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Teach Your Kids to Roughhouse in ‘Slow-Mo Mode’

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The kids, they’re gonna wrestle. If you’ve got a child—and especially if you have more than one child—you’ve probably noticed their propensity for extremely physical play. Maybe you’ve even roughhoused with them yourself—it can be fun! But now that we’re 72 years into this pandemic and staring down a long, dark, cold winter (sorry, it’s coming), you might be a little over all that bouncing-off-the-walls-and-into-each-other commotion. The solution to this problem comes, of course, from Reddit.

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Reddit user u/ITWrksSalem explains:

My kids (boys 6, 3) are wild animals. They constantly ask me if we can roughhouse (they got it from gma) I was exhausted yesterday and just blurted out “can we please just try some calm-housing for once?”

They both found this gut-bustingly hilarious and agreed to give it a try.

Calm-housing is just like wrestling except slower, gentler, and quieter. In practice it basically amounts to my boys laying on the ground hugging each other while they whisper jokes into each others ears.

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I liked this idea, but u/sleepyheadp quickly chimed in with a slightly different framing of the same concept that I think kids will like even more: Slow-motion wrestling:

Recommend slow-mo mode. Basically all the same moves in roughhousing but they gotta do it slow motion like the cool parts of a movie.

I tested this theory out on my 10-year-old son who, unsurprisingly, enjoys a little wrestling from time to time, particularly with his friends. The problem lately has been that they like to wrestle each other during the weekly mini-tutoring session we set up for him and three of his buddies to complement their virtual classwork. They want to wrestle; Ms. Beth wants them to calm down and practice Spanish.

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My son claims he’s never the instigator of the wrestling, but as the biggest and strongest member of the group, he is the most likely to do some real damage. And, look, if you come at him, he’s gonna come back; that’s just the reality we’re living in.

“I think I have a solution to your wrestling problem,” I told him this morning.

“I’m listening,” he responded.

I described it to him, and then we tried it out, and it is hilarious and fun. So now he and his friends can “wrestle” between Spanish lessons without totally annoying poor Ms. Beth, and that es bueno.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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