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Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and wife Miranda Kerr only allow their seven-year-old child to have 1.5 hours of screen time per week

When Snap CEO Evan Spiegel was growing up, he wasn’t allowed to watch TV. The 28-year-old chief exec said in a recent interview that his parents enforced a no-TV policy until he was “almost a teenager.”Spiegel whose messaging app Snapchat now claims 186 million daily active users said not watching TV made life at school a “little tricky,” but “actually thought that was valuable because [he] spent a lot of time just building stuff and reading or whatever.”Today, Spiegel and his wife Miranda Kerr impose an hour and a half of screen time per week on their seven-year-old child, who comes from Kerr’s first marriage.“I think the more interesting conversation to have is really around the quality of that screen time,” Spiegel told the Financial Times. He brought it back to Snapchat: He says more “positive” videos should be promoted on the app, even if they will unavoidably be among mind-numbing content he describes as “junk food” stories. Spiegel also thinks parents need to lead by example. He said that parents should cut down on their own screen time or explain what they’re doing on their devices so kids aren’t “looking at the black back of the phone . . . [with] no idea what’s going on”.Of course, Spiegel may need to start practising what he preaches, as the Snap CEO reportedly spends much of his time during board meetings glued to his phone and disengaged from the conversation.

The weirdest items TSA agents are trained to catch when they scan your bags.

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The Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency in charge of screening airline passengers, is perhaps best known for its rules concerning toiletries, laptops, shoes, and metal objects. According to training materials recently released to INSIDER under the Freedom of Information Act, however, the agents of its sprawling workforce are periodically trained, with PowerPoint slides, to detect and assess threats posed by an increasing number of uncommon carry-on items, including reborn baby dolls, prosthetic devices that mimic pregnancy, and homeopathic devices. Compiled are 15 of these rather unique items below, and you can read the rest of the training materials here.
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Zappers are "a homoeopathic medical device designed to induce [an] electric current into the body to destroy pathogens." Subsequent slides describe Zappers' superficial resemblance to improvised explosive devices or IEDs.
"Wristwatches with a hidden butane lighter function."According to this slide, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security came across evidence that members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda were seeking digital wristwatches that double as butane lighters. The next slide, though, says "the FBI and DHS have no specific information indicating plans to use lighter watches."
Wristwatch that doubles as a lighterSwitchblade lighters: Another banned object that features a hidden lighter switchblade lighter incorporate a concealed blade and a butane lighter. They're also banned from carry-on luggage. Switchblade lightersBelt buckles can be used to conceal blades. Because they contain sharp objects, belt buckle knives cannot be brought into the cabin of a plane. 

Pregnancy prosthetics

Kubotan pepper spray combo

Real Simple magazine advertisement

Walking weights with concealed pepper spray chamber

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Mini Firefly stun guns
Coin knives

Flashlight stun guns

Burning bible
Camera stun gun

Reborn baby dolls

Bride goes viral after ejecting couple who brought their kids along to her 'child-free wedding'.

An anonymous bride has become a worldwide news story after she shared a story about an incident that took place at her wedding. Posting on the subreddit 'Am I the Asshole?', the woman explained that at her wedding she requested that any guests refrained from bringing their kids along as it was a 'child-free event'.For the most part, everyone seemed to adhere to her request, apart from one couple who inexplicably brought their toddler and baby along to her big day. Initially, she decided to let this slide as, after all, it was her wedding day and she definitely had bigger and better things to concentrate on. This was during the ceremony, but by the time the reception rolled around, the kids were still there. A few kids who had been part of the ceremony had already been picked up but these children remained. Not happy about the situation, she decided to confront the couple about why the children were still there, despite it being so late in the day. This was after her wedding planner had already spoken to them and let's just say it got quite messy once the two respective husbands got involved. Read the full account of what happened in the post below:
AITA for kicking out a couple who brought their baby and toddler to my wedding because I wanted a child-free event? This couple I’m not very close with but the wife is a long-time family friend so I felt that I should invite her. To be clear, all of my invitations stated that there were to be no children at this wedding. But she and her husband showed up with their infant and toddler (who I think is like 3-4). At the actual wedding ceremony, I let it slide. I was preoccupied for obvious reasons. I also thought that maybe they planned not to attend the reception or to have someone pick the kids up before it started. (My niece, who was our flower girl, and a few other kids who had to be at the wedding for one reason or another we’re getting picked up/dropped off after the ceremony ended).Anyway, the reception rolls around (I’m fast forwarding through irrelevant details about the wedding but it was beautiful and everything went as smoothly as could be expected). The couple comes and, lo and behold, they still have their children. I had many other guests and didn’t really feel like dealing with it so I asked our event planner to go over to them and discuss whether someone was picking up the child as the reception (and wedding, frankly!) were not supposed to have children. I mean, everyone was drinking and loud and rowdy and a crying child and another little one running around was not part of the plan. (The infant already had to be taken out once during the wedding ceremony because of fussiness and the toddler was, from what I could see, already appearing cranky).My event planner went to talk to the couple. I could tell they were arguing with my event planner though so I went over to help him. I think they thought I came to rescue them because they started going on about how rude my event planner was. I explained that I had actually sent him over to discuss the children. I reiterated that the event was child-free and said that I had stated so clearly on my invitations. The wife gave a sort of apology and then assured me that they were capable of minding their own children to make sure they didn’t get in the way of anything. I said that wasn’t really the point. That’s when my now-husband comes over and he and the other woman’s husband begin going back and forth and things got a little heated. Finally, I snapped and said that they just needed to go, which, thankfully they did without much more noise. Still, the whole scene was incredibly embarrassing which is exactly what I wanted to avoid. I really hate that my wedding day had to be somewhat marred by this incident. According to my mother, everyone was talking about it and I guess enjoying a little dramatic entertainment. Was I the a-hole for making them leave?
Edit 1: Wow um this kind of blew up out of nowhere. Thank you all so much for the feedback. What I’ve gotten from this is that most people think that the couple was rude. There are also a select few who feel that it’s assholish to have a kid-free wedding at all which is...interesting.By way of an update, I have now learned that a few family members felt that it was inappropriate of me to kick out the couple. (The wife apparently is still angry about getting kicked out and the husband is FALSELY telling people that we threatened to call the cops on them). No one has said anything directly to me though.Anyway, the feedback here has helped me not to feel guilty about that and just realize that not everyone has the same ideas about tact and manners.
**Edit 2: Well apparently this went somewhat viral and has now been in articles on Fox News, DailyMail, and Yahoo News. Many thanks to those in the comments who let me know! I had used a throwaway account to stay anonymous and lowkey, but I guess that’s out the window lol. No point in deleting now, so whoever sees it, sees it. 
The post, warranted thousands of responses with most people agreeing that she was in the right to act in this manner, as she had clearly told them the rules beforehand and they were ignored.Over on Twitter, the consensus was a little different with people being a bit more split about her decision.

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