3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

Box forts, libraries and puppet shows
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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to entertain your kids. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Cardboard Creativity

Cardboard fort for Kids
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It’s time to leverage the fact that kids often get more excited about the box their gift comes in than the actual gift. Ask a few stores in a shopping mall for some small to extra large boxes in various dimensions. Then put together a castle, a series of connected box forts or a tunnel system. Or use them to create a robot costume or a house for your family pet. Once the project is complete the kids get to decorate the boxes however they please!

Visit the Library

Set them up with library cards and let them explore and take out some books…obviously. But libraries have a lot more going on than just borrowing books – you can borrow movies too. Most of them also host storytimes with local authors, have arts and crafts time and offer drop-in play spaces. A Library is also a great community hub to find out what else is going on in your neighborhood.

Sock Puppet Theater

This activity is part crafty and one part performance art. Gather up some old socks, markers, fabric scraps, buttons, and some glue and let the kids create their characters. Remember the boxes from above? Convert an extra large one into a puppet theater and then have your kids put on a show. Make sure to record it, everyone can watch it later while munching on popcorn.

Cardboard Puppet Theater
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For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

The 10 Best Comments of the Week 3/3

Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the 10 Best Comments of the Week:

1. Hasta Lasagna 

2. Wordless Password 

3. K-666 

4. Durst Type of Music 

5. Melvin’d! 

6. RIP Joe Martin 

7. Listen to The News 

8. Killer Serial 

9. Caloric Support 

10. Netflix and Scroll 

Check out the previous edition of The Best Comments of the Week here.

People Tweet Their Weirdest Childhood Food Habits—It’s Gross

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A kid’s diet is a strange thing. Sometimes, you have to beg, plead, and bribe to get them to try simple, everyday foods. Other times, you’ll catch them eating bizarre and downright disgusting snack combinations like tiny dumpster-diving raccoons.

Recently, National Public Radio host Sam Saunders ignited a wild thread on Twitter when he asked people to confess their weirdest food and drink concoctions from when they were kids.

Sanders kicked things off by saying he used to carry around a tiny bottle of apple cider vinegar everywhere he went, taking small sips throughout the day like an adorable little alcoholic with a flask.

The tweet spread like wildfire and everyone seemed eager to either share their own eccentric snacks or simply revel in the disgusting aura that emanated from the thread.

Prepare to be grossed out (or maybe find a strange connection to another human based on your similar stomach-churning preferences, you animals):

The Captain Marvel Movie Website Will Transport You Back to the 90s

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If you didn’t already know that the upcoming Captain Marvel film takes place in the late 90s, you only need to take one glance at the official website.

Prepare your retinas for a full blast of unapologetic dial-up era nostalgia. The site is littered with animated web art of your favorite Marvel characters, a site counter, HTML frames, and even a guestbook.

Everything on the internet in the 90s was new. Nobody knew what proper site design looked like so users just crammed their sites with everything and the creators perfectly nail that aesthetic.

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It still contains all of the trappings of a typical movie website—recent trailers, stills from the film, and a basic overview of the characters—but presents them with a 90s coating so thick, it’s practically wearing JNCO jeans.

“It is very specific, and it is going to appeal to a very particular segment,” says Marlene Towns, a professor of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “But it also crosses generations still. For younger users it’s novel, and it’s kind of quaint, like, isn’t that cute, look at how the old people used to do it.”

The site’s incredible resemblance to a middle schooler’s live journal from 1997 is making plenty of other people excited, sentimental, and angsty all over again, too.

With over 100k engagements on Facebook in only a handful of days, the website is well on its way to outperforming all of the former movie sites it’s imitating.

Is that due to the exponential growth of the internet and immense interconnectivity of social media? Or is it the overuse of colorful Comic Sans? Honestly, it’s impossible to tell.

