30+ Guessing Games for Kids When You Need Something Fun to Do

guessing games for kids, father playing with child
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Holy balls. Quarantine is getting to us. We’ve played every game in the closet, built every LEGO kit from scratch… twice, and binged every single show you can imagine. Even ones we had no interest in! Of course, many of us aren’t actually ready to go out in public yet. Pandemics are real and terrifying, dude. Still. We need new ways to entertain ourselves and our kids.

Enter guessing games. A great way to improve critical thinking, guessing games can not only be used for fun but also for educational purposes. This giant AF list of guessing games will give you an idea of what we mean.

Low-Cost, Low-Investment, And Little-To-No Tools Needed Guessing Games

1. Mystery Grab Bag/Box

This is way more simple than you realize. Find a bag (like one of your spouse’s ten zillion cloth grocery bags) or a box (from that drunken Amazon binge buy last week). Put a thing inside. Any old thing. The lumpier the better. Let your kids shake, sniff and grope the thing without actually seeing it. (And save reaching inside to feel the actual “thing” as a last resort.) Can they guess what’s inside?

2. Pictionary

Use some sheets of paper to make suggestions and then split your family into teams. A selected person will pick a suggestion from a hat or bowl. And attempt to draw it. Let them use a notebook, tablet, or one of those craft paper rolls. Give their team 60 seconds to try to guess what the paper said.

3. iSpy

“I spy with my little eye… something green and bouncy.” It’s a tennis ball, Dad. Try harder.

4. Twenty Questions

For the best results, assign some rules or a category. (Think: Disney movies, famous princesses, sports, etc.) Have one person pick something within that category, then let everyone else ask yes or no questions until they can make an educated guess as to what that person is thinking of. (To avoid cheating, consider having them write down and hide their answer.)

5. Hangman

Do we really need to describe Hangman to you? Use it to guess vocabulary words or important moments/people in their current history lesson.

6. What am I?

Another great learning opportunity. Pop a sticky note onto your little bug’s forehead with an interesting animal they’re learning about or even a specific historical event. Let them ask you yes or no questions until they guess what is written on their note.

7. Who am I?

This is the same as the last game, except you play with the name of a famous person (like a name from their current history lesson).

8. Charades

Act out movies, TV shows, books, scenes from history… anything. This is best played in teams.

9. Hidden picture

The easiest way to play this is just to cut out the front of a cereal box and then cut it into squares. Let the kiddos flip one square over at a time, until they can guess what cereal box they have. You can also do this with pictures of historical figures.

10. Guess the animal

Give hints about animals until they guess. “I have tusks.” “I am grey.” “I live on multiple continents.” You get the gist.

11. Guess My Job

“I use a stethoscope.” “I take your blood pressure at the hospital.” “I wear scrubs all the time.” Is it a nurse or a doctor? “I don’t operate on people.” You get the idea, right?

12. Listening Game

Can your kiddos guess the animal by your noises?

13. Rhyming Riddles

Look up or create rhyming riddles about literally anything you want your kids to learn (or just guess). Can they guess what the riddle is about? Once they get the hang of it, encourage them to try to write their own and fool you.

14. Eye witness

Pick an “it” to stand up and let everyone examine them. Next, they should leave the room and change something about themselves. (Part their hair on the other side, change their shoes, etc.) When they return, everyone has to guess what they changed.

15. Guess Who Is Missing

Blindfold the family and have one person leave. Using only their sense of touch (and maybe sound), can they guess who left the room?

16. Mr. And Mrs. Judge

Have one person cover their eyes or put their head down. Have another person sneak up behind them and whisper, “Good Morning, Judge,” and then return to where they were. Next, have “The Judge” open their eyes and guess who spoke.

17. 30 Seconds

Split your family into teams and give their representative a word. They must describe that word without actually saying the word or a similar word. Can their team guess their word?

18. Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

Give one person a button or anything tiny. Have them walk around and hold hands with each person in the group. At some point, they should try to secretly transfer the button to another person’s hand. At the end of the rotation, everyone must guess who has the button. The secret here is to work on faking out everyone watching.

19. Johnny Whoop

You know what? This game is fun but impossible to describe easily. Here’s an easy description. The basic gist is, once again, to fake out everyone playing.

20. Name That Tune

Can your kids guess what song you’re humming? Can you guess when they hum a song? Only one way to find out!

21. Psychiatrist

Designate a doctor, then give everyone else an “illness.” (They should have the same illness.) It might help if you also assign each person with a different symptom. As the doctor talks to the patient, can they guess what illness they all have?

