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10 Times Kids Stole the Spotlight on Live Television

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The biggest danger to any live broadcast is that anything can happen. Whether it's a dog on a lawn mower or a curious kid who just happens to wander into the shot, it doesn't take much for an unexpected interruption to become the bigger news story.

1. THE BBC GOES HAYWIRE

On March 10, South Korea President Park Geun-hye's removal from office was an important global news story, so the BBC enlisted Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan National University for his analysis of the situation. During the live Skype session, it became clear that Kelly was in his home office when his kids, four-year-old Marion and infant James, came strolling (and rolling) in—followed by Kelly's wife, Kim Jung-A, who made a Kramer-esque entrance. The chaos, coupled with Kelly's low-key embarrassment, turned the video into an instant classic. The memes came quickly, and the children were enshrined in art.

In a follow-up video, Robert and his family explained how the incident came about. Kelly's family was sitting in the living room, watching Robert on live TV. Marion recognized the office and decided to go see her dad, with James following. Kim, who was busy trying to record the interview, lost track of the kids for a moment—which was all it took for the youngest members of the Kelly family to join an ever-growing club of children who took the opportunity to steal the spotlight during live newscasts.

2. THE FORECAST CALLS FOR "FARTS EVERYWHERE"

The same week that Marion Kelly became a viral sensation, meteorologist Patrick Ellis of WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, saw his weather report crashed by a young boy named Houston, who ran into the live forecast because he wanted to be on TV. After presenting his backside to Ellis, Houston was invited to help with the forecast. "Yeah, there are farts everywhere and toots!" he predicted, just before his father grabbed him. In a Facebook video, an amused Ellis explained that he would have let the child continue, but Houston's father—a lawyer who was appearing on a call-in show at the station—removed him from the set.

3. DENVER REPORTER MAKES BABY CRY

Dan Daru of FOX31 in Denver was at a farm festival in 2012 when he spotted a young boy named Drew, and decided to make him part of the story. Drew didn't know what to make of the situation, but his face said it all—and then the tears came. Daru got a chance to make it up to the boy when he interviewed Drew and his mother a year later, but Drew has a long memory.

4. THE KARDASHIAN WEDDING REPORT GETS HIJACKED

In 2011, Kareen Wynter delivered a report to CNN on Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries—but all the audience could see was a boy who wanted to show the world the many faces he could make. Based on his quick exit, we can only imagine that his mother must have given him some serious stink eye.

5. A FLOOD IN LOUISIANA CAUSES DAMAGE, AND DANCE MOVES

When an historic flood caused lots of damage in Louisiana last August, local station WAFB was there to cover it live. But in this report, viewers got a floor show in the background when a young boy decided to show off his smooth dance moves for the camera.

6. A MALL-GOER GOES VIRAL

In 2014, 15-year-old Brendan Jordan of Summerlin, Nevada, attended the grand opening of the Downtown Summerlin Mall. The teenager was at the front of the crowd when KLAS-TV broadcast a report from the event, and launched into a fierce dance routine when "Applause" by Lady Gaga came on. He stood out so much among the smiling faces of the crowd that the video report went viral overnight. Jordan's father, Chris, helped the teenager parlay his virality into internet stardom. Jordan appeared on numerous talk shows, has modeled for American Apparel, and has more than 265,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.

7. THE COURTHOUSE PHOTOBOMB

After a court hearing in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in 2013, reporters were awaiting a press briefing—and one teenager, seeing his opportunity for fame, positioned himself in camera range. He didn't have much of a plan, but he knew making faces would make him the talk of his school the next day. (It worked.)

8. 5-YEAR-OLD (APPARENTLY) TAKES OVER THE NEWS

Five-year-old Noah Ritter of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania went to the Wayne County Fair in 2014. He'd never been on live TV before, but made the most of it when Sofia Ojeda of Newswatch 16 interviewed him. Ritter became an internet meme as the Apparently Kid. He also went on The Ellen Show several times and even got a job starring in a TV ad.

9. AN EPIC MALL VIDEOBOMB—AND SHOUTOUT TO MOM AND DAD

Seeing a TV camera at work can be too tempting for some people. An Australian newscaster did a remote broadcast from a mall, but no one cared what he was saying when a young lady with Down syndrome spotted the camera. Her excitement caused the reporter to offer his microphone to her, and she said those words all parents hope to hear when this kind of thing happens: "Hi Mom! Hi Dad!"

