To burp is perhaps a bit rude. To burp in class could get you arrested. A 13-year-old New Mexico boy found this out the hard way, after a belch in P.E. class got him handcuffed and shipped off to juvenile detention. The uncouth, yet normal, bodily function also earned him a suspension for the rest of the school year. It is said his parents weren't notified that he was being sent to juvenile detention. The boy, who was never charged, scored a -2 (on a scale of 1 to 10) on a risk assessment given by jail staff. Of course there's now a lawsuit, as the teacher, principal and a city cop are all being sued as a result. The lawsuit claims this isn't the first time the boy's had a run-in with school administrators. Earlier in the year, they'd found $200 in his pocket and suspected him of selling pot. Although he asked to call his mom, it is alleged that they instead forced him to strip down to his underwear, while five adults watched.
Have you heard? We're sure you've heard. Kourtney Kardashian's pregnant. And, in true Kardashian style, the announcement of baby number two was perfectly timed to coincide with the announcement that she's started her very own mommy blog. Her first blog post featured a tour of her son Mason's, closet, which was, unsurprisingly, well-stocked. Kourtney touted the importance of accessorizing little boys' outfits with just the right pair of shoes, because dorky shoes can kill an otherwise cute outfit. Another mom blogger, who saw Kourtney's video, was disappointed by how out-of-touch Kourtney's post is with the reality of so many Americans struggling with poverty. She wishes the famous mom would put her celebrity and love of children's shoes to good use. The blogger suggested that Kourtney would make a great spokesmom for the charity, Shoes That Fit, an organization that provides underprivileged children with much-needed footwear.
Speaking of giving back... An elementary school counselor in Oregon started a knitting circle as a way to get to know her students better. Now, this group of youngsters has started knitting for others who are in need. This year, they're knitting projects for a local, children's charity. Last year, they were knitting for people in Africa. Nine years ago, the counselor worried that kids who didn't know her might not be comfortable coming to her when they had a problem. So, she decided to start a knitting club. The only problem? She didn't actually know how to knit. After she learned, she began to teach the youngsters she worked with. They meet regularly to knit and chat.
Ooh, goody! A new friend request on Facebook. Aaugh! The request is from your potential, unborn child. Remember to use a condom guys -- unless you want a little Jr. in your future. That's the gist of a condom company's controversial ad campaign. Olla condoms in Brazil, targeted males and created fake user profiles, using the guy's name (with "Jr." tacked on the end), then sent them a friend request (from a baby which might result from an unprotected encounter). The profile picture featured a baby and the warning "Avoid surprises like this one. Use Olla condoms." While the ad is undeniably creative (and attention-getting), many are also finding them to be a bit creepy.
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.