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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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Google Translate Error Accidentally Insults Flat-Earthers
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Google seems to be holding nothing back in its treatment of science deniers. As spotted by Mashable, Google Translate accidentally labels flat-Earthers “crazy” when one particular phrase is translated into French.

You can try this trick for yourself—at least until Google fixes the error. On translate.google.com, select English as the original language, type “I am a flat earther” into the blank field, and choose French as the second language. The phrase translates to “Je suis un fou,” which reads as “I’m a crazy person" when it's translated back into English by clicking the icon with the two arrows on it. (Note: This doesn’t work if "Earther" is capitalized, and it seems to only work for French.)

Google representatives say this wasn't an intentional dig, though. A Google spokesman told CNET, "Translate works by learning patterns from many millions of examples of translations seen out on the web. Unfortunately, some of those patterns can lead to incorrect translations. The error has been reported and we are working on a fix."

Flat-Earthers are those who reject that the Earth is round, instead believing this to be an elaborate conspiracy orchestrated by various governments and space agencies. Members frequently use YouTube as a platform to spread their message, and the UK just held its first Flat Earth convention in April. About 200 people attended.

Intentional or not, this wouldn't be the first time Google snuck an Easter egg into its translation service. One Reddit user discovered that the “world's funniest joke” from Monty Python's Flying Circus translates to “[FATAL ERROR]” when plugged into the translator app. The joke sounds like it’s in German, but the words are actually gibberish and don't translate to anything in particular. In the skit, anyone who hears the joke dies from laughter.

Update: As of May 29, the translation error has been resolved. It now translates to "Je suis un flat earther." 

[h/t Mashable]

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How to Craft the Perfect Gag, According to Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
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Dubbed “The Great Stone Face” for his ability to hold a deadpan expression even as the world (quite literally) crashed down around him, Buster Keaton was “one of the three great silent comedians” in film history, according to filmmaker Tony Zhou.

A video by Zhou, spotted by The Kid Should See This, explains just how Keaton managed to pull off such memorable stunts, and why his scenes continue to influence modern actors and filmmakers. First, Keaton shunned title cards and subtitles, instead opting to advance the story through action. He disliked repetition and thought each movement should be unique, while also insisting on authenticity and proclaiming that a filmmaker should “never fake a gag.” If a gag couldn’t be captured all in one shot, he wouldn’t do it.

The angle and positioning of the camera was also paramount. Many of Keaton’s vaudeville-esque gags were visual in nature, toying with the viewer’s perspective to create illusions that led to hilarious reveals. But for that to be successful, the camera had to remain stationary, and the joke had to play out entirely onscreen.

A low-speed chase scene in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, where Ralph Fiennes's Gustave H. runs up a long staircase in the background to escape cops, is a modern example of this. “Like Wes Anderson, Buster Keaton found humor in geometry,” Zhou says.

Check out Zhou’s video below.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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