A subscription for baby food? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Image: Mashable composite; Jose Luis Pelaez Inc Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2019 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Internet marketed direct-to-consumer subscription services are the new black – and bonus points if they’re aimed at a person with children. Offering expecting and new parents anything and everything from smart bassinets to leather playmats, the new products extend a gleaming promise of being better, more hands-on, attentive, and nurturing parents than the previous generation (also known as “your parents”). Upwardly mobile millennials are an eager audience, …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …

The ugly truth about giraffes

Those who are never born, cannot suffer.Image: ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK Having tasted the viral birth highs of 2017, it was only a matter of time before April the giraffe came back to YouTube for another sweet hit of the good stuff.  That’s right, everyone’s favorite cam star is back at it again. According to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, April gave birth to a healthy male calf at 12:43 p.m. ET on March 16.  A Facebook post announcing the birth neglected to mention that we are all born into suffering.  SEE ALSO: April the giraffe is pregnant again, and we’re already tired “Approximately 11:00 am, Jordan entered the barn to check April, who laid with her back …

The Internet Does Not Believe You’re Pregnant

In late February of the year 1456, an apprentice named John Helton was drawn, hanged, and quartered for spreading the claim that Edward of Westminster was not Queen Margaret’s son. Queen Margaret, the rumor went, had faked her pregnancy, so the 2-year-old posing as the Prince of Wales must be either a random nonroyal toddler or a changeling. More than half a millennium later, conspiracy theorists are still preoccupied with the wombs of royal women. Now, the supposed pretender to the pregnancy is Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Anti-Markle internet sleuths, who call themselves #Megxiteers, have stared at pictures of the expecting duchess so long and hard that they’ve become convinced her baby bump is a prosthetic called a Moonbump—and …

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones’ Dragons

The dragons of Game of Thrones haven't exactly had a great run over the past couple of seasons. First went Viserion, killed by the Night King, then resurrected by the Night King as an ice dragon, then destroyed all over again during the Battle of Winterfell when Arya shanked the Night King and shattered his army of wight supremacists. Next went Rhaegal, felled just last week by Euron Greyjoy and two well-placed, apparently hypersonic mega-spears. Of Daenerys Targaryen's scale-baby triplets, only one remains, and even that one's likely to need some recovery time after turning King's Landing to a smoldering ash-heap. On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed …

The worlds tallest mammal is now threatened with extinction

April the giraffe is pregnant again, everyone, we are already tired.  The 17-year-old giraffe reached international popularity last year for the infamous livestream of her extremely long pregnancy. She eventually gave birth to Tajiri, a male calf who recently celebrated his first birthday.  SEE ALSO: This giraffe birth livestream is driving the internet insane Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure Park owner, announced the big news on the TODAY show on Wednesday.  “The results are in and we are having a baby,” he exclaimed like a proud parent, or overly intrusive family friend.  The father of the baby is Oliver the giraffe, who also fathered Tajiri. This is April’s fifth pregnancy. Although the average gestation period for a giraffe is around 15 …

Pregnant? Step away from Google.

Being pregnant online isn't great.Image: vicky leta/mashable The excitement of finding out I was pregnant is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. My husband and I were overjoyed, on vacation, blissful and so, so excited to start a family. We had this little, personal secret. This tiny human just starting to grow in my body, and not even I could really feel it. And then the Googling began.  “My doctor won’t see me until I’m eight weeks along. Is that normal?”  “When does the chance of miscarriage decrease?” “What is a chemical pregnancy?” Hundreds and thousands of the same questions from soon-to-be parents appeared before my eyes with each new search. At first, that kind of immediate gratification brought me …

Feeling the pressure of perfection and self-comparison on Instagram? This book wants to change that.