The flick drops on March 8 – so get up to speed with the most recent trailers and clips here:

2-Yr-Old Puts $1000 Through Shredder Because Having Kids is Expensive

Kid Shreds $1000
(Twitter/Benbelnap)

One time my dog chewed up a $20 bill. While I can empathize with his negative feelings about Andrew Jackson, I was still dismayed that he destroyed the money before I could spend it on something I really wanted, like more pizza than an individual should consume in one sitting.

Considering what I went through I can only imagine the shock on the faces of Jackee and Ben Belnap, two diehard University of Utah football fans who planned on purchasing season tickets with their $1,060 in savings, only to find that their 2-year-old son Leo had shredded it all.

The incident took place back in October when Leo’s father Ben tweeted this:

Apparently, Jackee would often enlist the help of Leo while shredding junk mail, which explains why he knew how to use the machine in the first place. Frankly, I think they should’ve never thought him, for the same reason my mom refused to buy me a sword back when I was two.

Jackee and Ben began the painstaking process of separating the money in hopes the Treasury Department could reimburse them, as seen below:

But despite the tediousness of the situation, the parents took it in stride, saying that it would, “make for a good wedding story!” Thankfully their positive attitude was rewarded, as the Utah Utes offered the pair free tickets as a token of gratitude for their fandom.

Here’s hoping that Jackee and Ben were able to make it out to a game this season, but more importantly that whoever they hired to babysit remembered to unplug the shredder.

This Comedy Knows That Sometimes “Making Babies” ISN’T the Fun Part [WATCH]

Making Babies Trailer
(YouTube/Making Babies Movie)

Getting pregnant is supposed to be easy.

At least, that’s how they scare you when you’re young so you don’t do it by accident. As you grow up, you still expect it to be easy, especially when you want to do it on purpose. You think once you remove the goalie it’s gonna happen quickly, and maybe it does. But it’s not until it doesn’t happen quite as quickly as you anticipated that you realize it’s not all that easy.

For some people, getting pregnant is a snap. The whole goes off without a hitch and the next thing you know, they have four kids and maybe wish it had been a little less easy. For others, it’s a stressful struggle that takes a while. And for many couples, it takes a lot of work, a lot of money, and some sort of assistance.

The struggles of getting pregnant are getting more play, thanks to the rise of social media and the opportunity for people to share their struggles with infertility, and miscarriages, and surrogates and more. But it’s still not the sort of thing that gets talked about all that much. Which is what makes this trailer for a new movie called “Making Babies” all the more refreshing. My wife and I didn’t exactly struggle, but we didn’t get pregnant until we stopped trying, because babies are jerks. Regardless of where you’re at in the cycle, a lot of the stuff in this trailer probably rings true.

The movie tracks a couple, played by Eliza Coupe (“Happy Endings” FTW!) and Steve Howey (“Reba,” anyone? “LETTIGOOOOOO!”), who can’t seem to get pregnant despite trying all the tricks, from getting tested to using drugs to downloading lunar fornication calendar apps. And while it’s a comedy, it doesn’t seem to be shying away from the stress of the struggle, the judgment and even shame one might feel at being unable to get the job done, and the tension that can arise when something you thought would be easy takes a lot more work, and time, than either of you expected.

But don’t worry, it’s not all gloom and doom, despite the shout out to Trent Reznor’s kill room!

4-Yr-Old Hockey Player Gets Mic’d Up and is Adorably Clueless [WATCH]

4yo Hockey Player Gets Mic'd Up
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Little kids are cute. There’s no doubt about it. In fact, their cuteness is often their primary redeeming quality, especially when you’re in the middle of the terrible twos or threenagehood. That cuteness lets them get away with a lot, at least for a few years. And any parent who has ever signed their kid up for youth sports knows this.

If you want your kid to enjoy and be good at sports, getting them started early is important. But it also means that those first few years are going to be tough. Because when it comes to three, four, and five-year-olds, the term “organized sports” is an oxymoron. There is nothing organized about a little league team full of kindergartners, and if you think Lebron travels a lot, you should go watch a youth basketball game.

