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Australia Dad’s Gender Reveal Burnout Ends in Flames and Fines


Elaborate gender reveals are quickly becoming commonplace, however, several stories have popped up recently where things didn’t go exactly as planned.

That was the case for a Queensland, Australia family who decided they’d announce the gender of their new addition with a color coordinated burnout. Drone video captures the moments when the baby blue plumes of smoke were replaced by thick black clouds and flames engulfing the vehicle.

Luckily, no one was injured during the stunt, but local police were less than impressed with the soon-to-be-papa’s antics. The driver, 30-year-old Samuel Montesalvo, was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fined $1,000 and was forced to surrender his license for six months.

Internet commenters quickly caught wind of the incident, dishing out a few burns of their own.

While this video certainly demonstrates some poor judgement, it pales in comparison to some of the other flaming fails that have gone viral over the past few years, all in the name of celebrating a new life.

Last year, a young couple decided to set off colored fireworks in their backyard with friends and family gathered to watch the big reveal. Unfortunately the explosives were placed on a flimsy laundry rack which eventually collapsed, shooting pink rockets into the onlookers in every direction.

Yikes. Ok that one was bad, but at least it didn’t cause over $8 million dollars worth of damage or burn down 47,000 acres like off-duty officer Dennis Dickey of Arizona did back in 2017. Dickey had purchased Tannerite, an explosive substance that is totally just available on the internet. The border control officer and expectant dad then shot at the explosives with his rifle. What happened next took 600 firefighters from 20 different fire departments several weeks to extinguish.

Still thinking of doing something crazy to announce your new son or daughter? Here are a few more friendly reminders to bring you and your significant other a little perspective:

Folks: Please reveal responsibly. For everyone’s sake.

Florida Couple Enlists Pet Alligator for Gender Reveal

Alligator Gender Reveal
(YouTube/Animal Antics)

Gender reveals have become so popular that they’ve basically jumped the shark. So many different couples and families have resorted to elaborate productions to alert their friends and loved ones of the type of child they’ll be having, that it’s getting harder and harder to stand out.

Leave it to Florida to up the ante.

Tampa couple Stacie Childs-Wright and her husband Chad had a little get together to reveal the sex of their forthcoming child, but rather than simply use a lasagna with blue filling or jump out of an airplane with pink powder, they drafted one of their other children to help. A scaly, fearsome creature that goes Amos.

Amos is an alligator.

Chad, who works with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a trapper, has had Amos since 2000, which doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the enormous reptile roaming their backyard, but maybe a little?

In order to get Amos to help spring the gender news on the party, Chad attached a black balloon to the end of a long poll and repeatedly waved it near Amos’ snout. eventually, the reptile bit, resulting in an anticlimactic puff of pink air. Stacie seemed thrilled that the 10th child in the couple’s blended family is going to be a girl, but Chad seemed even less enthusiastic than the alligator.

This is certainly the first gender reveal to use an alligator that I’ve seen, and I’d be perfectly content if it were the last.

Also, I should have said, “jumped the alligator.”

MLB’s Jason Kipnis Knocks Couple’s Gender Reveal out of the Park

Kipnis Gender Reveal

Elaborate gender reveal parties are a dime a dozen nowadays, so one Cleveland couple decided to go with a more intimate gathering with the people who really matter: soon-to-be mom, soon-to-be dad, and Indians’ second baseman, Jason Kipnis.

Despite being outside the purview of most MLB players, Kipnis was more than happy to do his part in unveiling the sex of Josh and Erica Smith’s first child.

Jogging out along the left field line with bat in hand, Kipnis was admittedly nervous about screwing up such a special moment, but he played his part perfectly.

After taking a face-full of pink chalk like a champ, Kipnis gifted the growing family with his bat as a keepsake for the future Indians fan.

Oh, and then he posed for a photo because everyone knows it isn’t a gender reveal party if it isn’t on Instagram.

Mamma Mia… There Are Gender Reveal Lasagnas Now

(Villa Italian Kitchen)

Look, we know things are generally terrible nowadays, which makes it really hard to have to tell you this, but the newest trend in revealing a baby’s gender is…


(Instagram/Villa Italian Kitchen)

Yes, because 2019 couldn’t just be a normal year where terrible things didn’t happen, Villa Italian Kitchen had to go and ruin a timeless Italian entree.

For $140, you and your significant other can slice into this giant noodle dish together to discover the sex of your unborn fetus based purely on the carefully food-colored layer of cheese. Also, if you’re more worried about carbs than how objectively horrible that previous sentence was, the package also comes with your choice of a garden, Greek, or Ceaser salad.

(Instagram/Villa Italian Kitchen)

Sure, slopping hunks of colored cheese and sauce is objectively better than starting wildfires, but should that really be the gauge we’re using, folks? Just because you aren’t burning down acres of land doesn’t mean you get a free pass to destroy beloved American-Italian cuisine.

Fortunately, the New Jersey restaurant boasts that its colorful creation is still a 100 percent authentic lasagna, with pasta, ricotta, and Alfredo direct from Italy, so it should still taste decent (as long as you don’t look at it directly).

