Ever really listened to an 11-year-old? They're a fascinating mix between a child and an adult.
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What happens when you let 11-year-olds across the world talk about their lives, loves, family, country, even their world?

11 years is, in some respects, an incredibly long time to be on this earth. At the same time, it's just the beginning of so much more. For just a few years, they're perched at the jump-off point from childhood to adulthood. It's like they're right between things.

There is a really beautiful project that ended up as a full movie called "I Am Eleven." The movie's creator (and Editor, Producer, Director) Genevieve Bailey, said about the making of it:


“With so much more information available at their fingertips now than we had when I was young, I wondered, are 11-year-olds still happy and excited about inheriting this crazy world? Are they having as much fun as I did when I was 11? Are they hopeful?"

She toured the globe, talking to 11-year-olds who had something to say about their life, their country, their world.


As the filmmaker wrote in a blog post about the movie, "I believe that too often we as a culture focus on what adults can teach children, without acknowledging what we can also learn from young people."

Some answers to the world's problems might just be lodged in the heads of youths like these.

In fact, one mother came up to Bailey after seeing the film and responded, "It's like a parenting book written by children."

And one 11-year-old girl wanted to say something to the filmmaker at an international premiere of the film in Cleveland, Ohio.

"What you have done is very interesting. Most documentary filmmakers choose to show us what is going wrong in the world, but you have chosen to show us what is going right. As kids we want to know about the good stuff!"

Kids are kids the world over. And 11-year-olds are ... just that. They have similar worries and things that make them happy, and they frequently don't see the kinds of divisions and walls that we do as adults. And that's a beautiful thing.

Raising a child to the ripe old age of 11 is hard work.

Based on what these 11-years-old-on-the-edge-of-adult kids have to say, their parents did a lot of things right.

Magical.

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Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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