22. Heads Up 7-Up

Remember playing this game during Friday free time at school? True story: You can also play it around your kitchen table.

23. Stool of Repentance

One person must leave the room and everyone else must write down real or fake facts about them. Have the person come back and sit on a chair or stool in the middle of the room and play the victim. You be the “judge” and read the accusations. “Someone said you have pretty eyes. Can you guess who?” If the victim can guess the right accuser, it’s time to switch. If they can’t, go on to the next “accusation.”

Apps For Guessing Games

24. Heads Up

Yep. This is Ellen’s game.

25. Guess Who

Just like the board game with the little flippable tabs, but this time on your phone or tablet.

26. Charades

Someone took the legwork out of Charades by creating an app to give you suggestions and time you. Sweet.

27. Guess The Color

Obviously this is a game best played by people who know or are learning their colors.

28. Draw Something

Just like Pictionary, but this game is played one-on-one and can be done on your tablet. (Or phone!)

26. Charades

Someone took the legwork out of Charades by creating an app to give you suggestions and time you. Sweet.

27. Guess The Color

Obviously this is a game best played by people who know or are learning their colors.

28. Draw Something

Just like Pictionary, but this game is played one-on-one and can be done on your tablet. (Or phone!)

29. Celebrity Guess Who

This app works like every other “guess who” or “who am I” game, except it gives you celebrities and does some of the set-up work.

30. Combo Words

Can you guess the keyword based on two pictures? Think: A can of white paint and a picture of a house. The answer is The White House.

31. Guess The Character

This app has aggregated a ton of pictures of famous characters. Using hints on your app, you can guess what character it is.

32. Logo Quiz

Can you guess the logo? Just like “Guess The Character,” this game seems to offer an endless supply of logos.

33. Guess The 90s

Okay. Your kids will probably suck at this. But it could be a ton of fun to play after bedtime.

Board Games And Other Games That Require Supplies

34. Guess Who

If you didn’t play this game as a kid, we feel sorry for you, Son. You got 99 problems and a crummy childhood was definitely one. It’s $15 at Target. Buy it. Play it. Experience pure joy and frustration.

Snoop Dogg Was the MVP of Mike Tyson’s Comeback Match

Snoop Dogg Boxing Commentary
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We finally got the much-awaited return to the boxing ring of Mike Tyson, who had his anticipated bout with Roy Jones Jr. over the weekend. And it was fun! The fight? Oh, no, not that. The rules took a lot of the heat out of the bout, and it ended as a draw (the worst possible outcome for a fight). Tyson definitely looked better and probably won, but the reason it was a fun show? Snoop Dogg, who KILLED IT on the commentary.

Snoop did color commentary the way it should be done for ALL sports broadcasts, but he did it in a way only he can. One of the most publicized fights on the undercard, and the one that riveted social media, was YouTube guy Jake Paul knocking out tiny former NBA player Nate Robinson (former dunk contest champion!). After Robinson was put to sleep, Snoop yelled “Oh my God, lord have mercy! Oh Jesus!” and then hilariously broke out into a gospel hymn.

Truly one of the best sports moments of the year. But that’s not all he brought to the table, he was hilarious all night. During the main event between Tyson and Jones Jr., he joked that it was like “two of my uncles fighting at the family BBQ”

“My uncles is getting it in! Hey grandma! They fightin’ again!”

Social media crowned him the clear winner of the night.

Lebron summed it up better than anyone, calling Snoop a ‘swiss army knife’ who is simply the greatest at whatever he does.

He’s sat in for a bit of an NHL broadcast and it’s clearer than ever that what the sports world needs is more Snoop behind the mic for every big game. Super Bowl, World Series, all of it. Put it on an alternate channel if you have to, like they do for different language broadcasts, and have the Snoop Cast of the big games, and it will be a guaranteed hit.

The Monolith Disappeared From Utah – and Reappears in Romania

Monolith in Romania
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Last week, a strange silver structure appeared in the Utah desert. It was spotted by some state workers who were doing a patrol in their helicopter, and it immediately brought to mind the nefarious black monolith that features in Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic 2001.

The monolith is a 12-feet tall slab of stainless steel standing out of the ground somewhere south of Moab. At least, it was. Almost before we were able to fire off a few jokes about apes and bones and Hal and star babies, the monolith disappeared!

