Gender Reveal Party Causes Wildfire and $8 Million in Damages [WATCH]

(YouTube/Arizona Daily Star)

With every passing year it seems that gender reveals get more and more elaborate. Long gone are the days that a doctor or ultrasound technician simply says, “Congratulations, it’s a…”

These days new parents might opt to cut into an appropriately colored cake to find out the sex of their child. Others release a dole of dyed doves into the sky. Heck, one couple even used the powerful engine of a Mustang to reveal the gender.

The creativity used at these parties can be pretty impressive. But sometimes it’s just downright dangerous.

Like the time a dad-to-be shot his gun at a pile of explosives that was covered in a colored powder.

If you thought that last one sounded a little too far-fetched, you obviously haven’t heard about 37-year-old Dennis Dickey.

Dickey, a Border Patrol agent in Arizona, was expecting a little bundle of joy in the spring of 2017 and decided to go all out when it came to announcing this milestone in the baby’s development.

In this case, “going all out” means blowing stuff up—specifically, Tannerite: an explosive designed to combust when shot with a firearm.

To his credit, he hit his target and the Tannerite did its job. Unfortunately, he didn’t account for the nearby flora which is also remarkably flammable.

According to his lawyer, Dickey contacted emergency services immediately and admitted that he was the one to have started the blaze. The 40mph winds that day, however, meant that that fire was spreading far more quickly than usual.

(Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Despite nearly 800 firefighters working over the course of the week to put out the flames, the inferno ended up damaging more than 45,000 acres of land and cost the state approximately $8.2 million.

Because there were no injuries reported or buildings damaged, Dickey was only charged with a misdemeanor, but has agreed to a sentence of five years’ probation and will pay over $8 million in restitution.

“It was a complete accident,” Dickey told U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman in court. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

So if you and your spouse or partner are expecting, you might consider holding off on any reveal that involves weapons or explosives.

Update 11/27: Video of the explosion that caused the fire has been released to the public. First we see a gender labelled target, followed by a gun shot that causes a blue explosion. Flames the quickly engulf the grass. “Start packing up!” repeats one of the organizers, “Yup!” agrees another.

Cemetery Introduces Funeral LEGO Sets for the Little Goth in Us All


Have you ever wanted to play with a LEGO set, but because it didn’t vibe with your goth identity, you just applied more eyeliner and read dark poetry to your pet raven at dusk again?

Don’t worry. We’ve all been there.

Fortunately, a new series of LEGO sets will finally allow us to dive into colorful brick bliss while maintaining our spooky aura’s.

Straight from the gift shop of Bestattungsmuseum, the Vienna Funeral Museum in Vienna’s Central Cemetery, these custom LEGO sets are being promoted with the intention of teaching kids about the various procedures at a cemetery in an attempt to reduce their anxiety regarding these natural processes.

“Taboos create fears and uncertainties,” the Vienna Psychotherapy Association said, probably in an ominous Austrian-accent that I, personally, can’t stop imagining. “The child feels that something is wrong, and then he is left alone with that.”

The sets include:

LEGO bereaved family minifigures with the deceased


LEGO cemetery with casket, gravestone, and excavator for digging your own graves


LEGO horse-drawn corpse carriage with coffin


WWI-era Vienna funeral tram with 2 coffins and LEGO undertaker


LEGO hearse


“For the small and large undertaker of tomorrow,” the description from the ‘Historical Hearse’ set reads.

All models can be found on the Bestattungsmuseum site, so let’s collectively do our best LEGO Batman impressions and get ready to build something frickin’ spooky.

Father Figures: The Reason

“I had a rough childhood in a broken home and I always swore to myself that I would be a good man and an even better dad.

My amazing wife surprised me one day with a reveal that she was pregnant. I didn’t think I could ever be happier… until you were born.

In the 16 months you have been with us, you have taught me how to love fully and unconditionally, you have tested my limits, and you have made me a better person. I’ve had some very bad news health wise come my way in the last month and you are the reason I am fighting.

I am so incredibly lucky I get to be your dad. I love you, son.”

– Jon Barnwell

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Tweet Roundup: The Funniest Tweets About Spending Easter With Kids


Happy Easter! Put on your Sunday best, fill that basket with synthetic grass, and pray to the stain-gods you’re just looking at chocolate, because we’ve got some of the funniest tweets about navigating Easter as a parent.

You can fill those little plastic eggs with anything!

Some parents get more creative than others.

But it wouldn’t truly be Easter without candy.

That sweet, delicious candy.

Go ahead. Have some. Your kid can’t do shit.

