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Jul 11 2014

Dad Exploits Baby on Vine for “Likes” & Money

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How much social media exposure is harmful to children? Is it wrong to exploit the extreme cuteness of our offspring for vain social media interests? How about for money?

For Nick Confalone, the 6-second Vine videos seemed harmless at first–a creative outlet for a bored stay-at-home dad. But, as he describes in Slate, the road to social media fame is a slippery one, paved with Klondike bar deals.

First came the Ellen interviews, then there was the mass reassurance from followers that he was, in fact, a “good dad,” and soon endorsement deals from Gap and Klondike started trickling in. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 18 2014

Check Out This Brilliant YouTube Video Scripted Entirely by Kids

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If kids could write screenplays, what would they be like?

Here is a YouTube series which explores that very important existential question. In this brilliant short, “Salesman,” two kids script the scene and adults act it out. The results are hilarious.

Check it out the rest of the videos and then try it with your own kids!

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Apr 8 2014

Everyone Made a Passover “Frozen” Parody This Year–Check Out Our Top Five

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If your kids can’t get enough of “Frozen,” they will love this year’s overload of Passover parody videos. Not all Passover “Frozen” parodies are created equal, though, so we’ve selected our five favorites. Each one sillier and more absurd than the next, these spoofs of “Let it Go” will have your family singing “Let Us Go,” all Passover long.

Enjoy!

1. The Grown Up version. From Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, MA. There is a nice contrast between frowning geriatric Pharaoh who occasionally raises his staff, and the grinning temple congregants–who look like they might be your parents–performing as back-up dancers.

2. The Teen Version. This charming ukulele version from The Weber School in Atlanta, GA is like the kids’ answer to the previous parody. Created by students and teachers of the school, it addresses what young people hate most about the seder (zzzzz….) and helps bring the haggadah to life. It even comes with an attached lesson plan. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 13 2014

Two School Administrators Announce Snow Day With Best Rap Ever

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Despite the apocalyptic weather conditions, New York City schools were OPEN today (because we’re crazy), but just about everywhere else in the country, flights were canceled, highways were gridlocked, and kids enjoyed a national snow day–even in North Carolina, which has been pummeled by an ice storm named Pax.

Well, two school administrators, headmaster Michael Ulku-Steiner and director Lee Hark at Durham Academy in North Carolina, broke the the news to students with a hilarious cover of Vanilla Ice’s ’90s hit–yup, you guessed it–“Ice, Ice, Baby.”

Enjoy the video and for god’s sake, don’t go outside!

(H/t Viral Viral Video)

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Feb 7 2014

What Does the Fox ACTUALLY Say?

By at 11:45 am

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At this point, every child in America has danced to Ylvis’ “What Does the Fox Say?” You may have even seen the children’s book version in stores. I am not ashamed to admit that I know the lyrics by heart and have caught myself singing the interlude softly on many a morning commute:

The secret of the fo-o-ox

Ancient Mystery-y

Somewhere deep in the woods

He is hiding

What is his souuuuund?

Will we ever know?

Well, inspired by Ylvis, the other day, my kid and I–being the intrepid scientists that we are–decided to do a little research into what the fox actually says. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 17 2013

FYI: You’ve Probably Been Using Aluminum Foil Wrong

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Attention balabustas and other savers of food: There’s a good chance you’ve been making the whole “pulling out a sheet of aluminum foil from the box” way more difficult than need be. Thanks to this how-to video made by a fake scientist-looking guy who goes by “CrazyRussianHacker” on YouTube, our minds have been blown, our worlds changed.

Please watch the video and see for yourself. You’ll never wrap up those leftovers the same again.

Happy wrapping, mamas.

H/t to Jews News for posting this helpful tip! 

Sep 10 2013

The Rosh Hashanah Jap Rap

By at 11:59 am

It’s not every day you hear a good rap about the High Holy days, and especially one that has a sprinkling of swear words, but our friend Aly Viny–who runs the site Jap-Rap, makes that happen. Enjoy! And oh yeah–definitely NSFW.

Check out the rest of Aly’s hilarious raps here.

Aug 14 2013

Sam Horowitz–Bar Mitzvah Boy Gone Viral–Speaks Out

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sam horowitz bar mitzvah dance viral videoSince we posted the video of Sam Horowitz’s bar mitzvah video featuring an elaborate performance with burlesque dancers and Horowitz busting out some pretty impressive dance moves, the kid’s gone totally viral. Like, Good Morning America viral.

GMA chose the bar mitzvah video as their “Play of the Day” and then had him live on the air for an interview this morning. So what’s the story?

The idea for the dance was a combined effort from Sam and his mother, Angela, and the newly-minted man practiced every weekend for three hours for a month to prepare.

You can watch the whole video interview here.

Of note, the article from ABC does include a quote from Sam about the bar mitzvah ceremony itself, saying, “It’s really about the service, and it took two years to prepare for that. It’s a really big milestone in my life and it meant a lot to me, so I’m happy people are enjoying it.”

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Aug 6 2013

Sam Horowitz, Bar Mitzvah Boy: Live at the Omni Hotel

By at 3:16 pm

Hat tip to Jordana Horn for finding the video below which is by far the craziest bar mitzvah video I, and likely you, have ever, ever seen. I’ll skip the obvious jokes about everything being bigger in Texas and just let you watch and decide for yourself.

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Mar 19 2013

The Maccabeats do Les Mis, Passover Style

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Because one Les Misérables-themed Passover video on our blog is clearly not enough, we’d also like to share this brand new video from everyone’s favorite Jewish a cappella group, The Maccabeats! You never realized Les Mis had so much to do with Passover, did you?

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