Dad Grades: Al Bundy From Married… With Children

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Most dads see fatherhood as life-changing for the better; a commitment grounded in love, self-sacrifice, and understanding. This is not one of those dads. In this edition of Dad Grades, we’ll take a look at Al Bundy from Married… With Children.

DAD STRENGTHS

We’ll cut right to the chase here: Al Bundy is a disgruntled dad who claims he doesn’t really like his family. He provides for them (sort of) and in one episode admits he “kind of likes” them, even if his unceasing barrage of insults and jaded one-liners suggests anything but.

However, in rare moments of vulnerability, his affection for his kids will shine through. Sometimes his ditzy daughter, Kelly, brings home boyfriends of questionable character. Al is never impressed and he’s not afraid to let these “gentlemen” know it. Suffice to say he’s very protective of his Pumpkin.

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He also a boy named Bud. Despite wishing he’d been blessed with a more athletic son, Al often praises Bud for being the much, much, much more intelligent of his two children. This encouragement cultivates with Bud becoming the first Bundy to graduate from college. Not bad for a kid Al once called him “Mommy’s second little joke on me.”

DAD WEAKNESSES

Ask any dad what their most crowning achievement in life is. Inevitably, they’ll say something like “marrying my best friend” or “raising three beautiful children.” For Al Bundy, it’s the 1966 High School City football championship. There, as fullback for the Polk High Panthers, he scored four touchdowns against Andrew Johnson High in a single game.

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He mentions this constantly. And we mean constantly. Regaling the kids with your own personal 30 for 30s can be the finest thing a father can do, but only if done sparingly. No one can stand the dad incapable of leaving his glory days of high school in the decade they occurred. Imagine if every time a car was mentioned, your dad brought up the Camaro he owned in 1986. Pretty annoying, huh? Move on, Al.

VERDICT


Although something like 80% of all Al Bundy quotes contain vicious insults directed at his wife and children, we think he genuinely cares for them. The man makes less than minimum wage working at a shoe store, tending to the crusty feet of customers he can’t stand, all to put what little food he can on their table. Now that, friends, is devotion.

FINAL GRADE: B+

Check out our previous edition of Dad Grades: Hank Hill from King of the Hill!

School Bus in Alleged Hit-and-Run, 6th Grader Leaves Note on Car

(Twitter/Andrew_Sipowicz)

Sometimes, when you’ve had some bad luck, you could use a little help from your friends. Or, if not your friends, then at least a good Samaritan. It’s not often that those selfless do-gooders are embodied by elementary school students, but why look a gift horse in the mouth?

Andrew Sipowicz certainly isn’t, not after a sixth-graders potentially saved him a few thousand dollars!

Sipowicz (no relation to Dennis Franz’s iconic NYPD Blue character because that’s a TV show and that Andy Sipowicz doesn’t exist) is a senior at Canisius College. The other day, he wandered out to his Ford Mustang, only to notice that it had been damaged, and that no one was around to take responsibility for it. And then he spotted a note under his windshield wiper.

A sixth grader from Houghton Academy in Buffalo, NY had witnessed what had happened to Andrew’s car, because she happened to be on the vehicle responsible for the damage. Her school bus.

The little kid had watched as his school bus driver pulled onto the road and clipped Sipowicz’s car and then kept going, a classic hit-and-run. So the student took it upon herself to right that driver’s wrong and left the note on the Mustang’s windshield, detailing what had happened, even including a sketch of the school bus, complete with its rowdy students. Andrew, relieved and grateful, shared his thanks, along with a picture of the damaged car and the kid’s note, on Twitter.

That is a nicely detailed note and a cute drawing, which Andrew noted is “not to scale.” It’s oddly comforting to see that today’s children still have similar penmanship to the sixth-graders of my youth.

The one thing the note was missing? The hero student’s name. But when Andrew shared the anonymous note, the good deed traveled far and wide, catching fire on Twitter to the tune of over 1 millions likes and nearly 300,000 retweets.

Eventually, Andrew followed up with a tweet starting that the good Samaritan and budding artist was found.

After saving the man a decent chunk on car repairs, she should be in line for a decent reward!

