Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Youthful Tendency Disorder

My 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons spend a lot of time doing unproductive things. A good example is when they sit on the couch, pretend it's a bus or an airplane, and then go on trips to exciting places like the amusement park, Chuck E. Cheese or Wal-Mart.

(Yes, Wal-Mart is very exciting to them. The people who work in the deli there give out cookies.)

Anyway, The Onion has a story about other kids doing the same things. The satire about "Youthful Tendency Disorder" is from a few years ago, but it's pretty funny:

Youthful Tendency Disorder (YTD), a poorly understood neurological condition that afflicts an estimated 20 million U.S. children, is characterized by a variety of senseless, unproductive physical and mental exercises, often lasting hours at a time. In the thrall of YTD, sufferers run, jump, climb, twirl, shout, dance, do cartwheels, and enter unreal, unexplainable states of "make-believe."