Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • 7-year-old girl with two moms explains how lesbians can have a baby

    Sophia, 7, is sharing with her friends how it was possible for her two moms to have made a baby.

    “About 6-8 months ago, I asked [Sophia] if anyone asked questions about her having two moms, and she told me that some people said it was impossible for her not to have a daddy,” Sophia’s mom, Brandy Black, told BuzzFeed News.

    So Black sat down with her daughter and explained the basics of sperm donation to her.

    “Navigating your way through parenthood is hard enough, and as a lesbian mom, figuring out how to keep your child informed is a learning process,” Black said.

    Once Sophia understood how she was conceived, her family decided to create a video, featuring Sophia’s illustrations, to help others understand, too.

    “If you’re a kid with two moms and you don’t know how to explain it to other kids or people, this is a video of how you can explain it,” Sophia said in the video, before launching into a description of a sperm donor, or “invisible father.”

    “I had no idea what she was going to

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  • Edmonton woman survives Nepal quake, claims birds, dogs gave warning before earth shook

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    Moments before the ground shook in Nepal, a flock of birds flew up and dogs started barking.

    “It was like time slowed down to a snail’s pace,” said Jacquie Eales, 51, an Edmonton resident and University of Alberta research manager who was on vacation in Nepal when the earthquake struck.

    “There was no rumbling sound, it just moved. I looked at my friend. He’s Nepali and there was a panicked look on his face. He came running toward us and pushed us near a truck. We were hanging onto the truck and the ground was just moving. People were screaming and running and there was panic.”

    Eales flew out of Nepal that same day. Her flight was one of only two that weren’t cancelled.

    “There’s a deep sense of gratitude. Things happen for a reason and we don’t know why or how we got through the earthquake unscathed,” she told the Edmonton Journal. “We thank our lucky stars we made it out. It was the longest 36 hours I’ve ever lived through. I couldn’t get home fast enough.”

    Eales’ anecdotal evidence of

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  • Officers help nine ducklings escape Vancouver Police Department headquarters

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    It’s not often we hear of police officers facilitating an escape. But that’s just what happened last weekend.

    On Sunday afternoon, a concerned citizen spotted a family of ducks — a mother duck and her nine ducklings — on the ledge of the third floor patio of Vancouver Police Department headquarters.

    Police officers responded to the scene before wildlife rescue arrived, and quickly determined that the ducklings had recently hatched in the building’s rooftop vegetable garden. Their mother was trying, unsuccessfully, to help them escape the building. 

    “Police responded to the call and found the dabbling ducks attempting to break out of the secure building,” the news release said. “Officers determined that the eggs were likely laid in the area of the roof top vegetable garden and remained hidden under the watchful eye of their mother, until it was time for them to fly the coop.”

    According to the Vancouver Sun, three off-duty officers and a wildlife rescue volunteer then corralled and

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  • Student with cerebral palsy surprised with prom queen nod by London, Ont., high school

    When it came to nominating their prom queen this year, graduating students at John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in London, Ont., stacked the vote in favour of one special student.

    Of the 250 votes, 230 were for 17-year-old Samantha Sands.

    Social butterfly” Sands has cerebral palsy. And while she has physical limitations — she requires a special wheelchair to get to class, uses a feeding tube and is unable to speak — she’s also one of the school’s most popular prom queens ever.

    “She’s beautiful inside and out,” educational assistant Diana Pageot told the London Free Press. ”We’ve watched her grow from a little girl into a lovely woman.“

    Last year, Sands was put in palliative care after experiencing some medical complications. Despite an initially bleak prognosis, she recovered and returned to school, inspiring her fellow students to celebrate her at this year’s prom.

    "I think when the students heard she was so close to death, it really affected them,” said teacher and prom staff

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  • Terrified parrotfish hides from swarm of hunting sharks

    Via Sploid.gizmodo.comVia Sploid.gizmodo.com

    Got a case of the Monday blues? At least you’re not being hunted by sharks.

    A GIF of a parrotfish hiding from a swarm of sharks is going viral today.

    The clip, which originated from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s 2012 award-winning film Planet Ocean, shows the bright blue fish hiding motionless against coral as sharks swim overhead.

    While other species blend into their surroundings using camouflage, the brilliant-hued parrotfish manages to go undetected simply by not moving — and, in some cases, by hiding its scent.

    “Parrotfish have the ability to form a forcefield of sorts by excreting a mucus cocoon to hide its scent,” wrote Sploid’s Casey Chan.

    (Here’s a photo of a parrotfish sleeping in its mucus bubble.)

    Scientists believe the cocoon also acts as a warning system, allowing the parrotfish time to flee predators after the membrane is disturbed by lurking predators.

