As Rocketnews24 points out, this strange, new device can only remind us of one thing: roller coasters.
In reality, the orange bars have absolutely nothing to do with theme parks. Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.
“According to the headmaster of the school, the desks were provided by a local centre advocating preventative care for eyesight deterioration amongst young people,” Rocketnews24 points out.
So how does it work?
As you can see, the bar forces the child’s head back. The student cannot hunch over too closely to their desk. In this way, they are encouraged to stay a certain distance away from whatever they’re writing.
The goal is that the bar will “help prevent the development of shortsightedness, or myopia, which has been linked to focusing on things too near-at-hand for significant lengths of time.”
Additionally, the bar can be moved back and double as a prop for books to make sure the student is seated far back enough from the book while reading.
We’re not quite sure we like the idea of a giant bar of steel practically begging a child to bump his/her head on it, but we’re definitely interested to see the long-term effects of this device. What do you think?
Adorable Asian Baby Overload (click here to see them all)
“We’re not quite sure when this trend started, but cute Asian babies rank right up there with puppies and memes when it comes to social media sites. A quick scroll through tumblr will mean squeals upon squeals because its covered with, you guessed it, adorable babies. Here are a few of our favorites.”
Adorable Asian Babies With Puppies (click here to see them all)
“What could possibly be better than puppies or cute babies? How about puppies AND adorable Asian babies. (Yes, we’re being cheesy and we took it there, but lets be honest- you’re gonna look through these pictures anyway)”
Adorable Asian Babies (Halloween Costume Edition) (click here to see them all)
“Fun-sized candy bars, fake spiderwebs and (much to our delight) halloween costumes galore.”
Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You (click here to see them all)
“Here are kids who make the playground their runway and lower our self-esteem by dressing way better than we ever did during our toddler years.”
AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
Our readers made it clear to us that there are plenty of children who deserve to be on this list. We want to know! If you’d like to submit a child to be featured on our next ADORABLE ASIAN BABY story, please let us know. If you’d like a chance for your Adorable Asian Baby to be featured in our next story, send the child’s photo to email@example.com
1) The child’s name and age.
2) This mini Audrey questionnaire with your baby’s answers (or answers he/she would give if he/she could talk). Be creative with your responses!
Favorite Asian food:
Favorite Asian actress/actor:
My fashion advice for Asian babies:
My favorite way to wake my parents up:
What I want to be when I grow up:
We will let you know if your baby has been chosen. Goodluck!
Don’t you worry. We noticed one thing in particular with these children who reach social media fame. Many of them have a killer fashion sense. That, or they have parents who understand how much we eat these pictures up. Some people complain that these fashion-heavy photos are simply parents vicariously living through their children by dressing them up to reach viral fame. Others claim that these parents simply enjoy the idea of a well-dressed toddler. Whatever the reason may be, they certainly caught our attention.
Here are kids who make the playground their runway and lower our self-esteem by dressing way better than we ever did during our toddler years.
Our 2014 resolutions may be filled with dreams of a healthier diet, a proper sleep schedule and less procrastination. But there’s something many of us have overlooked for the new year. How about the resolution to be more thankful?
By simply reading this, you already prove that you have a lot to be appreciative of. You have access to a computer and more importantly, you have had an education which taught you how to read. And let’s be honest now. In the midst of worrying about school, work, or what your future will look like, you probably haven’t taken some time out of your day to be thankful for the luxury of literacy, right?
Well, now is the time.
I’m sure many of us can remember some grumpy mornings getting up for school. But in reality, we didn’t have much to complain about compared to kids around the world who walk miles, climb dangerous bridges and risk their life every day simply to get to school and have an education.
You’ll definitely think twice before complaining about early morning traffic.
A child using what is left of a bridge in Indonesia.
Collapsed bridges in Indonesia.
Children in the Philippines using an inflatable tube to cross flooded rivers.
Planks dangerously over aqueducts.
Students who swim through rivers to get to school in Vietnam.
Nujabes was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ. The name “Nujabes” is the reverse spelling of the DJ’s birth name, Jun Seba. Aside from owning Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founding Hydeout Production, Nujabes is most known for his blend of jazz with hip hop music.
Some of his more notable works include the “Luv(sic)’ hexalogy as well as his work in the anime Samurai Champloo.
In 2010, Nujabes died in a traffic accident leaving his many fans to grieve over the 36-year-old.
Of course, much of his work remains popular today. Recently, some students in Korea have been reaching viral popularity due to their impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.” The best part about all this? The students are 2nd graders.
Check out the talented students of an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea. For your reference, you can hear the original Nujabes version below.
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