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Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

Doctor Delivers Baby While Dressed As The Joker

(JUSTIN SELPH)

Having a baby is a pretty scary thing. And that’s before you even consider the physical toll of going through labor! Adding a tiny, helpless creature to your life, one that you’re entirely responsible for on every conceivable level for at least the next two decades of your life is a pretty harrowing event.

It’s important that you have the support you need, both during and after pregnancy. A caring, helpful, knowledgeable doctor and healthcare team that you trust is paramount. Knowing you and your baby are in good hands is essential to managing stress and surviving labor and the first few weeks post-delivery.

A sense of humor helps too. Especially if you go into labor on Halloween.

That’s what happened to Brittany Selph, who had a due date of November 5th but didn’t quite make it. Instead, she found herself at the hospital, being assisted in her delivery by… The Joker?

Thankfully, it wasn’t the actual Batman villain but was her physician, Dr. Paul Locus, an obstetrician at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee who was fully decked out in Heath Ledger’s Joker look when he delivered Brittany’s daughter Oaklyn.

“My wife’s due date was Nov. 5, but that obviously didn’t happen. She woke up Halloween morning to her water leaking,” Brittany’s husband, Justin Selph, told PEOPLE. When they arrived at the hospital, they saw their doctor in costume as DC’s iconic supervillain. Luckily, they weren’t so serious.

Knowing full well it was a little odd, Dr. Locus was more than prepared to shed his costume and deliver the Selph’s baby in a more traditional outfit, but the couple was comfortable with him, and assured him it was fine. In fact, instead of being bothered, the couple was actually enthusiastic, and totally down to clown!

“We found it very humorous and a little excited that we would have a baby delivered by The Joker.”

The delivery went off without a hitch, and now the couple has one heck of a story, and some insane photos to go with it!

“There my wife is, staring the Joker straight in the eyes while delivering our baby, what a sight!” Justin says. “I was holding her leg up, and snapping pictures! I was going to go Facebook Live, but the nurse cut me off!”

“[Dr. Locus] was a great sport about the whole situation, and took photos with our family,” Justin adds. He even swung by the next day and delivered a congratulations card. He signed it, “Dr. Joker.”

Some men just want to cut the umbilical cord.

Pixar’s Onward Trailer Showcases a Sentimental and Strange New Tale

Pixar has tackled a lot of strange stuff over the years. Toys that come to life when humans aren’t looking. An elderly widower who attaches balloons to his house and flies to South America. Cars that talk.

Like Disney, the animation studio is also no stranger to sentiment and grief. The Toy Story toys are stricken by their owner’s increasing maturity. Nemo is infused with the fear and sadness of loss. The first ten minutes of UP are legendarily tear-jerking. Even Cars has… okay, maybe not Cars.

Onward, Pixar’s latest movie, features the voice talents of Star Lord and Spider-man themselves, and while it looks like a fun, and funny, supernatural romp, it also looks weird as hell and sad AF.

Before we even get to the weird stuff, there’s weird stuff. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland voice brothers who appear to be elves, or trolls, who live in the modern world? Or something? And there’s magic, but not as much as there used to be? It’s a little confusing. Then we learn that the boys’ dad passed when the brothers were too young to remember him, and on the youngest’s 16th birthday, they get a gift from him: his wizard staff. Because apparently he was a wizard. And he left a spell too, that allows his kids to resurrect him, but only for a day.

This is where the sentiment comes in, because if Tom Holland’s delivery of “I’m gonna meet dad?” is any indication, this movie is gonna be dusty.

The boys set off to use the spell to conjure up their dad, but something goes awry. And this is where the weird comes in: they only manage to resurrect his legs. I told you it was weird!

The trailer shows the brothers on a quest to conjure the rest of their dad as they encounter a whole world of magic that they never knew existed. It’s like Weekend at Bernie’s crossed with Harry Potter.

Here’s the synopsis:

Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

And here’s the trailer!

