Random thoughts and class gifts

1) I know you all have all seen the video of the smoking baby by now (a2-year-old who smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day--I can't find the link right now but if you have it handy stick it in the comments). I'd just like to publicly state that I think it's not, in fact, a baby, but an adult little person hoaxing us.

2) You still have time to read NutureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman in time for us to talk about it June 11. Topics include race, lying, tattling, sibling relationships, gifted children, and many more. Each chapter is a standalone, so you can read it in 15-minute chunks (probably better anyway so you have time to think about each topic).

3) Class gifts for teachers for the end of the year. What are you doing? Once again, I'm happy that here in NYC the standard is to collect money from parents and then give one collective gift of a cash card to each teacher. No competition for parents, and teachers don't end up with a bunch of well-intentioned but potentially-unwanted knick-knacks. What's the standard where you live? Is it different from the New Year/Holiday gift in December?