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35 Golf Movies That’ll Send You Straight To Your Happy Place

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You know how the saying goes: If a day’s nice enough to be out on the golf course, it’s nice enough. There are few things better than standing at the tee with the wind at your back as you prepare to crush your ball toward the fairway. Even if you spend more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff, a bad day of golf is still better than a good day in the office. Unfortunately, unless you’re Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy, you can’t actually spend every afternoon on the links. That’s what golf movies are for, though — to fuel the dream on all the other days.

For your viewing pleasure, we pulled together a list of the best golf movies out there — from classics like Caddyshack to new contenders like Tommy’s Honour. We’re not going to rank them because, well, it’s all pretty subjective. Besides, golf movies are like playing golf: Even when it’s shitty, it’s still a worthwhile way to pass the time. Keep reading for our commentary on a few favorites, followed by a golf movies list to add to your queue.

Best Golf Movies

1. Caddyshack (1980)

I mean, right? Is there another movie that even comes close in terms of the most quoted golf movies of all time? The cast alone — Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray — easily lands it in the top five. And it was directed by Harold Ramis. Plus, the f*cking gopher, man… it never gets old.

2. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

You might not expect a movie that centers around a washed-up drunk and a vagabond caddy would be such a solid addition to this golf movie list. But when the washed-up drunk is Matt Damon and the vagabond caddy is Will Smith, well, it just works. The addition of Charlize Theron with a Southern accent doesn’t hurt either.

3. Happy Gilmore (1996)

You can’t really go wrong with Adam Sandler. OK, that’s not exactly accurate — things often go extremely (hilariously) wrong in Adam Sandler movies, but that’s the appeal. Take, for instance, what happens to Chubbs’ hand in Happy Gilmore. Tragic, yet still funny. In full disclosure, if you’ve never yelled “are too you good for your home?!” at your ball, we probably can’t be friends.

4. Tin Cup (1996)

Long before he was killing it as John Dutton on Yellowstone, Kevin Costner played rebellious golf-pro-turned-instructor, Roy McAvoy, rallying to make a run for the PGA tour — and the heart of his rival’s girlfriend, played by Rene Russo. It may be predictable, but we don’t care. Still one of our all-time favorites.

5. The Caddy (1953)

When you have a movie where Dean Martin plays the golfer and Jerry Lewis plays his caddy, you can bank on it being funny. It’s a classic screwball comedy and one of the most nostalgic efforts from Martin and Lewis. The fact that it revolves around golf is basically just an added bonus.

Other Golf Movies to Give a Shot

If you blow through those first five and need more quality golf content to distract you from your everyday life, try these next.

  1. A Gentleman’s Game (2001)
  2. Dead Solid Perfect (1988)
  3. Tommy’s Honour (2016)
  4. The Man With the Perfect Swing (1995)
  5. Miracle on the 17th Green (1999)
  6. Pat and Mike (1952)
  7. Who’s Your Caddy? (2007)
  8. Leslie Neilson’s Bad Golf Made Easier (2018)
  9. Becoming Redwood (2012)
  10. The Boys of Sunset Ridge (2001)
  11. Dorf on the Golf (1987)
  12. Follow Thru (1930)
  13. The Golf Specialist (1930)
  14. Love in the Rough (1930)
  15. Part-Time Wife (1930)
  16. Spring Fever (1982)
  17. Three Little Beers (1935)
  18. The Squeeze (2015)
  19. Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
  20. National Lampoon’s Golf Punks (1998)

Documentaries & Golf Movies Based on True Stories

If you’re still holding out hope for that PGA card, cue up the following movies that are full of real-life inspiration. They may be just the kick in the ass you need.

  1. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
  2. The Greatest Game Every Played (2005)
  3. The Short Game (2013)
  4. From the Rough (2013)
  5. Seve: The Movie (2014)
  6. Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story (1951)
  7. The Founders (2016)
  8. The Back Nine (2009)
  9. Golf in the Kingdom (2010)
  10. Uneven Fairways (2009)

Outside-of-the-Box Lego Builds To Do on Your Own (or With the Kids)

Lego Ideas to Build
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We love LEGOs. The bright colors. The satisfying “snap” when they fit together. The limitless possibilities — or, well, sort of, right? If you buy the official LEGO sets, you’re literally and figuratively boxed in where creativity is concerned. Don’t get us wrong; they’re frickin’ awesome. We may or may not have an entire shelf in the basement with boxes of LEGO’s Harry Potter Knight Bus, VW bus, and Sesame Street set. Some day, we might even get the chance to do them (if our kids stop hogging the LEGO table). But what about when you need to do more than just follow someone else’s rules? What if you want to make your own LEGO model? Blow off a little LEGO steam? You need some LEGO build ideas, friend.

When you think “outside of the box,” you create what’s known in the LEGO enthusiast world as a MOC, or “my own creation.” And if you’re here, MOC glory must be in your near future. So, we found some inspiration sure to bring out the badass rebel LEGO builder in you.

1. Dr. Strange’s Place

Holy crap, guys. The details on this build are insane. If Marvel isn’t your scene, that’s cool. The idea here isn’t necessarily to build this exact model but to look for inspiration in the places you see on television. Can you construct a model of the I Love Lucy set? Bonus points if you do it all in grayscale!

2. Serenno

 

Channel your inner Jedi to build these or any other of the detail-rich scenes from Star Wars that haven’t already been turned into sets.

3. The Dad Getaway Spot of Your Dreams

Remember that Airbnb in the woods you loved so much that you told your partner you want to get buried there? Or the plans you used to draw up for that dream beach house where you could teach your kids to surf? Build it with LEGOs. Add to it and change it as your needs or ideas change. Your 3D model will remind you of the real deal (and why you hustle so hard).

4. LEGO Self-Portrait

What kid wouldn’t get a kick out of building their own head out of blocks? The fact that this MOC build includes colored “brains” takes it to the next level. If you want to get a good laugh out of this one, ask your kids to build your head.

5. Seasonal Dome

You may not win every decorating battle in your household, but you might just win this one. Adding a glass dome to your LEGO creation elevates it into, well, art. If your partner tries to nix it, pull on the ol’ “but the kids have so much fun doing these every season” heartstrings.

6. A Catapult

Kids love catapults. Dads love catapults. What’s not to love about this DIY version? Well, except for maybe stepping on the LEGOs you forgot you flung across the room.

7. A Wall Patch

So, someone knocked a hole in the wall or the movers took out a whole corner of drywall? In both instances, it’s easy to repair with the proper materials. But, honestly, where’s the joy in that? Why not fill the spot with LEGOs for added color? Do it.

8. A Cake

When a basic cake simply won’t do — whether it’s your best dude’s wedding or your four-year-old’s birthday — create your own personalized LEGO masterpiece. You could even cut away part of a real cake and replace it with blocks so you can have your LEGO cake and eat it too. But, like, don’t actually eat the LEGOs.