But the important part is getting the kids out there, even if they don’t quite know how to play a game, or understand the rules. One hockey dad put a microphone on his four-year-old son during hockey practice, because whatever that kid was doing, it wasn’t exactly hockey, and his dad wanted a little insight. He shared the resulting video on YouTube and if you’ve ever watched your own kid doing pirouettes in the outfield in the middle of a baseball game, it’s as hilarious, and adorable, as you’d expect.

The little boy’s name is Mason, and his dad is a hockey coach. His Twitter bio states that he’s “sharing my love of hockey online with videos that teach, entertain, motivate and inspire” and the short clip he shared of his son definitely entertains. The tweet has over 109,000 likes and nearly 30,000 retweets, allowing people all over the world to watch Mason skate aimlessly around the ice (“He’s lost,” the captions state) and request a nap.

Mason’s dad also shared a longer version of the video on YouTube where it’s reached over 5 million views on YouTube. His son is incredibly cute, and clueless, as he rolls on the ice, asks to go to “BaDonald’s” after the game, and exclaims “Happy Halloween!” in the middle of February. I’m mostly impressed the 4-year-old is able to stay upright on his skates!

What Dax Shepard Would Rather Do Than Get a Prostate Exam [WATCH]

Dax Prostate Exam
(YouTube/Prostate Cancer Foundation)

Here’s the thing: 1 in 9 men get prostate cancer, and despite that unnerving statistic, 42% of men say that they are afraid to get screened for it.

We get it—no one looks forward to a doctor digging around their nether regions with god know what kind of medical do-dads. Hell, there are plenty of horrible things we’d rather endure than go through that.

In a video made by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, actor Dax Shepard jumps into our shoes and details every single one of the things he’d rather do than get a prostate exam.

As fathers, we often pride ourselves on doing whatever it takes to care for our families, but who we can’t do those things unless we first take care of ourselves.

Establishing a routine schedule for prostate cancer screening is the best way to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages, and it starts with just a simple blood test.

For more information including specific risk groups, screening information, and treatment options, check out the Prostate Cancer Foundation website.

Community Learns Sign Language so They Can Befriend Deaf Toddler [WATCH]

Community Learns to Sign
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Little kids love to talk. TO A FAULT. Seriously, if you have a toddler or a kindergartner, odds are you can’t get them to shut up half of the time, whether they’re babbling about Paw Patrol or trains or tea parties or whatever. Their energy at bedtime is matched, if not exceeded, but their ability to talk nonstop the rest of the time.

2-year-old Samantha Savitz is no different, except in one specific way. She’s deaf, and she talks via sign language. And talks. And talks.

This friendly little girl lives in Newton, Massachusetts, and is beloved by the people in her neighborhood for her friendly, gregarious personality.

Her father, Raphael, says, “She’s super-engaging. She wants to chat up with anybody.”

“Her whole personality changes the minute someone who can communicate with her,” mom Glenda agrees.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows sign language. And that makes Sam sad. She often tries to be friendly with people in her community, but they’re unable to do so. This is frustrating to both the two-year-old and the people in her neighborhood who adore the little girl and want to chat with her and be her friend.

So the members of Samantha’s community took it upon themselves to find a way to do just that. By hiring an instructor and learning sign language.

CBS Evening News ran a story about the heartwarming efforts of the people in Samantha’s neighborhood to learn sign language, all so they could talk to a little girl and make her feel like a part of the community.

Even their instructor is impressed, admitting that sometimes even the parents of deaf children don’t bother to learn American Sign Language. “But here, Sam, has a full community that’s signing and communicating with her and her family, and it’s a beautiful story, says teacher Reese McGovern.

Her parents agree and are almost at a loss for words themselves when they consider what the community is doing for their daughter, who is bound to become happier and more well-adjusted thanks to the sense of inclusion her neighbors are fighting to provide for her.