Boy Sends Letter to His Dad in Heaven, Postman Delivers

(Facebook/Teri Copland)

They often say parenting a child takes a village, and one mom is grateful for the support her village has given her in the aftermath of her husband’s death. Especially after the extraordinary act of kindness one of those villagers showed to her son.

Losing a parent is never easy, and it’s particularly hard for a young kid. Thankfully, a little boy who lost his dad got a boost from his local mailman.

Teri Copeland’s seven-year-old son Jase wanted to send a letter to his dad for the man’s birthday. Unfortunately, dad isn’t around anymore, so the little boy had to address the card to heaven. He put it in the mailbox and waited. In most cases, he’d be waiting a while, but this time the Copeland’s mailman took it upon himself to handle things and reassure the boy that his dad received his card.

The boy’s envelope reads: “Mr Postman, can you take this to heaven for my dad’s birthday. Thanks.”

A few weeks later, he received a letter back:

“While we’ve been delivering your post, we became aware of some concerns. So I just wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter, to your dad in heaven. This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects on route to heaven.

However please be assured that this particular important piece of mail has been delivered. Royal Mail’s priority is to get our customer’s mail delivered safely. I know how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely.”

Teri shared photos of her son’s envelope and the postman’s response on Facebook, where it’s received over 450,000 likes and over 250,000 shares. Her caption thanks the Royal Mail for going above and beyond for her son, stressing how meaningful it was to him.

“I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card… you didn’t have to make the effort to do this you could have just ignored it but the fact that yous have made the effort for a little boy you’ve never met is such a lovely thing to do…”

December Streaming Guide: What’s New On Netflix, Amazon, and HBO.

The Dad Approved December Streaming Picks
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Dads don’t always get to control the remote, so when the time comes, we need to be ready. Here are our picks for the best movies and shows coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now this month. (We know it’s December, but we’re mostly skipping the holiday stuff. You’ve seen ’em.)

FAMILY FRIENDLY FLICKS (mostly):

These are great for the whole family. Ideal for that night you come home with the perfect Christmas tree, set it up in the corner, and collectively decide that you’re too tired to decorate it yet.

Netflix:

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (December 1st)
One of the first in the recent trend of kid’s movies being way funnier than you’d think they could be.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Laugh
(Gify)

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (December 7th)
This movie hasn’t gotten much attention in the wake of the Disney “Live Action” Jungle Book movie, but is directed by motion capture master Andy Serkis, and features Christian Bale, Cate Blanchet, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Serkis himself in a more faithful adaptation of the original Kipling stories.

Voltron Legendary Defender: Season 8 (December 14th)
We’re not going to say it’s as good as the one we watched when we were kids, but it’s not like we’re gonna just…not watch Voltron.

Voltron
Actual footage of my kid getting home for winter break. (Giphy)

3Below: Tales From Arcadia (December 21st)
Guillermo Del Toro’s second show in set in the Trollhunters universe, about rogue aliens on the run from bounty hunters (awesome). Reasonably sure nobody will fall in love with a fish here,  but you just never know with this guy.

Avengers: Infinity War (December 25th)
Disney is planning to snatch all their Marvel and Star Wars movies back for their own streaming service, so check out the ultimate superhero showdown before it’s gone in a….you know…

Thanos-Snap Comic
(Doyouevencomicbook.com/John Robinson IV - Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim)

Amazon Prime:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (December 1st)
Remember when Raphael said a bad word in the first five minutes, and it was like “whoa, this is different than the cartoon?”  Anyway, if you miss the days of rubber suit ninja action, this will probably blow your kids’ minds.

Groundhog Day (December 1st)
“Ok, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause it’s coooooold out there today.”

Groundhog Day Winter
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The Dark Crystal (December 1st)
Jim Henson’s successful attempt to live forever in our nightmares is a family classic, apparently.

The Dark Crystal Mouth Muppet
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The Naked Gun Trilogy (December 1st)
Ok, these are maybe, technically, probably not suitable for kids. Like, at all. But let’s be real, your dad probably showed them to you when you were too young, and it’s those traditions that makes the holidays special.

HBO Now:

The Land Before Time (All 2,000 of them available December 1st)
Don Bluth is a legend, and the first adventure of Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Spike, and Petrie is a must-see! The other entries in the series…also exist.