9. House Numbers

These numbers are celebrating a follower threshold, but we like the inspiration. What about building a small plaque and using LEGO bricks to piece out your house numbers? It’s a unique way to let visitors know exactly what kind of fun people live inside (fun people, obviously).

10. A Glimpse At Real Life

Can you make a model of your home? Or maybe capture a favorite family moment using LEGOs? Whether you take on ballet practice, cooking in the kitchen, or that full-family wrestling match you had last week, recreating the moment with LEGOs is a rad keepsake — especially if you have your kids help you build.

11. Oven Hood

This takes time. And a ladder. And a laidback partner. We’re by no means suggesting you try to build a range hood with just LEGOs. That’s probably not very safe. But we love how Chef Christina Tosi has wrapped part of hers. You could hunt out free LEGOs of any color and wrap your hood all the way to the ceiling. Or you could give it a belt, like Tosi’s. Is your partner being a bit picky about adding in all those colors? Hit that killer brick wall at the LEGO store and opt for colors that are already in your kitchen. It’s still a little zany but keeps the look more cohesive.

12. Something Personalized

Try to resist the urge to stack your bricks and spell out a four-letter word. We’ve done it already. It just gets a ton of eye rolls. Instead, what about spelling out your kids’ names? Then you can put it up on a shelf in their room or on one of the many, many shelves around the house that your partner insists you need.

Reclaim Your Garage With These DIY Storage Ideas

DIY Garage Storage Ideas
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Let’s be real: An “organized garage” often seems like an oxymoron. They serve too many purposes and see too many visitors. Everyone and their uncle have been in your garage. If it’s open (and in the summer, isn’t it always open?), that’s the door people use to come in. In the winter, your partner is adamant they want to use the garage “for its intended purpose,” and you’re suddenly trying to make room for the family van. But what about your tools? What about all the crap you’ve been told you “need to find a place for”? How are you supposed to do that in the garage when it’s also home to the SUV, the sports equipment, and more bikes than you have kids? It’s overwhelming. But there are some key things you can do to make it less so. Enter: DIY garage storage ideas.

The following tips, tricks, and hacks will help you make sense of the chaos you currently call your garage.

DIY Garage Storage Ideas and Garage Tool Storage Ideas

Figure Out What You Need

Go stand in your garage. Survey the area. Maybe bring a friend or spouse to offer an objective perspective. You need space for car and bike storage. You’re going to need a place to stash the holiday stuff. And, of course, you need a place to hang, hide, and use your tools. Decide on the zones you need to create within the limited space of your garage. Make a list.

Play “Crime Scene”

You’ll need:

  • A tape measure
  • Masking tape or painters tape

It’s easy to see a bunch of junk and want to run out and buy tubs to shove all that junk in. But then where will the tubs go? If the Christmas wreaths get mixed in with your circular saw, you’re never going to find anything (or if you do, your wreath may no longer be in one piece). Once you have your list of zones, figure out where you want to put them. Measure how much space that cluster of bikes takes up and tape off a “parking area” (close to the garage door so the kids aren’t rolling bikes out by the new car).

Cluster your holiday decor together in a neat and orderly fashion. Measure that and tape out where you think it will go. Consider your workbench and your tool storage and measure and mark that space, as well. In essence, you’re mapping out a crime scene for your belongings using tape — although the true crime would be not making the most of every inch of storage you can find in your garage.

Note: The walls and ceilings are fair game, too. Can you hang the less-used bikes from the ceiling? Imagine how much shit you can put on hooks on a pegboard! The possibilities are endless.

OK, Fine — Go Shopping

Now that you’ve surveyed the scene, you might have a better idea of what you need. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you already have bins to use, measure them before you buy shelves.
  • If you already have shelves, measure those before you buy storage bins.
  • If you don’t have either: Prepare to do a ton of math.
  • If possible, buy clear bins so you can see what’s inside.
  • Label stuff. You’ll thank yourself later.

Flexibility Is Key

Remember that what’s in your garage at the beginning is only going to multiply over time. And trust us, you don’t want to have to do this every other year until the kids go off to college. So, leave bins empty to fill at a later date. Buy shelves that hold more than you have or that can be adjusted to fit more as you go along.

Start at the Garage Door

Pro tip: Start at the garage door. Why? Well, mainly because your tools and workbench have probably been allocated to the back wall, right? (Always. That’s always where Dad’s workbench ends up.) That area is going to take the most time. After all, tool storage is also probably your main reason for doing this. If you start with your tools, chances are you’ll stop after your tools.

It’s Time! Go Crazy With Your Tools!

Your tool storage and workspace can look as anal-retentive as you want them to look. There are no wrong answers. Some dads play “crime scene” with a permanent marker and pegboard, giving each hand tool a designated spot on the wall. Other dads spend a fortune on one of those rolling metal toolboxes and then toss everything inside. Let’s shoot for a happy medium.

How to Keep It Organized

Keep similar tools or tools you’ll use for the same kind of job in roughly the same spot.

Be nitpicky about the nuts, bolts, and screws. Listen, none of this little stuff is expensive. But it’s also possible to end up with 200 of an odd-sized screw you only needed for three projects because you couldn’t find the box you bought last time. Those tiny drawer units are super cheap at places like Harbor Freight. Buy a few. Borror the label maker from your partner or work, and go to town. You can literally type up labels and put them on the drawers while watching the Lakers. And the next time you need a #24 wood screw, you know exactly where to find one.

Lock every drawer that you possibly can. Little hands can do big damage with a staple gun.

Have a decoy toolbox. Keep it stocked with the bare necessities and cheap versions of things your family might want to borrow. Hammer, screwdriver, Allen wrench, drill, picture-hanging nails/screws, tape measure — you get the gist. Keep it somewhere super obvious, like right on top of your workbench. That way, when they need something, they can find what they think they need easily (read: without digging through your stuff).

Welcome to Flavortown! These Guy Fieri Quotes are ‘Gangsta’

Guy Fieri Quotes
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There exist two main camps of people where Guy Fieri is concerned: those who love him and those who are learning to love him. From his frosted spikes to his penchant for referring to everything as “gangsta,” he’s a character. But, honestly, we’re down with any dude who has the cajones to dub himself the Mayor of Flavortown or feeds first responders. Plus, have you heard the delightfully cringey jokes he cracks? Or those classic Guy Fieri quotes, like, “It’s funkalicious”? Peak dad. (We know — we can smell our own.) So, yeah, we reside comfortably in the “love” Guy Fieri camp. The dude is entertaining AF. He’s also pretty damn relatable. We, too, wake up in the morning thinking about food.

He basically embodies all that the word dad has become, including being a badass father figure. He’s a vocal advocate for teaching kids to cook — and not just in a “pass the whisk” kind of way. He wants your kids in the kitchen creating, sauteing, and setting things on fire. We’re here for it. (Our homeowners’ insurance… not so much.)

So, we come bearing gifts: Some truly hilarious, inspiring, and amusing Guy Fieri quotes. Let each one drench you in goodness, like taco grease in a hot skillet or that first pour of a cold beer. We dare you to reach the end without having even more respect for this Columbus native, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games, and Mayor of Flavortown. Slap some sunglasses on the back of your head and enjoy.

