83_03_09_beat_it_03At the end of the recent kindergarten graduation at Big City Elementary (can't beat it with a stick) Tiny's teacher sent her home with a CD of favorite classroom songs from the past year. The disk is chock full of Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger, Carole King, and, inexplicably . . . Michael Jackson's "Beat It." And so which one is Tiny Girl's favorite song, and which has she already played about six dozen times? You guessed it.

"Daddy," she asked us the other day, "can you imagine if S.T. [her crush] and me had a play date? And we listened to Michael Jackson 'Beat It'? And then, the real Michael Jackson came in? Can you imagine it?"


A comprehensive new study found that nearly 36,000 children and adolescents are treated for bunk bed-related injuries in the nation’s emergency rooms each year. . . Almost 573,000 kids from infants to age 21 suffered injuries significant enough to warrant a visit to the ER between 1990 and 2005, according to an investigation by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. . . Nearly half of the injuries occurred in children under 6, but there also was a surprising jump in accidents among 18- to 21-year-olds, who were more than twice as likely to be hurt as kids ages 14 to 17.

"Surprising"? Um, hello? They were drunk at the time!

Credit to MSNBC, though, for getting parents to read through a dozen bejeezus-spooking paragraphs before revealing this reassuring nugget: "[D]eaths appeared very rare, perhaps a half dozen during the 16-year study."

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