The unnerving Italian meal serves twelve instantly regretful guests who will all cheer and feign smiles as you take your overly surprised Instagram pics. #LasagnaReveal #blessed

Oh No, Skydiving Gender Reveals Are a Thing Now [WATCH]

(YouTube/Inside Edition)

There are few things soon-to-be parents love more than broadcasting the gender of their upcoming child to the world. Scroll through your Instagram or Facebook feeds long enough and you’re bound to find a couple using another unique method to shove an outrageous amount of blue or pink in all of our collective faces.

But you can’t just cut into a cake or bake a bunch or gender-identifying baked goods anymore. No, that’s what the Johanssons down the street did last year. Your baby’s sex is somehow special and perfect and under no circumstances can you run the risk of it being overshadowed by some other gender announcement. No, sirree!

We’re assuming this was the general train of thought when Dakota and girlfriend, Karolina, decided to surprise their friends and parents-to-be, Kameron and Alannah, with the most amazing gender reveal method ever (granted, Dakota would probably use the word “rad” or “sick” instead of “amazing”).

In lieu of designing fun mocktails and decorating a living room in pastels, or causing 8 million dollars in damage, Dakota and Karolina jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet above the Mexican coast.

With Kameron and Alannah watching from the beach below, the daredevil couple deployed their parachutes and activated colored smoke grenades attached to their ankles, leaving a trail of pink smoke behind them as they returned to Earth.

Good luck one-upping that, Johanssons.

Gender Reveal Party Causes Wildfire and $8 Million in Damages [WATCH]

(YouTube/Arizona Daily Star)

With every passing year it seems that gender reveals get more and more elaborate. Long gone are the days that a doctor or ultrasound technician simply says, “Congratulations, it’s a…”

These days new parents might opt to cut into an appropriately colored cake to find out the sex of their child. Others release a dole of dyed doves into the sky. Heck, one couple even used the powerful engine of a Mustang to reveal the gender.

The creativity used at these parties can be pretty impressive. But sometimes it’s just downright dangerous.

Like the time a dad-to-be shot his gun at a pile of explosives that was covered in a colored powder.

If you thought that last one sounded a little too far-fetched, you obviously haven’t heard about 37-year-old Dennis Dickey.

Dickey, a Border Patrol agent in Arizona, was expecting a little bundle of joy in the spring of 2017 and decided to go all out when it came to announcing this milestone in the baby’s development.

In this case, “going all out” means blowing stuff up—specifically, Tannerite: an explosive designed to combust when shot with a firearm.

To his credit, he hit his target and the Tannerite did its job. Unfortunately, he didn’t account for the nearby flora which is also remarkably flammable.

According to his lawyer, Dickey contacted emergency services immediately and admitted that he was the one to have started the blaze. The 40mph winds that day, however, meant that that fire was spreading far more quickly than usual.

(Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Despite nearly 800 firefighters working over the course of the week to put out the flames, the inferno ended up damaging more than 45,000 acres of land and cost the state approximately $8.2 million.

Because there were no injuries reported or buildings damaged, Dickey was only charged with a misdemeanor, but has agreed to a sentence of five years’ probation and will pay over $8 million in restitution.

“It was a complete accident,” Dickey told U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman in court. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

So if you and your spouse or partner are expecting, you might consider holding off on any reveal that involves weapons or explosives.

Update 11/27: Video of the explosion that caused the fire has been released to the public. First we see a gender labelled target, followed by a gun shot that causes a blue explosion. Flames the quickly engulf the grass. “Start packing up!” repeats one of the organizers, “Yup!” agrees another.

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Should College Reveals Get a Passing Grade or Drop-Out of Existence?

College Reveal Cake

In recent years, thanks largely to social media, reveals have become a bit of a thing. You’d think I were talking about gender reveals.

In case you don’t have Facebook, gender reveals are elaborately staged events in which expectant parents slice into lasagna, go skydiving, or start a wildfire to discover whether they’re having a boy or a girl, and then potentially have that discovery go viral because of the inventive way they managed to reveal it. (I’m not a big fan, FYI.)

But why should parents and babies have all the fun? Teenagers deserve a reveal too! So they’ve come up with one which centers around college acceptance letters.

Getting accepted to college and then choosing where you’ll be spending the next four years of your life is a monumental moment for high school seniors. It makes sense that, in keeping with the youthful exuberance of teenagers, as well as their inherent acceptance and instinctual usage of social media, today’s kids would want to make something of a spectacle out of their decision. And so we have the recent trend of college reveals, in which high schoolers pull some stunt on Instagram or Facebook or TikTok to let everyone know that they’ve decided to attend Great State or Big State or THE Central State University or whatever.

In some cases, they even throw parties based around the decision.

Not everyone is thrilled by the trend.

“I just find it extremely obnoxious when people list every school they were accepted to,” Heather Doyle, a Florida mother with two college students and a high school senior, told “Who cares? Yay, you!”

Marybeth Bock wrote an editorial for Grown and Flown, an online community for parents of teens and college students, in which she posited that such garish displays based around a kids’ many options are insensitive to those without the same opportunities.

“But it’s also easy to acknowledge that this trend is yet another opportunity for people to be a tad insensitive. First of all, the indulgence of a college reveal party that is posted online is another in-your-face example of the disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots.”

What do you think? Too much? Or have they earned the right to have fun with their decision?