  1. “Holy moly, Stromboli!”
  2. “I could put this on a flip-flop and it would taste good.”
  3. “If you’re cooking and not making mistakes, you’re not playing outside your safety zone. I don’t expect it all to be good. I have fat dogs because I scrap that stuff out the back door.”
  4. “Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.”
  5. “I wake up in the morning thinking about food.”
  6. Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”
  7. “If it tastes really good, and it’s funky, it’s funkalicious.”
  8. “I love watching; I love getting all the science about food. That’s one of my favorite things.”
  9. “I wanna be the ambassador to Chimichanga Flavortown.”
  10. “I’m a five-seasons griller. I don’t care what the weather is like. My hair is impervious to any kind of dampness, so I don’t have too much to worry about.”
  11. “Peace, love, and taco grease!”
  12. “[Those] fried green tomatoes — brother, that’s a symposium of flavor.”
  13. “This is gangsta!”
  14. “Don’t ever use lighter fluid. It’s un-American. Amateurs, losers, and idiots use lighter fluid.”
  15. “Preparing food is one of life’s great joys, but a lot of times, parents ask their kids if they want to cook with them and then tell them to go peel a bag of potatoes. That’s not cooking — that’s working!”
  16. “His seafood is so fresh, it’ll slap ya!”
  17. “We’re takin’ you on a road-rockin’ trip down to Flavortown, where the gravitational force of bacon warps the laws of space and time.”
  18. “Pig candy.”
  19. “I’ve always been an eccentric, a rocker at heart. I can’t play the guitar, but I can play the griddle.”
  20. “This is money!”
  21. “Sometimes you pull up to a place, and you just know it’s going to be good.”
  22. “It’s never too late to get good at something.”
  23. “Shut the front door!”
  24. “No matter how tough the meat may be, it’s going to be tender if you slice it thin enough.”
  25. “You’ve got balls inviting me here.”
  26. “We’re riding the bus to Flavortown!”
  27. “Some people are just born to cook and talk.”
  28. “What a hot frisbee of fun!”
  29. “Capital T tasty!”
  30. “Kids want to sauté, to cut the pizza, to see how the ingredients come together. If you let them do the fun stuff, they’ll develop skills and interests that will stay with them forever.”
  31. “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”
  32. “Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.”

9 Epic ’90s Video Games That Represent The Best Of The Decade

Best 90s Video Games Of The Decade
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There are few things as rewarding as sitting down in front of the TV and thoroughly destroying your kids at a video game — especially once they hit their teens and “just can’t even.” Yeah, yeah, it’s a time to “bond” and “build connections.” But it’s also time to show them their old dad knows WTF is up. You can keep up in Fortnite. Sometimes you even pull off an occasional win. And, yep, sometimes they sit down to play Call of Duty with you, and you’re the king. But where your gaming skills would 100-percent shine is in playing some old-school ’90s video games. You know, the ones your kids probably haven’t even seen. The ones they’d file under dinosaurs of Dad’s era, like payphones and Blockbuster stores

Well, they may not know the struggle of busy signals or late fees, but they’re about to find out the struggle of that S Block on Tetris. Time to dust off the old gaming systems and start one of the most important lessons of your offspring’s education: ’90s video games

'90s Video Games: Mortal Kombat
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Best ’90s Video Games

1. Super Mario 64

When everyone else was sticking to 2D gaming, Nintendo kicked it into 3D — and it paid off. The world is bold and enjoyable, and the Easter eggs are seemingly never-ending. Kids of all ages will still enjoy the hell out of this game, despite how awful the graphics may seem compared to modern games.

2. Street Fighter II

Ever notice that Xbox gives away a game practically every month that is set up nearly identical to Street Fighter? That’s because it was wildly popular, and to this day, people are looking to cash in on the desire for quick and campy fight games. No joke, when you take inflation into account, Street Fighter II is still one of the highest-grossing video games in the world.

3. Mortal Kombat

We obviously can’t mention SFII without mentioning Mortal Kombat. At the time, the graphics caused a ton of backlash from concerned parents. That, of course, only made kids want it more. Mortal Kombat had staying power, too, thanks to its explosive finishing moves and catchy final cheer. Raise your hand if you still yell, “Finish him!” at random moments. Us, too. 

4. Super Mario World

Have you ever really gamed if you haven’t rescued Princess Peach a few times? Released in 1990, this game had major staying power thanks to Nintendo’s choice to add multiple completion and win strategies to the levels.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This one hit late, in 1998, but we’re still talking about it. Everyone on the planet knows who Link is… even if they still call him Zelda. And, honestly, it’s probably because of this very game release. The added mind-bending puzzles and solid soundtrack helped seal the deal on this game’s long-lasting popularity. Check out a recent fan remake made in Real Engine 4

6. GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye branched out considerably from other popular games of its time. It took a step back from the fantastical and landed in the realistic. Or at least as realistic as one can be while pretending to be James Bond in stealth mode. It marked the beginning of well-done and enjoyable first-person shooter games.

7. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

This bright and loud thrasher hit in 1992, but we played it long after. Part of the magic? It’s crazy fun and challenging without being unbeatable. Your kids probably know who Sonic is, thanks to his long-lasting appeal (and the recent Sonic movie). But, trust, they’ve never seen him like this.

8. Tomb Raider

We know why you liked this game in middle school. We get it because we dug it for the same reasons. But compared to what your kids are seeing these days, Lara Croft could feel pretty basic. Having said that, Tomb Raider is a truly solid game full of intrigue, adventure, and action. It also marked the first time a female was a main, controllable character in a video game. So, yeah, it still deserves a spot in the canon of top ’90s video games. 

9. Banjo-Kazooie

In this classic 1998 game, a bear named Banjo and a sassy bird named Kazooie, embark on a mission to rescue Banjo’s sister, Tooty. After she is kidnapped by an evil witch named Gruntilda, the duo must travel and fight their way through the witch’s lair. There are several worlds and challenges that keep this game exciting and fun to the end. 

20+ Matthew McConaughey Quotes That Aren’t Just ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’

Matthew McConaughey Quotes
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What do you know about Matthew McConaughey? We all know the Dazed and Confused line “Alright, alright, alright” by now. You’re probably familiar with his weirdly serene Lincoln commercial. You might have a partner who waxes poetic about his abs. If you have a particularly great memory, you might recall the infamous “naked bongo drum” incident. But… do you really know McConaughey? Do you know what he believes in and what he stands for? He obviously has a “cool” vibe — and reading through some of the best Matthew McConaughey quotes, it seems clear this proud Texan is genuinely chill.

Bottom line? He’s more than just the caricature of a laid-back guy he’s been sketched out to be. He’s an impressively hard worker and notoriously thoughtful about the roles he takes. McConaughey isn’t his left-behind stoner character, Dazed’s Wooderson, or the guy who hooked up with J.Lo in The Wedding Planner. These quotes are, quite honestly, a wild and inspiring ride that offers more than just proof of who McConaughey is — they also offer some great advice for living your best life (as cliche as that may sound).

