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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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10 Facts About Clifford the Big Red Dog
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Whether you know him from his books, TV series, movies, or video games, Clifford is undoubtedly the world's best known Big Red Dog. (And to think that Norman Bridwell, Clifford's creator, was told he would never succeed.) Here are 10 things you might not know about one of the most popular children's book characters of all time, who was born 55 years ago.

1. NORMAN BRIDWELL WAS TOLD HE WAS NEVER GOING TO MAKE IT.

Norman Bridwell was told over and over again that he was never going to make it as an illustrator; his pictures of dogs were too ordinary and boring. One critic finally offered the helpful suggestion that Bridwell create a little story to go with his drawings of a little girl riding a pony-like dog, and that was all it took. Scholastic Books agreed to publish Clifford the Big Red Dog less than a month later.

2. CLIFFORD IS NAMED AFTER AN IMAGINARY FRIEND.

Clifford was named after an imaginary friend Bridwell's wife had when she was a child. At first Bridwell suggested "Tiny" as the big, red dog's name, but his wife told him that was too boring.

3. THE DOG IS RED FOR A VERY PRACTICAL REASON.

When asked how he decided on Clifford's signature color, Bridwell admitted that "it was red because I happened to have red paint on the drawing table that night."

4. BRIDWELL'S DAUGHTER INSPIRED A CHARACTER.

Emily Elizabeth Howard, the little girl who takes a liking to the runt of the litter in the first book, is named after Bridwell's own daughter, Emily Elizabeth Bridwell.

5. CLIFFORD IS A BIT OF A MUTT.

Ever wonder exactly what type of dog Clifford is? Well, he's said to have the characteristics of a giant Vizsla now, but the very first prototype—back when he was just the size of a pony instead of a house—was of a rather large bloodhound. Bridwell has said he took his inspiration from the behavior of all types of dogs.

6. BRIDWELL WAS ADAMANT THAT CLIFFORD BEHAVE LIKE A NORMAL DOG.

Don't ever expect to see titles like Clifford Goes to Outer Space or Clifford and the Dinosaurs. Bridwell, who passed away in 2014, firmly believed that although Clifford is a bit oversized, he still mostly does things normal dogs do.

7. CLIFFORD EXISTS IN 13 LANGUAGES.

More than 75 Clifford books have been published since the original first hit bookstores in 1963 and there are more than 129 million copies in print in 13 different languages.

8. SOME FAMOUS NAMES HAVE LENT THEIR VOICES TO THE CLIFFORD CARTOON.

If you've ever watched the Clifford cartoon on PBS, you've likely recognized some of the voices. John Ritter was the voice of Clifford; Kel Mitchell of Kenan and Kel voiced Clifford's buddy T-Bone; Cree Summers lent her vocals to another pal named Cleo (you've also heard her as Penny in Inspector Gadget and Elmyra in Tiny Toon Adventures); and Emily Elizabeth is played by voice actress Grey DeLisle who is also the McNulty Brothers in Rugrats and Queen Amidala in the Star Wars interactive series.

9. THERE'S A PREQUEL BOOK SERIES.

In 1985, Bridwell started writing Clifford the Small Red Puppy, where you can catch a glimpse of Clifford before he was able to catch cars in his mouth. Clifford's Puppy Days shows us what life with Clifford and Emily Elizabeth was like back when he was still the runt, before the family had to move to Birdwell Island to accommodate Clifford's gigantism. It was also made into a PBS series in 2003 called Clifford's Puppy Days.

10. PEOPLE LOVE CLIFFORD BECAUSE HE'S ALWAYS FORGIVEN.

Following Bridwell's death in 2014, Scholastic chairman, CEO, and president Dick Robinson issued a statement describing why Bridwell and his famous pup were so beloved:

“Norman Bridwell’s books about Clifford, childhood’s most lovable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor. Norman personified the values that we as parents and educators hope to communicate to our children—kindness, compassion, helpfulness, gratitude—through the Clifford stories which have been loved for more than 50 years.

The magic of the character and stories Norman created with Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes. What comforts the reader is that Clifford is always forgiven by Emily Elizabeth, who loves him unconditionally."

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Country Time Is Paying Off Fines on Kids' Lemonade Stands
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A summer staple has come under threat. “The Man” is cracking down on makeshift lemonade stands across the country and busting kids without business permits. Thankfully, one beverage maker is here to help.

As CNN reports, Country Time—known for its powdered lemonade mix—has started a legal fund to help pay off the fines and permit fees incurred by little lemonade hucksters. The company has vowed to cover fees of up to $300 for each business permit bought this year, as well as fines on lemonade stands that were shut down in 2017 and 2018.

The initiative, dubbed Legal-Ade, was reportedly inspired by an incident that occurred in Denver just last week in which two brothers who were selling lemonade for charity were forced to close down shop because they didn’t have a permit. In recent years, similar cases have been reported in Texas, Maryland, Iowa, Georgia, and more. Some fines have climbed as high as $500.

“When we saw these stories about lemonade stands being shut down for legal reasons, we thought it had to be an urban myth,” Adam Butler, an executive at Kraft Heinz, which owns Country Time, told CNN. “A very real response seemed the best way to shine a light on the issue."

The company posted a playful advertisement on YouTube showing a group of hard-nosed lawyers crossing their arms and cracking their knuckles behind a child’s lemonade stand. “Entrepreneurship? Good work habits? Good old-fashioned fun? Shut down because of old, arcane, but very real laws,” declares a voice in the video. “Tastes like justice,” one man in a suit says after downing his lemonade and crushing the plastic cup in one fist.

The company says it’s prepared to cover up to $60,000 in fees. To apply for some lemonade relief, head to Country Time’s website and upload a scanned copy of your child’s fine or permit receipt.

[h/t CNN]

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