CONFERENCE, FELLOW'S TEACHER TRIED TO CONVINCE US THAT HE WASN'T THE TALLEST KID IN THE CLASS. WHAT A NUT JOB

Recent studies have found that parents and teachers have widely divergent perceptions of children's behavior. In a nutshell, parents don't believe teachers when they say that Johnny isn't being a good boy. We. on the other hand, never believe Tiny Girl's nursery school teacher when she tells us that Tiny is being a good girl in school. Which goes to what strikes us as the key point about this study:

[Dr. Timothy Konold of the University of Virginia] said the study did not answer ''whether the kids are actually acting differently in home and at school.''

Nursery and kindergarten parents tell us all the time that their kids behave better at school than at home. It's the opposite of the disconnect Konold's study gets at, but it gets at his point that parents ought to pay attention to what teachers tell them about their kids, because we all know, at least in the abstract, that kids behave differently at home and away.

A CENTRAL PIECE OF PUTIN'S PLAN WILL BE AN IMMEDIATE 50% REDUCTION IN THE COUNTRY'S VODKA TAX

Russia needs babies, says President Vladimir Putin, and he wants something done quickly to boost his country's perilously declining birthrate. "Men of Russia, don't make me have to come into your homes and do it myself!" he thundered during his annual State of the Declining Superpower address earlier today.

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