Upon realizing it was gone – when the pilot that found it was flying by to show it to a friend – the agency that discovered the monolith quickly released a statement.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party,” the agency said in a statement. “The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”

All that’s left in the spot where the monolith stood is a pile of rocks and… a tiny metal pyramid

The monolith’s sudden appearance and disappearance are definitely strange, but it’s nowhere near as strange as the fact that it seems to have suddenly reappeared. In Romania!

According to LADbible a very similar monolith to the one in Utah has emerged on a hillside in Romania, near the Petrodava Dacian Fortress.

Neamt Culture and Heritage official Rocsana Josanu said: “We have started looking into the strange appearance of the monolith. It is on private property, but we still don’t know who the monolith’s owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site. Before installing something there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”

Not sure the aliens got the memo. Stay tuned for more on the mysterious monolith as it comes, or goes?

7 Years Ago We Lost Actor, Humanitarian, and Dad, Paul Walker

Paul Walker
(Paramount / Getty Images / courtesy of Meadow Walker)

Today marks 7 years without Paul Walker: actor, humanitarian, Vin Diesel’s other half — but most importantly, dad. 

Paul and Meadow Walker
(courtesy of Meadow Walker)

Paul died Nov. 30, 2013 at age 40 in a fatal car crash and he’s been missed him every day since. Family and friends said goodbye in a private ceremony Dec. 14 that year, and later, at a public memorial, fans and friends revved their engines in honor of Paul.

a helmet with signatures to remember Paul Walker
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He left behind daughter Meadow Rain Walker, though in good hands: Vin Diesel, her godfather, and other Fast & Furious franchise stars remain close with Meadow today. 

Since then, Meadow, 21, has grown into a successful young woman, modeling professionally just like her paternal grandmother, Cheryl Crabtree Walker. She also regularly engages in social work and charity. 

On what would have been Paul’s 42nd birthday — when she was just 16 — Meadow expressed her wish to “share a piece of my father with the world” by establishing The Paul Walker Foundation, which aims to “serve as an enduring light of Paul’s unique spirit, far reaching goals, and spontaneous goodwill.”

The foundation awards grants and scholarships to students and researchers of marine biology, a field close to Paul’s heart. Paul took community college courses in marine biology as a young twenty-something and had been hooked on studying marine life ever since. 

In a role that combined his love for the big screen and marine biology, he starred in National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, later retitled Shark Men, in which he spent 11 days off the coast of Mexico tagging great white sharks. As part of the expedition, Paul got to contribute to taking measurements, gathering DNA samples, and fastening satellite tags to sharks for further study. We are also hoping he got to high-five a shark at some point, but this is just a dream of ours. We just hope the sharks appreciated Paul as much as we do. 

Paul Walker as a crew member on Shark Men
(National Geographic)

But if we go allllll the way back, we’ll learn that our favorite speedster heartthrob (yes, dads are allowed to call other dads “heartthrobs”) had been acting when he was still in diapers. That’s right, this guy had more success at age two as a toddler than I’ve had in my whole life — by starring in a Pampers commercial. 

Between then and the explosive success of the Fast & Furious franchise, Paul starred in favorites like Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).

The cast of Varsity Blues
(Paramount Pictures)

And then the magic happened: the first installment of the franchise that would catapult him to superstardom, The Fast and the Furious, emerged in 2001. With it, his friendships and lasting impact on costars Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson (who appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003), and Michelle Rodriguez. 

The cast of The Fast & The Furious.
(Universal Pictures)

Paul would go on to star in 6 more films in the franchise. Paul died before the completion of filming for Furious 7 (2015), but amazingly, producers made it work. Along with some rewrites, their solution was to call Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, to stand in for Paul in uncompleted scenes. I know what you’re thinking, at first this sounds batshit — but LOOK: 

Paul Walker's brothers, Cody and Caleb
(Getty Images)

They are their mothers’ sons. I haven’t watched Furious 7 yet but maybe tonight’s the night to do it and pour one out for Paul.

The end of Furious 7 featured Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s song “See You Again,” commissioned especially for the film’s soundtrack as a tribute to Paul. 

There will be at least 3 more installments to the franchise, and thankfully Caleb and Cody said they’re open to helping out again, but things won’t be quite the same without Paul. 

Paul Walker
(Giphy)

In 2015, Vin Diesel named his fourth child Pauline to honor Paul, because if making 7 movies together doesn’t make you brothers for life, then what will? “There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord,” said Vin. “I just thought, I knew he was there. I thought it was a way to keep his memory a part of my family, a part of my world.” Meadow maintains a close relationship with Pauline and the rest of the Diesel family, which Vin considers her a part of.

