Touching Tributes Poured in for The Crocodile Hunter on Steve Irwin Day

November 15 Steve Irwin Day
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14 years ago the world lost Steve Irwin, a man whose larger-than-life personality was outshined only by his enormous heart. The Crocodile Hunter inspired people around the world to take an active interest in animals, and he made wildlife conservation a priority throughout his life. Irwin left a mark on the world of environmental activism, so much so that November 15 has been named Steve Irwin Day. The day was chosen because it aligns with the birthday of one of Steve’s favorite animals, a tortoise from the Galápagos Islands named Harriet who lived to be 175.

The Steve Irwin Day website explains, “As wildlife warriors, we believe that every life is worth rescuing. We believe that anyone can be a Wildlife Warrior. We believe khaki is not just a colour – it’s an attitude! We believe that if you save one – you can save the species. We believe that even kids can make a difference. We believe in living the motto each day – KHAKI IT! Remember, anyone can make a difference. All you have to do is KHAKI IT!”

Tributes to the one and only Crocodile Hunter poured in on this year’s Steve Irwin Day, splashing shades of khaki across social media.

Steve’s daughter Bindi shared a classic picture of her dad

Robert Irwin, Steve’s son reminded everyone to wear their khaki

Pictures of the Crocodile hunter remind us how much he valued both conservation and family

Even The Wiggles showed up to say few words

Animal Planet reminded us that there will never be anyone quite like Steve Irwin

The Australia Zoo, “Home of the Crocodile Hunter,” shared a classic Irwin-ism

Terri Irwin, Steve’s wife, invited us all to celebrate

An Australian YouTuber shared a memory that made us all jealous

Chandler Powell, Bindi Irwin’s husband, shared a beautiful tribute

The Wildlife Warriors, founded by Steve and Terri Irwin, shared multiple quotes about the Crocodile Hunter’s impact

Happy Steve Irwin Day to everyone whose life the Crocodile Hunter touched. And remember, wear your khaki.

Stefon Diggs Has the Best Cleats in the NFL, Hands Down

Custom Cleats
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The Buffalo Bills have been one of the bigger surprises of the young NFL season. The Bills are atop the AFC East, especially with Tom Brady out of New England and Pats QB Cam Newton on the COVID-list. And it’s no fluke, Josh Allen has continued to deliver in a huge way and offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs has been THRIVING. As good as he is on the field, though, he’s even better in the cleats department.

Custom shoes are just fun. You should either go full cheap and full comfort, i.e. a classic dad shoe (Nike Air Monarch guy myself) or go with something cool and fun, like Toy Story sneakers or Chewbacca shoes.

Diggs knows kicks. For instance, how can you not love him rocking the Hangover-inspired cleats for the Bills game against Vegas?

Answer: you cannot hate, because the cleats are beyond reproach. And the shoes worked their magic on the field too, as Diggs had more than 100 yards receiving in the Bills 30-23 win over the Raiders.

And Diggs has set the bar high for the custom cleat game in the past, like when he rocked Toy Story cleats.

He even went the distance and broke out meme cleats. It is hilarious (ok, it was hilarious at the time, before the meme became uncool again), and a trend that more NFL players need to embrace fully, instead of wearing the most boring shoes they can find.

If you’re not gonna be scoring touchdowns in some badass dad shoe-inspired cleats, these are a nice alternative.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 7/17/20

Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 7-17-2020
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Another week (or so we assume, there’s no way to know), another valiant attempt at finding the humor in all of this. Whether you’re tired, stressed, stir-crazy – take a few minutes to stop and laugh. Here are 12 tweets from parents just trying to make the best of it.

Some parents are solving mysteries,

 

While others are just trying to keep it together.

 

Spending time with their kids,

 

Overcoming some, uh – communication issues,

 

Or at least trying to.

 

Strategizing for the future,

 

Or maybe just trying to figure out what’s going on right now.

 

But honestly, we’re pretty lucky.

 

Even though it may not feel like it sometimes,

 

Kids are also just trying their best.

 

And a lot of the time (ok, some of the time),

 

That’s good enough.

 

Your Weekly Good News & Cute Stuff Brain Reset: Vol. 3

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Another week of the pandemic in the books, another fingernail ravaged. These are tense, uncertain times we live, and it’s of the utmost importance we’re doing routine maintenance on our mental and emotional well-being. That’s why each week, we like to round up all the good news, comforting facts, and pink puppy bellies we can find to offer as a reminder that there’s so much in life worth hanging around for.

