Simba the Tibetan Mastiff is about as low-key as dogs get. Weiwei, his little human friend, gets to play with, sing to, and climb all over Simba to her heart’s content, and I’m profoundly jealous. [BoingBoing]
“Vegemite is a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives,” begins the Wikipedia page for noxious spreadable Vegemite. If you haven’t had the pleasure, Vegemite tastes extremely salty, is the color of dark poop, and has the consistency of slightly melted peanut butter. You can spread Vegemite on toast or crackers, or even put in a sandwich if there is literally nothing else in your cupboards that you could put in a sandwich, including multivitamins. So naturally, giving Vegemite to young children without much of a personal filter is highly entertaining. [Laughing Squid]
I wish I got as excited about anything as this little girl gets about watching the space shuttle launch. Her sense of wonder is too sweet. [Tastefully Offensive]
“It’s a good thing that boys are challenged the way they’re taught their exclusive activity is open only to them.” These are the words of a 25-year-old man named Sam. He may as well be speaking about any male-dominated space — ground combat, restaurant kitchens, construction work — but Sam was referring to one space in particular: Dungeons & Dragons games. The stereotype of the typical D&D gamer is man or a boy, in particular one who is socially awkward, skinny, and sporting glasses. As a result, role-playing games are not traditionally acknowledged as something women and girls do (although they totally do). In this short documentary by Meredith Jacobson, four middle-school-aged boys and four middle-school-aged girls play D&D together for the first time, while Sam the Dungeon Master oversees the co-ed experiment. It might just inspire you to pick up some polyhedral dice yourself! [Vimeo via The Mary Sue]
When four-year-old Cadence pressed the wrong buttons on her family’s digital camera, she realized she’d deleted a photo of her Uncle Dave — and that deleted photos never, ever come back. This was a pretty earth-shattering discovery for Cadence, if her somber message to Uncle Dave is any indication. The good news is that Uncle Dave did send her more pictures to replace the lost one. Crisis averted! [Laughing Squid]
In my day, I’ve come across many children I want to snatch up and keep for myself, and Noah Ritter has now made his way to the top of my list (sorry, Blue Ivy, you’ve been bumped). The five-year-old was visiting a local fair when WNEP gave him the chance to talk on live television about one of the rides, but he had an agenda of his own. Needless to say, he completely stole the show. Noah may only be in kindergarten, but he’s “apparently” already found his favorite word. He’s also apparently the cutest, funniest kid ever and I can only hope my offspring are as awesome as he is.