Just in Time For Spooktober, Family Basement Fills With Blood

(YouTube/WHO-HD)

Owning a home is a milestone. For many, it’s a lifelong dream. The American dream, some might say. I don’t know own one myself, and while I sometimes dream of it, there are things that give me pause. The constant maintenance seems like a hassle, and I’ve seen friends deal with troublesome repairs and renovations. When I hear about that stuff, the benefits of having a landlord to handle it all seems better than ever.

And then I read a story like this one, and I’m never more excited to be able to move apartments at will. Because if this happened to my home, my instinct would be to burn it to the ground!

The funny thing is, the family in the story was already preparing to sell their home. I imagine this incident will merely accelerate their timeline. It’s not like anyone is itching to stay in a house that occasionally fills up with blood.

That’s right, Nick Lestina and his wife and five children live in Bagley, Iowa, and the other day they opened the door to their basement and saw that the room was filled with blood. Somehow they are not several states away, but have instead been the subject of dozens of news stories. If it bleeds it leads, especially during Halloween season!

Thankfully, the source of the blood isn’t a pair of elevators that go down to the basement, or anything else Stephen King related, but a meat processing company that is next door to the Lestiva’s home and shares some pipes with the family. They’ve lived next door for ten years and never had an incident, but this time something went awry.

Lestiva reported it immediately and Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources confirmed that it was indeed animal blood, fat, and bones, which Dahl’s Meat Locker had been pouring down a floor drain that’s connected to the family’s pipes. Unfortunately, the business has not exactly been cooperating with its neighbors.

“They haven’t reached out at all. In fact, they haven’t taken any accountability for it,” Lestina told KTIV. “They say it’s not their fault and told me ‘good luck.’ If I want to do anything about it, it’s on my dime and my schedule.”

Yikes. Talk about a horror movie. Probably easier to just burn the place to the ground!

Watch the footage below, if you can stomach it!

Father Figures: Could Not Be Happier

“My wife and I spent the first 2.5 years of our marriage assuming that when we were ready we would be able to get pregnant without issue.

When we first started trying, tests and attempts came back discouraging time and time again. Finally after months of trying we were pregnant. We went to the doctor and they confirmed our prayers had been answered. Shortly after our appointment, our excitement was crushed. We woke up in the middle of the night knowing something was wrong. We went to the ER and found out we were having an ectopic pregnancy and lost our precious baby.

A couple months after that we suffered a miscarriage as well. Feeling completely dejected and beaten down we started losing hope.

We then went to an amazing reproductive endocrinologist to help with our journey. Fast forward about a year later, Ford Michael Dietrich was born and we could not be more in love. Being a dad is the best thing ever and I could not be happier.”

– Mike Dietrich

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Father Figures: The Power of Music

“As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a father. As I came from a very dysfunctional upbringing, I looked at it as an opportunity for positive change. A chance to provide a loving, supportive and stable environment for my children to grow up in. Something that I lacked as a young lad.

In my early teens, I started to teach myself how to play guitar. This gave me a constructive outlet to channel my anxiety and depression. I have always been the creative type, so having some art form to express myself made sense. In many ways, music saved my life.

It seems as though music has played a great role in my life. I met my beautiful wife one evening. As I watched her perform in her choir, something strongly drew my attention. I even went as far as to join the choir just to get to know her. It turned out that she also played piano and cello. Right away, music gave us some common ground and mutual interest.

I’m the father of two amazing little girls. Hadley (5) and Addison (2). When we found out we were expecting, I built them each a miniature guitar. When Hadley turned 3, I purchased her a ukulele. Since Hadley has been able to vocalize, she has been singing. She is always making up songs or learning the words to tunes I perform. Every Sunday morning we play music together.

It’s amazing to see similar personality traits come through in your children. Hadley has my creativeness and energy and is quite extroverted, just like me. We also suspect that she also inherited my anxiety disorder, so exposing her to making music is a tool I can pass along.

