Jim Higley doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do while underwear shopping with his daughter – or does he?
If you’ve never talked to Jim Higley (aka The Bobblehead …
One of my favorite book excerpts comes from Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, which is a continuation of his paper “The Causes and Consequences of Distinctly Black Names.” He talks about how there are no people in power who have really off-the-wall names that we usually associate with African American youth. He talks about unfortunate children with names like “Female” because the mother thought the doctors had named her when they wrote down the gender. He alludes to other famous stories, such as the brothers, Orangejello and LeMonjello, whose parents named them after two things they had sitting around the house.
Levitt discovers through his complex economic regression that it isn’t the name that makes life hard, but that a bad name is a symptom of a much bigger problem, that being bad parenting. Essentially, if your parents can’t be bothered to come up with a good name for you, most likely, they are going to be negligent parents and you will not get all of the opportunities that will help you succeed.
As a father-to-be, or if you are having more children, one of your first responsibilities to your offspring is make sure that their names are well considered.
A couple of months ago, a video of a young kid skateboarding quietly bled through some of the skateboarding forums. Most skateboarding videos on YouTube are home videos of teenagers failing hard at poppin’ driveway ollies. Then, you watch Bart Saric’s video “Born In.”
Saric has been filming his son, Odin, since birth. And month by month, year by year, you watch Odin go from strangely-coordinated lump-of-baby to (technically speaking) pro. Or, in short, this kid is gnarly.
We reached out to Bart Saric because we had to know more about he and Odin. Turns out Bart’s pretty gnarly too.
First things first – “Born In” after the jump!
This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about religion:
With Easter and Passover behind us, we can go back to months of not-talking-about religion. But one couple is talking about religion more than us: the Jarrell family of Tennessee.
As the story goes, Blake and Lauren Jarrell are divorced. Both are Christian, but Blake’s a Methodist and Lauren’s a Presbyterian.
Blake wanted their two children – aged 5 and 7 – to be baptized when they were old enough to understand the significance of the ceremony. Lauren done goofed and had them baptized. So, Blake took her to court. Now, Lauren faces 20 days jailtime and a fine of $100.