An American mother finds some interesting takeaways from observing how the French raise their children. Interesting when you compare this to the “Tiger Mother” thing that popped up last year.
The French, I found, seem to have a whole different framework for raising kids. When I asked French parents how they disciplined their children, it took them a few beats just to understand what I meant. “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they asked. “Discipline,” I soon realized, is a narrow, seldom-used notion that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is something they imagined themselves to be doing all the time.
An Errol Morris short video on the sport (*ahem*) of competitive eating.
El Wingador is a man truly committed to a certain kind of excellence — or at least, a certain kind of excess. Sure, I could have picked a different eating champion, but I guess I have an affinity for chicken. It is evident that chicken is his favorite competition food — particularly chicken wings. I asked him, “Why not hot dogs?” The simple and compelling answer: “Hey, my name is ‘El Wingador,’ not ‘El Hotdogador.’ ”
‘El Wingador’ [NYT]
An undercover police officer “chased himself round the streets” for 20 minutes after a CCTV operator mistook him for suspect.