When I started my band, The Lincoln Loggers, she would ask to attend our rehearsals, which I sometimes allowed. Well, it was not too long until she was bugging me to join the band. I had to explain to her that most of our gigs were past her bedtime. On the rare occasion when we were performing a daytime show, she would attend with her mom and accompany me on stage for a song or two.

I also work with adults experiencing disability and provide music programming Friday mornings in our centre. Hadley got into the habit of requesting to come to work with me on Fridays so she could sing for the group. This has become a regular occurrence.

Like any 5-year-old, persistence is a virtue. Hadley still wanted to be in a band. So, together we decided to start our own musical duo called ‘Hads ‘N Dad.’ Like a fish in water, she has taken to performing. It seems to come naturally to her. I must say, after performing for almost 20 years, no show compares to the first time we played together on a large stage.

She says soon her little sister Addison will have to join as our Drummer and we will change the band name to ‘Hads ‘N Adds ‘N Dad.'”

– Adam Holmes

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Chris Hemsworth Wants to Assemble Avengers for a ‘Three Amigos’ Remake

3 Amigos Avengers Remake
(Marvel/HBO Films)

It’s the age of prequels and origin stories and remakes and reboots and reimaginings, but some films are sacred and shan’t be touched. Like The Godfather. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or The Princess Bride. Or Three Amigos.

*checks ear*

Wait a second, I’m getting word that Chris Hemsworth wants to remake Three Amigos with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. If you’ll excuse me, I have to go buy tickets.

Okay, maybe Three Amigos can be remade. Maybe not. Chris Hemsworth seems to like the idea, having put it out into the universe while appearing at ACE Comic-Con Chicago.

“That was so sad about kind of finishing Endgame, was just ‘Were we ever going to get to hang out again?’ And I immediately started thinking ‘What else could we do?'” Hemsworth told fans, adding, “We could remake the Three Amigos or something.”

If you didn’t grow up in the 80s with HBO and a lot of free time, the original Three Amigos is a fairly bizarre flick about three silent movie stars who think they’ve been hired to perform their act in a Mexican village but were actually hired to oust a dangerous outlaw. The goofy comedy has gained cult status thanks to the comic styling of the three leads, comic legends Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase. With bonafides gained from careers in stand-up, Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and a string of beloved comedies, the original cast were all comic heavyweights, something Hemsworth and his Avengers friends – RDJ’s brief stint as one of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players notwithstanding – are not. But they do have chemistry!

Plus, Chris Evans was in Not Another Teen Movie, and looks to be having a lot of fun in the trailer for this fall’s Knives Out from Rian Johnson, Robert Downey Jr. is simply a national treasure of wit and charm, and Hemsworth himself showed off his comic chops in Ragnarok and as Fat Thor. Watching those three, fresh off saving the world several times in the biggest series of films of all time, play bumbling idiots in ridiculous outfits (what else is new?) would sure be a lot of fun.

The Marvel fans don’t disagree:

Could it be another blockbuster?

Hopefully Rocket Raccoon gets involved. He and Hemsworth are a buddy movie waiting to happen.

Billy Baldwin Reveals Teen Son Has Cancer, Is In Remission

Billy Baldwin Reveals son is in Remission
(Instagram/thebillybaldwin)

In these highly polarized times, I think there’s one thing on which we can all agree: FUCK CANCER.

There’s hardly a person among us who hasn’t been impacted by the insidious disease, either personally having been diagnosed or knowing a family member or friend who’s battled it in one form or another. Many of us have lost people to lung cancer or brain cancer or prostate cancer. It’s everywhere, and it doesn’t discriminate.

Perhaps the worst version of cancer is one that affects children. That’s exactly the kind of cancer Billy Baldwin and his family are fighting, and for the first time they’ve gone public with it. Baldwin, an actor from such films as Backdraft, Sliver, and Fair Game, is the younger brother of Alec Baldwin and currently stars in “Northern Rescue.” He’s married to Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips fame and they have three children.

