Hero 6-Year-Old Saves Little Sister From Charging Dog

6-Year-Old Hero Saves Sister From Dog
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The word ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot these days, sometimes carelessly. This is not one of those times. A six-year-old from Wyoming pulled some straight-up hero moves when he selflessly protected his little sister from a charging dog. His aunt shared the story in an Instagram post, and apparently six-year-old Bridger stepped in front of his sister and was bitten several times in the face and head. He then grabbed her hand and ran with her to safety.

 

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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong

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He later told his aunt “if someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” I mean, that’s some serious hero calculus that a child should never have to consider. But in a moment of crisis, the little man stepped up in a way even some grown men may not and helped save his sister’s life. And he didn’t escape unscathed in his sacrifice, either, as he required more than 90 stitches on his face and head for his wounds.

“We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about the latest hero who joined their ranks,” said his aunt, tagging some of his favorite “superhero” actors.

In an update, his aunt said his wounds are looking better and he’s in great spirits. She also said he’s loving some of the comments people have left on her IG post, which has since gone viral. And she said the family has ‘no resentment’ to the family that owns the dog, and that they had been nothing but kind. She also mentioned that Bridger loves rocks, so she encouraged people who wanted to send good wishes to send in cool pictures of rocks they’ve found.

Thousands of comments have poured in with well wishes for the little hero, including several from celebrities. The Hulk himself, actor Mark Ruffalo, sent along his good wishes and praise, writing in his comment:

“People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of man than many, many I have seen or known.”

Star-Studded Table Read of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Happening Tonight

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Table Read
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Though the past several months have been a new level of rough, a lot of exciting things have risen from the ashes. Our favorite places are closed, our favorite activities are postponed indefinitely – but the good news is, everyone is in the same boat. We’ve had to explore new ways of staying entertained, and at times, invent our own. Fortunately, so have our favorite celebrities, often in the form of virtual table reads and cast reunions from some extremely nostalgic movies and TV shows.

A decade after its release, the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World cast came together for a hilarious table read that brought us back to a time when finishing our popcorn too quickly was our only movie theater concern. For the ultimate nostalgia trip, Malcolm in the Middle’s cast re-read the script of their very first episode 20 years later, which felt more like a family reminiscing than some actual family reunions I’ve attended. The latest volunteers offering to take us back to simpler times are a lineup of celebrities doing a virtual table read of the quintessential coming-of-age movie, Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Nearly 40 years ago, Fast Times At Ridgemont High took us on a journey through the unforgettable real-life experiences of writer Cameron Crowe, who adapted the movie from his book. Crowe chronicled his experiences as he went undercover as a high school student in San Diego, and brought the wide range of characters he interacted with to life once again in his classic film. We met everyone’s favorite stoner, Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn), the archetypal hard-ass teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), and a host of other teens just trying to come into their own without getting in too much trouble.

Now, Comedians Dane Cook and Ivan Dudynsky assembled a star-studded cast who signed on not only to give us some much-needed entertainment, but to benefit nonprofit organizations like Sean Penn’s foundation, CORE, and the REFORM Alliance – both of which help fight the spread of COVID-19. The list of celebrities taking part includes Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Jimmy Kimmel, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, and Julia Roberts, and more surprises are definitely in store. The table read is part of Dane Cook’s “Feelin’A-Live” fundraiser, which will stream on September 17 at 9 pm ET on CORE’s Facebook Page. Learn it, know it, don’t miss it.

Dad Returns Snarky Birthday Card to Son 28 Years Later

Dad Returns Birthday Card After Decades
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Birthdays are the universal equalizer. No matter who you are, where you’re from – everyone in the world gets older each year – even the Terminator. And birthdays are often a time for celebration, even amid a pandemic. For one UK dad, his son’s 42nd birthday was an opportunity for a little bit of justice.

It all started when Rob Witts was just 14 years old. To celebrate his dad’s 42nd birthday, Rob hand-made a card that was equal parts thoughtful and snarky. The front of the card featured a smiling cartoon with the words, “Hey everybody! He’s 42! Of course,” while the inside of the card read, “…We won’t draw attention to it, will we?”

