7 Types Of Kids You Always See At The Little League World Series (And 1 Mom)

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The Little League World Series kicks off this week in South Williamsport, Pa., where one can witness sport in its purest form. Some 16 squads of 11- to 13-year-olds from across the globe compete for glory, motivated by their love of the game, and bolstered by the support of their families, teammates, and coaches. It’s a celebration of the camaraderie and spirit of friendly competition between these kids and nations.

OK, in reality, the LLWS is a multimillion-dollar enterprise, with ESPN paying roughly $60 million to lock up the television rights while Little League Inc. reports millions in revenue – though much of this is reinvested across the organization. Still, some call for the players to be paid for their appearances in Williamsport.

All valid issues, but the LLWS still is a fantastic event with memorable moments. There doesn’t appear to be another Mo’ne Davis in the making as the 2016 edition begins on Thursday, but here are just a few types of little leaguer seen in years past that could come back around throughout the tournament’s 11-day run:

  1. \nThe Little Guy With The Big Swing

These kids are 11 to 13, so naturally their shapes and sizes vary greatly. And sometimes a player whose growth spurt hasn’t quite kicked in will display some amazing power anyway. In 2014 it was Mexico’s Ruy Martinez – checking in at 4-foot-8 and 80 pounds – who thrilled teammates and fans (and himself) with a blast.

  1. The Kid Who Towers Over Everyone

On the other end of the spectrum was Puerto Rico’s Erick Figueroa, who at 6-feet-4, 229 pounds, dwarfed the tournament’s other players that same year.

  1. The Player Who You Just Can’t Believe Is Only 13 Years Old

What would you expect with the nickname of “The Japanese Babe Ruth” other than size, an 80-mph fastball, and monster power? The 6-foot, 206-pound Kotaro Kiyomiya boasted all three in mesmerizing fans – and the opposition – in 2012.

  1. The Player Who You Just Can’t Believe Is Only 12 Years Old – And In Some Cases, He’s Not

Danny Almonte and his team from the Bronx captivated LLWS fans in 2001. The youngster had been virtually unhittable all season, throwing upwards of 75 mph before tossing the tournament’s first perfect game in more than 40 years. Turns out he was too perfect. It later was discovered that Almonte was 14 years old, not 12. The Bronx team, which had finished third in the tournament, was stripped of all its wins and disqualified. The scandal led to changes in the tournament’s age verification process.

In another eligibility debacle, the feel-good story of an all-black squad from Chicago advancing to the 2014 title game turned sour when it was discovered Jackie Robinson West knowingly used players from outside regional boundaries and was stripped of its U.S. title.

  1. The Sudden Hero

The walk-off home run is one of the most exciting plays in baseball. But when it wins the entire tournament? Dalton Carriker and his squad from Warner Robins, Ga., experienced as much in 2007.

  1. The Kid Who Must Admire An Amazing Feat – Accomplished By The Other Team

Cole Wagner put on a show during the 2015 LLWS. Even the pitcher on the receiving end of this grand slam was impressed.

Pitcher Mekhi Garrard is wowed by Cole Wagner’s blast (ESPN)

  1. The Mom

Yes, it’s crass, but the telecast inevitably singles out the attractive mom of a star player and finds any and all excuses to show her on-camera repeatedly. One noted example was Mariana Bichette – wife of former big leaguer Dante Bichette, and mother of past LLWS star Dante Bichette Jr. (who now plays in the minor leagues). Mariana Bichette and two of her fellow player moms got more screen time during the 2005 LLWS than the “can you hear me now?” guy.

  1. The Goofball

Remember, these are just kids. And even they know it’s just a game.

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"Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water, now you camp on it!" proudly declares Smithfly on the website for its new camping boat — the Shoal Tent.

Why have we waited so long for camping equipment that actually lets us sleep on the water? Because it's an awful idea, that's why.

"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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While it is possible that one could wade into the water, unzip the tent, have a pleasant slumber, and wake up in the morning feeling safe and refreshed, there are countless things that could go terribly wrong.

The tent could float down the river and you wake up in the middle of nowhere.

You could have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

A strong current could tip the tent-boat over.

There isn't any way to steer the darn thing.

This guy.

Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

Even though the general public seems to think the Shoal Tent is a terrible idea, according to the Smithfly's website, it's currently sold out due to "popular demand" and it will be "available in 6-8 weeks." Oh, and did we mention it costs $1,999?

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

There is zero truth to the idea that vaccines cause autism. In fact, a recent study of over 650,000 children found there was no link whatsoever.

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A great example of the lack of critical thinking shown by anti-vaxxers was a recent exchange on Facebook shared to Imgur by zoezimmm.

A parent named Kenleigh at a school in New Mexico shared a photo of a sign at reads: "Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date."

This angered a Facebook user who went on a senseless tirade against vaccinations.

"That's fine, I'll just homeschool my kids," she wrote. At least they won't have to worry about getting shot up in school or being bullied, or being beat up / raped by the teachers!"

To defend her anti-vaccination argument, she used a factually incorrect claim that Amish people don't vaccinate their children. She also incorrectly claimed that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and used anecdotal evidence from her and her father to claim that vaccinations are unnecessary.

She also argued that "every human in the world is entitled to their own opinion." Which is true, but doesn't mean that wildly incorrect assumptions about health should be tolerated.

She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.


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He risked his life to leave a "historical record of our martyrdom."

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Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

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Neil Strassner was just passing through airport security, something he does on a weekly basis as part of his job. That's when a contract airport security employee handed him a small piece of folded cardboard. Strassner, 40, took the paper and continued on his way. He only paused when he heard the security employee shouting back at him, "You going to open the note?"

When he unfolded the small piece of paper, Strassner was greeted with an unprompted insult. "You ugly!!!"

According to Strassner, and in newly released CCTV of the incident, the woman who handed him the note began laughing loudly.

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