Image: Daniela Cadore My Instagram Story persona could not be further from the real me.  She’s chill, constantly smiling and laughing, and always living her best life in some far-flung place that looks as if it were built with the ‘gram in mind. To be quite honest with you, I sometimes prefer her to my IRL self.  Scratch the highly-curated veneer of the 2-dimensional version of the life I purport to lead, and you’ll see someone struggling daily with severe anxiety and low self-esteem. This gaping chasm of difference between these two identities became a source of anxiety for me this summer. “Will people be disappointed when they see I’m not as fun as my Instagram self?” I worried as …

WIRED’s 14 Must-Read Books of Summer

Can you feel it? Summer is upon us! You know what that means: Plenty of time to soak up the sun, go to barbecues, and watch sports! Or, if you're a bookworm like your friends at WIRED, spend those long, lazy weekends with your nose in a book. Now is the perfect time to start plowing your way through an ambitious summer reading list, and we couldn't be more ready to help. Below are WIRED's picks for some of the best tomes coming out in the next few months. There's a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of internet culture, and a lot of smarts on this list, so fire up the Kindle and get cracking. Note: When you …

‘The Care and Keeping of You’ author on the book’s staying power 20 years later

Millions of young girls grew up on "The Care and Keeping of You." Editor’s Note: The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility. There are few things more mortifying than being a preteen and needing to ask someone about good old Aunt Flo.  Thanks to The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls, millions of young women didn’t have to. American Girl’s seminal book about getting our periods, dealing with acne, and finding healthy friendships provided answers to questions we …

The 10 Most Difficult-to-Defend Online Fandoms

Oh, fandom. So passionate, so partisan—and, too often these days, so prolifically peevish. From Tumblr and Wattpad to more mainstream platforms like Twitter and Instagram, online communities have served as rallying points for stan armies: obsessives who comb over every interview and shred of non-news for information about the object of their adoration. But increasingly, fandoms' emotions have been curdling into a different kind of potion; something petty, entitled, conspiratorial, even abusive. So on the occasion of San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest fan events in the world, it's time for some tough love. First, a note: this is a look at toxic strains that exist within a larger fandom, not an indictment of a given artist or person. …

The ugly truth about giraffes

Those who are never born, cannot suffer.Image: ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK Having tasted the viral birth highs of 2017, it was only a matter of time before April the giraffe came back to YouTube for another sweet hit of the good stuff.  That’s right, everyone’s favorite cam star is back at it again. According to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, April gave birth to a healthy male calf at 12:43 p.m. ET on March 16.  A Facebook post announcing the birth neglected to mention that we are all born into suffering.  SEE ALSO: April the giraffe is pregnant again, and we’re already tired “Approximately 11:00 am, Jordan entered the barn to check April, who laid with her back …

#NowforNI: The campaign to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, but the #NowForNI campaign is here to change that. On Tuesday #NowForNI campaigners protested in Westminster, London, where they delivered over 62,000 signatures from people calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.  #NowForNI wants to ensure that Northern Irish women and people who can get pregnant have the right to the same medical care as women elsewhere in the UK.  SEE ALSO: A survival guide for being a woman on the internet 28 women marched with suitcases towards Parliament, representing the 28 women who have to leave Northern Ireland each week to have an abortion in England, Wales, or Scotland. Among the 28 protestors were a …

To learn to juggle, this AI-powered hand had to accumulate 100 years worth of experience

This isn’t your typical maternity shoot.  Carlos Moreno posted a series of sweet photos from maternity shoot for the National Girlfriend Day on Wednesday. The photos feature his girlfriend, Ari, wearing a stunning black gown and smiling at her baby bump.  It’s pretty cute.  Waiting for Mia 💜 pic.twitter.com/iWHoAoFAan — Ari 💋 (@ariiiaam) August 1, 2018 One of the photos stands out though — in case you didn’t catch it, another Twitter user kindly posted it in the comments.  RONNIE FROM JERSEY SHORE DID A MATERNITY PHOTO SHOOT WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND AND THIS IS ONE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT THEY PAID REAL MONEY FOR pic.twitter.com/A1wUIUZCIW — Ciara Knight (@Ciara_Knight) April 9, 2018 Why is this a trend? WATCH: To learn …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …