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Crib notes: Sticks and boys, pregnant in a bar and snow everywhere

You hear a lot about boys and guns, but what about boys and sticks?  Slate.com tries to answer the question,  "Just what is it about sticks that boys find so fascinating?"  Maybe it's because they can turn them into guns -- or maybe it's because they're just drawn to anything that worries moms into premature old age."We don't serve your kind here."  "Your kind" being pregnant women.  A woman

You hear a lot about boys and guns, but what about boys and sticks?  Slate.com tries to answer the question,  "Just what is it about sticks that boys find so fascinating?"  Maybe it's because they can turn them into guns -- or maybe it's because they're just drawn to anything that worries moms into premature old age.

"We don't serve your kind here."  "Your kind" being pregnant women.  A woman who was eight months pregnant and drinking water in a bar in Chicago was asked to leave by a bouncer.  The bouncer told her she'd have to leave because if something happened to her, say if a fight broke out, they'd be liable.  While it's fascinating to imagine the kind of bar that expects fights to break out, one wonders if the bar wouldn't also be liable for any non-pregnant patrons who chanced becoming innocent bystanders in the expected brawl.

Is your family plugged in and tuned out?  Between smart phones, laptops, and video games, more families are finding themselves more connected to their gadgets than to each other.  Some families are trying to put an end to the madness and undergoing technology detox.  Could you go cold turkey on technology?

49 states have snow right now (In this case, Hawaii's not the 50th state. Floridians are the only ones who are warm and dry right now), leaving a lot of parents trying to keep kiddos warm.  Toddlers (a.k.a., the ones who can't be reasoned with) are hard to keep bundled.  Here's some toddler-proof snow gear to check out.

The government has proposed new regulations for healthier school lunches -- fewer fries, more veggies, that sort of thing.  Expect kids across the country to go on a Mardi Gras-style binge in the lunch line before these new regulations take effect.