If you’re a parent, you know that when you take your kids to a restaurant, they’re often given crayons and a kid’s menu to keep them busy. But what happens when you leave and the crayons are just left on the table?
One dad, Bryan Ware, was told by a restaurant employee that, “. . . every crayon put out on the table had to be thrown away after the table’s customers left — whether it’d been used down to a nub or left completely untouched.”
Finding that completely unacceptable, Ware created The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that turns old crayons into new ones and donates them to children's hospitals.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I don’t think they were talking about some of the truly horrible fan art out there.
Now don’t get me wrong. It’s great to admire a celebrity and try to recreate their image with the leftover colored pencils you have from your overpriced adult coloring book, but if some of these stars actually looked like these amateur art renditions, the result would be the stuff of nightmares…as if Justin Bieber wasn’t scary enough.
There are people who love Harry Potter, and then there are people who love Harry Potter.
Author Meredith McCardle is the latter, so much so that she decided to devote a wall in her house to the first page of the Harry Potter series.
They might be little, but kids can have mighty ideas. If you need proof, just ask British designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox, who asked more than 450 children across Sunderland and South Tyneside, UK, to come up with ideas for inventions.
After more than 600 were submitted, he chose around 60 invention drawings and presented them to local makers that could help with manufacturing. The project, simply called “INVENTORS!” let the kids explain their ideas, and the makers had only four weeks to produce real-life objects created exactly how the kids wanted.
As you can see from the sketches, these young minds were full of sometimes practical, sometimes funny, but always innovative ideas. After all, who doesn’t want a food-cooling fork?
“I struggle to get my Pringles out (of the bottom of the tub), well here’s a cure!” – Georgia Dinsley, age 11
Be honest. When bars, cafes and other businesses try to entice you with generic sidewalk signs, you walk right past them unless you really, really want that pint of beer.
But when the signs make you laugh and you’re not even looking to stop in for a drink, chances are, that place wins your business and your brew — coffee, beer, or otherwise.
Hey, it’s 5 o’ clock somewhere!