Dad’s Next-Level Responses To “Is the Baby Ok?” Are Both Brilliant and Hilarious

Dad Answers "is the baby ok?" in a hilarious way
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Becoming a parent can make even the most rational people develop a laundry list of irrational fears. This helpless human is entirely your responsibility, making even the most mundane decisions inexplicably stressful. Sometimes this new-parent paranoia (parent-noia?) happens in both parents, but when one parent manages to keep their cool, occasionally, hilarity ensues.

Kenny Deuss from Antwerp, Belgium is the father of nearly 2-year-old Alix. When Alix was younger, Kenny’s girlfriend had just a touch of parent-noia – as a new dad, Kenny took on the all-important dad responsibility of providing levity (at somewhat inopportune times).

Any time Kenny and Alix were hanging out alone, Kenny’s girlfriend would frequently check-in. “Is the baby ok?” became a question Kenny heard all too many times, so he decided to provide some unorthodox answers. Rather than a simple “yeah” or “everything’s fine,” Kenny sent his girlfriend photoshopped images demonstrating quite the opposite.

This talented dad sent his girlfriend pictures of Alix photoshopped into all sorts of questionable situations, I assume, to prove that he had things so under control that he had time to do some top-tier editing.

Soon, any time Kenny’s girlfriend asked, “Is the baby ok?” she was met with this,

Or this

Or even this.

Kenny began posting his photos on Instagram, and unsurprisingly, he’s accumulated nearly 50,000 followers after posting just 46 hilarious photos. Kenny’s pictures are brilliant, of course, but they also speak to the part of our brains that takes us on a tour of “The Worst Things That Could Possibly Happen” any time we get a bit nervous.

Seeing the absurdity of some of our fears laid out reminds us to stay grounded in reality. And, of course, it reminds us that it’s ok to take a break every once in a while – after all, we aren’t parenting alone. Yes, you too single parents. It really does take a village to raise a kid, and nobody expects you to do everything. Even when someone else is watching them, as Kenny kindly demonstrates (sort of), the baby will be just fine.

Seth Curry Traded To the Team His Father-in-Law Coaches

curry to father in laws team
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No one wants to work for their father-in-law. I don’t care what the profession is, you don’t need that extra baggage. That relationship can be sort of fraught as it is, you don’t need to ramp up the level of difficulty another 10x by making it a boss-employee relationship too. That’s the situation one NBA player faces, as he was traded to the team his father-in-law coaches.

The NBA bubble, for all its faults and challenges to the players, was a terrific success. More than any other sport, they were able to have a safe season. There were also some players who were able to thrive, including Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry. His three-point shooting hit a new level, and he was enjoying his time as a key contributor on a fun Dallas team (at least when Kristaps Porzingis is healthy enough to help Luka Doncic).

All in all, Curry put together a nice season, averaging 12.4 points, with a fun future. All of that is gone now, as he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Fine on paper (actually, still a problem on paper, the 76ers and “the process” are kind of a mess), but what makes it problematic is the 76ers new head coach; Doc Rivers. Rivers is also Curry’s father-in-law.


It sounds like the plotline of a failed sitcom. Basketball player marries girl, then has to play for her dad, follow along his zany adventure of keeping the peace on the court and AT HOME!! In September of last year, Seth married Rivers’ daughter Callie, which presented no workplace tension at the time.

Now, Curry gets the unenviable task of wading through possible family drama while also trying to right the 76ers ship (which is such a big task it would probably take Curry’s brother, NBA superstar Steph, to really solve).

At the end of the day, there are far worse jobs to have than an NBA player. But there aren’t many more awkward bosses to have than a father-in-law.

Uranus Is Leaking Gas Into Space Which Is Totally Natural and Ok

Uranus leaking gas into space
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Space is a beautiful and mysterious thing, and though we’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring and investigating, there’s still a lot we don’t know. In fact, it’s safe to say we hardly know anything about space (at least outside of our own galaxy). Scientists have only been able to explore about 4% of the visible universe, meaning there are still a ton of unknowns. The past year has been a big one for space science, with the discovery of moon water and NASA sending their first privately-built capsule into orbit.

Now, scientists have discovered something unusual about our most joked-about planet – and honestly, this news really doesn’t help its cause. Uranus is leaking gas, which is totally natural and ok and not something to laugh about. Every 17 hours, Uranus lets one rip right into space.

