Posts in "Adorable"

Mr. Rogers: Google Animated Doodle

Google’s stop-motion animation arrives like a welcome online balm to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Fred Rogers’s show.
More: the making of the doodle.


#MPRRaccoon Climbs Tall Building, Becomes Social Media Star

As a raccoon made a pecarious climb up a tall building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) broadcast live coverage of the tiny climber and the world quickly tuned in to the #MPRRaccoon saga.

In an age of increasing hostility on social media, this is a welcome breather. Will it make it down OK? Or need to be rescued?

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches

For updates: livestream and Twitter Hashtag #MPRRaccoon. Hang in there little fella!

Mr. Rogers: “Radically Subversive”

 Fred Rogers’s worldview, a kind of humanism that had roots in Rogers’s Christianity but expressed itself as a commitment to everyone’s dignity, is what helped many navigate the scariest events of childhood (RFK’s assassination, the Challenger shuttle explosion). And the power of that worldview, the film suggests, doesn’t stop when childhood ends.

School Dog Discovers Commerce

Header photo courtesy Angela Garcia Bernal 


Australian Man Saves 2.4 Million Children From Rhesus Disease By Weekly Blood Donations

James Harrison was called the man with the golden arm. Every batch of Anti-D that has ever been made in Australia has come from his blood.
James Harrison didn’t know why his blood contained a rare antibody. He just felt compelled to keep giving it.

Harrison continued donating for more than 60 years, and his plasma has been used to make millions of Anti-D injections, according to the Red Cross. Because about 17 percent of pregnant women in Australia require the Anti-D injections, the blood service estimates Harrison has helped 2.4 million babies in the country.

“Every ampul of Anti-D ever made in Australia has James in it,” Barlow told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He has saved millions of babies. I cry just thinking about it.”

Scientists still aren’t sure why Harrison’s body naturally produces the rare antibody but think it is related to the blood transfusions he received as a teenager. And through the decades, Harrison has brushed off excessive praise regarding his regular trips to the blood donation center from his home in Umina Beach, on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Header photo (Creative Commons) by John Kalekos

#TwitterTuesday: The Story of @Dog_Rates: Meet the DogFather

For @dog_rates, Nelson usually tweets twice on weekdays, at noon and 8 p.m. He’s never scheduled a tweet, and he’s the only one who has ever posted (except Blake Shelton, who took over the account for a day last September).

It usually takes about 20 minutes to perfect a caption. Once a tweet goes up, Nelson says he’s “glued to it” like a TV network executive in a control room, watching the number of favorites and retweets climb into the thousands.

But Nelson’s empire is built on more than that. His brand of humor has become world-wide-web famous. For example, his dog ratings almost always exceed 10/10 — because, as he once fired back at a critic upset at inflated scores, all dogs are “good dogs.” The @dog_rates community enjoys a host of inside jokes, like the one in which Nelson frequently faux-reprimands followers for sending in animals that aren’t dogs. He even played a role in developing the language DoggoLingo, popularizing puns like “pupset” and censoring “heck” to “h*ck.” Because dogs just don’t curse.


♫Won’t you be my neighbor?♫

Does this fellow look familiar?

There’s a ‘Mr. Rogers’ movie on the way!

And in addition, Tom Hanks will star in ‘Are You My Friend‘, about an Esquire reporter whose life was transformed when writing THIS profile.

Fred Rogers has been doing the same small good thing for a very long time…
And here are some more fond remembrances:

The legacy lives on at:

Prehistoric Children’s Toys and Proto-Animation

Check out this whole thread from Archaeologist @muckymaiya & friends:

Some unusual finds from thousands of years ago are actually toys and children?s attempts at mimicking adult craftwork.