Last week, on Instagram, Billy shared a photo of his teenage son buttoning up his shirt, which has the hashtag #F#ckCancer embroidered all over it, and revelaed that 17yo Vance Baldwin had been battling cancer for a year. In the post, Baldwin sounds like any proud father as praises his son’s courage and resilience in the face of 28 rounds of chemotherapy.

“Kid’s a tough son of a bitch.
Sharp as a tack.
Funny as hell.
Tough as nails.
Heart of gold.”

 

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A year ago today my son Vance was diagnosed with cancer… he was 16 years old. He kept it very quiet… we all did. He went through 28 rounds of chemo yet stayed VERY positive, focused and kept his life as normal as possible… every single day. Kid’s a tough son of a bitch. Sharp as a tack. Funny as hell. Tough as nails. Heart of gold. Courage, strength, bravery, attitude, warrior… never seen anything like it. Never been prouder. Love you son. ♥️ So much love & gratitude for how all his boys, teachers, coaches, parents… the whole SB community stepped up for him during this difficult time. Thanks gang… you know who you are… Vance, Chynna, Jameson, Brooke & I love you all. Your love, kindness & support definitely helped get him/ us through this difficult time. Thank you #drlawrencepiro… you are an amazing man!! #VBcrew #warhorse #fuckcancer

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Baldwin praised his entire Santa Barbara community and his family for their support throughout the ordeal, including his son’s doctor. For Vance’s part, according to Today.com, he posted on his own Instagram that he “Got diagnosed a year ago today, been clear for months now.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, famous or anonymous, cancer is a plague, and any time someone is able to survive it is cause for celebration, especially when it’s a young person with their entire life ahead of them. Congrats to Vance Baldwin, may he remain forever in remission!

Fuck cancer.

Spider-Man and Venom May Soon Cross Paths on Screen

Venom Spider-Man Crossover
(Marvel/Sony)

When Disney and Sony’s negotiations over Spider-man fell apart, most people were disappointed. After all, if the two studios couldn’t come to terms, then Spidey would be out of the MCU, where he’d been primed to help lead the Avengers in a post-Endgame world. It seemed a shame that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios wouldn’t continue to shepherd what many feel is the most successful cinematic version of the wall-crawler we’ve had.

The studios have since patched things up, but before they did, some people saw a silver lining in Spidey’s exit.

While it would have certainly been a bummer, it would have landed him securely back in Sony’s clutches, and Sony has been building something of a cinematic universe themselves, with various characters from Spider-man’s world. Other spider-adjacent characters like Morbius and Madame Web have movies at various stages of development, and Sony had a huge hit with one of the Spiderverse’s most popular antiheroes, Venom.

Now, not only is Venom getting a sequel, but he might even eventually get to square off with Spider-man himself. If Ruben Fleischer, the director of Venom – and the two Zombieland movies – has any say in it.

“That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he told Fandom. “And that’s the exciting thing, because we changed the origin of Venom … in the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren’t able to that. And so the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”

That Marvel-Sony thing is set to last for at least one more standalone Spider movie, and another Avengers flick. But after that, who knows. Maybe Sony will take the character back for good, and Peter Parker and Eddie Brock will eventually face-off, maybe as early as the third Venom movie. Assuming the Tom Hardy-starring, Andy Serkis-directed sequel is another hit for the studio.

If it is, and a Spidey/Venom square-off is in the cards, we’re a long way from knowing what that looks like. Will Tom Holland even still be playing Peter Parker by then? Will the quirky Tom Hardy continue to inhabit Venom? We have no idea. But if this is truly the plan, Sony would be wise to take a page from the MCU’s playbook and start laying the groundwork for it ASAP.

In which case, you probably won’t want to leave the Venom sequel until the screen goes dark, just in case a certain Avenger makes a post-credits cameo…

Pope Accidentally Bestows Blessing Upon NFL’s Saints, Saints Win

Pope Blesses New Orleans Saints
(Twitter/PaulAlgu12)

Regardless of where you stand religiously, we can probably all agree that God doesn’t have a favorite sports team. (Besides the Patriots.) Despite countless athletes praising His name and bestowing all glory for their victories upon Him, the odds that the big man upstairs is spending his Sundays watching football and rooting for, let alone manipulating outcomes in favor of, particular teams seem pretty low.