1 “I don’t want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover.”

2. “If I’m doing something, I do like to take it to the limit. I’ve got a high ceiling. A wide threshold for seeing what those boundaries are for myself. I’m very resilient inside. I find things that I like and do, and boy, I do like to stick to them.”

3. “The good part about jealousy is that it comes from passion. It’s also the dangerous part, and it’s an ugly emotion that hurts.”

4. “Life is not fair. It never was, and it isn’t now, and it won’t ever be. Do not fall into the trap — the entitlement trap of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not.”

5. “Every hero doesn’t do this great big hero thing. They do the simple thing over and over… and they stick to it.”

6. “My life is a road, man. I need to keep moving.”

7. “Now, you lose something in your life. And there’s gonna come a time that you’re gonna know: There was a reason for that. And at the end of your life, all the things you thought were periods, they turn out to be commas. There was never a full stop to any of it.”

8. “I believe in living in the present and making each day count. I don’t pay much attention to the past or the future.”

9. “I’m a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish. When I say I have gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I’m not worried about how I’m perceived. Selfish has always gotten a bad rap. You should do for you.”

10. “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.”

11. “The first step that leads to our identity in life is usually not ‘I know who I am,’ but rather, ‘I know who I am not’ process of elimination.”

12. “The best advice comes from people who don’t give advice.”

13. “The best education I’ve had in my life is to travel.”

14. “I’ve never been a jealous person, and I’ve never felt built up by someone else’s failure — that’s a cheap thrill.”

15. “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

16. “There’s two sorts of fear: One you embrace and one you should listen to and turn the other way.”

17. “We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.”

18. “Instead of denying these fears, declare them. Say them out loud, admit them, give them the credit they deserve. Find the courage to overcome them.”

19. “My rule is to break one sweat a day.”

20. “Just because you can? Nah, it’s not a good enough reason to do something. Even when it means having more, be discerning. Choose it, because you want it; do it because you want to.”

21. “We have a big appetite for putting people down, but at the heart of everyone, there’s enough room for all of us to succeed.”

22. “One day, I said, ‘Mom, no one forgives themselves quicker than you. Do you ever have any regret, or do you ever at the end of the day say, ‘I could work on that?’ She goes, ‘Honey, every single night when I go to bed, I have a long list of those things. But the thing is, when I wake up in the morning, I’ve forgot them all.’”

23. “Steinbeck says it’s a state of mind. In Texas, there is a certain honor of being a Texan that is a measure of doing something the best that you can.”

10 Duct Tape Craft Ideas For When It’s Your Turn To Do Arts And Crafts

Duct Tape Crafts
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Arts and crafts time is hard, man. You’re probably not feeling the construction paper. Coloring pages might not be your thing either (except for the Baby Yoda coloring book, right?). And don’t worry; no adult likes glitter. So, when you’re stuck trying to appease the small humans in your household with arts and crafts time, what can you do? Look no further than your garage, toolbox, or junk drawer. Duct tape is the answer, friend. Always has been. Always will be.

Duct tape has been around for almost a century now and has served many important purposes. Its original purpose? Duct tape was invented to help package and ship ammunition to the soldiers on the frontline during World War II. Soldiers then used it to do everything from creating makeshift bandages to repairing broken windows and tents. Post-war, it primarily became used on ventilation ducts (hence the name duct tape).

Ironically, despite serving HVAC specialists for decades, a study in the ’90s found that duct tape was actually one of the worst possible options for fixing heating and cooling ducts. Due to its low performance, it’s actually against building code in many parts of the country. Still. You’re not a true DIYer until you’ve slapped some duct tape onto a problem. Besides, duct tape went on to do other big things, too. It served another government agency after the war when it started flying aboard NASA space shuttles. As a matter of fact, duct tape saved the astronauts on the Apollo 13 space mission when they used it to create air filtration canisters in the lunar module.

So, what is duct tape? It’s actually made from layers of adhesive, fabric, and a plastic-like material. The combo makes the tape waterproof, just like a duck’s feathers — which explains why businessman Jack Kahl created a branded duct tape in 1980 under the now eponymous “Duck Tape” banner. Around that same time, the brand became the first to offer duct tape in colors other than the standard silver. From flower power patterns to mustachioed strips, duct tape now comes in bold colors and patterns for everyone’s enjoyment.

What can you do with the tape once you have it in your possession? As it turns out, quite a lot. Below you’ll find some of our favorite duct tape crafts that prove just as useful as they are fun. Grab your scissors, tape, and tiny craft-loving humans, and let’s get duct-taping.

1. Duct Tape Wallet

Duct tape wallets were the original duct tape crafts. Believe it or not, people actually pay to buy these simple accessories from other people. But if you spend all your money buying a wallet, what will you keep inside? Make your own, dude.

2. Tri-Fold Wallet

Same concept, different design. If you like a thicker wallet, the tri-fold pattern is more your speed. These instructions make it look super easy… because it is.

3. Duct Tape Folder

If you’re looking for a duct tape craft that your kid might actually use every day, look no further than a duct tape folder. The fact that this one has an old-school Mario mushroom on the cover is just icing on the cake.

4. Duct Tape Rose

Forget your anniversary? Ransack the basement or garage for your handy-dandy roll of duct tape and don’t reenter the house until you’ve crafted your partner a dozen duct tape roses. Bonus points if you get super meta about it and make your roses out of rose-patterned tape.

5. Duct Tape Hammock

The duct tape hammock is basically guaranteed to make your yard more fun — the kids will definitely be stoked to have this relaxing hangout spot. Bonus: Everyone who comes to your backyard BBQs will be wildly impressed with your skills.

6. DIY Duct Tape Batman Mask

Whether you’re ready to live out your dream of being BatDad or you want to get a head start (literally) on Halloween costumes, you can’t go wrong with a duct tape bat mask.

7. Ninja Star Made of Duct Tape

Yes, we’re suggesting you help your kid create a DIY ninja star during craft time. But listen, it’s just tape. Having said that, gently reminding your kids that you should never throw ninja stars of any kind at someone’s face probably isn’t a bad idea.

8. Duct Tape Phone Case

Would we trust this phone case on our brand new iPhone 12? Negatory. But we’d absolutely give it a whirl on the SE.

9. Zig Zag Duct Tape Bracelet

If your little accessory-obsessed kid seems leery of duct tape-themed arts and crafts time, we have just the thing to lure them in. These duct tape zigzag bracelets follow the same idea as the gum wrapper bracelets. Except, ya know, they’re made from duct tape. If hats are more your kid’s speed (or yours), you could always try making a duct tape fedora.

10. Duct Tape and Cardboard Flip-Flops

You know… in case you get truly desperate.