As most kids do, Rob proudly presented the card to his dad and immediately forgot about it. That is, until his own 42nd birthday. Now a father of three himself, Rob received an envelope in the mail from his parents. Inside was a beautiful card from Rob’s mom, some pictures from his childhood, and the same 42nd birthday card he had given to his father decades earlier.

A brand new note written inside of the card read, “I guess if you wait long enough, what goes round comes round!” Rob’s dad had also corrected the names, so the greeting now read “Happy 42nd Birthday Dad Rob! From Robbie Dad.”

Though the card itself was a surprise, the hilarity was not. Rob told The Dad, “He is a really caring and considerate man, and we share a sarcastic sense of humour – lots of bad puns and so forth,” he said. “This act was entirely in-keeping with my dad’s sense of humour.”

Rob now lives about four hours away from his parents, and since the pandemic, their in-person contact has unfortunately been limited. However, It would take far more than a pandemic to keep Rob’s dad from making his birthday a memorable one. The photo of the decades-old birthday card along with the story have gone viral on Twitter, accumulating over 100,000 likes in over a week.

Many speculated that Rob’s dad had spent the past 28 years carefully plotting his revenge, but Rob offered a far more innocent but equally excellent explanation. “He and my mum had been looking in their attic for photos of my sister and me at the same age that our kids are now,” Rob said. “The card had been in one of the boxes, and he saw an opportunity! So it was clever opportunism and luck rather than determined planning, and I think I’m relieved to know that.”

Maybe what Rob’s dad meant when he said “what goes round comes round” had nothing to do with justice at all – maybe it was really about the touching things family members do to show how much they love each other. Whether it’s taking the time to hand-make a card for your dad, or caring enough to hold onto it nearly 30 years later.

Father Figures: But With Him

“My wife and I tried for over 4 years to have a baby.

We went to a fertility specialist and did a round of IVF. I met my wife for lunch and she told me the IVF failed.

She told me if I wanted to leave her she wouldn’t blame me. That I shouldn’t have to be stuck with someone that can’t have children. I told her that I loved her and children or no children I wasn’t going anywhere!

We tried again three years later. This time with an egg donor. The odds were against us. When we went in for the implantation we were in our late 30s. It was our last chance; we couldn’t afford it a third time.

When she showed me the pregnancy test I was so excited our dreams were happening.

Gavin was born 3 weeks early and he was just perfect. He is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. He is my everything. He is 3 years old now and I don’t want to be anywhere else but with him.”

– Doug Spink

NFL Team Fills Stadium With Cutouts of Young Fan Who Lost Battle With Cancer

Ravens Superfan Mo Gets Cutouts
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Professional sports teams have been letting fans purchase cardboard cutouts to fill stadiums. Strangely, seeing cardboard fans in seats has helped make broadcasts a little less weird.

The Baltimore Ravens took this idea and ran with it. They filled their stadium with hundreds of cardboard cutouts of one teenage superfan who recently lost his battle with cancer.

While some NFL stadiums are allowing small amounts of fans in-person, and some broadcasts are using virtual fans. Others are following the lead of Major League Baseball and filling their empty stadiums with cardboard cutouts. For the Ravens season-opener against Cleveland (total domination by Lamar Jackson and Co., as they routed the hapless Browns), they wanted to do something special.

So, they filled a section with 575 cutouts of Mo Gaba, a superfan who lost his battle with cancer over the summer. They also included one cutout of his mom, who helped him during his fight.

“It’s just hard to believe that my son left behind a legacy and just him being himself,” his mom said in tribute video the Ravens produced. “He did nothing out of the ordinary and what he did in 14 years of his life, I can’t help but be proud of him.”

Mo was more than a regular superfan, the team also rewarded the youngster for his dedication when they had him announce a draft pick in the 2019 NFL draft for the Ravens. Mo, who was born blind, made NFL history by being the first person to read an NFL draft pick written in braille.

Warning, this tribute video from the team will make you cry.

In a statement, the Ravens said the section is dubbed “Mo’s Rows” and will stay in place until fans are allowed back at games. Once they return, the team will find another way to represent the young fan.

Mo’s Rows “serves as a tribute to the young fan who, with his positive outlook and zest for life, captured the hearts of countless Baltimoreans,” the team said in a statement.

The team also honored him with a special “Mo” in one endzone.