Ok, so it’s not so much a rip as it is a big gas-leaking opening. Most planets rotate fairly closely to their plane of orbit (Earth rotates at around 23 degrees), but Uranus challenges the norm by rotating roughly 98% away from its plane of orbit. If you were to watch Uranus in orbit, it would look as if it was spinning on its side.

Because of its unusual rotation, Uranus’s magnetic field (or magnetosphere) is a bit odd as well. Every 17 hours, Uranus hits an angle that allows solar winds to blow right through, passing gas through Uranus and right back into space. Xin Cao and Carol Paty from the Georgia Institute of Technology modeled the planet’s magnetosphere and made the surprising discovery, which lined up with evidence found by NASA’s Voyager 2.

Their research article explained that when the Voyager 2 entered Uranus’s magnetosphere, it was unlike other planets they’d previously seen. The planet’s magnetosphere essentially opens and shuts letting solar wind through, which is highly unusual. This passing of wind gives the planet beautiful auras, which was spotted by the Voyager 2.

Uranus Gas
(NASA.gov)

If we can learn anything from Uranus, it’s that passing gas is natural. And sometimes, it even makes you look cooler (though we’re still studying that phenomenon in humans – so far, inconclusive).

Leta Powell Drake’s Celebrity Interviews are “Between Two Ferns” In Real Life

Leta Powell Drake Interviews
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Awkward moments make for great comedy. This is why shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nathan For You, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s shows and movies are so enjoyable. Of course, it’s easy to be awkward, it’s not necessarily easy to make that awkwardness funny.

A popular example of cringe comedy are Zach Galifianakis’ hilarious celebrity interviews on Between Two Ferns. He has made a career out of asking celebs strange, and even downright rude questions. Before him was Martin Short who fat-suited up as Jiminy Glick. But their interviews were staged and scripted.

Leta Powell Drake’s interviews are not.

Drake, now 82, was a local television personality in Nebraska. According to her Wikipedia page, she has “interviewed over 1,000 movie and TV celebrities, humanitarians and two presidents.”

On Thursday morning, old footage of her interviews with celebrities, including Kurt Russell, Gene Hackman, Tom Selleck, Roy Scheider, and Tim Curry, has been circulating on Twitter, and they are a sight to behold.

She asks strange questions, requests kisses (from Telly Savalas), insults her guests, and more. The celebrities respond with a mixture of bemusement, confusion, and embarrassment, and it’s pretty amazing to watch.

At one point she asks Elliot Gould, “You don’t consider yourself a great actor, do you?”

Check it out, and I guarantee you’ll be dying to see those presidential interviews!

Petition Wants LeVar Burton to Host Jeopardy!

Levar Burton to Host Jeopardy!?
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2020 is the year from hell, for countless reasons, not least of which is the number of beloved people who’ve passed away over the course of the last 10+ months.

The latest casualty is longtime Jeopardy host and television icon Alex Trebek, who lost his valiant battle with cancer earlier this week. The tributes began flowing from all corners of the entertainment world and beyond, as people remembered the impact the game-show host had on their lives.

And then people began speculating about who might replace him.

Some are calling for past Jeopardy hero Ken Jennings, who parlayed an insanely long winning streak on the show into a bit of fame for himself, writing books, being funny on Twitter, and generally being known as a witty, smart, nice guy. On Twitter, he seems to have a bit of that sharp edge that Trebek occasionally flashed, much to our delight.

Jennings seems like a pretty good call, but now someone else has entered the mix, by way of an online petition.

Many of us grew up with Levar Burton as the host of Reading Rainbow. Before that, he starred in the groundbreaking Roots miniseries, and afterward, he appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as engineer Jordie LaForge. Might his next role be commanding the contestants on Jeopardy?

The petition hopes so and is aiming to collect 10,000 votes. But it’s already closing in on 25,000!

Here’s the pitch:

“Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever-important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producer Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we’d all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!”

Head to this link to sign the petition and stay tuned to find out who will ultimately be chosen to fill Trebek’s big shoes!