Duct Tape Jokes

We’ve all thought of using duct tape in situations we probably shouldn’t, which is part of what makes it so funny. We can use this industrial tool for just about anything, from fixing your kid’s pants to telling a joke.

A roll of duct tape walks into a bar. The bartender asks politely, “What can I get you?”
The duct tape looks around, thinks for a moment, and says, “I think I’ll just stick to my usual.”

Why is duct tape similar to The Force?
It has a dark side, a light side, and it binds the galaxy together.

I just made a book out of duct tape!
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Everything To Know About the Mentos and Coke Experiment

Mentos and Coke
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Now that we’re entering the eleventeenth month of social distancing and pandemic life, we’ve all become pretty adept at finding ways to fight off boredom. Building elaborate LEGO sets? Done it. Channeling our inner David Copperfield by learning magic tricks? Yep, that too. And thanks to the popularity of TikTok, we’ve all witnessed the rise of many new social-media-born trends over the past year. Interestingly, though, one of those social-media-born trends isn’t new at all: the decades-old Mentos and Coke experiment. It’s true — all over the internet, you can find kids and their parents recreating the same experiment that’s been done thousands of times before. By dropping some Mentos into a 2-liter of Coke, they create a man-made geyser of epic proportions.

It’s not as basic as it seems, though. There are so many variations and riffs on the experiment now. From using different kinds of carbonated drinks to different sized bottles and even trying the other Mentos flavors, there are plenty of ways to give the experiment your own spin. Why does it work? Which gives the ultimate “explosion”? And what other factors can take the experiment to new heights?

We have all the answers (and then some). So, strap on some safety goggles and show your little science nerds how it’s done. As we walk you through all the basics, be sure to watch the videos of some different takes on the experiment!

The History Behind the Experiment

The Mentos and Coke challenge didn’t even start with Mentos. In the ’80s, budding scientists would thread the Wint-O-Green Life Savers onto a pipe cleaner and then drop them into bottles of soda to create geysers. It was a popular experiment in science classes across America. And then the ’90s happened. The manufacturer of Life Savers changed their sizing, and the candies would no longer fit through the mouth of a 2-liter bottle. Never ones to accept defeat, scientists set out to find new ways to make geysers. They found their answer in mint Mentos. And the rest is history… but, also the present.

Chemical or Physical Reaction?

While many people incorrectly claim that a chemical reaction causes the minty-soda geyser, they aren’t entirely in the right. In actuality, the answer is a bit more complicated. Scientific American explains that it’s more of a physical reaction. The reaction comes from the microscopic bumps on the candy disturbing the carbon dioxide in the Coca-Cola, causing it to release the epic burst of fizziness. Diet Coke has historically created the biggest burst because it has the most CO2. It’s all aided by the shape of the bottle. Don’t quite understand? Honestly, that’s okay. We’re all here for the geyser, not the science.

Variables to Consider

As we mentioned above, Diet Coke and Mentos create the biggest geyser. However, there are plenty of other things to try. Just because we know Diet Coke will create the biggest geyser, it doesn’t mean we can’t still experiment with other soft drinks. Using the various fruity flavors of Fanta may not create giant pop volcanos, but they will produce wildly colorful ones. 

Another interesting variable to consider is altitude. Depending on where you sit above or below sea level can also impact the height of your geyser. Live near the mountains in Tennessee or Colorado, for instance? See how the experiment’s results change when you do them at the top of the mountain versus when you do it at the base.

What other ways can you alter this experiment?

Sure, the shape on the 2-liter definitely plays a big part in your geyser-making. However, it does not have to be a constant or control. How can using different shapes bottles or containers affect the outcome?

How to Perform the Experiment

Supplies you need:

  • Mentos
  • Diet Coke
  • Safety goggles

Supplies to consider:

  • More Mentos
  • Other pop flavors
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tape measure
  • Different sized vessels

How to:

Your best bet is to set up your experiment outside and in front of a wall or garage door. You can use your tape measure and painter’s tape to measure off 1- to 2-foot markings on the wall or door. Definitely mark measurements all the way up as high as you can reach.

Sit your 2-liter of Diet Coke close to the measurements, don your goggles, drop a few Mentos into the bottle, and run. Use the highest wet mark on the wall to measure the results. (If it didn’t splash on the wall, consider yourself lucky and use your kids’ best guess as to how high it reaches.) You could also set up your phone to video the drop and help keep accurate records — just keep it back far enough that it can catch the whole wall. Consider using another piece of painter’s tape to mark the Diet Coke’s peak splash.

Repeat the experiment with different types of soda or different vessels, continuing to record your results. Because, really, what else do we have to do right now? Plus, as ways to kill time go, this one’s pretty cool. 

What happens if you eat Mentos and Coke?

You may have heard that drinking Coke with Mentos will cause you to explode. But that’s not entirely true. You won’t blow up, but you will feel like an erupting volcano of discomfort. It causes you to burp and vomit profusely because the carbon dioxide in your stomach will need a way out. This provokes the puking. So, you won’t die, but it isn’t a very fun activity.

How To Make a Catapult for Kids and Earn All the Cool Dad Cred

How To Build A Catapult
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Can you think of a medieval contraption that fascinates the young brain more than a catapult? Yeah, we can’t either. Remember in the 1988 cult classic Willow when Madmartigan uses one to fling himself onto the back of a troll and save our hero? Epic. Our obsession with catapults has been building since that formative scene took root in our early adolescent memories. It seems like an organic progression that here were are, as adults, Googling “how to build a catapult” so we can teach our kids. Or, you know, at least that’s the way we’re rationalizing our compulsion to send things flying through the air.

As luck would have it, building a catapult isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think. Granted, we’re not talking about building one elaborate enough to launch yourself over castle walls during the Battle of Nockmaar, like Willow and co. But making a basic catapult is a fun and relatively easy DIY afternoon craft to do with your little Daikinis.

With that said, here are the basics of how to build a catapult — and different variations you can make.

How To Build A Catapult: Supplies

Your materials list will vary based on what type of catapult you want to create. Plus, part of the fun of building a catapult at home is using found objects around the house. The more creative, the better! Got a bunch of random LEGOs haunting your every late-night step? See if you can put them to better use. Do you keep finding arms popped off of action figures? There’s gotta be a way to incorporate those errant limbs. So, this list isn’t exhaustive, but it should get you going:

  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Popsicle/craft sticks
  • Straws
  • Paper clips
  • Clothespins
  • Chopsticks
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Bottle caps
  • Paper
  • Bowls
  • Tape
  • Hot glue guns and sticks (only under supervised use, of course)
  • Mini-marshmallows for launching

How to Make a Catapult with a Spoon

If your engineering skills are minimal — or your kid is still honing their fine-motor skills — a spoon catapult could be your best bet. Because, well, it can’t really get much easier. For this catapult, you just need your hot glue gun, a plastic spoon, colored electrical tape, and a wooden clothespin (the vintage style may work best here).

