It’s your kid’s second birthday, the first birthday where they actually seem to know what’s going on, so it has to be great. You bought a cake, decorated, invited a few close friends over, and spent hours agonizing over the perfect birthday gift. The moment of truth finally arrives as you pull your little one’s present from its sparkly bag. Sure, it cost more than you probably should have spent, but you only turn two once. A grin spreads across her face as she begins to reach towards her new toy, and you realize you freaking did it. But wait – she’s reaching … past the toy? It’s the bag. She wants the bag. Cool.
This baffling disconnect happens almost daily. There are ads for toddler toys, and yet they prefer banging a paper towel tube against the floor like some kind of lunatic. It seems like the toddler toy section should be filled with household items and assorted trash, and yet these toy companies press on. To investigate this perplexing phenomenon, one Texas dad decided to run some Very Scientific Tests.
With the help of his 14-month-old daughter Charlie, Austin Geter uses a bracket-style system to figure out whether his toddler prefers toys or household items. First up: stuffed bear vs. dad’s wallet. Austin places both items in front of his daughter, and as Charlie waddles towards the bear, we collectively question our sanity. Is it just our kids? Should we go ahead and spend their college funds now?
@charliegeterThis is a HUGE tournament. And we are moving on to the semi finals next! I’ll post it soon 🥰
Fortunately, the next few tests prove that it is most definitely not just our kids. Charlie chooses a brown cardboard box over a ball, a doorknob over a colorful piano, a screwdriver over a robotic toy sloth that throws a brightly colored ball.
Admittedly, I had to pause the video and take a short break after Charlie chose a spoon over a $60 whale toy. There seems to be no method to Charlie’s madness, no remorse for her ruthlessness. Austin’s bracket has received over 700,000 likes and thousands of comments, with viewers unsure of why they simply cannot stop watching.
“I’ve never been more invested in anything in my life,” one TikTok user wrote. “Where was this video when March madness got cancelled?” wrote another.
True to his word, Austin uploaded the final showdown. So who won? Did a toy take home the prize, or did a household item reign supreme? Find out in the video below.
@charliegeterThe finals! It was a close one 😂 who did you pick to take it all?