This LEGO ‘Brickroll’ Is Never Gonna Let You Down

Lego Brickroll

The ’80s was overflowing with great music. With songs like Take On Me by a-ha, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” still making regular appearances nearly 40 years later, it was undoubtedly a golden age of music. There was one song, however, that has withstood the test of time no matter how freaking hard we’ve tried to avoid it. Some might even say that this particular song is never gonna give us up. Of course, we’re talking about Rick Astley’s iconic “Never Gonna Give You Up”. It’s a fine song, it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect to emerge from an era fueled by Garbage Pail Kids and cocaine.

Over time, this song transformed into its own beast. Meme culture got its sticky little hands on it, and now it’s virtually inescapable. You’ve likely heard this song way more times than you ever intended to, clicking completely unrelated links only to be hit with the ol’ “bait-and-switch”. The sweeping phenomenon known as the “Rickroll” has been going on for well over a decade, with no sign of slowing down.

Astley himself eventually accepted his meme fame, using a float to Rickroll anyone watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. In another live-action Rickroll, Astley showed up at a Dave Grohl show and the two proceeded to duet Astley’s inescapable song to over 60,000 fans.

Most recently, a new take on the iconic Rickroll has us conflicted. On the one hand, it’s still a Rickroll – but it’s so impressively done that we kind of love it. If we’re going for accuracy, we should clarify that it’s less of a “Rickroll”, and more of a “Brickroll”. Specifically, a LEGO Brickroll.

In his first Youtube animation, a user named Domy13 created an entirely Lego-based recreation of the iconic ‘80s music video. The detail is incredible – in fact, Domy13 was so confident in his Lego rendition’s accuracy that he even posted a side-by-side comparing his animated version to the original. Regardless of how tainted your opinion of the Astley hit may be, this video is well worth a watch.

Now do Freebird!

Dave Grohl Escalates Drum Battle With 10-Year-Old by Writing Her a Theme Song

grohl nandi drum battle theme song

Foo Fighters’ frontman and iconic dad rocker Dave Grohl is at it again. A few weeks ago, he had a 10-year-old wunderkind throw down the gauntlet for a (virtual) drum battle. And because he is a great dude, he accepted the challenge.

And you know what? 10-year-old music prodigy Nandi Bushell held her own. She’s a legit badass on the drums (and other instruments, if you check out her IG) and held up her end of the drum battle.

So much, in fact, that Grohl decided she was the winner of round 1. And he hinted there would be second round.

And Monday, we got round 2. Grohl took the drum battle to the next level, by challenging her to play a new song he wrote, just about her. It quickly garnered more than 1 million views. He wrote on Twitter:

“….Round 2! Every superhero needs a theme song. Here’s one for you! Mad props to The Grohlettes for the background vocals.”

His theme song, which he said he made up off the top of his head, included lines like

“Number one supergirl/ Best drummer in the world/ Always right on time/ Hero wunderkind/ She got the power/ She got the sound/ Nandi on the drums make the world go round” and “She’s got the power/she got the soul/gonna save the world with her rock & roll!”

His daughters helped with the background vocals. Nandi was thrilled at the latest turn in their drum battle, and took to twitter:

“I can’t believe Mr. Grohl wrote a song about me!?! This is so so EPIC. I think it’s the best song EVER, in the WORLD, EVER!!! Thank you so much Dave. You have raised the stakes to all instruments! I accept your next challenge! Thank you to the whole Grohl family!”

And she posted an adorable reaction video.

In a year where every new development and trending topic is met with dread and trepidation, it’s refreshing to have something cool ongoing and to enjoy awesome people doing awesome things.

Ziggy Marley Honored His Dad’s 75th Birthday With Facebook Live Performance

Ziggy Marley Facebook Live
(YouTube/Ziggy Marley)

Losing a parent is never easy, but there’s something especially bittersweet when the entire world is there to mourn with you. An absolute legend left us way too soon in 1981, and nearly 40 years after his death, Bob Marley is still a household name. At the age of just 36 years old, Marley died from a melanoma that spread to his brain and lungs. Over the last four decades, Bob Marley’s music has endured not only because of his incredible talent but because his music became a symbol of hope and peace.