“The Great Grass Race” Is Basically The Cannonball Run With Lawnmowers

Great Grass Lawn Mower Race Across US
(Facebook/TheGreatGrassRace)

Lawnmowers are far more than just tools to keep our yards looking better than the yard of the rival dad across the street. Lawnmowers help us stay connected to our communities, and did you know there are lawnmower gangs that keep our parks trimmed? Not to mention mowing lawns give dads some much-needed “me time.” So we’re all in for a new streaming service called Menace Vision that’s giving us another highly unusual use for our favorite motorized lawn care companions – a race across North America.

This is far from the fast-paced action-packed reality show we’re used to, but with everything in the world being as chaotic as it is, 10 mph may be exactly the speed we need right now. The Great Grass Race’s Facebook page explains, “Six teams race across North America with just a lawnmower, a trailer, and people skills to rely on. No gas. No food. No money.”

The Facebook group has accumulated over 2,000 followers, with members of the community often popping in to share that they’d run into the show’s camera crew on their journey across the US. The race is set to last roughly three months, as contestants make their way from Los Angeles, California to New York on their trusty Craftsman T110 lawnmowers.

The neon green team spoke to KSN about the competition. “Everybody had a box with their name on it and inside the box was your color shirt so you had to match up with somebody,” one competitor explained. This means that teammates embarking on this nearly 3,000-mile trek were initially strangers.

The challenge extends far beyond the act of riding a lawnmower across the country – contestants have to rely on the kindness of strangers for food, shelter, and whatever else they may need along the way. With additional challenges thrown in and perpetually-changing rules, this race keeps the six brave teams on their toes.

The show’s creator and executive producer Denis Oliver told FOX10, “I wanted a show that everyone could relate to while also forcing people, including strangers, to work together toward a common objective. This long lawnmower ride is a metaphor for our longing to bridge the tremendous distance we feel between each other right now.”

While the show will also be available on other streaming services such as Google Play and Amazon Fire TV, Oliver created Menace Vision to generate more revenue to fund future shows and donate to charity. The Great Grass Race began on July 10 and is expected to continue through mid-October. Who will succeed? Whose ass will be grass? Only time will tell.

Toddler Amazed By Superstore

South Park Is Tackling COVID in New Hourlong Special Episode

South Park Special COVID-19
(Comedy Central)

After 23-years, South Park has finally found a topic worthy of if its first hour-long episode: COVID-19. The iconic Comedy Central show is airing an hour-long pandemic special on September 30th and the coronavirus and life in 2020 will be skewered in a way only Trey Parker and Matt Stone can.

South Park has ably tackled apocalyptic and depressing stories before, injecting them with a cathartic amount of laughter. Their brand isn’t for everyone, and some people seem utterly intent on never laughing again, but for adults who like jokes, this is going to be a very funny special. We’ve seen COVID humor in 30 Rock and Parks and Rec pandemic specials, but those were limited by the format. This…will be something much greater.

Here’s the full episode description: “Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”

The preview shows Randy trying to take advantage of the pandemic, Cartman afraid he might be forced back to school, and Kyle doing his best to practice social distancing. It also shows a classroom with masked kids in plexiglass dividers with a detective as their new teacher.

There’s no official word on the premiere for the show’s 24th season, but the pandemic special promises to be one for the pantheon. The “Pandemic Special” airs September 30th at 8:00 p.m. on Comedy Central and will be available to HBO Max viewers the next day.

Pringles Partners With Rick and Morty To Bring You Out-of-This-World Flavors

Rick and Morty Pringles
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Snacks and TV go together like dads and lawnmowers. The geniuses at Pringles know this – since 1967, they have brought us the most convenient snacking container, and the only chips that don’t get crushed if you sneak them into a movie theater in your backpack. The people at Pringles have done an incredible job of keeping chips interesting over the years, with over 34 different flavors currently available in the US. Last year, Pringles jumped on the Rick and Morty bandwagon bringing us a Pickle Rick pickle-flavored chip fit for a drunk mad scientist.

Now, Rick and Morty are venturing even deeper into the snack universe. Teaming up once again with our favorite potato-based chips, Pringles is launching two new flavors inspired by the colorful universe-hopping duo. Rick and Morty showed up in a hilarious Super Bowl commercial last year, in which Rick realizes he’s stuck in a Pringles commercial with a robotic army of Pringles-pushing Mortys. The cyber-Mortys march into the living room, mechanically urging Summer and Rick to “stack Pringles, make endless new flavors.” It’s as if the plan was set into motion long ago – now, thanks to the two new flavors, you can indeed stack (Rick and Morty) Pringles to make some interesting new flavors.

