Monday, November 21, 2011

VIDEO: Two boys dump flour all over their house...um, for real?

There's a decent chance you've already seen this video, since it's racked up a quarter-million views in the past four days. But I'm calling fraud on it. Watch it and see what you think:



Look, as the mom of two toddler boys, I've walked in on my share of messes. And it's because I've walked in on my share of messes that I can spot several red flags in this video:
  1. In real-toddler-world, all five pounds of flour would be in a big pile in the middle of the kitchen. Once a toddler discovers something that can be spilled, the world stands still until every last drop has been dumped on the floor. I've watched my one-year-old sit at the kitchen table and shake juice out of a leak-proof sippy cup for upwards of ten minutes. I've found him in a mountain of wipes, but I've never found a trail of wipes throughout the house. Toddlers tend to keep their messes confined to their current location, a.k.a. the location where mom currently isn't.
  2. I don't see two kids running with a bag of flour, period. A toddler with a five-pound bag of flour is like me with a 20-pound bag -- not gonna happen unless you're talking about this kid. There's flour on the couch -- that's over their heads. Could you hold a 20-pound bag of flour in one hand and casually toss flour over your head with another? On that note...
  3. What's with the weird spots of flour on the picture frame? I've spilled a lot of flour, and I can safely say that flour doesn't clump when it hits glass. Unless, say, you're a fame-hungry youtube mom going for maximum shock value, so you spritz a little water on the glass first. Just sayin'.
  4. The TV has a light dusting on the edge. Very thoughtful of her kids to leave the most expensive thing in the room relatively unscathed. My kids, in contrast, have a magnetic pull to the most valuable thing in the room, which is why they'll draw on my computer monitor with a Sharpie when there's a blank notebook right in front of them.
  5. When I notice my kids have been unusually quiet, I don't grab the video camera just in case they've decided to antique my living room furniture. 
  6. If I ever stepped out of the bathroom and saw a trail of flour in the hallway, I wouldn't mutter, "Oh...oh, boy." It'd be more like, "GET IN TIME OUT RIGHT NOW! HOW DID YOU EVEN FIND THE FLOUR?! IT'S ON THE TOP SHELF OF THE CABINET! HOW THE FREAK LONG WAS I IN THE BATHROOM? DO THEY EVEN MAKE A VACUUM THAT CAN FIX THIS?!?!?" But, I guess you can't just hand your boys a bag of flour, help them powder the room, and then yell at them -- that would confuse them. Just sayin' again.
  7. She disabled comments. Go figure.
So, what do you think -- real or fake?

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    1. not fake http://www.today.com/id/45415270/ns/today-parenting_and_family/t/parents-flour-tots-video-mess-was-real/#.VC-qnZDn8iR

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  2. I say fake!!! Come on...who would just say oh my gosh over and over for 3+ minutes and not even scold the kids. It seemed like she wasn't scolding them because they would have called her out and been like, "Mom you did it and said to play in it."

    My son spilled goldfish crackers everywhere last week and I was freaking out...and that was just goldfish. My first instinct wasn't grab the video camera, it was to clean up before it became a bigger mess.

    ..after I did wish I had a pic of it though.

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  3. There is NO WAY one bag of flour could be so evenly distributed by two little kids.....It is totally faked.

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  4. Kudos to her for finding a fairly easy way to rack up a few million views on YouTube. I trust she is getting paid for ads. She should make a couple grand at least. Plus getting on TV, in newspapers and lots of online articles. Clearly fake, but I'm a little jealous.

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