Squeeze your hot glue into the gap of the clothespin, sliding the handle of the spoon into the hot glue. Once the glue cools with the spoon affixed in place, wrap the area of the clothespin with the spoon handle in your electrical tape. Once everything is dried and secured, pop a mini-marshmallow into the spoon, and use your finger to bend the spoon back. The clothespin acts as a fulcrum so, when you release the spoon face, the mini-marshmallow should go flying.

How to Make a Catapult with Popsicle Sticks

Another popular option for building a DIY catapult is using popsicle/craft sticks as the base. To do this, you’d make a stack of popsicle sticks and rubber band them together on each end. Next, take two more popsicle sticks and rubberband them together only at one end (you can also use spare chopsticks for this part!). Pulling the two popsicle sticks apart to create a gap, place the larger stack of popsicle sticks in the gap. Rubber band the stack of sticks to just the upper popsicle stick of the pair.

Also on the upper popsicle stick, you’ll want to rubberband a spoon — its “head” should be secured facing up and hanging off of the top of the popsicle stick. Place a mini-marshmallow into the spoon, hold the catapult with one hand, and use your other hand to pull the spoon down. Release, and watch that sucker fly!

How to Make a Catapult Out of Wood

Are we saying you should build a massive catapult in your backyard? No. Are we also saying it would be badass? Yup. Still, we aren’t going to attempt to teach you how to do something at this scale. We will, however, point you in the direction of this tutorial by I Like To Make Stuff.

Catapults Created Using Other Stuff

There are plenty of other simple, at-home versions you can try with your kids once you’ve mastered the basics. Need inspiration? You could put together a catapult using repurposed bottle caps and a scotch tape dispenser.

Or one made entirely of pencils and rubber bands…

The idea is to get creative, right? You may wind up with more than a few catapulting fails, but figuring out what works (and what doesn’t) will be half the fun.

How do you make a catapult go farther?

Your kid will love you a little extra for this one. To improve the strength of a catapult’s flinging capabilities, it needs a steady and weighted base. The sturdiness will help your objects soar. Using a bungee cord instead of rubber bands to line your machine will also help objects go the distance.

It’s important to build an arm break that stops the arm at the right angle, which in this case is an acute 45 degrees from the floor. Trust us — your mini marshmallows will get some serious air.

12 Badass LEGO Sets For Grown-Ups To Build After Bedtime

Ghostbusters Lego Set
(Lego)

Whoever said LEGOs are just for kids clearly never read the box. If they had, they’d know that classic LEGO boxes list the max-age as 99. So, ha! Most of us are still young enough to build some badass LEGO creations. And we should be able to do so without judgment, Todd. We feel no shame about our obsession with these toy building blocks — or that we’ve decided to devote an entire article to the best LEGO sets for adults. Because here’s the thing: These toys aren’t just popular with nerds and parents. They’ve been used and referenced throughout pop culture. Both The White Stripes and AVICII had music videos made of LEGO pieces. Ed Sheeran famously named a song “Lego House.” They’ve even been name-dropped on hit shows like Arrested Development and The Simpsons.

Further proof that LEGOs can be for any age can be found simply by wandering a LEGO store. Sure, you’ll find the classic bricks and kid-friendly themed sets. But you’ll also find a whole collection of options geared towards adults. Take, for instance, the 12 grown-up-approved sets below. (It’s us; we’re the grown-ups who approved them.)

Best Lego Sets for Adults

1. Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin LEGO Set
LEGO

Name a kid who knows what the DB5 is. We’ll wait. Sure, you might have raised a spy-obsessed, Ian Fleming-reading tween. (And if so, good on you.) But since most kids couldn’t tell Sean Connery from Pierce Brosnan if their life depended on it, this James Bond car is strictly for dads.

2. VW Camper Van

VW Van Lego Set
LEGO

Did you know Dave Grohl owns a VW bus? If the former Nirvana drummer turned rock-god-lead-singer of Foo Fighters rolls around in a camper van, these beasts are clearly cool. This set is for all of us who can’t afford to buy a 16 window VDub and realize our dream of living in a van down by the river.

3. VW Beetle

VW Beetle LEGO Set
LEGO

Yes, we put both Volkswagen sets on our list. Just check out the surfboard that comes with this Beetle! While there might be a few 16-year-olds out there familiar with the “Bug,” we’re wagering that the majority of people interested in building this are older.

4. Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Legos
LEGO

Hey, look — it’s a LEGO set that isn’t a vehicle. While they actually have a ton of killer architectural builds, the Statue of Liberty is arguably one of the most impressive. Not only do we love Lady Liberty for all the history and symbolism, but we also dig how deceptively hard it is to build this set.

5. Ghostbusters Car

Ghostbusters Lego Set
LEGO (Lego)

We ain’t afraid of no ghosts! This one is hard, but it’s for the whole family. We love all the bells and whistles they included on ECTO to make it live up to the movie’s standards.

8. The Colosseum

Colosseum Lego Set
LEGO

The Colosseum is huge, right? It only makes sense, then, that this set would be, well, monumental. Fellow history buffs, join us in completely geeking out over the painstaking detail (not to mention over 9,000 pieces) that went into recreating this symbol of Italy’s imperial Roman past.

9. Farnsworth House

Lego Farsworth Set
LEGO

The historical significance behind the Farnsworth house, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is no doubt lost on the vast majority of people. The absolutely striking style of the house, however, is not. Whether you’re an actual architect or just a fan of funky homes, this build is meant for you.

10. 123 Sesame Street

Sesame Street Lego Set
LEGO

Is Sesame Street a “kids’ show?” Sure. But it’s also been around for 50 years, meaning this set is loaded with nostalgia. So, yep, this set is one of our favorites and certainly one of the most colorful options on this list.

11. Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon
LEGO

At just shy of $800, Han’s ship is one of the most expensive sets on our list. It’s absolutely worth it, though. Right? Who’s with us on this? It contains 7,541 pieces. That’s hours upon hours of glorious nerd entertainment. So, don’t make any plans for a couple of weeks.

12. Central Perk (From Friends)

Friends Show Lego Set
LEGO

Could it be any cooler?! This set might just be the perfect activity for you and your lobster to do together.

Just a heads up — if you buy stuff using the provided links, The Dad may collect a small commission.

LEGO Jokes

Building LEGOs is exciting! Besides using them to create incredible structures, you can also use LEGOs to tell hilarious jokes. 

What’s the most common operation in a LEGO hospital?
Plastic surgery.

A new LEGO store opened up in my town.
People were lined up for blocks.

What do most LEGOs have?
Separation anxiety.

What’s the best way to keep intruders from entering your home?
Put LEGO bricks all over the floor.

What has four wheels and eats LEGO bricks?
The vacuum cleaner.

Why was the LEGO guy so bad at basketball?
Because he kept throwing up bricks.

Take a Break From Your Own Family To Watch These 15 Mafia Movies

Best Mafia Movies: 'Goodfellas'
(Warner Bros.)