Watch the full video:

Guy Pretended to Get Stood up on Valentine’s and Scored Free Steak

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What’s sadder than going to Outback Steakhouse on Valentine’s Day? How about getting stood up at Outback Steakhouse on Valentine’s Day?

Stephen Bosner, from Maryland, traveled to a local Outback on February 14th. Dressed to the nines and looking nervous, he was clearly waiting for a special someone to arrive… but all was not quite as it seemed.

Earlier that day, Stephen had tweeted to his followers:

Yes, this was all a well-conceived ploy to secure some free sirloin, and Stephen was committed to the ruse.

He ordered a beer for himself and decided on a nice Chardonnay for his lady-friend (whom he impulsively named “Katherine,” by the way). Deciding to up the ante, he whipped out his phone to leave a fake voicemail for the fake girl who had the audacity to stand him up for a fake date.

Due to the kitchen closing, Stephen was forced to order a steak—you know, just in case the imaginary girl showed up famished.

The ironically heart-shaped sirloin arrives with blue cheese crumbles, which proceed to melt, dousing the steak in a crestfallen puddle of cheese. Sheer perfection.

With several patrons and employees giving Stephen’s table furtive glances at this point, he decided to crank up the theatrics from ‘sad’ to ‘totally pathetic.’

“I have started crying,” he tweeted. “I dropped a piece of mac n cheese on the floor next to me. Picked it up with my hand and ate it.”

With the restaurant clearly about to close, Stephen began to wonder how exactly this was going to go down.

“I still haven’t gotten a check. I KNOW this waiter is getting ready to clock out for the night [sic],” he tweeted.

Not long after, however, we got the conclusion we needed:

But don’t go thinking this ended with Stephen, the Steak Bandit, running off with a boatload of free meat.

As a way of spreading the love to those who really need it on Valentine’s Day, he donated $50 to the ACLU.

You’d think Outback would be at least a little angry upon catching wind of Stephen’s shenanigans, but on the contrary.

Not only did the restaurant jovially reply to the stream of tweets, but they offered Stephen an actual free meal upon his return (with the caveat that he brings a real date next time).

Congratulations, Steve, you wily minx.

If you want to read the entire thread of tweets from the night, you can check them out here.

This Guy Is Forcing Eminem to Smile With Photoshop

(Facebook/Mike Brown)

Some people just resonate happiness. No matter how terrible things may be, they’re always inexplicably that ray of sunshine that seems to brighten everyone’s day.

Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, is not this person. A quick Google search and you’ll see it: the man never smiles. Whether it’s simply an aspect of his pouty “Rap God” persona or he really is opposed to physically expressing joy, the real Slim Shady rarely, if ever, cracks a grin in public.

When Photoshop artist Mike Brown came across this phenomenon, he decided to finally do something about it.

The results are… something.

(Facebook/Mike Brown)
(Facebook/Mike Brown)
(Facebook/Mike Brown)

The intro on Mike’s Facebook page simply reads, “make someone smile everyday,” and he does that quite literally.

In his spare time, Mike uses photo editing programs and plugins to plaster giant grins on celebrities’ faces—the most recent and popular of which has been Em himself.

(Facebook/Mike Brown)

Mike told Bored Panda:

“I’ve always manipulated faces, it’s just funny to me. I always look for new manipulations, and ways to go about it. I came across a plugin that allows Photoshop to scour the web for close matches.

“Although I had some success, the results took too long to ‘get right,’ so I kept trying and trying different ways. I ended up buying an app on Google Play that did just the trick, in such a faster time frame.

“So I do a first edit in Photoshop, then I run it through the Facetime app, apply a few filters to make the image seem real, and it’s done!

“I chose Eminem because that guy never smiles! And me and my wife were laughing at the one I did initially. So I posted it by itself at first, and my sister wanted a few more because it looked so good. The rest I can’t explain, I woke up and there were like 32,000 shares.”

