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Tag: Kids

Girls Behaving Badly

The old saying goes that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. If current trends are any indication, though, today’s girls are much heavier on the spice than the sugar.

Examples of girls behaving badly are all around us, from gambling to bullying and every other kind of misbehavior in between.

U.S. Department of Justice stats show that although boys still commit the majority of violent acts, arrests for violent crimes are increasing at a much faster rate among girls. They’re up 125% for girls, while for boys, only 67%.

Blueberry Season

While the rest of the world is taking advantage of the summer crop by mixing blueberries into muffin batters and cereal, some food scientists have found an alternate source for them... your meat.

The New Volley

We thought it was a fluke the first time we heard about it. Grown adults playing ping-pong? And not while poolside, on vacation? All of our coolest friends were doing it, yet we still had trouble believing ping-pong was hip again.

Then we checked with those uber-trendistas... Japanese teenagers.
Sure enough, the hottest movie rocking Japan right now is an animated feature called "Ping Pong." It's based on the popular comic series of the same name, and with slick computer graphics, techno music and young idols, it's creating a veritable ping-pong fervor in the East.

Hooked on Emoji

Always the trendsetters, Japanese teens have found yet another way of communicating.

It doesn't involve hanging up their cell phones, but rather, adding a new "language" to old cellulars - this one based on the cliché of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Known as "Emoji," or tiny pictures, the language uses images to convey words. Companies such as DoCoMo and J-Phone have created hundreds of shorthand icons, from an outstretched palm which says "goodbye," to jugs of beer and animated kisses.

Consumer Rainbow

Can the color of your product make or break it?

It may seem preposterous until you consider purple ketchup and pink margarine.

Or Kool-Aid's Magic Twists, the drink mix that changes colors when prepared. Magic Twist's newest entry -- Switchin' Secret -- goes even further. It's an orange powder that turns into a secret color and flavor.

Home Video Editing

Think you received (or at least heard about) every new gadget and tech toy over the holidays?

The Kumon Method

A 46-year-old Japanese method for teaching mathematics seems to be taking the U.S. by storm.

The method, which started in Japan and is now taught at more than 24,600 franchises around the world, resembles more boot camp than classroom. Kids are taught math in tiny increments, and are not allowed to proceed to the next lesson until the previous is mastered flawlessly.

Millennial Shopping

When it comes to back to school fashions, many clothing retailers are eager to separate the men from the boys.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the premiere clothing line for young hipsters, began to worry when their regular line developed an outdated, "teeny bopper" image that turned off their college-student target market. Their answer was to roll out Hollister, a new clothing store catering to 14- to 18-year-olds.

Junior Gourmets

There's so much talk about consumers spending increasingly less time cooking. But there's one target group that's actually flocking to the kitchen - Kids.

Credit the cooking channels, of which you will find plenty of pint-sized devotees; or perhaps Generation Swapping - a trend in which adults act like kids and children act like sophisticates.

Gross Me Out

The latest ploy to garner people's attention is to sicken them to the point of making them want to throw up.

Afterall, vomit (along with the science behind it) is just one of the many things on display at the Grossology exhibit at New Jersey's Liberty Science Center.

You'll also find homages to flatulence, boogers and body odor. There's a climbable "skin" wall covered in wounds, warts and blisters; and a 9-foot-tall nose that drips mucus.