    Want more? (Mondays are for procrastinating, after all.) Watch the entire film below. Or just check out the hiding-parrotfish

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  • Therapist who has couples build furniture in sessions dubs IKEA a 'relationship nightmare’

    One particular piece is so difficult to build it's been dubbed the "divorce maker"

    Some have joked that IKEA's labyrinthine stores and hard-to-assemble furniture can ruin relationships.Some have joked that IKEA's labyrinthine stores and hard-to-assemble furniture can ruin relationships.

    Ever get into a fight with your significant other at IKEA? Or maybe bicker back and forth when you begin building that TV stand you just purchased?

    (It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Even Liz Lemon did it.)

    According to Hilary Potkewitz at the Wall Street Journal, IKEA stress among couples is so common that the assemble-yourself furniture is now a topic of discussion — and even used as an exercise — in some therapy sessions.

    “I’ve had couples go to the mat over a couch that neither of them even liked,” said New York-based marriage counsellor Dr. Jane Greer. “Underneath, every discussion is really about how important am I to you? How important is my comfort and happiness to you? If I want this couch, and it’s important to me, then why isn’t it important enough to you?”

    One San Diego therapist even requires couples to assemble an entertainment centre together.

    The divorce maker.The divorce maker.Ramani Durvasula called the complicated Liatorp system, which requires two patient, cooperating individuals to assemble, the

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  • Twitter cheers as straight teen asks his gay best friend to prom

    Jacob's hella wicked poster asking his best friend Anthony to prom. (Tumblr)Jacob's hella wicked poster asking his best friend Anthony to prom. (Tumblr)

    Jacob Lescenski is straight. His best friend, Anthony Martinez, is gay.

    Anthony made no secret of wanting a date to the school formal. As a member of student council, he is often responsible to organizing school dances, but is never asked to go.

    Fortunately, his best friend had his back.

    “I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn’t work out so well,” Jacob told New Now Next. “Then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.”

    Jacob quickly went to work to create a special promposal for his friend.

    “So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day,” he recalled. “No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie, and Mia, who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!”

    Jacob pulled off an

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  • Pushy parents go viral with the 'most demanding 1st birthday invite ever’

    Mom and dad become an Internet sensation for all the wrong reasons

    Photo from Imgur.Photo from Imgur.

    Allow us to set the scene. Your little one is about to celebrate his/her first birthday. You don’t want a lot of gifts for your tyke, just a handful of reasonably priced interactive toys you’ve already sourced out.

    So, how do you go about expressing your wishes to the birthday party guests?

    Well, not like this, unless you're looking to become an Internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

    The “most demanding 1st birthday invite ever” is quickly going viral.

    The detailed — read: bossy — birthday wish-list instructions were posted to Reddit four days ago by Reddit user razz32, whose coworker received the invite.

    In the letter — sent out in advance of a more “formal invite” — the parents of an unnamed one-year-old request four specific gifts for their child, to be given by grandparents and aunts and uncles only, at a maximum of two gifts per household.

    “If you are unable to get these items, please let us know so that we can buy them right away for him,” they wrote.

    While the very

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  • Real-life Kermit: Newly discovered species looks just like world's most famous frog

    Kermy, is that you?Kermy, is that you?

    This newly discovered species of frog looks remarkably familiar.

    Brian Kubicki, who has been studying amphibians in Costa Rica for the past 17 years, described the new species, Hyalinobatrachium dianae, in the journal Zootaxa.

    In layman’s terms, the description is a simple one: it looks like Kermit the Frog.

    From its bright, lime green skin to its big white bug eyes with dark centred pupils, the similarities are uncanny. Unlike Kermit, however, the Hyalinobatrachium dianae is classified as a glass frog, for its semi-translucent belly through which you can see its organs.

    Scientists believe the Hyalinobatrachium dianae went undiscovered for so long because its call is very unique — sounding almost like a metallic whistle, making it easily mistakable for an insect noise — and was found in an area that has not been extensively

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  • Ohio woman finds birth mother where she least expected to: The office

    La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark and her birth mother Francine Simmons. La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark and her birth mother Francine Simmons.

    Last Monday, La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark, 38, of Youngstown, Ohio, saw her birth records for the first time.

    The Ohio Department of Health had just released birth records for those born between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996.

    “I picked it up and seen [sic] the Department of Health from Columbus. So, I knew right then and there this was it,” Mitchell-Clark told ABC affiliate WYTV of receiving her records in the mail. 

    Mitchell-Clark’s records included a long awaited detail: the name of her biological mother.

    She immediately looked up the name, Francine Simmons, on Facebook. Simmons' Facebook page stated that she worked at InfoCision in nearby Boardman, which just happens to be where Mitchell-Clark works herself.

    “There’s a Francine that works at my job. She works in VR and she works at the front desk,” Mitchell-Clark said.

    By the next day, the women were chatting on the phone, crying tears of joy together over the unexpected reunion.

    “I’m still in shock. It’s amazing,” Simmons told

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