I’m not sure if you’ve heard—you probably haven’t heard—but Ruel, a husky-voiced 14-year-old cherubim from Sydney, Australia, recently released an explosively catchy single called “Don’t Tell Me” and I’m not embarrassed to say that I have listened to it nine times since yesterday.
Akash Vukoti, age six, is the youngest speller in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, and for that I just wanna say, “C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S,” and then swaddle him in a blanket and sing him to sleep.
James Grimes, a 3-year-old little boy from Louisiana is being hailed as a golf prodigy by a CBS local news affiliate because "he hits every ball." BFD! He doesn't even get them near the hole half the time.
A nine-year-old girl in Massachusetts is way better at chess than you will probably ever be in your entire life. Her name is Carissa Yip, and after only three years of playing chess, she already in the 94th percentile of the 51,000 players registered with the U.S. chess federation. Sure, there might be some…
In the 1920s, Barbara Follett was a child celebrity, a prodigy who'd written a bestseller by 12. So what happened to her?
• Police in Florida have arrested a sixth grade boy at the request of his parents, who were enraged after he stole over $7,000 worth of jewelry from his mother and distributed it amongst his classmates. •
Clara Tu is 6-years-old and, in two weeks, she'll be playing three shows at Carnegie Hall. And what have you done with your life?
I'm kind of embarrassed about it, but I've always been jealous of child prodigies. After all, the typical march from junior high to high school to college doesn't look that impressive when you compare it to law school at 19.