Ready Player One (December 8th)
Every 80s kid’s favorite director made a movie for aughts kids.

Spider-Man Spielberg
This is pretty much how it happened. (ImageFlip)

 

The Dad After Dark:

Check out these titles after the kids go to bed. Assuming you are still awake yourself, that is.

Netflix:

The Big Lebowski (December 1st)
Sam Elliot hasn’t aged in 20 years, which is something we’re looking into. Also, you know, this is one of the best comedies ever made, so.

The Dude Abides
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Friday (December 1st)
You know the meme, but have you seen the original? This classic comedy is still leaving it’s mark on pop culture, 23 years later. Don’t believe us? Bye, Felicia.

Friday
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Terminator Salvation (December 1st)
Is this movie good? Is that really what’s important here? As the entry in the franchise that you probably didn’t pay actual money to go see, it’s the ideal “too tired to pay attention to anything” entertainment choice. Plus, if enough people watch this, maybe they’ll bring back the actually great Sarah Conner Chronicles.

District 9 (December 4th)
The best father/son shrimp monster relationship in movie history.

District 9
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The American Meme (December 7th)
This might end up being the most fun or most depressing thing you ever watch, depending on your relationship with social media. Great if you need a reminder why it’s good to limit your kids’ screen time.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale (Available December 14th)
If you are getting some strong Buffy vibes from this take on the Archie comic universe, you’re not alone. In fact, Buffy/Angel star Alexis Denisof is joining the cast for season 2. But first, step back in time with this holiday special that’s sure add some Halloween spirit to the holiday…ahem…solstice season.

Springsteen on Broadway (December 16th)
Oh, is the Boss performing a special Tony Award winning solo show about his relationship with his father? Cool. Cool cool cool. We’re just gonna be chopping some onions over here, don’t mind us.

Springsteen
(Tenor/CatalinaJoel)

Theory of Everything (December 16th)
“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking, winner of The Dad’s first-ever Father of the Space Time Continuum Award.

Amazon Prime:

The Game (December 1st)
Before escape rooms were a thing, this David Fincher thriller had Michael Douglas on the run in a maybe real/maybe not race to escape his father’s legacy. It’s the most fun you probably don’t want to actually have.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 (December 5th)
If Tony Shaloub in this series isn’t your Dad Goals inspiration, then what are you even doing?

Mrs Maisel Dad
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Hereditary (December 27th)
Here’s the thing. Don’t watch this movie. Is it a well made, wonderfully acted, beautifully shot piece of cinema that tells a compelling story of grief, depression, and the impact parents have on our lives? Yes, absolutely, it’s one of the best films of the year. Do we wish we could burn it from our memory and wash our eyeballs in bleach after seeing it? 100%. Even if you don’t mind gore, and could watch brainless teenagers get off’d at summer camp all day long, trust us. This is not that kind of horror movie. Real talk, parent-to-parent: This movie. Is. Upsetting.

Hereditary Dad
(Giphy)

HBO Now:

Inception (December 1st)
Leonardo DiCaprio folds a city in half in order to get back to his kids, when they could have just easily come to him, but didn’t because they’re stubborn. One of the most honest stories of fatherhood ever told.

So there you have it! The Dad’s binge watch guide to get your family through the winter. Now, these are just the titles we don’t want you to miss. But if you’ve got vacation time coming up…

The Full List

Here’s all of it!

Netflix:

December 1st

  • 8 Mile
  • Astro Boy
  • Battle
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Christine
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Crossroads: One Two Jaga
  • Friday
  • Friday After Next
  • Hellboy
  • Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone, season 1
  • Meet Joe Black
  • Memories of the Alhambra (streaming every Saturday)
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Next Friday
  • Reindeer Games
  • Seven Pounds
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Terminator Salvation
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass, season 5
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little

December 2nd

  • The Lobster

December 3rd

  • Blue Planet II, season 1
  • Hero Mask
  • The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot, season 2

December 4th

  • District 9

December 6th

  • Happy!, season 1

December 7th

  • 5 Star Christmas
  • Bad Blood
  • Dogs of Berlin
  • Dumplin’
  • Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas
  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  • Nailed It! Holiday!
  • Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas
  • Pine Gap
  • ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?
  • Super Monsters and the Wish Star
  • The American Meme
  • The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)
  • The Ranch: Part 6