10. STEPHEN CURRY GETS OUTMANEUVERED 

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was supposed to be in the spotlight in this 2015 NBA post-game interview, but his two-year-old daughter, Riley, wanted to see her dad. Though Stephen had scored 34 points against the Houston Rockets that night, it was Riley who won over the press. Since then, Riley—now four—has become a celebrity in her own right; check out more of her adorable appearances.

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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11 Gifts for the Curious Kids in Your Life

No matter their age, you want to find gifts that will keep the kids in your life entertained, stimulated, and give them a sense of accomplishment—even during playtime. Luckily, these 11 gifts will do all of that, and will encourage their curiosity to grow.

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1. RACE ACROSS THE USA; $22

Race Across the USA
Young Explorers

Want to get kids excited about the next big family road trip? Or give them some talking points about their favorite aunt’s home state? This board game helps them understand the geography of the U.S., as well as trivia on each of the 50 states and the major landmarks and capitals.

Find It: Young Explorers

2. ROOT-VUE FARM; $35

Whether they join FFA or not, kids can get a head start on understanding horticulture with this indoor garden system. Plant any root vegetable—carrots, radishes, onions, etc—and watch them obsess over the underground view of their harvest.

Find It: Young Explorers

3. DROID INVENTOR KIT; $100

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for. Recommended for kids in grades 3 to 8, this customizable robot comes with an app that defines more than a dozen missions for kids to send their creations on. And for any Star Wars fans, the Droid makes 20 different sounds, just like from the movies.

Find It: littleBits

4. SPEEDY RACER BILINGUAL LAPTOP; $26

Speedy Racer Bilingual Laptop
Imagine Toys

Kids ages 3 and up can play games, make their own music, and work on language, math, and memory skills with this activity-filled laptop. Plus, the English/Spanish component will help enhance the child’s fluency in both languages.

Find It: Imagine Toys

5. BIKE CHALK TRAIL KIT; $20

Bike Chalk Trail Kit
Uncommon Goods

Think beyond the coloring book. By attaching thick, non-toxic chalk to the back of a bike, kids can work on increased spatial awareness, collaborative drawings with friends, and may perhaps have a greater appreciation for the large-scale, colorful work of a Basquiat or Pollock.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. ROCKET SCIENCE DRESS; $30

For little girls who want to shoot for the stars, this Katherine Johnson-inspired dress illustrates her human-calculator abilities as drawn out on a chalkboard. Rocket propulsion simulation, gravity loss equations, etc. You know, the basics.

Find It: Svaha

7. 3DOODLER 3D PRINTING PEN SET; $43

3Doodler 3D Pen Set
Amazon

This wireless pen allows kids to freestyle draw in the air—the eco-plastic filament cools in place quickly, giving kids plenty of practice with spatial reasoning without the costs of a full 3D printer.

Find It: Amazon

8. A COMPREHENSIVE CURTAIN CALL OF BROADWAY COSTUMES; $29

A Comprehensive Curtain Call of Broadway Costumes
Pop Chart Lab

For musical-obsessed kids, this curtain call of famous costumes can serve as a checklist for any Broadway productions they haven't seen (or, more likely, memorized the cast recording and seen the movie version of) yet. Perennial children's favorites like Annie, Grease, and Wicked are included, but you might want to have an answer ready for when your preteen cousin asks to watch Cabaret.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

9. THE PLAY GYM BY LOVEVERY; $140

The Play Mat by Lovevery
Amazon

Specially designed by experts to stimulate infants for their first year, this play mat grows with your favorite baby. It has five developmental zones in addition to 24 different stage-based activities—like teethers, mirrors, and colorful flash cards. And, when baby becomes a toddler, the mat converts into a tent fort for further imaginative play.

Find It: Amazon

10. STOP MOTION ANIMATION KIT; $60

Stop Motion Animation Kit
Uncommon Goods

Budding animators who need to fine-tune their skills (and patience!) will spend hours moving these silly characters around slowly, photographing their adventures, and editing the film into mini-movies.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. PRESCHOOL KIDNOCULARS; $15

Kidnoculars
Young Explorers

Kid-proof and specially designed for tiny hands and faces, these binoculars can help preschoolers get to know the world around them. Play a game like “I Spy” and have them find squirrels in trees, clouds in the sky, or all those Cheerios they spilled behind their bed.

Find It: Amazon

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