You Can Now Pay A Company $32,000 To Give Your Baby A Unique Name

Swiss company Erfolgswelle says it will create a completely original, never-before-used name for your baby.

1. ~Unique~ baby names have become quite A Thing in recent years.

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2. And while names like Prairie and Zola and Jagger may be somewhat unique, some parents really want to take things to the next level.

3. Now Swiss company Erfolgswelle is here to help. It says its team of experts can create a completely original name for your child.

4. So, what do you get for the $32,000 this service will cost you?

5. “We follow a creation process that takes around 100 hours,” Marc Hauser, owner and CEO of Erfolgswelle, told BuzzFeed Life.

The name is chosen by a team of people that includes 14 creative naming experts, four historians, 12 translators who confirm the name doesn’t have bad connotations in another language, and two trademark attorneys who ensure the baby’s name is not registered already as a brand or a product.

6. After brainstorming hundreds of names, Hauser’s team presents 15 to 25 names to the parents.

If the parents don’t like the names, they’ll start another creative round and come up with 10–15 additional names, Hauser said. “The family is always in charge — they have the rudder in their hands.”

7. The team also creates “a new history and mythology” for the new name.

“Based on the elements of the new name, we create a story with a positive message around the name. That’s why all the parts of the name need a positive message in it,” Hauser said. “We often combine words in a new order. It’s like composing music or drawing; like all creatives, we transform existing elements into new, never-heard creations. Or we find fantastic words that were never used before as pre-names.”

8. Hauser would not say how many people have used the service, nor would he reveal any of the winning names to BuzzFeed Life, citing the families’ privacy.

But, he said, chances are high that we’ll hear new names in the future.

9. A word of caution to interested parents: Once the names are out there, anyone can use them.

So while Erfolgswelle can help give your kid an original name, there’s no way to guarantee that it stays original for their entire life.

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7 Easy Scientific Experiments You Should Do With Your Child

Simple ways to make your kid go “ooh” and learn something at the same time. With thanks to the Royal Institution.

1. Making giant bubbles.

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British schools are on half term next week, so your child will be at home, getting under your feet. Here are six simple experiments which you can do with ordinary household objects which should keep them occupied, but, crucially, may actually teach them how to think and act as scientists, as well.

2. Making wine glasses sing.

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These experiments have been put together by the Royal Institution, which is trying to encourage British children to get more involved with science. “There’s obviously loads of ‘science at home with your kids’ stuff on the internet,” says Alom Shaha, a physics teacher and one of the brains behind the idea, “but ours shows parents how they can help their children to start looking closely at the world and asking appropriate questions, taking a scientific approach and making it more than just the ‘wow’ factor of making a wine glass sing.”

3. Making balloon car racers.

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This is a demonstration of Newton’s Third Law – “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” – through the deceptively simple tools of a balloon and some cardboard. “These are brilliant fun to make,” says Alom, “and they introduce one of the most important pieces of physics you’ll learn at school.”

4. Making music from coat hangers.

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You need to do this one at home yourself to get the full effect. “This includes a natural phenomenon that is genuinely surprising if you haven’t tried it before,” says Alom. “It’s a great way to introduce some key ideas about the physics of sound.”

5. Making colours run.

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Paper chromatography is a powerful scientific tool, and this simple experiment teaches children the basics of it. “There’s a magic moment in the film where a young girl works out for herself that it can be used as a tool for detective work,” says Alom.

6. Making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

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What shapes are strongest? How should you best use materials? “This is a brilliant way to get children thinking about how and why buildings and bridges and other structures are built,” says Alom, “and to discover some key engineering ideas for themselves.”

7. Making a raw egg bounce.

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A demonstration of basic chemistry: How, even though they may look the same, different liquids can have very different effects. What happens to an egg in vinegar is particularly impressive to kids: “SQUIDGY!”

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