Here we are, entering month 763 of life during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve binge-watched everything in our Netflix queue, eaten all of the quarantine snacks, reached #ExpertLevel at forming our beard hair into funny clusters. And now we’re bored again. So very bored. Not only do we need something to help pass the time, but we also need something that’ll get our adrenaline going and make us feel like we haven’t entirely lost our edge. Enter, the best mafia movies.

While we often think of the mafia as something from movies, it’s based on a dark reality. The American Mafia originated in the late 19th century as an offshoot of the actual Italian — more specifically Sicilian — Mafia. As poor, struggling Italian immigrants grappled with the harsh reality of life in the United States, they looked for ways to survive. They banded together and took up the same past they’d left behind in Italy. Together as a unit (or “family,” though that doesn’t mean they’re blood relatives), the newly formed Italian-American Mafia took steps toward thriving in their new environment. Granted, those steps were often illegal and deadly. Even so, their movement quickly spread throughout other large cities across America. The hitch? The Mafia’s criminal behavior quickly led to finding itself in an “us vs. them” situation, with nearly everyone on the wrong side of the fight… at least according to the Mafia.

If this all sounds pretty fascinating to you, well, say hello to our little list of the best mafia movies of all time. Over the years, the genre has generally come to include movies based on the Mafia, the more broad-reaching “mob” life, and the grittier gangster culture. We’ve included a little bit of everything, so consider reading it and binge-watching these cult classics an offer you can’t refuse.

Best Mafia Movies

1. Road to Perdition (2002)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Paul Newman

Set during the Great Depression, the film follows two men as they set out to seek revenge for the mob murder of their family.

2. The Godfather (1972) & The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Starring: Marlon Brando, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino

Follow the Corleone family and their associates as they do shady and dangerous family business. Take note: GII is quite possibly one of the few sequels that holds up to its predecessor.

3. Get Shorty (1995)

Starring: Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, John Travolta, Danny DeVito

What’s life like when a mob henchman decides to pursue his Hollywood dreams? Well, it’s a little funny…

4. Goodfellas (1990)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Based on the book Wiseguy, this mob movie classic follows the life and misadventures of one lifelong mafia man.

5. Scarface (1983) 

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

Yet another chance to see Al Pacino do what he does best. This time, he works in the drug trade in Miami and has a nasty cocaine addiction. Can he survive as the government and Colombian cartels close in on him?

6. American Gangster (2007)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe, RZA, Denzel Washington

A semi-autobiographical look at Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, American Gangster is a supremely well-acted story. The film wasn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely worth seeing for yourself.

7. Public Enemies (2009)

Starring: Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Johnny Depp

Listen. It’s a great film. And you can probably get your partner to watch it with you if you tell ’em Johnny Depp is in it. Bonus: He’s not even wearing guyliner.

8. Pulp Fiction (1994) 

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, John Travolta

You’ve probably seen this at least half a dozen times, but it’s always worth seeing again. It’s the best Tarantino movie. Don’t @ us, bro — we said what we said.

9. The Irishman (2019)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin

This time, our mafia deep-dive takes us to the coal-rich state of Pennsylvania and brushes up with the infamous teamster Jimmy Hoffa.

10. Analyze This (1999)

Starring: Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow

You think De Niro ever gets sick of playing mobsters? Eh, who cares? We’ll never get sick of seeing him in that role.

11. Bugsy (1991)

Starring: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould

This biographical film follows real mobster Bugsy Siegel as he makes his way from New York to Hollywood and then helps build the Las Vegas strip. It’s old-timey and, honestly, pretty riveting.

12. The Freshman (1990)

Starring: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick

A film student takes a job working for a New York mob boss. Crime, of course, ensues.

13. Eastern Promises (2007)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts

If you remember this movie at all, it’s probably because of the incredibly violent and completely naked fight scene. This one branches out a little bit and tells a story about a Russian mob-run child sex trafficking ring.

14. The Departed (2006)

Starring: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga

Boston accents! (Why else would a Wahlberg be in it?) This Irish mob-focused film plays a bit of cat-and-mouse between a mole and an undercover cop.

15. Donnie Brasco (1997)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

Yeah, it’s Johnny Depp again, in all his pre-Tim Burton resplendence. This one follows an FBI agent who works his way into the Mafia and finds out that his personality and moral compass might be better suited to such a life.

16. A Bronx Tale (1993)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri

Before you get excited, no — Robert De Niro is not playing a mobster. In this film, set in the 1960s in the Bronx, he plays a caring and honest father. However, trouble arises when a local gangster named Sonny takes an interest in his son. As De Niro’s tries to keep his boy on the straight and narrow, the mobster shows him the appeal of the streets. It’s a coming of age story filled with 60s glamour and gunplay. 

35 Space Facts For Kids That Are Outta-This-World Interesting

Space Facts For Kids
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Your kids probably love outer space, right? Even kids who aren’t science-oriented seem to have a fascination with the universe. Hey, we don’t blame ’em — you don’t have to be an astronaut (or a wannabe astronaut) to appreciate the vast and mysterious expanse above us. There’s just so much out there. Even with just your own set of eyes, you can see some pretty cool stuff. You didn’t need a fancy telescope to find 2020’s “Christmas Star” or marvel over the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017.

Whether you’re sitting through another cartoon space adventure, working on a science project, or just simply want to earn points as the coolest dad on the block, some weird info about outer space can be a great contribution. Does your kid know what an astronomical unit is? Or have they wondered what it’s like on the moon? We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting and quirky space facts for kids we could find. Share ‘em as you see fit.

Space Facts For Kids
Canadian Space Agency/Giphy

Fun Space Facts For Kids

1 Mercury’s craters are named after famous artists, musicians, and authors (there aren’t any named after Disney characters yet, but there is one named Disney!).

2. Mercury is shrinking due to its fault scarps, which were discovered in 2016 thanks to a purposely crashed spacecraft.

3. Neither Mercury nor Venus have moons.

4. While most planets are similar to Earth and rotate around a north-south axis, Uranus rotates on its side.

5. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system. Betcha thought that record belonged to Mercury, eh?

6. Litter is everywhere, including space. Thanks to our constant quest to know more about our solar system, there are now-defunct satellites and out-of-service spacecraft scattered throughout our galaxy.

7. If you combined the mass of all other planets and doubled it, that object would still be smaller than Jupiter.

8. Mount Everest is only the tallest mountain on Earth. Mars’ Olympus Mons is more than 10 miles taller, making its peak nearly three times as high.

9. Jupiter is also the “owner” of the galaxy’s most active moon. Its moon, Io, has hundreds of volcanoes. They are in an almost constant state of eruption due to Jupiter’s gravitational pull.

10. On Neptune, one year is equal to 164.8 Earth years. In other words, you won’t live long enough for Neptune to complete even one rotation around the sun.

11. Neptune’s moon, Triton, orbits the planet “backward.”

12. Uranus’ blue glow is thanks to its atmospheric gases.

13. The Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers write more than 15,000 research papers.

14. While it seems like we’re on a never-ending space quest to find water on Mars, we do know that ice exists throughout our solar system — including on our own moon and even in shadowed Mercurian craters.

