From the cute and cuddly to the unconventional and awe-inspiring, here’s a look at the photos, videos and characters that have our newsroom talking today.
9:30 a.m. ET
Clifford Turns 350 in Dog Years
The children’s book “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is celebrating its 50th birthday. As part of the festivities, the publishing company Scholastic has launched a mobile app and a website.
10:45 a.m. ET
Toy Train in Space
Ron Fugelseth might just be the coolest dad ever. He sent his son’s beloved toy train, Stanley, on a trip to outer space by attaching it to a weather balloon along with an HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS tracking. After recovering Stanley from a corn field 27 miles away, Fugelseth put together a video of the trip, bringing the toy to life using Photoshop and After Effects.
12:30 p.m. ET
‘Star Wars’ Baby
Some lucky parents have found the magical solution to calming down their screaming baby – “the Force.” Amy and Gaston Leyack had tried everything to make their 4-month-old baby stop crying, but it wasn’t until the “Star Wars” theme song came on their iPod that baby Sebastian calmed down. And now any time their baby is fussy, the Leyacks turn to the Force for help.
2:30 p.m. ET