Our favorite thing about Paul walker? His brotherhood with fellow dad Vin Diesel. (Runners-up for favorite things: that he owned a collection of 30 cool as hell cars and that he earned a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, plus a black belt posthumously.) 

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker
(Universal Pictures)

“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” said Vin, after explaining he promised Paul there would be an eight chapter of the series. “You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to this concept of brotherhood for our millennium,” he said. “There’s something beautiful about that. There’s something celebratory about that.”

And angel he was, truly. Outside of his inspiring, action-packed film career, it was clear that Paul gave a damn: about marine life, about family, about people in general. In 2010 he founded Reach Out Worldwide, a nonprofit charity that provided humanitarian aid to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He regularly visited and aided disaster-stricken areas until his death. 

“If there’s one good thing to come from any of this, it’s that we can raise the charity’s profile –that’s what Paul would have wanted,” Paul Walker Sr. said about Paul’s death.

Paul on Walker a humanitarian mission
(Daily Mail)

Paul’s family and costars can be seen remembering him as a humanitarian, actor, brother, dad, and all-around exceptional human being in I Am Paul Walker, a 2018 documentary that honors his storied life. 

Paul’s legacy lives on through his Fast & Furious family, through his nonprofit charity, and through Meadow. Each year on his birthday and Father’s Day, she celebrates her dad by sharing old videos and photos on Instagram. In one post, she shared an old home video of her surprising her dad and then wishing him a happy birthday. (Warning! Onion cutting ninjas have been spotted in your area.)

If you want to honor a Real One, why not watch your favorite Fast & Furious installment with us today. Or perhaps you’ll spend extra time admiring the marine life in your neighborhood pond when you go for a walk. Or you might simply tell your daughter you’re proud of her. Just a few ideas for remembering, as Meadow calls him, “the most beautiful soul.”

5 PlayStation Games To Play With Your Kids (and 5 To Play Once They’re Asleep)

5 PlayStation Games to play with kids
(Sony)

With the days getting colder, sometimes it’s nice (who am I kidding, it’s always nice) to just hunker down indoors and play some good ol’ video games with the family. It is the perfect way to get through this holiday season in which you’ll likely be spending a lot more time at home than usual. And thanks to science, we know it’s good for their health.

Here are five single and multiplayer PlayStation games you can enjoy playing and experiencing with your kids, and five you’ll probably want to wait to play once they’re asleep… if sleep is a thing your kids do.

Kid-Friendly Games

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

(Insomniac Games)

For his first outing, Miles’ debut game is fantastic. Themes like believing in yourself and just genuinely being good to those around you are at the forefront of this action-packed adventure throughout New York. You’ll spend time protecting citizens, beating up plenty of bad guys and becoming “Harlem’s Spider-Man”. If your children are anything like my eight-year-old son though, you’ll probably just find them web-swinging around the environment for hours and hours on end.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is now available on PS4 and PS5. Rated T for Teen.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

(Sony)

Little Big Planet’s main character Sackboy gets his own 3D platforming adventure on the PS4 and PS5. If you’ve played Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U you’ll feel right at home with this one. With the jump from 2D to 3D, the levels are full of imagination and wonder, with spectacle to spare. With couch co-op, you and up to three others can tackle each challenge together. Sackboy is just a fun, wholesome experience for the family.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is now available on PS4 and PS5. Rated E for Everyone.

Gang Beasts

(Double Fine Presents)

Gang Beasts is an absolute riot.  It’s an arena fighter where up to four players duke it out on anything from moving transport trucks to blimps floating above a city.  The objective is to throw the others out of the ring (or off the side of the blimp).  The physics are so ridiculously hilarious, you’ll find yourself hanging on for dear life from the side of a skyscraper or flopping around like a rag –doll trying to knock your opponents out so you can pick them up and toss them.  This one will have you laughing out loud.

Gang Beasts is now available on PS4 and PC.  Rated E for Everyone.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled

(Activision)

If you’ve had your fill of leaving your children in the dust in Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is a worthy contender for your time.  A full remake of the PS1 original, this one contains fifty-six racers to unlock, an Adventure mode (think Diddy Kong Racing), Battle Arena to take out your frustrations on each other, and a Ring Rally mode that requires players to drive through rings in order to extend their timer as they race around the track.  There’s local and online multiplayer too, so you can do your embarrassing victory dance in front of your kids.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.  Rated E for Everyone.