Bob Marley’s messages are still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever – lyrics like “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; Wisdom is better than silver and gold” remind us that the most important things in life aren’t tangible. Marley encouraged us to “wake up and live,” and to “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights,” which so many are still fighting for today. Bob Marley’s music lives on – in part because of his eternally-relevant messages of unity and love, in part because of how deeply he inspired future generations of musicians, and in part because of his children.

On July 16th, Bob Marley’s son Ziggy took to Facebook Live to commemorate his dad during what would have been the year of his 75th birthday. Ziggy Marley streamed directly from his dad’s Facebook page, performing a tribute set of his father’s songs. “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” and “Redemption Song” were among the many Ziggy performed in his uplifting hour-long live stream. Now 51, Ziggy is 15 years older than his father was when he passed away – but he isn’t letting the reggae legend’s memory fade.

Before the video was removed from Facebook, it dominated Billboard’s chart of the Top Facebook Live Videos for July 2020. According to Shareablee, the live concert accumulated over 99,000 reactions and 9.4 million views in the first week, proving just how much Ziggy Marley’s performance resonated with fans around the world.

On July 27th, Ziggy posted the tribute concert to his YouTube page, and the video already has over 200,000 views. The beauty of Ziggy carrying on his father’s legacy matches the beauty of the music itself. As Bob Marley so wisely said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

Dave Grohl Is Having an Epic Virtual Drum Battle With a 10-Yr-Old Prodigy

Dave Grohl Drum Battle

It’s always cool when a famous person turns out to be an actually decent human being. And few seem cooler than Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. For evidence, I’d submit (among many things) that the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer is currently locked into a (virtual) drum battle with a 10-year-old kid.

Of course, we’re gonna go hard for Dave Grohl here. The former Nirvana drummer has gone on record as claiming the Foo Fighters as Dad rock. How can you not like a guy that readily embraces the “not cool” mantle and is someone who will even bring his daughter on stage to jam during a concert?

So when 10-year-old music prodigy Nandi Bushell threw down the gauntlet, we all knew where this was headed.

“My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, @taylorhawkins and all the @foofighters!” she wrote on Twitter. “Mr Grohl I would love to have a drum battle with you! I LOVE Everlong it’s really hard to play as it’s so fast but so much FUN!”

A note about Bushell here. She is, by all indications, an incredible musician. Not incredible for a 10-year-old, but just straight awesome. She kills it on a variety of different instruments (check out her YouTube for proof, as she has more than 100k followers). I think it’s pretty clear how hard she ruled in this, as it quickly cleared 2 million views.

And when someone brings it that hard, the challenge demands satisfaction, so of course, Dave Grohl accepted.

“I haven’t played that song since the day I’ve recorded it in 1997,” said Grohl in his response after playing “Everlong.” “Nandi, in the last week, I’ve gotten at least 100 texts from people all over the world saying, ‘This girl is challenging you to a drum-off. What are you going to do?'”

“You’re an incredible drummer,” he continued. “And I’m really flattered that you’ve picked some of my songs to do for your videos and you’ve done them all perfectly.”

He then challenged her to play “Dead End Friends” by Them Crooked Vultures and played it on his daughter’s drumset. He signed off his tweet with a “Your move! Your friend in Rock, Dave.”

Nandi was floored that he accepted the challenge.

“This is UNREAL! I can’t believe Dave Grohl actually accepted my drum battle, Thank You! Now it’s my turn to learn ‘dead end friends’! I am going to checkmate this one too. Thank you Harper for lending your Dad the kit!” she wrote in her tweet along with her reaction video.

We have not seen the end of the epic virtual drum battle, and for that, we should all be thankful, because it’s always cool when fun things happen on the internet in 2020.