That said, God’s emissaries on earth are only human, and many of them – some who may or may not have actual sway with Yahweh – have rooting interests. Whether they mean to or not.

Sitting at the Vatican in Rome, I highly doubt Pope Francis watches American football. But he’s fairly progressive, relative to previous popes, and he – or one of his underlings – is active on social media. What better way to reach the youth than to tweet?

Unfortunately, @pontifex is prone to some of the same gaffes to which even the most veteran tweeters occasionally fall prey, such as typos, or tagging the wrong person, or using an irrelevant hashtag.

It was via the latter mistake that the Pope accidentally found himself attempting to bestow a blessing upon the Catholic Church’s newly designated saints,” but in adding the hashtag symbol to the word, he accidentally gave it to the New Orleans Saints instead! Just ahead of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

And wouldn’t you know it? The Big Man delivered, shepherding the Saints to a victory! Clearly, the Pope meant to bless “saints” in general, not the gridiron gang in Louisiana, but them Who Dat boys will take it.

And so will their fans, who had a blast responding to the Pope’s tweet, with some using it for less than holy purposes:

Many welcoming @pontifex into Who Dat Nation:

Most understood it wasn’t intentional but then again, it doesn’t matter that it was a mistake, because the Pope doesn’t make those:

Just imagine if they’d lost!

Late Father Delivers Epic Funeral Dad Joke From Beyond the Grave

Dad's Joke at Funeral
(Twitter/Lucky2BBritish)

Funerals are generally pretty somber affairs. It’s never fun to lose a loved one, and the traditional thing to do is to show up dressed in black, mourn their passing, and then remember them fondly with a drink and some covered plates.

Every once and again, though, some brave soul throws a wrench in the proceedings and insists their life be celebrated, rather than friends and family sit around all bummed out. One pioneering dad did what he could to lighten the mood at his own funeral, providing his family with a pre-recorded message to play during the funeral, thus ensuring his mourners left the ceremony with a laugh and a smile on their face.

Last week, in Dublin, Ireland, Shay Bradley was laid to rest. The beloved father had one last surprise for his friends and family, which began playing as his casket was lowered.

As it starts descending, the message beings with a knocking sound, as if coming from inside the coffin. Then bagpipes begin to play, as Shay’s voice emanates, yelling, “Hello? Hello?”

The recording continues, with Shay’s voice shouting out: ‘Let me out! Where the f*ck am I?! Hello, hello! Let me out, it’s f*cking dark in here,’ he continued to shout, ‘Where the f*ck am I? Is that the priest I can hear?’

The priest smiled, and Shay’s family laughed, presumably used to his antics, and happy to fall victim to them one last time.

Video of the moment was shared on Twitter by a user named “Lucky2B1rish” with the caption: “Make them laugh til the very end. #Dublin #Funeral #Legend”

Underneath the video, Shay’s own daughter, Andrea, called her late father her “poppabear” and thanked ‘Lucky2B1rish’ aka Ciaran, for sharing it.

“My Poppabear. Thanks for sharing Ciaran #shayslastlaugh.”

Lucky2BBritish then shared a video celebrating Shay’s life.

After being posted yesterday, the tweet has already been liked over 5000 times and shared more than 1500 times. Legend indeed.

Father Figures: Killing It

“When we were 8 months pregnant, my husband’s job situation changed, but he stayed strong and was right by my side, just like he was throughout the whole pregnancy.

Then when I was in labor, he kept me steady and coached me through the process. After our sweet little dude, Justin, Jr. (J.J.), was born, Justin became a stay-at-home Dad.

He has absolutely killed it. He’s gotten the little dude on a consistent schedule, growing steadily and meeting every milestone.

