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12 Creative Pregnancy and Birth Announcements

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We’ve seen plenty of great pictures from geeky weddings, but as the old rhyme goes, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. When that third big event occurs in a geek’s life, they might as well announce it in a proud geek manner. Here are a few delightful pregnancy and birth announcements perfect for any nerdy couple.

1. The Family That Spies Together...

Never got over how cool decoder glasses are? Then why not share your nerdy spy obsession with friends and family when announcing your pregnancy? That's just what The Mandate Press did with these great cards—they came with matching spy glasses to reveal the secret message.

2. You Need Nine Hearts For A New Player

To announce her pregnancy, Baby Center user DtheSassy went with classic video game icons for the designs, which featured a custom Mario backdrop and heart counters to indicate how many months along the pregnancy was.

3. Coming This Fall

Movie posters are always a good inspiration for announcements. Reddit user chaingunXD’s  friend’s mock-poster, pairing a youngster with water guns and a sonogram with the words “Sibling rivalry coming this summer,” was a clever way to announce that the older baby will soon be ready to fight his new brother.

4. A Geek To Be

Redditor inforichland and his wife are both huge computer geeks. They went ahead and created this loading message to know that they’ll soon have a baby hacker to join in on the family’s computer fun.

5. Do The Math

Even kindergarteners know that 2+2=4—it’s just knowing the mother now counts as two that’s a surprise. Image by photographer Hanna Mac.

6. Only Child Expiration Date

Normally expiration dates give you an idea of when to throw things away. In this case though, the expiration date only applies this little boy's status as an only child.

Photo and shirt by PB&J Stories.

7. We Are Prego

Even if you’re one of those people that loathes the use of the word “prego” in reference to pregnancy, it’s still pretty hard to deny the clever use of the pasta sauce to announce a pregnancy to the world as Rachel and Brett Wayne did in this image.

8. A Little From Printer A, A Little From Printer B

Video pregnancy announcements aren’t as popular as simple images, but because you can put more in a video, the results can be far more creative. Here Josh and Angelica Johnson play Paper, Rock, Scissors to determine what their potential baby-to-be will look like based on a mash up of their two baby photos.

9. Library Cards

The Spotted Sparrow sells customized library card greetings, which Babble suggests using to announce the birth of your little one. It’s easy to include the date, name of the baby, parent’s names and title of your announcement with the basic layout. Then all you need to add are the details about the birth itself.

10. In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Etsy seller FaithHopeTrick sells these custom Star Wars birth announcements for those who are proud to tell the world that the force is strong in their baby.

11. The Game of Life

Board Game Geek user Halcyon Dream created this clever Game of Life picture as a birth announcement.

12. The Family Tree

If the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, then you might as well flaunt that fact with adorable trees made from your family’s finger prints, like these ones by Bird and Banner.

If you or someone you know had their own geeky pregnancy or birth announcements, tell us about them in the comments—and don’t forget to share pictures if you have them!

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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The School Book That Pioneered Funny Cat Pics 100 Years Before Lolcats

If you were learning to read in the early 20th century, you could do a lot worse than practicing on Eulalie Osgood Grover’s 1911 masterpiece of an early reader book, Kittens and Cats; a Book of Tales, which we spotted on the Public Domain Review. Long before lolcats or Instagram-famous felines, Grover’s teaching tool imagined what cats would say if they could talk. And boy, do they have things to say. In one chapter, a cat muses about how hard it is to drink out of china cups. In another, a cat wonders who that cat he saw in the mirror was. The first chapter’s narrator proclaims “I am the Queen of all the Kittens. I am the Queen! the Queen!” (Show me a cat who doesn’t think that.)

The chapters, usually just a page or so long, are all accompanied by photographs of cats and kittens dressed up in silly hats and frilly outfits and labeled with captions related to the story, like “I am taking a bath,” “I am Granny Gray,” and “I am the queen!”

According to the Public Domain Review, the photographs were likely the work of pioneering animal photographer Harry Whittier Frees, who insisted that his carefully posed portraits were the result of human handling, not taxidermy. Given how crisply his early-20th-century camera shutter managed to capture piles of kittens, the claim seems suspicious. But please dwell on how amazing these little stories and portraits are and not the stuffing that might be hiding behind these cute kitties’ glassy eyes. Go ahead and enjoy a few of the most delightful spreads below.

Not sure why every elementary school on earth isn't teaching their students to read with this book.

[h/t Public Domain Review]

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