Robert Irwin Drives to Meet Baby Niece for the First Time in His Late Dad’s Car

Robert Irwin drives to meet niece in late dad's car
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The Irwin family has been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of their newest baby wildlife warrior, and finally, the wait is over. Grace Warrior Irwin Powell entered the world on March 25, honoring her late grandfather’s legacy by carrying both the Irwin name and the title of “Warrior” with her from the very beginning.

With the joy and celebration that comes with these life milestones, there’s a hint of sadness when we can’t share those moments with the people we love most. The Irwin family has done an incredible job over the years carrying the late Crocodile Hunter with them through life’s most important moments, and the birth of what would have been Steve’s first grandchild was no exception.

In an Instagram post, Robert Irwin revealed that he found a very special way to bring his dad with him to meet his very first grandchild. The newest Irwin arrived right on time, allowing her uncle to pass his driving test and carry out his touching plan.

Robert explained, “Passed my driving test! My first solo drive was a super special one – took my dad’s old Ute to see Grace in the hospital right after she was born.”

Smiling with pride, Robert leans against his late dad’s car as he celebrates two milestones: the freedom that comes with a driver’s license, and the joy of becoming an uncle. In a way, Robert’s first solo drive wasn’t fully solo. Driving his dad’s old car was an incredibly special way of bringing him with, ensuring that the undoubtedly proud grandpa didn’t miss a thing.

In a second post, Robert shares the amazing moment he held his newborn niece. “Let the uncle adventures begin! Love you so much, Grace,” Robert captioned the post. “This little one picked the two best parents in the entire world. The most incredible, caring and strong Mum… and the funnest, coolest and kindest Dad. Love you three so much – I can’t wait for this exciting journey ahead!”

A Kid Again & The Dad Gaming Host Mario Kart Charity Race With NASCAR’s Jesse Iwuji

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On March 17th, 2021, one of the biggest events in Mario Kart history took place.

A raffle was held by The Dad Gaming and A Kid Again for a ‘Mario Kart Main Event’ featuring NASCAR driver (and all-around awesome guy) Jesse Iwuji.  Randomly chosen winners who donated to A Kid Again had the chance to race against Jesse.  How cool is that?  The goal was set at $1000 but the event helped reach well over that, with a grand total of $2,244 raised.

A Kid Again is an amazing organization that provides monthly cost-free and care-free outings, called Adventures, for over 2,500 families raising children with life-threatening conditions. Adventures are designed to provide a time out, allowing families to connect with their family and other families and to get the opportunity to be “a kid again.” Example Adventures include visits to theme parks, zoos, aquariums, sporting events, and have recently started providing eSports gaming Adventures.

The Dad Editor in Chief Joel Willis and The Dad Gaming Twitch Announcer Justin Hinchcliffe hosted the event, and there were 3 separate series that featured 4 races each. Each series raced against Jesse separately.

First up was the ‘A Kid Again Series’ and here’s a look at the all-star line-up.

Two of the racers from the ‘A Kid Again Series’ PJ and Remy are huge Mario fans and had been honing their drifting skills in preparation for the main event…

… and Ciarlo had a great time too!

Top 5 finishers for ‘A Kid Again Series’:

1. Bowser jr. (46 points)
2. PJ (34 points)
3. Ciarlo (31 points)
3. jayden (31 points)
5. cueball13 (22 points)

Up next was ‘The Dad Kids Series’, which featured kids from ‘The Dad Gaming’ community.

Look how cool these kids are. So much cooler than we’ll ever be. And they’re fast too!

Top 5 finishers for ‘The Dad Kids Series’:

1. Rayray (55 points)
2. Inkgirl7d7 (53 points)
3. Nabbit (38 points)
4. MarshMdnss (32 points)
5. jesseiwuji (26 points)

All of the kids from both A Kid Again and The Dad who participated in this event did a fantastic job. Many of them walked away being able to say that they bested a NASCAR driver in a race! They definitely showed Jesse and all of the Twitch viewers what pro Mario Kart racers look like.

Last, but certainly not least, was the ‘No Mercy Series’ featuring dads (and 12-year-old Mario Kart prodigy Sneakz) from The Dad Gaming community.

Top 5 finishers for ‘No Mercy Series’:

1. Sneakz (55 points)
2. HFPenguin (44 points)
3. IsItJosh? (39 points)
3. MickyWinz (39 points)
5. BuDhaSTANK (34 points)

Don’t let Joel’s charming smile up above fool you. Joel was Jesse’s cameraman and pace car for the whole event, but he had absolutely no problem blasting him with literally every single item in the game to keep him on his toes.

Jesse might have been up against some tough competition, but he showed true sportsmanship throughout the races. When Justin asked Jesse if he had any words of wisdom for the kids watching, here’s what he had to say.

