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Winnie Cooper’s Baby Is Memorizing The Quadratic Formula

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“We’re working on some things. He knows his colors and his shapes. He still gets seven when he counts the toes on one foot — he really likes seven right now! He likes it when I recite Pi. And I’m trying to teach him the quadratic formula. He hasn’t quite gotten it yet. It’s sung to the tune of ‘Pop Goes the Weasel.’”

Danica McKellar aka Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years,” has successfully transitioned from sitcom star to math missionary and author of best-selling books such as Math Doesn’t Suck, and now she’s teaching her 23-month-old son Draco (god, best name ever) some algebraic basics. Is it wrong that I’m a bit relieved to find out that a two-year-old hasn’t quiiiiite gotten a grasp on the quadratic formula yet? It took me a while to memorize it when I was in high school, even when my math teacher brought in a guitar and taught us the song, which is now stuck in my head (“The opposite of B / plus or minus the / square root of B squaaaaared…”). Thanks a lot, Draco. [People]

C-List Celebs Break Out Some New, Weird Baby Names

Move aside, Apple Martin—your name is old news. Especially when you consider the brand-spanking-new moniker that Jamie “Naked Chef” Oliver just gave his son. He and his wife Jools welcomed Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver into the world this week. James explained that Maurice is to honor Jools’ late father, but has no explanation for the furry first half of the name. Buddy Bear will fit in fine with Oliver’s three other children—Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Poppy Honey Rosie. Also following in the funky-name footsteps is Danica McKellar, better known as Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years.” The actress and math wiz dubbed her newborn son “Draco.” Perhaps she is a closet Harry Potter fan as well. What do you think of this new crop of creative kid names? [People/Zap2it] Keep reading »

Quotable: Winnie Cooper Wants Her Baby To Be A Math Genius

“I know music in general is supposed to be good for babies to hear. But I sing this one math song—‘The Quadratic Formula Song.’ It’s sung to ‘Pop Goes the Weasel.’ X equals negative B, plus or minus a square root, of B squared minus 4 A C, all over 2 A. It’s such a cute little song. I went online once and saw a little 2-year-old singing it and thought, ‘Okay, that’s going to be my child.’”

—Danica McKellar, who you remember from “The Wonder Years,” is preggers and wants to make sure her baby is a whiz at math just like she is. That is, she wants her kid to get beat up on the playground. Just kidding. Sort of. [People] Keep reading »

Winnie Cooper Bares (Almost) All

Posing in a sexy photo shoot for Maxim magazine, girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (aka Danica McKellar) finally fulfills the fantasies of 30-something guys who lusted after her 20 years ago on “The Wonder Years.” Wary of those type of guys, McKellar, who has made a second career as an author/mathematician and is pregnant with her first baby tells Maxim: “I’ve always been really cautious about guys who have a Winnie Cooper fantasy, and I’m so glad about that. I mean, I can count on one hand the guys I’ve been with. It was really challenging, but I never gave it up too soon, if you know what I mean.” Yes, we know what you mean. [Maxim via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: An Engagement And A Couple Weddings

  • Harrison Ford has finally asked Calista Flockhart to marry him. They’ve been dating for seven years. [Dlisted]
  • Katy Perry and Josh Groban are dating, but don’t tell anyone because they’ve been trying to keep it a secret. [Perez Hilton]
  • Winnie Cooper is officially off the market. Danica McKellar, who played Winnie on “The Wonder Years,” married composer Mike Verta on Sunday. [People]
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