And they’ll believe any excuse you give them for where it went.

Remember: you’re the one putting eggs on the table.

Just be sure there’s enough left over for the hunt.

Kid’s love hunting eggs.

It’s every child’s favorite part of the holiday.

They’re good at it.

Suspiciously good, even.

So feel free to spice things up this year.

Just don’t be that parent today.

You’ve got a big Monday ahead of you.

The 10 Best Comments of the Week 4/21

Best Comments of the Week

Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the 10 Best Comments of the Week:

1. Death, Taxes and Dinner Decisions

2. Game of Parenting

3. Playa

4. GoT Money?


6. Must be Printing Money

7. Late Nights

8. Fair is Fair

9. Read it in His Voice

10. Awkward

Check out the previous edition of The Best Comments of the Week here.


Tiger’s Masters Victory Ensures Dad-to-Be Gets to Name Son Tiger

(Twitter/Darren Rovell)

When Tiger Woods won The Masters last week, it was a big day for the game of golf.

The win was Tiger’s first Masters victory since 2005 and his first major tournament win on the PGA tour since 2008.

It was a great day for Tiger, his fans, and for most of us who just wanted to see him close the deal, even just one last time.

But the butterfly effect is now surfacing from the incredible victory as several other lives have been forever changed in the process.

You may have read how one Wisconsin man put down $85,000 on Tiger to win, netting him just over $1.2 million and setting a new record for sports book William Hill for golf winnings on a single ticket.

While most of us can only dream of a huge payout like that, one man from Texas truly hit the jackpot.

Trey Little made a bet of his own with his fiancé Denise that if Tiger won The Masters, a long shot that Vegas had going off at 14-1, Trey would have naming rights to their future son.

The name? You guessed it: Tiger Little.

Before Tiger teed off on Thursday, Trey and Denise signed the very official looking contract and the rest they say is history.

Trey even broke down how incredible the win would be, noting the betting odds, the fact Tiger hadn’t won a major since 2008, and best of all that it “Would be the best comeback in the history of golf and arguably the history of modern sports”, a sentiment that has now been shared by fans and professional sportscasters alike.

Twitter’s crack team of legal experts were quick to attack the validity of such a contract:

There’s no sign that “Future Denise Little” plans on contesting this contract in court, however, we certainly think Trey has crossed his tees on the legalese.

Sorry for that one. Unless you thought it was good, in which case – nailed it.

Stay tuned – we’ll likely circle back in 10 years to cover Tiger Little’s meteoric rise into junior golf superstardom.

NFL QB Blames Kids’ Birthday Cake for His Dad Bod + More Sports News

Ryan Fitzpatrick's Dad Bod

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick showed up to the first off-season practice a little “huskier” than he was last season. And Fitzpatrick had a very understandable and explanation: birthday cake.

As Fitzpatrick explained, three of his seven (!) kids have birthdays in March and between individual parties and friends parties, he was eating a ton of birthday cake. Granted, it looks like he ate all of the birthday cake, but I do have tremendous respect for blaming the weight gain on the kids. You earn that extra cake for all those nights you spend rocking a three-month-old back to sleep for hours (please do not mention this in front of moms, who will use it as an opportunity to launch into the “difficulty of childbirth” story yet again, like an elderly grandpa who talks incessantly about walking to school in the snow) (please don’t send this link to my wife).

Fitzpatrick said he was in “peak off-season form”, which is how I’m going to describe myself from this day forward. Why yes, I will help myself to the last few slices of pizza, after all, I’m in peak off-season form.

It was a great sports week for dads, as Tiger Woods shocked the sports world with his Masters win. His embrace with his son shortly after went viral, harkening memories to Tiger hugging his dad after winning his first Masters two hundred years ago.

Tiger’s win was monumental because everyone in the world thought he’d never return to the top of the sport. He’s now the old guy, getting routinely passed over by younger, stronger players. But for that Sunday, Tiger was back, and with a vengeance. Coming from behind in the final round for the first time in his career, Tiger just kept getting better and better as the day wore on. Even Michael Jordan called Tiger’s win “the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen”. And Jordan knows a thing or two about the mental toughness needed to excel at the top of a sport.

Michael Jordan also knows how hard it is to come back after you’ve passed your prime, as he came out of his second retirement to lead the Washington Wizards to a 37 win season.

What we can all learn from Tiger’s win is that it’s never too late to accomplish greatness. All that matters is that you never quit and that you were previously the greatest performer in the history of your sport.