Minecraft Dungeons

(Xbox Game Studios)

Minecraft Dungeons ditches the house building and survival elements fans are used to for pure action-adventure. If you enjoy top-down action RPGs like Diablo, Minecraft Dungeons is another great co-op game to play together. It really is “Diablo-Lite”. The character builds and item management are pretty basic, so it’s not overwhelming for new players to dive into. My kids don’t usually enjoy these kinds of games, but we ended up making it right through to the final boss which my son and daughter thought was pretty awesome.

Minecraft Dungeons is now available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Rated E for Everyone.

Adult Only Games

Alright, so now that the kids are in bed, it’s time to indulge in some more mature games…

Or you could just play more Sackboy, that’s cool too.

Cyberpunk 2077

(CD Projekt Red)

One of the most anticipated titles since the teaser trailer was released way back in 2015 is now arriving this December. CD Projekt Red (the developer of the Witcher game series) is going all out with this gritty first-person journey into the dark and twisted heart of Night City. You can cybernetically enhance your character with different combat upgrades and visual customizations. You can also expect to experience a large and expansive story with plenty of different choices and endings to unlock. This is definitely the must-have game of the year.

Cyberpunk 2077 releases on December 10th, 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Rated M for Mature.

Demon’s Souls

(Bluepoint)

If the stress of being a parent wasn’t enough for you, the PS5 remake of Demon’s Souls will gladly push you to the brink of insanity. Unforgiving and brutal, Demon’s Souls was the game that started the whole “Souls” genre when it originally released on the PS3.  The risk/reward gameplay and extreme difficulty is highly addictive and can give you a real power trip once you’ve overcome a challenging boss. Approach this one with an open mind, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Demon’s Souls is now available on PS5. Rated M for Mature.

Ghost of Tsushima

(Sony)

Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful Samurai journey and a class act in open-world game design. The combat is satisfying whether you’re engaging in samurai duels or performing assassinations on unsuspecting enemies. Fast travelling between areas is extremely quick, even on the PS4, so you’ll spend more time gaming and less time waiting to play. This is extremely crucial during naptime.

Ghost of Tsushima is now available on PS4. Rated M for Mature.

The Last of Us Part II

(Naughty Dog)

Seven years later, we finally got our hands on the sequel to one of the best PS3 games.  While it didn’t live up to the hype for some, Ellie’s quest for revenge was an emotional roller-coaster that left my jaw on the floor.  The graphics and gameplay are second to none and you’ll be engaged right up to the gut-wrenching climax.  Absolutely worth playing, but not for the faint of heart.

The Last of Us Part II is now available on PS4.  Rated M for Mature.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

(Activision)

While everyone is still enjoying Modern Warfare’s Battle Royale mode Warzone, it’s nice to see the franchise getting another standalone entry. You have access to the campaign that includes multiple endings depending on your choices throughout, the classic Call of Duty multiplayer experience, and of course, the beloved Zombies Mode. You could say you get a lot of “bang” for your buck with this one.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC. Rated M for Mature.

So with that said, this is only a handful of the games we play in our household.  What games are you playing?

Blind 12-Year-Old Golden Retriever Gets His Very Own Guide Dog

12-year-old blind dog gets guide dog
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There comes a time in life when even the most self-sufficient of us have to ask for help. Needing help doesn’t make you weak – in fact, being willing to accept help when you can no longer do something on your own is a sign of maturity and self-awareness. Or, in the case of 12-year-old Tao, it’s a sign of being really freaking cute.

Up until a year ago, Tao was the lone wolf – or, you know, the lone golden retriever. Tao lived a happy, boisterous life until the day his perceptive owner Melanie Jackson realized something wasn’t quite right. Though in the morning he’d been his normal playful self, by the evening he was showing clear signs of pain.

After a visit to the vet, Tao was diagnosed with glaucoma, meaning that high pressure in his eye damaged his optic nerve. His eye had to be removed, and not long after, his second eye deteriorated just as rapidly. Though Tao lost his vision, he maintained his happy demeanor and soon began navigating relatively well on his own. Melanie knew that though Tao was recovering well, losing your vision is isolating. Melanie and Tao were still able to be active together and Tao could do most of the activities he did before, but the loss of so much sensory input was a challenge.

During difficult times, we could all use a friend – and that’s exactly what Melanie got for her beloved old dog. She adopted 8-week old Oko, a golden retriever puppy, and the dogs bonded immediately. Not only did they become best friends, but Oko became Tao’s guide dog. The pair sleeps together, plays together, and Melanie even trained Tao to keep his little brother out of trouble.