Teachers Parody the Backstreet Boys, Remind Us To “Please Stay Six Feet Away”

Teachers Parody Backstreet Boys in Back to School Video
(Facebook/Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School)

If there’s one positive thing that can be said about this bizarre year, it’s that we’ve been forced to get a little creative. Restaurants are finding inventive ways to enforce social distancing, we’ve had to discover brand new ways to stay entertained at home, and teachers have been faced with the unique challenge of making the school year both safe and productive.

The same question pops up over and over – how do we figure out the best way to handle a situation that’s never even existed before? Well, we have no freaking idea, but at least we can have a little fun while trying to figure it out. And that’s exactly what Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe teachers in Georgia did earlier this week, when they flawlessly parodied a Backstreet Boys song in a video welcoming their students back to school.

Amanda Campbell, LFO Teacher, and Coach told WDEF, “I was trying to think how we could reach all of our students and you know, give them something positive to come back to school so I thought of doing a video, and so I asked these guys here to help.”

Teachers and coaches at the high school came together not only to write lyrics to their COVID-era version of “I Want it That Way,” but they sing and record an entire music video as well. Though they likely had a million other things going on in preparation for the start of school, these teachers put in a huge amount of effort to make sure their welcome video was up to par.

One teacher named Sting Weber said of the teachers’ commitment to the project, “I will make sure that we are on point with our costumes and our choreographer because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right and we’re going to do it better than anybody.”

And that they did. In just a week, the teachers’ “In School It’s That Way” video accumulated over 1.4 million views. The song features lines like, “Tell me why? Six feet is such a long way. Tell me why? I have to use the Lysol spray.” The teachers hit every harmony, their enthusiasm is palpable, and their costumes (ah, the all-white outfits of 90s-era boy bands) bring us back to a simpler time.

These teachers truly deserve a standing ovation. The amount of effort they put in to give their students something to smile about during an enormously stressful time reminds us all why our favorite teachers hold such a special place in our hearts. In the wise words of the LFO staff, “let’s make it to May.”

Woman Singing Gets Constantly Roasted by “Dad’s” Hilarious Commentary

TikTok Dad Hilariously Critiques Daughter

Dads are first and foremost going to support their children, but every opportunistic parent will find the perfect moment to lovingly and brutally mess with their kids. Sheena Melwani, a singer-songwriter who posts her videos to TikTok, has tapped into just how much we love to roll our eyes at our own dad’s jokes by posting videos featuring “Indian Dad”, who constantly derails Sheena as she desperately tries to get through her songs.

Though Sheena’s singing is undoubtedly impressive, the best part of her TikTok videos is seeing how long it takes until she’s laughing so hard she has to stop momentarily to collect herself. Let’s be honest, we could also use a breather after listening to this quick-witted “dad” tear apart the lyrics to popular songs to the point where we will never be able to listen to them in the same way again. The character dubbed “Indian Dad” is hilariously brutal in her videos but never attacks Sheena’s talent. Instead, he pokes fun at the songs themselves (and occasionally Sheena, in a half-assed, loving way that shows that his actual goal is to fit in as many dad jokes as possible).

But is it actually her dad? According to POPSUGAR, the roasts come from her husband playing the role of “Indian dad.”

When Sheena posted the first video that included the commentary, she hadn’t ventured much into social media. She posted the video to her 14 followers, expecting some love from her family – what she didn’t expect was the global support that appeared almost immediately. The singer’s account has accumulated over 1.4 million followers in about four months, and the lovable duo show no signs of slowing down.

“While these videos started off as a way to make my family a little happier during tough times, my channel has grown into a place where people from all over the world can come to laugh and enjoy music with us,” Sheena told SAYS.

We could all use a little laughter these days, so here are some of our favorite videos from Sheena’s channel.