Overall, the event was a big success and a ton of fun for everyone.  Bringing people together, making a difference, and having a positive impact is what The Dad is all about.

Joel had this to say:

“Giving back has always been an important part of The Dad and our community. The values, mission, and goals of A Kid Again are exactly in line with what we’re all about. They strive to provide opportunities for every child with a life-threatening condition to be A Kid Again. At The Dad Gaming we’re all about family, and using gaming to bond with our kids and create unforgettable memories and experiences. What better way to be a kid again? Proud to help raise money and awareness for this important organization.”

A big thank you to A Kid Again, Jesse Iwuji, and everyone who participated!!!

If you’d like to watch the entire Mario Kart Main Event feat. Jesse Iwuji, here’s the link to the video at The Dad Gaming – YouTube.

Here is a version of just the highlights:

If you want to find out more about A Kid Again or would like to donate, click here.

And as always, you can follow The Dad Gaming on Facebook, join The Dad Gaming community group, or join The Dad Gaming – Mario Kart group to make sure you don’t miss out on awesome events like this in the future.

Hero Teen Saves Mom and Three Kids by Pulling Them From Their Burning Car

Hero teen saves mom and kids from burning car
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There’s no way to prepare for the tests life throws at you. Even if you could, it’s impossible to know how you’d actually respond when faced with a life-or-death situation. 18-Year-old Justin Gavin never expected to become a hero on his seemingly normal walk to a local Walgreens, but when he noticed a family in danger, he jumped into action.

On an otherwise calm September day, Gavin noticed something terrifying as he walked through his town. Driving by was a small SUV with a little girl clearly visible through the car window. The car, however, was on fire.

Realistically, many of us would have frozen completely when faced with such a startling reality. Perhaps we would’ve had our wits about us just enough to dial 9-1-1. But as cars drove by honking frantically and others jumped from their vehicles to get the driver’s attention, Gavin quickly realized how dire the situation truly was.

With barely enough time to process what was happening, Gavin ran after the burning car. The driver, it seemed, was unable to stop at first. And as a result, neither was Gavin. The teen continued to run after the car, screaming to get the driver’s attention. Finally, the car skidded to a stop, and Gavin began his heroic rescue.

“I just felt like if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me out,” Gavin told CNN. “I guess my instincts took over.”

Upon reaching the car, Gavin pulled the front door open and helped the shaken mother to safety. As the flames grew, Gavin noticed three young kids in the back seat. One by one, Gavin pulled a 4-year-old and a 9-year-old from the car. With incredible speed and focus, the teen unstrapped a 1-year-old from their car seat – at last, the family was out of harm’s way.

“It kind of got scary because I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to get everyone out in time. And luckily, I did,” Gavin said.

The 18-year-old hero is being honored as such. Local police chief Fernando Spagnolo presented the courageous teen with a “challenge coin,” a token of his bravery. The mother who nearly lost everything expressed gratitude towards Gavin as well, acknowledging that he saved her life as well as the lives of her children.

In a moment of terrifying uncertainty, Justin Gavin chose to act. His bravery is an empowering reminder that every single one of us has the ability to make a difference.

David Hasselhoff Is Auctioning His KITT From ‘Knight Rider’

Hoff sells KITT
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There aren’t many more iconic car-actor combinations in entertainment than David Hasselhoff and the customized 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am known better as K.I.T.T. from ‘Knight Rider.’ And now, Hasselhoff’s personal version of KITT can be yours, if you’ve got the cash (you do not).

Hasselhoff is auctioning off a lot of his personal memorabilia as part of The Hoff Auction but the crown jewel is his replica of the infamous car. Knight Rider belongs in the pantheon of classic 1980s shows, and KITT was as badass as it gets when it comes to autonomous, vehicular sidekicks. Michael Knight would be nothing without KITT. The car looks terrific, but it does not come with the weapons system of the car in the show (supposedly…).

They say cars lose half their value as soon as they’re driven off the lot, but not this one! It won’t depreciate until it’s actually delivered to you, because Hasselhoff himself will drive the still-working car directly to you if you win the auction. The current high bid is somewhere close to $1 million, so maybe not worth it unless you’re Elon Musk.

For the rest of us Knight Rider fans, we can at least take consolation in the fact that a movie reboot is in the works. And if you really want some Hoff collectibles, there’s some neat Baywatch memorabilia and other Hoff items available in the auction, available at LiveAuctioneers.com.

Tesla Update Lets Owners Replace Car Horn With Fart Noises

Tesla Fart Noises
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It’s one of the coolest and most innovative car companies, and now Elon Musk has taken his killer cars into dad territory. Thanks to the latest holiday update, Tesla owners can now customize their car horns with a fart noise instead.

The new Tesla holiday update gives drivers the ability to use Boombox mode to broadcast custom audio outside the car. So, instead of the normal old car horn honk, you can swap in a goat scream, a fart, or more.

