Every parent dreams that their child will have a gift, a particular talent that will allow them to shine among the herd. Spare a thought for Austin Wierschke's parents, then.
The 16-year-old Wisconsin teen happens to be a superstar at... texting. He was recently crowned winner of LG United States National Texting Championship in New York. And the prize: USD$50,000 wasn't too shabby, either.
The LG Mobile contest tested finalists to text various phrases as quickly and accurately as possible, through various levels. Semi-final challenges included texting in the dark.
Like other --ahem-- athletes, texting competitors risk of injury in their chosen sport. Athlete's thumb, anyone?
“I’m so excited, I can’t believe I actually won,” said Mr. Wierschke who will go on to the LG Mobile World Cup. (Yes, there is such a thing as that, too.)
Do you think texting qualifies as a talent, let alone a sport? Would you take pride in your child's dexterous thumbs or push him/her to get involved in another activity?
This Christmas, toys are all about realism. We've had the breastfeeding doll. Now there's the defecating dog. Seriously. A dachshund that not only makes fart noises, it 'poops' plasticine feces, too.
According to the Guardian, British retailers predict that Doggie Doo -- the game that involves wielding a pooper scooper to see who can catch the most droppings from under the wiener dog’s butt -- will be a top seller this Christmas.
In fact, Doggie Doo, along with Fireman Sam, Elmo and a Nerf gun, is listed as one of 12 “dream toys” by the Toy Retailers Association.
Doggie Doo comes with a leash, four pooper scoopers, a container of “dog food” and a dice for players (determines the number of times to pump, stimulating the dachshund’s bowels).
Doggie Doo, or Kackel Dackel as it's known, is already a hit in Germany, but then again so is Pop the Pig -- a game whereby kids 'force-feed' a hog with cheeseburgers until its stomach bursts.
Would you consider buying this toy your preschooler? Recommended for ages 4 and up, it retails at around $25 to $30 at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us or online at PetMyWiener.com. (I wish I was kidding!)
It's no secret that boys love potty humour. Just don't be surprised if you catch your husband and his friends playing it, too.
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