NFL Coach Pauses Press Conference After He Gets Tabasco Sauce in His Eye

Tabasco in Coach's Eye
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An NFL coach lived a horror that every dad has experienced, one that caused him so much pain he had to temporarily pause the press conference he was giving to reporters. Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Nolan had to pause a Zoom call because he got Tabasco in his eye.

The NFL season, so far, seems to be going well. At least, well from a COVID standpoint, as only a few games have been rescheduled and there haven’t been any outbreaks from having a few thousand fans in attendance as well. But the season has been an injury nightmare, with a lot of big names getting hurt for the season, and it has no shortage of humiliating moments. This press conference, though humiliating, is just about the most 2020 thing ever.


As if that isn’t bad enough, he got ROASTED on social media for both the terrible play of his defense (the Cowboys are, well, pretty bad on that side of the ball) AND for his taste in hot sauce. I’m going to come to his defense on this one, because Tabasco, while clearly not the cream of the crop, is still a widely used product. There’s no indication he personally brought this into the meal, so I’m just assuming it’s what the team provided (and for that, blame billionaire owner Jerry Jones, even without a shred of evidence from me).

Even still, it at least got people talking about the Cowboys in a different (yet still bad) way. And what dad can’t relate to this moment, when you realize you accidentally rubbed your eye with a hot sauce covered finger?


The brand was helpful enough to jump in and provide clear instructions on how you should handle this, should this unfortunate event happen to you in the future:

It’s a hot button issue if ever there was: what’s the right thing to do in the event of getting TABASCO sauce in your eye? (Hey, it happens.) Keep this illustrated primer handy on Game Night to help in the event of any unforeseen spills.

Hopefully, the Cowboys can turn things around a bit, so this won’t be the defining moment for an NFL coach’s career.

Teacher’s Anti-Homework Philosophy Goes Viral

Anti Homework Goes Viral
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Let’s be real here: 2020 is a trash fire. Every day something new happens that has all of us shaking our heads, chanting “serenity now!” and leaning on whatever self-care techniques we use to stay say because this year has been hell on our mental health.

And most of us don’t even have crappy ol’ homework to contend with.

Our kids do, though, and under far tougher, and stranger, circumstances than usual. I have to kids doing remote learning and it’s not easy for anyone. The days are long, the interaction with their friends, classmates, and teachers is sparse, and things are hard. And then there’s homework.

Homework sucks, and there is a growing feeling that it doesn’t do much good. There have been studies showing that it’s at best useless and at worst detrimental, and when all the schoolwork takes place at home, it may even be redundant.

One teacher sure thinks so, and she’s gone viral for her stance. Courtney White is a high school teacher and for the past four years, she hasn’t assigned her classes – which include AP courses – any homework. “I believe that the mental health of my students is number one and content comes second,” explained Courtney White.

She shared that sentiment on TikTok and it blew up.

@cmw1129Students do enough work at school, they don’t need more at home! ##teachersoftiktok ##letmeintroducemyself ##fyp ##AirheadsDitchChallenge ##TimeforTENET♬ original sound – iAmJordi

Students love the idea, duh, but not everyone did. So after that TikTok garnered over 1 million views, she shared another one defending her philosophy. And it got 4.6M views.

@cmw1129Reply to @tafgarcia Me not assigning homework, doesn’t make me any less of a teacher. My kids show me mastery of content in class. ##teachersoftiktok♬ original sound – Courtney 💕

Whether you agree with her or not, Courtney definitely seems to know what she’s doing and is probably a better judge of how well her students are learning than the naysayers online. And good for her for taking her students’ mental health into consideration.

She should probably start teaching courses on going viral now too. No homework necessary.

Real-life Iron Man Reappears Above LAX in Jetpack

Pilots at LAX Pass Man in Jetpack
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It’s been a long year, and with the election coming up, it’s not going to get any shorter. I think it’s safe to say that we can all use a little levity right now, to distract us from the real world.

Over the summer, one guy took that idea to the extreme, achieving literal levity, via the most insane means possible – a jet pack – and apparently, he’s still at it. He first appeared on September 1st in the sky above Los Angeles International Airport, when an American Airlines pilot spotted him about 30 yards away from the plane – and 3000 feet high. Then, on October 14th, he was spotted again.

“A China Airlines crew reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jet pack at an approximate altitude of 6,000 feet, about seven miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport,” the FAA said in a statement.