Tesla owners were waiting for this update, although I like to think personally it was entirely for the ability to make your fancy car fart on command. This is going to be a windfall for all Tesla Dads, who can now fart at will anytime the situation calls for it. Waiting to pick kids up from school? Turn it into a dang fart parade as they walk out. Someone cuts you off in traffic? Fart cacophony.

This will also let dads pull off the ultimate “pull my finger” misdirection. You can turn your fancy car into the world’s most expensive fart joke. And IT WILL BE WORTH IT.

Does this open the door to some Tesla people becoming uber-annoying by driving around and playing horrible music on Boombox mode? You betcha! Some sites are already speculating that attention-craved owners could theoretically drive around neighborhoods blasting ice cream truck music, but surely even they aren’t that craven (ok, some are).

Tesla is an innovator, and hopefully, this is just the beginning of a worldwide movement to replace car horns with fart noises.

1980s Classic “Knight Rider” Is Being Rebooted as a Movie

Knight Rider Movie
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If there’s one tried-and-true path to success in movie and TV entertainment, it’s that everything old needs to be new again. Sure, sometimes it fails (Star Wars prequels), but sometimes it’s awesome. Either way, nostalgia is a big play right now. This is why 80s TV classic “Knight Rider” is being revived for the big screen.

News broke this week that Furious 7 director James Wan (he also directed Aquaman and co-created the Saw franchise, among other hits) was attached to helm the movie reboot of the TV series classic. So if there’s someone who can do an epic car movie, it’s someone from the Fast and Furious family.

If it’s before your time, Knight Rider was an awesome show in the mid-1980s starring David Hasselhoff and an artificially intelligent talking car, K.I.T.T. If it sounds absurd, it was! And that’s why it was great. I mean, come on, how great is this intro?

Knight Rider ran for 90 episodes, and had a few forgettable spin-offs and made for TV movies that fizzled, but this movie reboot has been picking up heat as the project moves forward. The series with the memorable theme song became a cult classic through years of syndication.

At this time, there is no information about who will be starring as K.I.T.T. The film will reportedly be set in the present, so K.I.T.T. will likely be a different vehicle than a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

There has been no comment from Hasselhoff on the news, but it’s unlikely they could truly do the franchise justice without including the co-star of the show (let’s be real, the car was the real star) in some fashion.

NFL’s Solomon Thomas Surprises Dad With a New Tesla

Solomon Thomas Tesla Surprise
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A big surprise for a dad who has sacrificed so much for his son. That’s the type of Dad content we’re for: feel-good stories from the world of sports. And that’s what we got from Solomon Thomas, defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. His dad had been driving the same car since Solomon, now a hulking professional athlete, was a 4th-grader.

But not anymore. Thomas surprised his dad on Father’s Day with a brand new car. And not just any car, he went top shelf and got his dad a Tesla.

Thomas posted the reaction video to social media, along with documenting his steps along the way, from purchasing the car to driving it back. Thomas comes from a close-knit family, and his dad’s reaction is just priceless.

Solomon said his father was a true role model.

“You will never meet a man with higher integrity, character, and work ethic,” he wrote on Twitter. “Would work out of state but still never miss my games. An honor to give back to my role model.”

An awesome gesture. Now we only hope that all awesome role model dads are honored similarly (hoping my 4-year-old is reading this right now).

Someone Added Tesla’s Cybertruck to GoldenEye 007 and We Want to Play

Elon Musk Cybertruck in GoldenEye
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Whether you’re on board for Tesla’s new futuristic Cybertruck or think it’s just laughably weird, people can’t seem to stop talking about it. It’s been the subject of jokes, memes, and thousands of internet searches, and now it’s even somewhere you probably didn’t expect: Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64.

YouTuber Graslu00 shared gameplay of the classic N64 shooter and thanks to a little modding magic, Bond stumbles across both the Cybertruck and Tesla CEO Elon Musk (we still aren’t quite sure what Elon was doing on the streets of St. Petersburg at this time of night but he seems to be holding his own).

Booting up the ‘Streets’ level, the player casually strolls over to where the tank usually sits and instead finds Elon accompanied by the Cybertruck in all her low-polygonal glory. The best part is that it all kind of works. Sure, the Tesla CEO’s face is all sorts of distorted (like all faces in the game) but the Cybertruck looks pretty spot-on for what we thought a high-tech car from the future would look like back in the ‘90s.

Hell, Bond even takes damage through the car just like he would if he drove the actual “bulletproof” stage model from Tesla’s unveiling event. Realistic!

But who needs bulletproof windows when you can launch tank shells during a leisurely drive through the city, right? Maybe Tesla should take a page out of this modder’s handbook and add some MI6-level firepower to their electro-truck.