Today, Justin is starting a new job and we are excited for him to be able to find a great job but I know that he will miss the time with the little one. I just wanted to acknowledge how AMAZING it is to have the full support and know that you are together against the whole world!”

– Nikki Eyraud

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

Sesame Street Addresses Addiction With New Puppet Karli

Karli Talks to Mom's Addiction
(YouTube/Sesame Street in Communities)

Sesame Street has a reputation as one of the best children’s television shows, and for good reason. Having been on the air for some 50 years now, the show has been at the forefront of teaching children positive lessons, as well as their ABCs and 123s, for decades.

Big Bird and the gang have never shied away from controversy either, always doing their best to incorporate some of the real-world concerns the kids watching might be dealing with. In previous years, the show has addressed topics like divorce, autism, parents in prison, foster care, and more. They recently added a new muppet to the mix to address an increasingly perilous and proliferating issue: opioid addiction.

Millions of children watch Sesame Street, and data shows that 5.7 million kids live in a home with a parent suffering from opioid dependency. There is bound to be some overlap, and so the show is tackling the topic head-on, via Karli, a new puppet with bright-green fur and yellow hair. The genius of the show is its ability to relate to kids via their puppets, even when covering difficult issues like drug addiction.

“There’s nothing else out there that addresses substance abuse for young, young kids from their perspective,” said Kama Einhorn, a senior content manager with Sesame Workshop said. “It’s also a chance to model to adults a way to explain what they’re going through to kids and to offer simple strategies to cope…Even a parent at their most vulnerable — at the worst of their struggle — can take one thing away when they watch it with their kids, then that serves the purpose.”

On her debut episode, Karli was joined by 10-year-old Salia Woodbury, whose parents are both recovering addicts. Their exchange confronted the topic in terms young kids can grasp, and drove home some of Sesame Street’s most enduring values: empathy and compassion.

“My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness,” Salia said.

“Yeah, a sickness that makes people feel like they have to take drugs or drink alcohol to feel OK. My mom was having a hard time with addiction and I felt like my family was the only one going through it. But now I’ve met so many other kids like us. It makes me feel like we’re not alone,” the puppet continued.

“Right, we’re not alone,” Salia responded. “And it’s OK to open up to people about our feelings.”

The segments are online-only and are supplemented with others that tackle that feature Elmo’s dad, Louie, discussing addiction as a sickness, and Karli mentioning the special meetings her parents attend.

Children’s therapist Jerry Moe spoke to Los Angeles’s Fox9 about the benefits of Sesame Street covering this tough topic.

“These boys and girls are the first to get hurt and, unfortunately, the last to get help,” he said. “For them to see Karli and learn that it’s not their fault and this stuff is hard to talk about and it’s OK to have these feelings, that’s important. And that there’s hope.”

Big Brother Helps Sister Out of Crib in Heartwarming Viral Video

Brother Helps Sister out of Crib
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When you have two kids (or more), the dream is that their relationship will unfold like a Disney movie (hopefully without the customary parent death), and they’ll grow up best friends, always looking out for one another.

In reality, it’s often more like a boxing match. No matter how close siblings are, there is always tension. But there is always the occasional precious moment when they play together nicely, or you catch them giving each other a hug.

One family in Santa Monica, California captured one such moment on camera, thanks to their baby cam, and the footage of a big brother going above an beyond to help his baby sister is catching fire online.

In the video, a little girl stands in her crib and calls to her big brother Levi across their bedroom, asking him to help her out so she can sleep next to him.

“Levi, I’m talking to you! I want to lay down in your bed…”

“AGAIN lay in bed?” Levi asks incredulously, before dutifully getting up and placing a stool outside his sister’s crib so she can climb down safely. Unfortunately, she accidentally left her baby doll behind, but once again it’s big brother to the rescue. Levi gets up one more time, climbs into his sister’s crib, and retrieves her doll for her.

“Tank you, Levi!”

Now that’s brotherly love.

Watch the video, which is going viral all over the place since!