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On May 19, baby Zyla strapped into a set of skies (bolted together for safety) and water-skied for over 600 feet. Her parents, both being professional barefoot water skiers and co-owners of the World Barefoot Center in Florida, were possibly the only two parents in the world who could make this sound like a good idea.

Take a look at their Christmas card this year for an idea of this family's passion for the water.



image baby adoption Indiana Just Started Installing Drop Boxes for Parents to Leave Their Babies In
Via: wncn
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For the first time ever in Indiana, you can return your new baby to the proper authorities like a video rental (remember those?). America has "safe haven" laws which makes it legal for people to surrender unwanted children, as long as the baby is unharmed and given to the proper authorities or a hospital. 

These climate controlled boxes are meant to allow people to drop off their kid anonymously, knowing that it will be taken care of by emergency services who will arrive within minutes of an automatic alarm. 



It's a controversial issue, with some people questioning how safe it would be to leave a baby in a drop box for several minutes alone. Other people are just glad that babies who might otherwise have been left where they wouldn't get help will be able to have a safe spot to wait for a pickup by a medical professional. 

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There's a tradition, especially in New Orleans, to have a King Cake during Mardi Gras. It's a festive cake with a small, plastic baby hidden inside which will bring you luck if you find it. This tradition has translated into the horrifying King Cake Baby, a mascot brought out around Mardi Gras season by the New Orleans Pelicans.


via @PelicansNBA

This is coming from an NBA team who recently gave their year round mascot "plastic surgery" to make his face a little less scary.


via PelicansNBA & @jfalgout27

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Via: Mashable
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Tracey Thompson (54-years-old) just gave birth to her granddaughter in North Texas after acting as a surrogate for her 28-year-old daughter, Kelly McKissack.

Doctors from the Medical Center of Plano say that the McKissack's went through multiple infertility treatments, and also suffered through three miscarriages.

The McKissacks agreed to name the baby Kelcey, which is a combination of the mother's and grandmother's name. Tracey and Kelcey are reported as doing well.

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Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton shares a secret of the trade in how to calm a crying baby.  He suggests that you hold them at a 45 degree angle and shake, shake, shake their booty.  

Who knows why it works? Maybe the baby is too confused to cry any more when someone suddenly starts wiggling their butt around. If you're a parent of a newborn, this video may be lifesaving. Even if you're not it's worth the watch for the calming ambiance and adorable, tiny humans. 

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When the Duggars aren't counting their kids or fighting against marriage equality and then being caught in a sexual assault and infidelity scandal, there are thinking up unique baby names.

Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband Ben Seewald have named their newborn baby...wait for it...

Spurgeon.

In a video posted on the Duggar family YouTube channel, the proud parents explain that the name is taken from a pastor who's teaching have influenced them.

How wholesome.

Urban Dictionary has a slightly different meaning for Spurgeon.

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When a proud mother uploaded a short video of her baby dancing to YouTube in 2007, she probably didn't expect it to become a lightning rod for copyright law.

Stephanie Lenz's children were just jamming out to Prince, a harmless representation of proud motherhood. Universal Music Group saw it as something different — using their music without paying for the rights.

According to Eff.org

The Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" was playing on a stereo in the background of the short clip. Universal Music Group sent YouTube a notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), claiming that the family video infringed the copyright in Prince's song. EFF sued Universal on Lenz's behalf, arguing that Universal abused the DMCA by improperly targeting a lawful fair use.

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that copyright holders like Universal must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. It also rejected Universal's claim that a victim of takedown abuse cannot vindicate her rights if she cannot show actual monetary loss.



Basically the Ninth Circuit court told copyright holders to slow their roll with all of the cease and desist notices that have plagued YouTube videos. The opinion states reminds these hyper lawyers that there is a legal doctrine called 'fair use' which allows the usage of copyrighted material without paying for the license for things like research, teaching, news reporting and sharing a video of your cute kids dancing to a song.

TL;DR A high court told copyright lawyers to calm down.

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