While one legend was revived, another was just getting started. Professional sports gambler James Holzhauer has taken the Jeopardy world by storm, shattering the single-day winnings record by hauling in a modest $131,127. He reeled off 11-straight wins as of Thursday and is completely annihilating the competition. It’s like watching Tom Brady in the Superbowl or Ryan Fitzpatrick at a birthday party-no one else stands a chance. He’s now the second on the all-time winnings list, behind Jeopardy titan Ken Jennings. And apparently, it’s because he’s good with a buzzer.

NBA Playoff basketball is finding its stride. Giannis Antetakoumpo (no, it’s not spelled right, but this stays because it was astonishingly close for a first try) is putting on an absolute show leading the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. He’s the likely MVP and is dominant on both sides of the ball. It’s scary to think how good he can be, given that he’s still only 24. Seriously, even if you don’t follow the NBA much, make a point to watch one of his games.

Between the Greek Freak, James Harden in Houston, Joel Embiid in Philly, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on Golden State, and LeBron on the offseason, there hasn’t been this much individual talent in the NBA in a long time.

Hockey is having its moment too. Playoff hockey is some of the most exciting action in sports. It’s seasonal, like Reese Eggs, but when it’s here it’s fantastic. The action is thrilling and the first round saw a historically great team in Tampa Bay fall to the previously middling Columbus Blue Jackets. They didn’t just fall, either, they got stomped. It’s hard to oversell what an upset this was, as the Blue Jackets haven’t won a playoff series in franchise history and the Lightning just finished one of the all-time greatest regular seasons.

It was a great week for underdogs and a great week for birthday cake. It was a bad week, however, to be on the 76ers bench.

This is How Game of Thrones Ends on Sesame Street [WATCH]

Elmo GoT
(Twitter/Sesame Street)

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. . . or everyone learns a valuable lesson about respect and goes home.

Ok, maybe that last part isn’t how George R. R. Martin wrote it, but that’s definitely how the saying would go on Sesame Street, and we know this because of this epic crossover video that was posted on Thursday.

Right in the middle of a tense exchange between Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, the siblings are caught off guard when a little red monster (dressed in what is probably the most adorable knight’s armor) interrupts for an important intervention.

Clearly a master mediator, Elmo settles the 8 season-long dispute in a matter of minutes, emphasizing that respect is the key to solving any conflict.

“When Elmo has a problem with his friends like Abby or Cookie Monster, Elmo doesn’t get upset. Elmo listens and learns from what they have to say,” says Elmo.

Sidenote: Based on Tyrion’s priceless expression, “Cookie Monsters” are not native fauna to Westeros.

Sesame Street released the video on Twitter with #RespectIsComing, and the video ends with Cersei and Tyrion coming to a somewhat hesitant agreement as triumphant music plays in the background.

It’s pretty different from the inevitably brutal ending we’re all expecting in May, but what did you expect? Was Elmo supposed to come in swinging a giant broadsword and—oh god, I just got an awesome idea for a violent Sesame Street fan fiction. Be right back.

The Dad Approved “Food Cubby” Gives Kids One Less Thing To Complain About

Food Cubby

Ah, kids. They sure can be little jerks sometimes, huh? Oh, we love them, they are the light and joy of our lives, and we’d do anything for them, yeah, yeah, yeah.

But they flip out if a pea gets, like a little mashed potato on it (as if they were gonna eat the peas in the first place). Lots of kids hate when food touches other food. Sure, they’ll play in the mud, and laugh about a loogie, but apparently applesauce coming into contact with ham is actually the most disgusting thing in the universe.

Now, it’s not their fault; it’s all because something about sensory development or underexposed taste buds or something or another, who cares, it doesn’t matter, they’re picky eaters and it’s annoying. But if we’re being perfectly honest, it’s not just kids. Personally, if a pickle touches any of my french fries, we’ve got a problem.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution.

Okay, that video takes itself like one shade too seriously, but the Food Cubby is an awesomely simple solution to keeping rogue foods in their place.

As an added bonus, giving plates a wall that helps scoop up that last bite of mac and cheese is *chef’s kiss.* I’ve chased stray noodles around a plate like one of those dogs who gets lost in the middle of the dog show, so don’t even get me started on a kid’s dexterity.

The Food Cubby is made from food grade silicone, so it’s all good when it comes to cleaning and not poisoning anyone; and while I was skeptical of the suction power at first, it really does work as advertised. It scores pretty high on Amazon reviews, too, so it wasn’t just me.

For a simple solution to one of parenting’s most obnoxious challenges, the Food Cubby is #TheDadApproved.

Pick up a pack at, or on Amazon.