Pickle Rick pickle-flavored Pringles were the first of the trio to hit stores, but joining the tangy tube on the interdimensional snack scene are Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream.

According to the press release, the Honey Mustard Morty’s “sweet flavor profile perfectly embodies Morty Smith’s well-mannered and blissfully ignorant nature, while the slight hint of tanginess reflects the risky adventures he’s unwillingly roped into by his Grandpa Rick.”

On the Cheddar & Sour Cream front, the snack giant explains that “Mr. Meeseeks tall, powder-blue figure is naturally emulated in this narrow can of Pringles crisps. Since existence is pain for a Meeseeks, you better eat these crisps fast—which should be no problem given how delicious these flavors are.”

Senior director of marketing for Pringles explained, “After launching the Pickle Rick crisps for the 2020 Big Game, the response from both fanbases was literally out of this world. The Pringles brand prides itself on pushing fans to find new, creative ways to unlock endless dimensions of flavor. Paired with the standout hit, Pringles Pickle Rick crisps, these snackable, stackable crunchy treats are an absolute must-have for fans.”

A must-have for fans of Rick and Morty, and a must-have for fans of Pringles. Basically, these crispy snacks are made for pretty much everyone. Beginning this month, these limited-edition Pringles will be on sale exclusively at Walmart in stores and online, in a universe near you.

Ryan Reynolds Gently Roasts Hugh Jackman While Narrating Coffee Commercial

Hugh Jackman Ryan Reynolds Laughing Man Coffee Commercial
(Twitter/RealHughJackman)

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have a friendship that keeps on giving. Like brothers on a perpetual mission to one-up each other, Reynolds and Jackman enjoy giving each other a good old fashioned ribbing. During a recent reunion of (what was supposed to be) the first X-Men movie’s cast, Ryan Reynolds rallied some friends from around the X-Men universe and crashed the party, as friends do. And how can we forget the time that Deadpool wore a crumpled Hugh Jackman mask that looked like an intern had clipped it from a magazine a minute before they started filming?

The good-spirited trolling between these two talented friends is ever-present on social media and beyond, but nothing is more emblematic of their goofy yet supportive friendship than Jackman’s recent coffee commercial. Early Tuesday morning, Jackman took to social media to release a commercial for his coffee brand, “Laughing Man Coffee”. The commercial features an extremely grumpy Jackman preparing for his day, while our reliable-ish narrator, Ryan Reynolds, provides us with a slightly different story.

“This is Hugh Jackman,” Reynolds begins as Jackman’s alarm clock begins to blare. Scowling, Jackman takes the alarm, glances at it, and throws it across the room. “Noted humanitarian,” Reynolds continues, as Jackman becomes visibly frustrated by the sound of kids playing outside. “Hey kids, SHUT UP,” he yells ineffectively out the closed window.

Though there’s nothing inherently wrong with Reynolds’s narration, it has the sarcastic feel of a kid throwing an absolute meltdown, and a fellow parent raising an eyebrow and commenting, “they seem happy.” The commercial continues with the same pattern – Reynolds “hyping” his friend, and Jackman essentially doing the exact opposite of whatever Reynolds gives him credit for.

That is, until Jackman finally gets his steaming cup of Laughing Man Coffee.

Reynolds explains that Laughing Man Coffee is “The coffee company that donates 100% of Hugh’s profits to support fair trade farmers.” He continues, “and brews the exceptional flavor that is 100% responsible for the Hugh Jackman we know and love.”

Reynolds posted a slightly more candid explanation on his YouTube page, stating that “Hugh Jackman founded Laughing Man coffee so he could give back 100% of his profits to the fair trade farmers who grow it—and also to make himself way less of an asshole. That coffee is actual magic.”

The commercial ends with a smiling Hugh Jackman, now cuddling the dog that he’d previously yelled at. I know a few people who could definitely use a cup of whatever magic is mixed into that little pod. Welcome back, Hugh. You’re not you when you’re decaffeinated.