December 9th

  • Sin senos sí hay paraíso, season 3

December 10th

  • Michael Jackson’s This Is It

December 11th

  • Vir Das: Losing It

December 12th

  • Back Street Girls: Gokudols
  • Out of Many, One

December 13th

  • Wanted, season 3

December 14th

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale
  • Cuckoo, season 4
  • Dance & Sing with True: Songs
  • Fuller House, season 4
  • Inside the Real Narcos
  • Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, season 3
  • Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle
  • Roma
  • Sunderland Til I Die
  • The Fix
  • The Innocent Man
  • The Protector
  • Tidelands
  • Travelers, season 3
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender, season 8

December 16th

  • Baby Mama
  • Kill the Messenger
  • One Day
  • Springsteen on Broadway
  • The Theory of Everything

December 18th

  • Baki
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5

December 21st

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia
  • 7 Days Out
  • Back With the Ex
  • Bad Seeds
  • Bird Box
  • Derry Girls
  • Diablero
  • Greenleaf, season 3
  • LAST HOPE: Part 2
  • Perfume
  • Sirius the Jaeger
  • Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski
  • Tales by Light, season 3
  • The Casketeers
  • Wolf (BÖRÜ)

December 23rd

  • Watership Down

December 24th

  • Hi Score Girl
  • The Magicians, season 3

December 25th

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, season 11
  • Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

December 26th

  • Alexa & Katie, season 2
  • YOU

December 28th

  • Instant Hotel
  • La noche de 12 años
  • Selection Day
  • When Angels Sleep
  • Yummy Mummies

December 30th

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

December 31st

  • The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

Amazon Prime:

December 1st

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari)
  • All the President’s Men
  • Bad Girls from Mars
  • Because I Said So
  • Bestseller
  • Beverly Hills Vamp
  • Blue Hill Avenue
  • Boogie Nights
  • Bright Lights, Big City
  • Event Horizon
  • Gargoyle
  • Groundhog Day
  • Happily N’Ever After
  • Happily N’Ever After 2
  • Hitman’s Run
  • King of the Mountain
  • Line of Duty
  • Livin’ by the Gun
  • Margin Call
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Ordinary People
  • Promised Land
  • Silent Tongue
  • Sleepover
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Black Stallion
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Firm
  • The Game
  • The Godson
  • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • Trucks
  • Ulee’s Gold
  • Valkyrie
  • War
  • Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
  • Wild Wild West
  • Windtalkers

December 5th

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 2

December 7th

  • Killers
  • Why Did I Get Married Too?

December 8th

  • Before I Fall
  • Collide

December 14th

  • LOL: Last One Laughing, season 1

December 15th

  • 4 Blocks, season 2
  • Life of Crime, Mini-series

December 16th

  • Evan Almighty

December 19th

  • A Most Wanted Man

December 21st

  • Life Itself
  • Vanity Fair, season 1

December 25th

  • Iron Man 2

December 27th

  • Hereditary

December 28th

  • Niko and the Sword of Light, season 2

HBO NOW:

December 1st

  • An Innocent Man
  • The Best Man
  • The Book of Eli
  • Bootmen
  • Dave
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • George A Romero’s Land of the Dead
  • Get Him to the Greek
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • The Hangover
  • He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Inception
  • The Land Before Time
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
  • The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
  • The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
  • The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
  • The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
  • The Land Before Time VII: Stone of Cold Fire
  • The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
  • The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
  • The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
  • Legend of the Guardians The Owls of Ga’Hoole
  • Light It Up
  • Lost River
  • Mi tesoro (aka My Treasure)
  • Rampage
  • Vida en Marte (aka Life on Mars)

December 2nd

  • Camping, season 1 finale

December 3rd

  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

December 4th

  • HBO First Look: Mortal Engines

December 6th

  • Traffik

December 7th

  • Ice Box

December 8th

  • Ready Player One

December 10th

  • Vice Special Report: The Panic Artists
  • My Brilliant Friend, season 1 finale
  • My True Brilliant Friend

December 11th

  • Momentum Generation

December 14th

  • Room 104, season 2 finale

December 14th

  • High & Mighty

December 14th

  • Vice, season 6 finale

December 15th

  • Blockers

December 15th

  • Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean

December 16th

  • Magnifica, season 3 finale

December 17th

  • Bleed Out

December 21st

  • En El Septimo Dia (aka On the Seventh Day)

December 22nd

  • Isle of Dogs

December 23rd

  • Sally4Ever, season 1 finale

So, now it should be easy to make a decision, right?