6,000 feet! It seems his technology has improved. Or else his confidence has.

The authorities are looking into the case of the real-life Rocketeer.

“The FBI is in contact with the FAA and is investigating multiple reports of what, according to witnesses, appeared to be an individual in a jetpack near LAX, including one today reported by a China Airlines crew,” FBI Los Angeles Field Office spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, social media is doing what it does best: cracking jokes.

That’s a good point. Someone will have to ask Phony Stark the next time he appears. If he plans to go any higher, I hope he’s fixed the ice problem.

Maybe he’s a rogue jetpack paramedic?

6-Year-Old Goes Viral Rapping “You Can Be ABCs” While Dad Beatboxes

6-year-old raps you can be ABCs
(Facebook/Bobby White)

As kids grow up, they dream about everything they may one day become. When you’re little, obstacles simply don’t exist and the entire world is wide-open. Want to become an astronaut? Great! An astronaut and the person who draws lines on the street? Even better. The toys we buy our kids often mimic occupations they may do one day – play kitchens, plastic doctor’s equipment, even costumes help kids expand their imaginations. We often ask kids, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and maybe the answer changes every single time. And that’s more than ok! As 6-year-old Sam explains, there are a heck of a lot of options out there.

There’s something especially adorable about hearing a 6-year-old rap about the different types of engineers, but the reason this video has gone so hugely viral is much deeper than that. Sam’s dad Bobby White shared the 2-minute video on Facebook a little over a week ago, and already it has accumulated well over 200,000 likes from people around the world.

The video’s caption explains, “I’m penning this as the #YouCanBeABCs with Sam. Literally stopped him from drinking a smoothie to film this. In addition to being the co-writer, I think Sam deserves credit for choreography. #keepdreaming #kids (for the record, it’s all memorized. He’s looking at the camera – not a teleprompter).”

At its core, this video is both a creative father-son project and a hilarious look into the mind of a kid. As Sam raps his “You Can Be ABCs,” his eyes light up with each possible career as if he’s actively considering every single one. And as his dad mentioned, the 6-year-old’s adorable choreography made the whole thing even more dynamic (if that’s even possible).

We need to discuss the fact that Sam is – and I cannot stress this enough – six years old. He memorized and absolutely nailed this 2-minute-long rap, throwing out phrases like “hospital administrator” and “intelligence officer” like he’s been studying career counseling since he was in utero. His energy is contagious and his skill is undeniable, making this viral video one that hopefully sticks around for a while.

For the last few letters, father and son rap together encouraging everyone to “zealously strive,” but “just don’t be a zombie and let the world pass you by.”

Bobby’s pride in his son at the conclusion of the rap is evident as he begins to laugh and clap his hands. Sam beams into the camera, well aware that he just did something awesome.

Just one question – why wasn’t “R” for rapper? This kid is clearly going places.

Toronto Names October 31st “John Candy Day”

Remembering John Candy
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This weekend, most of us celebrated Halloween, one way or another. The pandemic changed the complexion of the holiday, but there were workarounds, and, at the very least, we could all buy candy to make sure to mark what is one of the best holidays of the year.

But it’s not the only one that takes place on October 31st, at least not for the people of Toronto. It’s also the birthday of beloved comedian and actor John Candy, and Toronto Mayor John Tory has now declared it to be an official day to remember John Candy.

Candy, who passed away from a heart attack while filming Wagon’s East in 1994, got his start in Toronto’s Second City improv troupe before launching SCTV alongside fellow Canadians Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, and others.

His roots are in Canada, but he went on to make appearances and star in a string of comedy classics in the 80s, including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone, becoming one of Hollywood’s premier comic actors. 25 years after his passing, on the funny man’s birthday, Toronto’s mayor thought it was time.

“John Candy is a Canadian treasure who brought great joy to so many through his humor, acting and contributions to the entertainment industry and beyond,” said Tory in a statement. “I had a chance to get to know him when he was an Argo owner. He was a decent humble man in the fashion of many famous Canadians and it is my privilege to honor his humor, his legacy and the pride he brought to our city on what would have been his 70th birthday.”

It’s a shame that Candy’s life was cut short while he was still in his comedic prime, but it’s nice to see Canada honoring one of their favorite sons.