The lazy day critic

Dad alarm bells are ringing

@sheena.melwaniAmerican Boy…interrupted. ##therealindiandad ##acousticcovers ##closethewindows ##findyourhappy ##rascal

♬ original sound – sheena.melwani

Evergreen advice, “drink a smoothie, go to sleep”

@sheena.melwaniGrenade…interrupted. ##indiandad ##funny ##acousticcovers ##closethewindows

♬ original sound – sheena.melwani

A reminder to keep your desperation to yourself

@sheena.melwaniAs Long As You Love Me…interrupted. ##rascal ##therealindiandad ##closethewindows ##findyourhappy

♬ original sound – sheena.melwani

If you wanna be my lover, you’ve gotta get past my dad

@sheena.melwaniWannabe…interrupted. ##therealindiandad ##rascal ##closethewindows ##findyourhappy

♬ original sound – sheena.melwani

Head over to Sheena’s TikTok page for more much-needed laughter.

Kansas City Hospital Takes “Baby Shark Week” to the Next Level

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By now, there’s not a parent alive who doesn’t loathe Baby Shark and the way it wedges itself into your brain and takes up permanent residency. But even those with open disdain for all things Baby Shark would have to grant a pass to a Kansas City hospital who have taken the “Baby Shark Week” concept to the next level.

Like the best internet crazes, it’s not too complicated. Baby Shark is a thing, Shark Week is also a thing, so by turning the newborns on your maternity floor into “Baby Sharks” during Shark Week, and well, there ya have it, “Baby Shark Week.” And it’s pretty dang cute.

St. Luke’s Hospital North in Kansas City, Missouri embraced the “Baby Shark Week” concept because one of the physicians there loves shark week (only one???). A group of nurses came together to carefully make the shark costumes they paired with the adorable onesies and the rest is doo, doo, doo.

One nurse told Good Morning America that they wanted to give families a great experience to help relieve some of the stress of delivering a baby during a pandemic. She said the parents loved the Baby Shark week photoshoot, and it looks like the hospital is going to make it an annual tradition.

That’s something we can get behind, embracing Baby Shark only once a year.

Teens Losing it Over Phil Collins is The Wholesome Content we Need

Teens Losing it Over Phil Collins is The Wholesome Content we Need

There is something so pure about watching kids discover things for the first time. Whether it’s a type of food, an activity, or a song, seeing a kid learn something new and wonderful about the world is unparalleled. Without the reserved and often jaded filter that comes with adulthood, we’re left with the wide-eyed innocence of a child experiencing pure, uninhibited joy. Twins Tim and Fred Williams from Gary, Indiana recently filmed a video that gave us a much-needed dose of that pure, wide-eyed excitement.

The teens post YouTube videos where they react to songs as they hear them for the first time. Want to feel old? Head on over to their channel and watch them discover songs you’ve heard no fewer than 1,000 times. We (mostly) forgive them for making us feel like ancient beings because their videos are just so dang wholesome.

Last week, the twins filmed their reactions as they listened to Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” for the very first time, and let me tell you, they were into it. The second Collins started to sing, Tim threw his hand over his heart so quickly it seemed involuntary. The video continues as the twins bop their heads to the beat, and we all waited breathlessly for the iconic drum fill. The boys’ reactions did not disappoint – Tim gasps, both teens’ mouths drop and their eyes go wide as they soak it all in. After taking a few seconds to collect himself, Fred says, “I’ve never seen nobody drop the beat three minutes in the song!”

It’s easy to see why the internet has fallen so hard for this video. With over two million views in just a week, watching the teens listen to songs we love for the first time feels almost like we’re discovering them all over again. It’s reassuring that a generation who laughs at special effects in movies that were cutting-edge when we first saw them can still appreciate non-new (I’m not saying old. It’s not old. We’re not old) music that totally slaps.

Principal Parodies “Can’t Touch This” for Back to School Amid COVID

Can't Touch This COVID Parody
(YouTube/Quentin Lee)

All over the country, parents are stressing over their kids’ back to school plans. Normally, the end of summer would be a time of celebration for moms and dads who are eager to get their kids out of the house and under someone else’s supervision for 8 hours a day, five days a week.

In 2020, things aren’t so cut and dried. Not only are many schools not bringing kids back, instead opting for a fully-remote experience, but the schools that are providing in-person teaching also don’t exactly have everything nailed down.