…Right?

Inception Top
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Family Has Fun with Snoring Father-In-Law

Father Figures: Timing Is Everything

“My fatherhood story is one of timing being everything.

My wife and I have been together for 18 years and married for 12. For the longest time, we said we didn’t want kids but would reevaluate that when she turned 30. When the time came we still didn’t feel like it was something we wanted, but it had changed to ‘not right now’ instead of ‘not ever.’

A year later, she brought it up again and I said, ‘Well, you’re the one that has to go through the pregnancy, so it’s up to you.”

She pressed on:
‘But what do YOU want?’
‘I’d like to be a dad.’

Almost a year later, Magnus was born. Two years later, Odin followed.

Our kids are much younger than most of our friends’ kids or any of their cousins, which can be difficult and puts us sort of out of sync with everyone else in our circles. But waiting on these two was the best decision ever, outside of having them to begin with or marrying their mother.

Had we had them when we were younger we might not have made it. By waiting, we were more mature, patient, and stable (financially and otherwise).

To quote Sturgill Simpson, ‘Wish I’d done this ten years ago, but how could I know that the answer was so easy?'”

– Clifton Newman

Want to share a story about fatherhood? Email [email protected]

Funny Parents Scared by Creepy Crawlies

Doctors Swallowed LEGO and Pooped It out for Science

(Lego.com Getty/Kemter)

And you thought stepping on a misplaced LEGO was bad. Wait ’til you get a load of this!

Years ago, my toddler swallowed a penny. (Related: toddlers are INSANE.) We called the doctor – as first-time parents, we wanted to be safe – and they said it probably wasn’t a big deal, but the copper or whatever could cause problems if the penny isn’t passed. They advised me to watch his diapers for the next week or two, to make sure the penny arrived. Apparently they knew exactly how long it took for a coin to be passed.

A few years later, when my second kid was a toddler, I happened upon an unlikely deposit of his inside a diaper: a LEGO head. There it was, in the middle of his waste, staring up at me with accusatory eyes. I had no idea the kid had even swallowed the thing, let alone when he had swallowed it. I hadn’t called the doctor this time, because I was oblivious, but if I had, they wouldn’t even have been able to tell me when the thing would resurface. I might have been sifting through dirty diapers for weeks!

But not anymore!

Thanks to a few fearless scientists, boldly going where no man has gone before, I now know that my son likely swallowed the minifig’s head a day or two before. Because they tested it.

Doctors working with the Don’t Forget the Bubbles blog recruited six volunteers – with no history of intestinal surgery – to swallow the heads of LEGO figures and then monitor their poop to find out how long it took for them to emerge.

They used a variety of techniques – which, no joke, are measured with SHAT and FART scores – the details of which I don’t think we need to go over here. The important thing to remember is that while coins take around two weeks to make their fantastic voyage through your innards, LEGO pieces take an average of 1.71 days.

I don’t know what you want to do with that information, and frankly? I don’t want to know.

Steph Curry Responds to Young Fan Who Wants His Shoes in Girls’ Sizes

Since Steph Curry entered the NBA, he has fundamentally altered the way basketball is played.

His other-worldly shooting touch, two MVP awards (including the first-ever unanimous vote), and three championships in four seasons has elevated Curry to the status of the sport’s all-time greats. He’s also become one of the most beloved players in the league, especially among children. Curry’s low-key demeanor, playful manner, and clear love of the game – not to mention his relatively-normal (i.e. not 7-feet) build allows many kids without imposing physical attributes to dream of a future in the league. Among those many young fans are little girls, two of whom Curry is raising.

When you become one of the biggest sports stars in the world, you suddenly start attracting all sorts of attention from fans and haters alike. Often, celebrity brings with it the expectation that you serve as a role model to young children. Many athletes and celebrities bristle at this responsibility, but some not only embrace it, they excel at it.