(Facebook/Mike Brown)

Props to Mike for his insane Photoshop skills but, in all honesty, I’m not sure the world was ready for an Eminem smile crusade.

Here’s to hoping ‘Rap God’ stays in the public spotlight for a while—I’m going to need a couple of decades-worth of his scowls to scrub these unnerving images from my brain.

Here’s the full series if you dare:

Lottery Winner Collects $1.7m While Dressed as Horror Movie Killer

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Winning the lottery sounds like a dream come true. God knows, collecting a huge windfall would allow many of us to solve a lot of problems! But the history of lotto winners is littered with horror stories, wherein the winner’s life not only doesn’t improve, it gets worse. Suddenly having all that money attracts a lot of attention from family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers, and it’s not always easy to say no to those people.

One recent winner was determined to avoid such a fate and to try to prevent his big win from turning his life into a horror movie, he decided he’d collect his winnings wearing a famous horror movie mask.

A man in Jamaica, who won his country’s Super Lotto, showed up to collect his winnings – and his oversized check – while wearing the mask from Scream.

The winner of the Super Lotto’s $158.4 million (1.17 million in U.S. dollars) identified himself as A. Campbell and posed for photos with his enormous check and the lottery team, leading to some surreal images of a horror movie icon getting rich.

Campbell was so distraught at the prospect of becoming rich that it took him 54 days to claim his winnings. He had purchased the ticket for $200 but clearly never expected to actually win the jackpot. He explained that despite learning he had won the day he bought the ticket that it took him a while to collect because the whole thing made him a little ill.

“I found out (I won) the same night. Normally, I would write down the numbers from the [televised] draw, eat and then go and check my numbers. I looked at my ticket (that night) and ran into my bathroom and said: ‘I won! I won!’,” he told St. Lucia Online.

When asked about reports that he felt ill upon learning he’d won, he responded: “I’m kinda OK, I’m just a bit numb, a little bit.” Imagine how the lottery commission must have felt when Ghostface showed up at their door.

Despite his terrifying outfit, A. Campbell seems to have recovered nicely, already making plans for how to spend the money.

“I want to get a nice house. I haven’t found it yet, but I’ll be looking for one soon. I like to handle money. I don’t beg, I don’t borrow. So I’m looking at things that can turn over the money. I have a little business, so I plan to make it bigger, buy an apartment. I love to have money,” he said.

Here’s hoping the scariest thing about his big win is the outfit he wore to collect it.

Hey, some lottery winners aren’t so cautious, like this dude who demanded an oversized cheque for his $1 prize.

This Mattress Automatically Keeps Your Partner on Their Side of the Bed [WATCH]

Ford's Lane Keeping Bed
(YouTube/Ford Europe)

I don’t care if you married an absolute dream of a human being who still gives you butterflies after 50 years of marriage. More than likely, there’s something they do in their sleep that makes it difficult to catch the number of Z’s you need—stealing the covers, snoring, unconsciously practicing their best snow angel technique, etc.

While there isn’t one sole remedy for the laundry list of bedtime tribulations couples face, there’s a remarkable new bed that’s making sure your partner, at the very least, stays on his or her own side for once.

Of all the companies out there, Ford recently unveiled conceptual prototypes for a mattress that utilizes its car technology in unexpected ways. Taking inspiration from their programming that keeps vehicles from unintentionally drifting into other lanes, the mattress literally functions as a conveyor belt that keeps guilty bed-hoggers on their proper side.

Pressure sensors on each side interpret when your partner has violated your precious sleep-zone and gently returns everyone back to where they should be. No more being delegated to sleep on the final three inches of the mattress that our spouses previously deemed more than adequate.

(YouTube/Ford Europe)

Even though the bed is only a concept at this time and not available for purchase, we’d be surprised if Ford didn’t begin production eventually. Considering how much money they’d make and how many marriages they’d save, they would be silly not to.