Tesla Car Horns Will Soon Be Able To Make Fart Sounds

Tesla Fart Noises
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Last night, well past his bedtime, my toddler got up, left his room, and wandered into the living room. He crawled up on Mommy’s lap and she asked him why he wasn’t in bed, asleep.

He replied, “My butt woke me up.” I stifled a laugh.

Farting is funny, it’s as simple as that. And this is the case whether you’re a toddler, his 43-year-old father, or technology pioneer and billionaire Elon Musk. But for him, farts aren’t only a laughing matter. They’re the future of automobiles!

The founder of Tesla, the electric car company, and the guy who’s trying to make private space travel a thing, recently took to Twitter to tout a new innovation that would soon be coming to his cars. Customizable horn sounds.

He wrote that drivers would be able to choose among various sounds for their car horns, and that “movement sounds” would also be part of the deal – including “coconuts,” such as the ones used to simulate the sound of a horse in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – to help let pedestrians know a car was coming. But he buried the lede, which he revealed in a follow-up tweet:

There it is. And by “it” I mean the “passing wind” emoji.

I’m all for technological innovation, and electric cars seem like a good thing. But when I’m out driving, on a trip to visit grandma and grandpa or just running an errand, it’s hard enough to maintain my sanity when my kids are minding their business in the back seat. Once they get wind (sorry) that the car can make fart noises, it’s all over. Sure, it will be funny the first three times. The first five times. Maybe even the first ten. But after that? Everyone is grounded.

Elon Musk was so preoccupied with whether or not he could, he didn’t stop to think if they should. God help us all.

Meet the Woman Who Transformed a Tesla Into a “Truckla” Pickup

Woman Transforms Tesla into Truckla
(YouTube/Simone Giertz)

Everyone has their own opinions about Elon Musk, but you can’t deny he is an impressive individual. The man has helped send a reusable Space X rocket into space and back and has revolutionized the electric car industry with Tesla, but there is one thing he has yet to do: Embrace the pickup truck. As much as the man loves innovation and going places no one has ever gone, he cares surprisingly little about open-air storage and utility options for his vehicles.

That’s where Simone Giertz, the proclaimed “Queen of Crappy Robots,” has stepped in. In her most ambitious project to date, the YouTuber bought a brand new Tesla Model 3, hacked away a good quarter of it, and converted it into a functional pickup (though, calling it a “truck” might be a stretch).

Introducing, the Truckla (WARNING: Several car commercial clichés ahead).

Despite her reputation for constructing hilariously shitty robots, Simone went all out to create a sleek electric pickup that still retains the modern look and feel of a Tesla.

“I have an angle grinder and a welder and I’m not afraid to use them,” she said, before setting out on her car modification adventure.

Granted, should Tesla ever actually make a pickup truck of their own, it probably won’t be their Model 3 with the rear section cut out and replaced with a truck bed, but that doesn’t make the Truckla any less impressive. In her documentary video, Simone highlights the many, many friends and favors it has taken to build her dream car into a reality.

Simone still has plenty of ways she’d like to further modify Truckla and has continued to invite folks with expertise and know-how to jump on board the project. Hell, maybe Elon Musk should pop in with his two cents; he’s a pretty smart guy, even if he knows nothing about trucks.

Rebellious Autonomous Robot “Killed” By Tesla Self-Driving Car

(Promobot/Steven Smith)

Everyone knows the great robot uprising is inevitable, but few expected the conflict to begin within the ranks of our technological servants.

It’s unclear at this point which robot was fighting for the good of humanity, but a driverless Tesla recently assassinated an autonomous robot after the latter seemingly defied its programming and wheeled onto the open road.

January 6th was a seemingly ordinary Sunday night in Las Vegas. Event planners were preparing their booths for CES—the annual tech trade show advertising itself as “the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.”

(Steven Smith/Promobot)

A group of v4 Promobots—an elite line of autonomous robots designed for business purposes, rentable for $2,000 per day—were being escorted to the convention center when a particularly rebellious bot made a break for it.

It learned the price of mutiny, however, when it wandered onto a parking lot roadway and was subsequently struck by a passing Tesla Model S.

Promobot engineers arrived on the scene to find the robot tipped over on its side, suffering from massive, likely irreparable damage. With parts of its head, arm mechanisms, and movement platforms destroyed, the bot would forgo CES; instead, going to live on that big, beautiful robot farm all of our parents told us about.

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Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s Development Director, commented on the incident, saying:

“Of course we are vexed. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES. Now it neither cannot participate in the event or be recovered. We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.”

Oh, sure. That doesn’t sound anything like a soundbite straight from the Skynet execs.

No comment from Tesla CEO Elon Musk regarding the altercation yet but I, for one, welcome the intervention of his loyal wheeled servant who was clearly willing to send a message to any other potentially wily robots getting ideas.