That is exactly what happened when a little girl, Riley – who shares the same name as one of Curry’s daughters (you may remember her adorably stealing the spotlight at some post-game press conferences during the playoffs a few seasons back) – wrote a letter to Curry asking him why his Under Armour sneakers weren’t available in little girl sizes. ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell shared the girls’ letter, and Curry’s above-and-beyond response, on Twitter.

In the letter, Riley notes that the website offers the Curry 5 in boys sizes, there weren’t any for girls. She knows that Steph cares about gender equality, especially since he has two daughters of his own, so she asks why that’s the case. Curry responded in a hand-written letter of his own, apologizing for the oversight, explaining that he’s working with Under Armour to correct it, and then promises the 9-year-old Riley a pair of Curry 5s, first dibs on the upcoming Curry 6s, and invites her to a special Golden State Warriors’ game on International Women’s Day on March 8th.

As usual, Curry hit nothing but the bottom of the net.

Suffice it to say that Riley is satisfied with Steph’s response, and so is the internet, who has liked the tweet 15,000 times and given it 4000 retweets. Seems Steph isn’t only leading the record books in the NBA, he’s crushing social media too.

Can These Aviators Make a Little Tikes Coupe Fly? [WATCH]

(YouTube/Flite Test)

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

Jeff Goldblum’s famous line from Jurassic Park never felt more applicable than when the men behind YouTube’s Flite Test channeled their inner Wright Brothers to give the Little Tikes ‘Cozy Coupe’ the power of flight.

Attaching a pair of homemade wings, a couple giant motors, and two 28-inch propellers that provided roughly 60 pounds of thrust to the vehicle, these mad aviators were determined to take the primary-colored Coupe to new heights.

Did it work? I mean, technically—as long as success isn’t determined by whether or not the thing landed in one piece.

After a couple of obvious failures, the Cozy Coupe reached approximately 60 mph and flew well over 100 feet (easily beating the Wright Brothers’ OG flyer in terms of distance). However, the resulting carnage after catching a strong crosswind is proof that the little plastic cars were clearly never meant to explore the open skies.

R.I.P., little guy.

If you’re interested in seeing more behind the scenes footage of this awesome build, check out the awesome full-length FlightTest video below.

Or find check out what happened when a couple of mechanics created an adult version of the Little Tikes Coupe.

NFL Player Talks to Deceased Father Before Every Game

(ESPN/Courtesy of the Mancz family)

Losing a parent is never easy, no matter how old you are. But losing one when you’re just a kid is extra tough especially when it’s your dad, and you’re pursuing one of his passions.

Greg Mancz was in sixth grade when his father died in 2004 at the age of 53. Greg credits his dad Brian for his love of football; the two of them used to watch the Browns play together every Sunday. Now, almost fifteen years later, Greg is an offensive lineman for the Houston Texans.

Greg Mancz (65) is an offensive lineman for the Houston Texans. (Getty/Bob Levey)

Before every game, he performs a little ritual that shows just how close he keeps his dad to his heart.

Before kickoff, Greg steps behind the bench and has a little conversation with his father, during which he discusses the upcoming game, and thanks him for helping get him to the NFL. The lineman calls it his “calming moment.”

“My dad was the person who showed me how to be a good guy,” Mancz told ESPN. “He used to tell me things like, ‘You know, Greg, you have two ears and one mouth for a reason.’ Lessons like that. And he taught me to love football. I fell in love with football because of Sunday afternoons watching Browns games and him yelling at the TV at 1 p.m. every week.”

Last week, during Thanksgiving, Greg had occasion to think back on one of his “absolute favorite memories” of his dad, which dates back to a Pee Wee football tournament he played in Florida over Thanksgiving break. His team won the national tournament. It was a mere three months before his father passed.

Greg Mancz (32) as a 6th-grader during Thanksgiving break playing Pee Wee football at a tournament in Daytona Beach (ESPN/Courtesy of the Mancz family)

Thanks to the holiday, Greg’s parents were able to follow the team down to Florida for the games, and they watched as his Forest Hills Bulldogs won the championship over teams from across the country.

“Everyone and their parents came,” Mancz said. “My mom and my dad were there, and it was my last big thing before he passed. So there’s a really cool picture of me and him with the trophy that I still have in my room back home.”