Consider it your weekly brain reset. Clearing your brain’s recent browser history. An emotional palate cleanser, if you will.

Here… we… go…

Did you see the Reddit thread where everyone shared the most comforting fact they knew? Some of the most comforting include the fact that crows and ravens LOVE playing in the snow…

…blood donors in Sweden and Australia get text alerts when their blood is used to help someone…

…and all the sweaters Mr. Roger’s wore on camera were knitted by his dear mother!

Did you see this dad who’s been writing eye roll-worthy dad jokes on a white board for everyone to see? Thank goodness for dudes like him!

Hey! Did you see this Twitter thread of precious baby animals? Because I’ve already went back for seconds!

Did you hear we’re getting an 11th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm! Prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good!

Oh, and Beavis & Butt-head is coming back also! And they’re dads! Which means they finally scored! 

Need even more stuff to look forward to? Try this on for size: a Transformer made out of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. And they named it GIGAWATT. I know what I want for my next birthday!

(Hasbro)

And just for good measure, one more comforting fact from Reddit!

 

Aaaaaaand done. How do you feel? Re-calibrated? Hopefully, that was a nice breather from your regularly scheduled line graph-induced worry sesh. It’s healthy to periodically clean out the anxiety gunk and depression residue from your brain, so we hope this gave you a few reasons to smile and a few things to look forward to.

Stay safe and healthy, and remember: eight glasses of water means eight glasses of water!

The 5 Coolest Star Wars-Themed Barbecue Pits

(Etsy/ Burned by Design LTD/ West Coast Fire Pits)

If there’s one thing dads love, it’s grilling. If there’s a second thing dads love, it’s imbuing their kids with a shared reverence for pop culture artifacts. If you’re looking to grill two birds with one briquette, here are 5 insanely cool Star Wars-themed grills and barbecue pits we found.

1. Darth Vader

(Etsy / Burned by Design LTD)

From the good folks at Burned By Design LTD comes this wood burner/grill shaped just like Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. Be sure to flip any burger you see getting too much of a dark side.

Click here to buy one!

2. R2-D2

(R2D2 Central/Philip Wise)

If you take a 55-gallon drum and repurpose it for smoking meat, the grilling community refers to that an Ugly Drum Smoker. If you don’t want your smoke to be ugly, do what Star Wars fansite webmaster Philip Wise did and make it look like the cutest droid in the galaxy.

3. AT-AT

(Etsy / Burned by Design LTD)

Another masterpiece from Burned By Design LTD, this extremely dope AT-AT walker grill was designed using original movie blueprints. “AT AT” is also something you can shout at your dog if you see him getting into the buns.

Click here to buy one!

4. Death Star

I… just… holy shit. Holy shit.

Click here to holy shit

5. TIE Fighter

(Amazon)

For those of you looking for something more portable, you can’t go wrong with this tabletop grill shaped like a TIE Fighter. Especially if that showoff neighbor of yours just got one that looks like a Rebel X-wing.

Click here to buy one!

Essential Accessory!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the existence of this spatula that with a lightsaber handle.

(Amazon)

 

Click here to buy one!

Your Weekly Good News Roundup: Vol 2

Good News Roundup
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We made it! Another week of worry and speculation is in the books, and we’re all probably just a tinge more jaded because of it. So why not wash the taste of line graphs out of your mouth with a nice crop of good news stories to be excited about! Like…

Disney dropped a trailer for the Hamilton movie!

We’re also getting a CG Smurfs TV show! Smurf yeah!

AND a live-action Animorphs movie in the works! Cha-ching!

Get a load of this talking disembodied Deadpool head you can be friends with!

 

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We got word of an amusement park in New Jersey that lets you smash up a car real good with construction equipment! Rad!

(Diggerland USA)

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THIS BAT. LOOK AT IT.

Major kudos to this 10-year-old girl who sent over 1,500 art kits to kids in foster care! What an angel!

Chelsea's Charity
(Twitter/CharityChelseas)

Did someone say UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OFFICIAL TRAILER?

Then there’s this guy, here to remind us just how positively demented the end of the 90s were.

In the market for a stroll down memory lane? We ran down the 10 best Sega Genesis games. Read it here!

