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Out of the mouths of babes. Sometimes it seems that little kids already know all of the secrets of life and contain within their little heads all of the wisdom they will ever need. Of course, it doesn't seem that way when they're shoving peas up their nose, but when they're not doing things like that, they can be little geniuses! Sadly, as kids grow into adults -- well, that's when all that inborn wisdom starts to leak out of their brains. So it's a good thing one second grader is saving his brilliance for posterity. He already knows pretty much everything he will need to have a long, healthy, and successful life. Check it out:
One of the most terrifying things about divorce is how dark it can get. Unfortunately, the news is filled with tragic tales of spouses taking revenge on their soon-to-be ex -- with their own children. It would be a wonderful world if every divorce was handled with maturity and the children foremost in everyone's minds -- but sometimes that isn't the case. Another terrible story of a divorce gone wrong happened in Jenks, Oklahoma. A woman reportedly struggling with a fractured familylocked herself and her two children, ages 3 and 5, in their garagewith the car running. Two of them did not make it out alive.
Vigilante justice. Once in a while, it works out for the vengeance seeker -- such as for the Texas dad who beat a man to death after he caught him trying to molest his 4-year-old. The father was never charged. Most of the time, however, it does not. Someone does something terrible, you do something terrible back, and you're both in prison, or only you are. That whole two wrongs don't make a right thing that we all learned in first grade.
In the case of Alabama dad Kenneth Kendrick Sims, it's perfectly understandable why he'd want to allegedly go after a relative with a gun and knife. It was because he had reason to believe that the relative was responsible for the death of his 7-year-old son, J’Duan Hill. As we read about so often, little J'Duan found a gun in a home. And while playing with it, he shot and killed himself. J'Duan's father, Sims, decided to get revenge on the relative who he believed owned the gun that killed his son.
Taking revenge on the woman sleeping with your man is one of the world's oldest pastimes, but unfortunately it usually doesn't end well for the vengeful wife. Remember the microbiologist who smeared chemicals on her rival's mailbox? Yeah, she was sent to prison for six years. Then there was the astronaut who tried to kidnap her boyfriend's new girlfriend. That didn't work out so well either -- now everyone knows her as that "diaper-wearing astronaut."
But the temptation to shame a homewrecker just remains too much for a lot of women. Such as the woman in Middletown, Ohio, who plastered a Walmart with photos of an employee who just happened to be having an affair with her husband. Oh, and the photos were of her and the woman's husband having sex.