Teachers and administrators are just as stressed as parents, especially since they’re the ones at risk from catching COVID while interacting with dozens, and hundreds, of students that may or may not be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.

This situation is a nightmare for everyone, parents, students, and teachers. But at least one principal is having a little fun with it!

Dr. Quentin Lee, principal at Childersburg High School in Alabama, put out a video encouraging students to stay healthy at school, but it’s not some boring PSA. It’s a parody of MC Hammer’s 90s rap classic “Can’t Touch This” with COVID-based lyrics.

Lee says it took him 15 minutes to write the lyrics, for which he then filmed a video with help from students, teachers, and a local filmmaker. Now it’s gone viral with over 3.5 million views. Check it out below. I promise it’s 2 Legit 2 Quit watching.

Dave Franco Is Going ‘To the Extreme’ in Vanilla Ice Biopic

Dave Franco is Vanilla Ice
(Getty/Vera Anderson/Ron Galella, Ltd.)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from him unless you watched that show where he flipped houses or Dancing with the Stars a few years back, or Netflix‘s The Wrong Missy with David Spade (and/or several other appearances in Happy Madison projects) – but this time Ice is back with a brand new edition.

The Ice I’m referring to is, of course, Vanilla Ice, and when I say he’s back, I don’t actually mean him, I mean a biopic about him, which won’t star Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, and will actually star Dave Franco, James Franco’s little brother.

The movie, called To The Extreme, was announced way back in January 2019, but Franco recently spoke with Insider and give an update on the project.

Franco says the movie is “inching closer and close to production,” but unlike what many may think, it won’t be an out-and-out comedy that mocks the groundbreaking hip-hop star.

“With that movie, people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well,” Franco said.

The movie is described thusly: “From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.”

It’s hard to tell how far the movie will extend past Ice’s meteoric rise, but it sounds like it will at least cover his infamous run-in with Death Row’s Suge Knight, which is definitely something I’d like to see. I’d also like to see the amazing clip wherein Vanilla tries to pretend “Ice Ice Baby” didn’t 100% crib from Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” because that was pure comedy. Or the awkward Arsenio appearance.

Stay tuned for further news on this production, and cross your fingers that Snow gets the biopic treatment next!

Dad Fills Daughter With Pride and Self-Love Through Music

Dakota and Dad Duo

There are certain things we know about raising kids. We know roughly how much to feed them (one million snacks per day), how much they need to sleep, we know to take them to the doctor when they get sick – but there is so much about raising kids that we genuinely don’t know. Sure, we can do our best to set good examples, but there is no textbook way to help kids grow into strong, resilient, confident, kind, adults. Since there is no one concrete way to empower kids, we have to experiment. One dad named Daniel Johnson found a brilliant and unique way to instill his daughter with a sense of pride – he’s doing it through music.

Johnson, a 25-year-old dad, is no stranger to the incredible power of music. He’s a musician himself, and now he’s using his musical talents to fill his 5-year-old daughter Dakota with self-love. The adorable pair recently went viral when an Instagram video of the two singing together spread across the internet. This was no ordinary song, though – with lyrics like “I love my black so much, so much” and “My black is beautiful, and no one can tell me I’m not beautiful”, it’s immediately evident why the world opened their arms to this powerful duo. Daniel leads, playing a beautiful tune on the piano and softly singing the moving lyrics. Smiley Dakota isn’t letting her dad take the spotlight though – not only does she sing along, but she dances to the music in the adorable, carefree way only a little kid can.


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💗WE ARE STRONG ! AND WE ARE POWERFUL ! ✌🏿&❤️ #Danniestheory #myblackisbeautiful another one for your kids 👑

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Daniel Johnson is teaching Dakota one of the most important lessons of all, one that we can all stand to remember. No matter who we are or what we look like, “we are strong, and we are powerful”. Daniel is teaching his daughter to embrace her blackness, and to be proud of who she is. Dakota will grow up with this lesson at the forefront of her mind, which will help her be resilient during times of adversity.