And last but not least, here’s a trailer for what’s bound the best the game show of all time: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

Hope that was a nice break from whatever upsetting things you were just looking at! See you back here next weekend for another palate cleanser! Stay safe and healthy!

Your Weekly Good News Palate Cleanser: Vol 1

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Each week it seems like the universe offers up a new, fresh heap of bullshit to wear us down. Wildfires, global pandemic, civil unrest. Kobe died in a helicopter crash and 2020 still managed to exceed our expectations.

So we’ve decided to wrap up each week with an offering of good, happy, uplifting, funny things you may have missed while burying your nose in worrisome line graphs.

Consider it a weekly good news palate cleanser.

Look! A baby bulldog running through bubbles!

 

Did you hear about the 30 Rock reunion? Because there was totally a 30 Rock reunion!

Oh, and a Ghostbusters reunion too! They even sing the theme song together!

Hey, speaking of movies, you simply have not seen Alien until you’ve seen it with a micro-budget and 5-minute runtime!

Here’s a deeply moving video where Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner surprises his dad with a new truck! No, YOU’RE crying!

Madden 21 is coming! Score!

HOLOGRAM CHICKEN. REPEAT. HOLOGRAM CHICKEN. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Did you see the guy playing “Africa” by Toto on freakin’ TESLA COILS?? Unbelievably rad.

An early contender for Father of the Year right here!

And last but not least, we’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you of the existence of a new Ben & Jerry’s flavor with chips in it. That’s right. CHIPS.

(Ben & Jerry)

That about does it for this week’s palate cleanser. We hope this provided momentary respite from the exasperation that was week 2 of June 2020. Stay healthy and safe and we’ll see you back here with another palate cleanser for next weekend!

15 Impactful Moments From Peaceful Protests Across the Country

Peaceful Protests Moments
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Many images in the news over the past several days have been ones of chaos, violence, and destruction. The grief and anger in response to the unjust killing of George Floyd is palpable. Floyd’s brother Rodney spoke to CBS news, and shared a powerful message with protesters on behalf of his brother. Rodney stated, “I’m asking for peace the same way my brother would ask us to if he could see the situation, if he was here. Peace. Peaceful protests. It is the best option we have to bring justice.”

So this is for you, Floyd—a collection of powerful, peaceful moments from protests across the country.

There was this enormous gathering in Chicago, with residents marching side by side.

Protesters in Augusta, Georgia held signs and embraced.

Long Beach residents sat peacefully in protest of Floyd’s murder.

In El Paso, Texas, protesters held signs with messages like “All lives don’t matter until black lives matter.”

San Diego protesters ask for justice.

Harlem protesters marched for eight peaceful miles.

Brooklyn streets were filled with nonviolent protesters.

David Holt, mayor of Oklahoma City, joined protesters. Perhaps more importantly, he listened.

A diverse group of Sioux Falls, South Dakota protesters unite, powerfully and peacefully.

These LA protesters are even practicing social distancing.

Protesters in Floyd’s home state protest his death peacefully, as he would have wanted.

Elmira, New York protesters carry signs, side by side.

Downtown Indianapolis protesters link arms as they face police officers.

Baltimore protesters take a knee and raise a fist for George Floyd.

And finally, this protester in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ending a long day of peacefully protesting by giving water to the police. He states, “I’m not mad at you.”

10 Hilariously Creative Face Masks People Are Wearing Amid Coronavirus

Funny COVID-19 Face Masks
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2018 was the year of tiny sunglasses and biker shorts with blazers. 2019 brought us a spike in boiler suits and cheetah print. In 2020, the year of the socially distanced, protective face masks are the hottest new fashion trend.

While we all strive to make the most of such dire circumstances, some folks are outright refusing to let one measly pandemic compromise their good time. Here are 10 of the funniest, most inventive face masks. We can’t vouch for their effectiveness against the spread of COVID-19, but they’ll certainly elicit a smile in these strange times.

We are all Harold now.

“Say it, don’t spray it” gets a reboot.

Then there’s this old man, crushing it.

Quarantine fun with Mom! Only masks available on-line! from r/funny

🙂

This guy should be on currency.

This guy didn’t have a mask, so he came to the orthopedist as a polar bear from r/funny

Genius money-saving hack.

There’s this duo who seamlessly reconciled Star Wars Day with CDC guidelines.

Who needs facemasks, or hand sanitizer when you can have beskar armour to protect against Corona? from r/TheMandalorianTV

Please, please tell us she had a dog with a person mask.