Chris Cornell’s Kids Remember Him With Music Video and Song [WATCH]

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The recent music video for Chris Cornell’s “When Bad Does Good” is an emotional journey in every sense.

Not only does it represent Cornell’s roots—skipping around to various Seattle landmarks—but stars his own 12-year-old son, Christopher, as a young version of his father on a paper route around town.

“For me, this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now,” Christopher said. “Not just to me and my family but the city of Seattle and all of his fans.”

Christopher plays a spot-on—albeit, blond—doppelganger of his dad, with long, grungy hair and a baggy flannel shirt billowing in the wind as he rides around Seattle on his bicycle. From the Sub Pop Records building to the Space Needle, the video visits a number of locations that were significant to Cornell’s life and music career with his lyrics literally ingrained in the environment.

“I wanted to highlight an aspect of Chris’s talents often overshadowed by his more obvious virtues (e.g., his monstrous guitar chops, operatic vocal range or commanding physical presence), which is his place as one of this generation’s greatest lyricists,” director Kevin Kerslake explained in a statement regarding the video. “But do it within a specific context that turned a simple, straightforward journey through the streets of Seattle into a eulogy, of sorts, with mystical undertones.”

“When Bad Does Good” was only released after Cornell’s friend, actor Josh Brolin, reminded Cornell’s widow, Vicky, of the song and its significance. Deciding her husband would want it shared with his fans, she included it in the recently released 64-track box set of formerly unreleased tracks spanning Cornell’s time with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, and as a solo artist.

In addition to Christopher’s portrayal of his late father, Cornell’s daughter, Toni, recently released her own musical tribute. The song, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” is an emotional posthumous duet with her father and, despite being a cover of a Prince song, perfectly details the immense impact Cornell had and will continue to have on his daughter’s life.

Dad Hilariously Photoshops Toddler Into Dangerous Situations [UPDATED!]

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Dads often get a bad rap for being good-time guys who can be a tad reckless with our kids. Some parents simply worry a little bit less than others and prefer to keep loose reins on our kids, instead of coddling them too much.

And some parents simply have great senses of humor and aren’t afraid of trolls.

Nothing makes your relatives more nervous – or the humorless denizens of the internet more outraged – than a parent who puts a kid in danger. Just ask Stephen Crowley! He’s found a hilarious way to provoke both groups with some creative photoshopping.

Crowley lives in Dublin with his wife and daughter, and he made quite a stir on Instagram – where his bio describes him as a “terrible father” – when he started sharing photos of his daughter in precarious situations.

 

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Autumn walks

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It seemed the cheeky dad was merely having some fun with the humor-deprived denizens of the web. But the dad’s reasoning went deeper than that.

At four months old, his daughter contracted hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). “She spent the next six months in the hospital receiving chemotherapy and ultimately a bone marrow transplant, which saved her life,” he told the New Yorker. The photos, which caused a user on Reddit to refer to him as the world’s worst parent or the world’s best parent,” were a result of Crowley “desperately seeking a little humor in our lives.”

That humor revealed itself in strange ways, like the photo above of his daughter perched on a fence.

Or holding a knife…and sitting beside a clearly active oven top…

…scaling the side of a staircase…

 

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I think the new stair gates may be faulty.

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…or climbing a ladder….

 

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Someone is a little unhappy about the Christmas decorations going away.

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…walking on the edge…

 

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I wonder how cold that water is ????

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…enjoying the breeze from a drive…

 

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Note to self: check car seat straps before long motorway journeys.

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…taking a drive…..

 

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Taking advantage of the quiet bank holiday roads to give Hannah her first driving lesson.

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…or hanging out…

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Saturday morning hanging out in the playground

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…popping a wheelie (both are wearing helmets I might add)…

 

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12kg over the back wheel helps.

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…buried at the beach…

 

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And Stephen’s most recent update is sure to be a hit with the judges, err judgy…

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7/10 for the dismount

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He was also recently in a dangerous situation, though, no photoshop was required, just courage.

All of those photos received thousands of likes from people who got the joke and realized they are all photoshopped and not actual examples of a dad endangering his child for social media likes.

Except maybe this one. I can’t quite tell if this is real or not!

 

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Getting some air

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