15. The first food ever eaten in space was applesauce.

16. The sun is 4.6 billion years old.

17. Did you know that technically the color white isn’t a lack of colors, but all colors mixed together? This phenomenon accounts for why the sun appears white to us.

18. You could fit more than one million Earths inside the sun.

19. The sun is made of about a quarter of helium.

20. The distance between Earth and the sun is called an astronomical unit.

21. Did you know the sun makes its own orbit? It takes roughly 225 to 250 million years to complete one orbit around the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

22. When the sun runs out of hydrogen, it will begin expanding and devour Mercury, Venus, and Earth. Don’t worry, though! Scientists believe we have another five billion years before that happens. Even your grandchildren’s grandchildren’s great-great-grandchildren won’t see this happen.

23. There are more stars in space than grains of sand on Earth. (If you want to fact check that, you better start counting.)

24. The first woman in space was Russian astronaut Valentina Tereshkova.

25. There’s no wind on our moon.

26. Because of the lack of wind, our astronauts’ footprints will never disappear.

27. Combined with the sun’s, the moon’s gravitational pull creates our tides.

28. No matter where you are on Earth, you’re always seeing the same side of the moon.

29. We know more about our moon than our oceans. It’s true! We’ve mapped 100 percent of our moon’s surface. However, we’ve only explored about five percent of the ocean floor.

30. Sure, you know about black holes, but what do you know about white holes? Despite having never discovered one, scientists know it’s mathematically possible they exist.

31. The center of the galaxy reportedly smells like rum and tastes like raspberries. Um, yum! Wondering why? Well, that would be thanks to the chemical ethyl formate, which gives both their distinct smell and taste. It was recently discovered in a gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way.

32. “Outer space” is only 62 miles away. That means you’re closer to outer space than Disney World is to Miami or Los Angeles is to San Diego.

33. Space is completely silent.

34. Mars has a lower gravity level than Earth, which means a 200-pound person on Earth would only weigh 76 pounds if they were on Mars.

35. Comets are made of sand, ice, and carbon dioxide. Scientists believe they’re the unused materials from the formation of the solar system.

30+ Smokin’ Hot Grilling Puns (& Jokes) Perfect For BBQ Season

Grilling Puns
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What’re ya cookin’ with — gas or charcoal? Do you have an Egg? What about a smoker? We’ve written a lot about grilling and barbecuing here. Probably because it’s almost as dad-specific as dad jokes. And, really, what’s not to love? Grilling brings with it a rush of both nostalgia and freedom. Whatever kind of grill or barbeque you’re working with, firing it up just makes you feel… cool. (C’mon, you can admit it; we’re all friends here.) It’s your chance to show off your grill master skills, not to mention give your partner a break. Bonus: Your kids have long learned that “for safety reasons” they need to stay back from the grill. As long as you’re within a three-to-five foot radius of the grill, clicking those dad-only grill tongs in your funny apron, no one is going to bother you. That doesn’t mean it’s not family time, though. After all, who are you going to bounce grilling puns off of if you don’t have a captive audience, i.e. your unwitting family?

From your version of a throne, you can watch the chaos that is family life during grilling season. Fido is protecting the fam from the big, bad pool skimmer. *eye roll* The kids are soaking each other with the hose. *laugh* And your partner is happily boiling corn on the cob in the kitchen with the cool air conditioning blasting. *sigh* Could life get any better than this? Sure, but only with these truly amazing grilling puns and jokes at the ready.

Grilling Puns And Jokes
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Best Grilling Puns

  1. Accidentally burned dinner on the grill.
    Missteaks were made.
  2. Someone threw a grill at my face.
    The attack made headlines.
  3. I can’t decide whether to grill chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
    I guess I’ll just wing it.
  4. At the office barbecue, I grilled a medium-rare steak for my boss, and he said, “I like it well done!”
    I said, “Thanks. That means a lot.”
  5. Before every barbecue, I tell myself I’ll eat healthy and stick to the salads.
    But then my plan takes a turn for the wurst.
  6. Just finished cleaning my grill.
    It was grate.
  7. You can imagine my surprise when I saw James Bond making burgers in the park.
    I guess he had a license to grill.
  8. I was grilling yesterday, but the meat started smoking.
    Steaks were high.
  9. My friends invited me to barbecue night yesterday.
    I said no, but now I’m regretting it. That was a missed steak.
  10. One day when I was young, I watched my father grill burgers.
    When they were done, he handed me one and told me it was a bison burger. He left and never came back.
  11. When I’m cooking on the grill,
    I like to sing “The Tong Song.”
  12. My dad just got a fancy new grill, and I’m worried he’ll get hurt trying to use it.
    The steaks have never been higher.
  13. I hate when my mom grills brats for dinner.
    She’s the würst.
  14. It took me two hours to grill a chicken the other day, and it still didn’t tell me why it crossed the road.
  15. My grammar may be poor, but my grilling is impeccable.
    I’d steak my reputation on that.
  16. A grill master wanted to load up the grill with more BBQ, but he was running low on hot coals.
    So, he decided not to brisket.
  17. My buddy is awesome at grilling steaks.
    They are all very well done.

Best Grilling Jokes

  1. What did the exasperated man serve at his barbecue?
    Sheesh kabobs.
  2. How can you tell if a hamburger was grilled in space?
    It’s a little meteor.
  3. What do you call a row of dolls burning on a grill?
    Barbie-Q.
  4. What’s Snoop Dogg’s favorite part of grilling?
    The sizzle.
  5. What is the most important task of a grill master at a chop house?
    To please their steakholders.
  6. Why was the man at the cookout so happy?
    He met the grill of his dreams.
  7. If Bear Grylls could grill bears, how many bears could Bear Grylls grill?
    As many bears as Bear Grylls’ grill could bear.
  8. What is a librarian’s favorite thing to grill during the summer?
    A shhhhh-kabob.
  9. Why are cows scared of cars?
    They’re afraid they might end up on the grill.
  10. You know how your mouth waters when someone’s grilling?
    Do vegans drool when someone is outside mowing their lawn?
  11. What do you put on a lonely grilled cheese sandwich?
    Provolone.
  12. For sale: Muhammed Ali DVD set and George Foreman Grill.
    Both boxed.
  13. The cast of the Matrix was having a barbeque and grilling seafood.
    Keanu Reeves tasted it and exclaimed, “What is this! It’s like charcoal!”
    The cook turned and said, “What if I told you that’s why they call me Laurence Fishburne?”
  14. What do you call a grilled cheese sandwich that gets right up in your face?
    Too close for comfort food.
  15. I got fired from my job today.
    Apparently, when you work at a cremation company, you aren’t supposed to answer the phone with “Hello, this is Joe’s Crematorium. You kill ’em, we grill ’em!”
  16. My friend was going to barbecue baby backs, but he stumbled into the grill.
    Unfortunately, he broke his ribs.
  17. What’s the difference between a dad and a grill?
    A grill runs out of gas.