The McRib Is Back Nationwide for the First Time in More Than a Decade

McRib is Back
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In a rare good news piece from 2020, McDonald’s has announced it’s bringing back the McRib nationwide. It’s the first time since 2012 the chain will be selling the beloved sandwich at all restaurants. Typically, McRib season starts in waves at different locations in different regions. But it’s 2020, and we need a win, and the McRib is here for us.

Honestly, 2020 has been sort of a bananas food year. We have a Reese’s Candy Robot and a chicken nugget in space. We have bags of Lucky Charms marshmallows and Cheetos Mac and Cheese. A nation-wide McRib season is just the cherry on top.

If you’ve never had a McRib before, A-what’s wrong with you? And B- it’s delicious. The McRib is a seasoned boneless pork sandwich smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with onions and pickles. It’s perhaps the most addictive sandwich they’ve ever created.

“The McRib has been a beloved menu item at McDonald’s since its inception nearly 40 years ago,” said a spokesman in a press release. “There’s nothing quite like the taste of the McRib. To our customers, it’s become more than a delicious, saucy moment…it’s a season, and it’s taking the internet by storm. That’s why this year, we’re proud to serve the McRib nationwide for everyone to enjoy.”

Of course, this brings up some questions, like, if it’s so delicious, why not just have it on the menu all the time? It seems like a McSteak. Entire apps have been created to try and help searchers find a McRib close to home, but now they’ll be able to get one wherever a Big Mac is sold.

The McRib is back, everywhere, December 2nd.

New ‘McBroken’ Website Tracks Every Broken Ice Cream Machine at McDonald’s

McBroken McDonald's Ice Cream Tracker
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It’s the crushing news you expect to hear every time you go to a McDonald’s: our ice cream machine is broken. It’s such a common experience it’s almost rarer to find a McDonald’s that will actually sell you ice cream. It’s even become fodder for stand-up comedy. But now a hero has emerged from our midst, a hero who created a website that tracks every single McDonald’s ice cream machine in America and whether or not it’s currently working.

There’s no questioning McDonald’s standing in the fast-food world. They even try to flex that by offering off-beat items like burger scented candles, just because they can. That doesn’t mean they are resting on their laurels, either, given their new spicy chicken nuggets were a hit. The constantly broken soft serve, machines, are a big hole in their offerings.

24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid is at least making it easier to find the machines that are up in order to save yourself a disappointing trip. He built a website tracking the operational ability of every soft serve machine. How?

 

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“I reverse engineered mcdonald’s internal api and I’m currently placing an order worth $18,752 every minute at every mcdonald’s in the US to figure out which locations have a broken ice cream machine,” he tweeted. So, by taking advantage of the online ordering (without actually completing his $20,000 ice cream order every minute), he gives real-time data on ice cream at McBroken.com.

He certainly didn’t expect it to blow up the way it did, but it’s been a massive hit online. In less than two days, his site got more than 1.5 million unique users, with 16 million interactions with his McBroken map.

The entire project came from his attempt to order a McSundae using the digital app, but to no avail.

“I was like, there must be something that can be done about this,” he told The Verge. And thus, one bot later, McBroken.com was born, and we never have to be surprised by a McDonald’s soft serve machine again.

Sister Creates Disney at Home After Little Brother’s Trip Was Canceled by COVID

Sister's at home disney experience
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In the grand scheme of what COVID-19 has done to our country, a missed vacation may not seem like a big deal. But to an 8-year-old desperately looking forward to a trip to DisneyWorld, it’s everything. And his older sister was determined to give him that trip, even if it meant making it happen without leaving the house.

10-year-old Ella’s goal was to give her little brother with Down syndrome the best at-home Disney trip possible, even if it meant the rides would be virtual. Other families have done the at-home Disney thing on a smaller scale during the pandemic, but none quite as well as Ella pulled it off. Her mom told Good Morning America she spent six weeks planning it for him, and included four ride experiences, an ice cream cart with Mickey Bars, and even nailed the perfect background music.

As you can see in the video, shared by The Dad, he had an awesome time. It’s the type of heartwarming gesture you hope to see in your own kids someday.

It’s just the best. That’s all you can really say about it. The type of thing that restores your faith in humanity, and the type of content that makes you feel a little bit better about how people are taking care of the loved ones in their world.