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Could fluoride cure England's bad dental rep?

The British have long had a reputation for bad teeth, but now the government has a plan that may address that in future generations -- they want to add fluoride to nearly half the nation's water supply. (There's no word on how they'll keep it separat...

Bumble-bee birth bombshell

A woman from Newcastle in England was visiting the town of Blackpool on England's Northwestern coast with her girlfriends when she became ill. She returned to her hotel room from a night on the town only to give birth to a 2 pound baby boy. And that'...

Going to the pub with mum and dad

You wouldn't let your son wander off to the local pub on their own, would you? Even in England, where a pub is more of a family gathering spot and restaurant than a pure drinking establishment, parents need to accompany their children and make sure t...

Pilot hits house to avoid kids

A small plane pilot whose plane crashed into a home in England is being hailed as a hero after he managed to steer his plane away from a park where nearly two dozen children were playing. Instead, the plane crashed into a house that was, fortunately,...

Clever kids beat makeup ban

A lot of schools in the UK, apparently, have banned the wearing of nail polish. This includes Albion High School, in Salford, England. The students there, however, aren't about to let a little thing like school rules get in the way of their quest for...

Measles making a comeback

A significant jump in the number of measles cases in England and Wales is raising concerns among health care professionals and epidemiologists, as parents choose not to have their kids vaccinated. According to the Health Protection Agency, there were...

Big Mac High School

I spent a couple months working at McDonald's in between high school and college. I learned a lot from that job. There were times when it was absolutely crazy -- it was one of the busiest restaurants in the west -- and times when I would wipe down th...

Two-drink limit for parents

In the UK, a chain of pubs has decided to implement a two-drink limit for parents accompanied by their children. The idea is to limit the amount of time kids are hanging around the pub with nothing to do. "Once parents have finished the meal with the...

Couple told not to take pictures of kid

Shortly after Jared was born, I bought a new camera. Since then, I've taken more than twenty-five thousand photos, mostly of the kids. I have pictures of them running, jumping, swimming, reading, and just about anything else you can think of. I even ...

Prince Harry gets dumped

It's official, Prince Harry is a cad. So much so, that Chelsy Davy, Harry's now former girlfriend, broke up with the young royal because he wouldn't shape up and get serious -- even though that meant she'd be ending a relationship with a prince of ...

Boys win right not to live in France

I've only been to France for a short vacation -- and, while it was nice, I can't say I'd want to live there. That's an opinion shared by two British boys, ages 11 and 16, who hate living in France so much that they petitioned a judge so they could mo...

Goodbye recorder, hello uke?

In recent years, the ukulele has emerged from the shadows and gone from being a novelty instrument to being a respected one. I have a very dear friend who is a serious flautist, but has, in recent years, taken up the ukulele as well as a side instrum...

The advent of non-stick gum

Darn! Those punk kids from the middle school across the street from my old apartment will be SO BUMMED! Their favorite past time was spitting their used (see: no longer sugar-packed) chewing gum all over the sidewalk in front of the school, the del...

Do the sins of the artist sully the art?

The BBC has an interesting article about a controversy surrounding the textbooks written by Brian Davey, a respected music teacher and, now, convicted child molester. His books are, it seems, used extensively by music teachers and schools, but his st...

Brits over-estimate gifted population

Parents tend to have very high opinions of their own kids. Really, what parent doesn't think their child is the best of the best? Have you ever met a parent who didn't think their child was the smartest, the most talented, and the best looking? (Alas...

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