This woman who came into our restaurant said this is the only protective mask she could find. from r/funny

Over here, some really misguided Jughead cosplay.

Mysterio has been seen in Tbilisi metro fighting COVID19

Finally, this brilliant mask modification is bound to be the hottest trend of summer 2020.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

12 of Our Best Dad Jokes (Memes) From March

Best Meme Dad Jokes of March 2022

Nothing is more dad than laughing at your own jokes. Here are our 12 personal favorites from last month. (Actually as voted by you, based on Facebook engagement.)

1. Rookie Mistake

2. Inferno

3. Inhumane

4. Twist my Arm

5. Apple/Tree

6. Great Responsibility

7. Risky Business

8. Committed Roomies

9. Lettuce Appreciate This

10. Sneak Attack

11. Chip Seduction

12. RIP

Check out last month’s top memes here.

Twitter Parodies Gal Gadot’s Celebrity Sing-Along Video

Gadot's Sing-Along Parodies
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Last week, as the Coronavirus took North America by storm, people everywhere were scrambling to do what they could to help. For most of us, that means staying inside and doing some social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus. For many athletes, it involved using some of their generous salaries to help arena staff and other employees make ends meet during the work stoppage.

For a group of celebrities, helping meant… recording a video of them singing John Lennon’s Imagine and posting it to Instagram? Okay, sure.

The video went viral, as any video featuring Wonder Woman, Ron Burgundy, and plenty of other beloved actors is bound to do. But not everyone was a huge fan, with some suggesting celebrities could probably offer more than a viral video cover of a 50-year-old song.

Some people, of course, just wanted to have fun with it, and they set about mocking the Imagine sing-along with videos of their own, including parody versions, some of which are funny and some of which are just plain weird. We’ve rounded up a few!

Here’s your introduction:

This guy switched it up with a different earworm:

This guy raided his costume closet for a version that gets really weird about halfway thru:

One woman mocked Gal Gadot’s project with a vicious cough at the end:

Somebody got their wires crossed and sang the wrong song:

Then some comedians collaborated on a parody version:

And someone found the perfect gif to sum up their problems with the video, featuring Kristen Wiig, one of the participants:

Tweet Roundup: Tributes to the Late Kobe Bryant

Twitter Roundup of Kobe Tributes
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When an influential figure dies, a politician or a musician or an actor or an athlete whose career and persona spread far and wide and impacted many people’s lives, the world seems to stop to take a collective breath and honor that person.

This phenomenon was in full effect on Sunday and Monday, once news spread that NBA legend and Lakers great Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, alongside his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others. Kobe had a larger-than-life persona and was admired, feared, and respected by countless people inside and outside of the NBA and the sporting world in general. His impact on the culture was made apparent by the outpouring of tributes, including during Sunday night’s Grammy awards.

But nowhere is this better represented than on social media, the most effective tool most of us have for sharing our thoughts and reaching thousands upon thousands of people across the globe with our remembrances of the person who has passed on. All over Twitter, people shared their stories about Kobe, what he meant to them, and how he changed their lives.

We’ve gathered a few.

The high school he attended before leaping straight into the NBA:

Former teammates and rivals:

He transcended his sport to impact football players:

Soccer:

Tennis:

Hockey:

Musical artists:

Entrepreneurs:

Billboards:

Subway signs:

Newspapers:

ESPN obviously has a lot to say, but sometimes fans say it best:

RIP Kobe.

13 Candle Scents We Wish Were Real

What’s your favorite part of November? The cranberry sauce? The tryptophan comas? The unchecked consumerism? Ours is candles. There’s something so simple, so unassuming, so blissfully archaic about the flickering flame of a candle. But vanilla bean? Blueberry cobbler? Sandalwood? It’s been done.

Here are 13 candle scents we would love to see hit shelves in the near future.

1. Not recommended for bathroom use

3. Feels just like lighting a chewing tobacco candle

4. Perfect for vegans

5. For hardcore candle fans only

6. This one’s so manly it should be called a mandle

7. All that greasy goodness with none of the hassle

8. Ankle sock candles also available

9. Four! That’s how many of these candles I’d like please

10. Keep out of reach of family

11. Perfect for that staycation you’ve always dreamed of

11. Not recommended for beginners

12. Great for any gas leak related pranks

13. Can’t spell candle without Cena!