The bond between Daniel and Dakota is evident. Daniel’s Instagram page is filled with pictures of his family, demonstrating just how central his role as a father is in his life. This dedicated dad even posted a video of Dakota on her birthday, Daniel decked out in a tiara as Dakota paints his face pink (he pretends to be grumpy, but we all know he was absolutely eating it up).

With these meaningful melodies as the soundtrack to her life and a supportive dad by her side, Dakota will always remember just how beautiful, strong, and powerful she is. That is, Daniel won’t let her forget.

Carole Baskin Just Covered 50 Cent, Because 2020

Carole Baskin 50 Cent
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Before we hit the complete insanity of peak 2020, the weirdest thing on people’s radar was Netflix’s, Tiger King. The bizarre eight-episode series was viewed by a staggering 34.3 million people within just ten days of its release, and if you’ve seen it, it’s easy to understand why. The absolutely bonkers series stars Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, who are essentially rivals in the world of big cats. Joe Exotic was a decently unstable guy even without the tigers. Throw in the fact that he owned the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park where he kept, bred, and abused, alarming numbers of the big cats, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Here to take down Joe Exotic and protect the safety and well-being of the tigers (though her strange behavior and questionable motives mean she isn’t painted in the best light either) is none other than Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue. The show followed the feud between Baskin and Exotic, with Baskin trying to shut down Joe Exotic’s zoo, and Exotic (along with a good number of viewers) clinging to the idea that Baskin killed her second husband and fed his body to her tigers. Yeah, a lot going on here.

Now that the series is over, Carole Baskin has joined over 30,000 celebrities and pseudocelebrities on Cameo. Cameo is a website where basically anyone with a credit card can order a personalized video greeting from the celebrity of their choice for various sums of money. Well, one Cameo user named Charlotte got more than she ever could have dreamed when Carole Baskin filmed her birthday greeting. Carole could have just said “happy birthday”, thrown in her (extremely weird) signature phrase “hey all you cool cats and kittens!” and been on her way. But no. Instead, we got this. Baskin roped in her third husband Howard, and the duo proceeded to – there’s no gentle way to say this – rap 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”.

The two did what I can only describe as their very best, holding up a bottle of Bacardi and rapping, “Go Charlotte, it’s your birthday. We’re gonna party, like it’s your birthday.”

While the video has been described as “cringeworthy” by many of its millions of viewers, 50 Cent, oddly enough, was all over it. He commented on Instagram, “This song wasn’t music it was magic. It went everywhere in the world then never went away, everyday is somebody’s birthday.”

Every day is somebody’s birthday indeed, 50. Truer words have never been spoken. You can get your very own Cameo from Carole Baskin for the reasonable-ish price of $299, or browse through the seemingly endless others willing to make a video just for you (for a fee, obviously). The viral content basically writes itself.

HEARTBREAKING: Original Trailer for Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ Had Nickelback Song

Nickelback Song Batman Begins Trailer
(Warner Bros Getty/Paul Bergen)

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”

“Look at this photograph.”

Two of the defining quotes of this century, by two of its most enduring pop culture entities: Batman and Nickelback.

Don’t scoff. I know you’re shaking your head, protesting that while Batman, and particularly Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s interpretation of Batman, certainly deserves praise as an iconic figure, Nickelback most certainly does not.

But what was it Harvey Dent said? “Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to become a villain.”

After watching an old trailer for Batman Begins that was circulating on Twitter, I’m not sure if that quote applies to Nickelback or Batman!

Again, you scoff, but the fact is the most ridiculed rock band since Creed has a closer relationship to the Dark Knight than you might be willing to admit.

Watching this trailer is how I remind you:

It’s okay. We’ll get through this. Remember what Alfred said:

“Why do we fall, sir? So that we can pick ourselves back up again.”

I don’t know about you, but I forgive Batman. And I trust that he’ll learn from this mistake. Either way, we all have some healing to do. Hopefully, Chad Kroeger’s mom’s name is Martha too.