 

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“Oko is being trained by me—if not, he would lead Tao into mischief as he is a typical inquisitive puppy,” Melanie told Bored Panda. “Tao is being trained to follow Oko’s scent and Oko to listen and respond to my commands to ‘stop, wait, go right, go left.’”

 

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After the stress of losing his vision, Tao has a new lease on life thanks to his little brother (more like grandpupper). The adorable duo have accumulated over 40,000 followers on Instagram, and it’s easy to see why. Vision or not, these two are living their best life – and it’s all thanks to Melanie.

 

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“Tao is an amazing dog and is loved by everyone we meet,” Melanie said. “He is known locally and people often ask if they can have a selfie with him.”

 

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Father Figures: Twice the Dad

“I know Alfie questions if he’s a good dad every single day and I wish he could see himself the way I do.

Alfie came from a fatherless home and had to build his ideal dad characteristics on the fly; pulling pieces from his friends’ dads, tv dads, and other male role models he had growing up. Watching him grow and come into his own as a father has been a true privilege.

We are a ‘yours, mine, and ours’ family but you’d never know it from the outside – he has 5 children and nobody could ever convince him otherwise! He is their fiercest supporter in everything they do.

The fire in Alfie as he introduces our kids to his hobbies is contagious. I can’t help but get amped up myself when he’s teaching them how to paint miniatures, how to play a new game, or discussing the ins and outs of the Marvel universe.

Alfie, I wish you knew that you’re at least TWICE the dad you think you are.”

– Angela Sowl

2001 Has Finally Arrived: Strange Metal Monolith Discovered in Utah

Monolith in Utah
(Department of Public Safety)

After everything else that’s happened in 2020 (new “footage” of the Loch Ness Monster, an alien task force), would it be all that surprising if it ended with a giant star baby?

That’s the question many people are asking after a strange structure, reminiscent of something out of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science-fiction classic 2001, was spotted deep in the Utah desert.

According to CNN, a team from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero division was floating around southeastern Utan in their helicopter when they spotted an unusual object sticking out of the ground.

“One of the biologists … spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings said. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there — we’ve got to go look at it!'”

“It” is a piece of silver metal, about 10-12 feet high, and, according to Hutchings, it looked like it had been deliberately placed there, rather than having sprouted. The structure immediately brought to mind the large black monolith that features in 2001 and causes some strange reactions in both primates and humans.

Thankfully, neither Hutchings nor his fellow team members were suddenly compelled to fashion weapons and attack each other. Nor does Hutchings attribute anything especially bizarre to the silver monolith’s presence

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) fan,” he speculated. As opposed to, ya know, an alien. But the pilot wasn’t taking any chances.

“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.

You can check out a photo gallery and even a few videos of the incident at the Department of Public SafetyDepartment of Public Safety.

Dad Gets Lightning Bolt Shaved Into His Hair To Match His Son’s Scar

Dad cuts lightning bolt into hair to match son's scar
(Youtube/KMOV St. Louis)

Finding ways to support your kids is a perpetually-changing aspect of parenting. It’s up to us as parents to figure out what will make our kids feel loved and supported through each challenge they face, and that’s no easy task. One dad from Missouri found a heartwarming but unusual way to make his son feel loved – and it came in the form of a haircut.

When Jonathan Tynes’s son was born, doctors found that he had a condition that caused the plates of his skull to fuse together early. As a result, Hunter had to undergo reconstructive skull surgery at just 21-months old.

“He had to be cut from ear to ear, opened up and his skull totally reshaped,” Jonathan told KMOV.

Thankfully, the surgery went well – but it left Hunter with a lightning bolt-shaped scar down the side of his head (doctors cut across his skull in a zig-zag pattern to allow the scar to be hidden more easily by Hunter’s hair). Though most of Hunter’s hair grew back as doctors expected, scar tissue on one side didn’t allow the now 5-year-old’s hair to grow. Years after his surgery, the lightning bolt scar remains – and recently, Hunter has become increasingly self-conscious.

Tynes tried to reassure his son that the scar was nothing to be self-conscious about, but the 5-year-old inadvertently told his loving dad exactly what he needed to feel better about his scar.

“I said, your lightning bolts are really cool. I wish I had that,” Tynes recalled, to which his son responded, “Well, if you think they’re so cool why don’t you get them?”

It took only a moment of consideration before Tynes made a decision. “I said okay, then I will.”

And as soon as he could get an appointment, Tynes followed through on his word. He went to the barbershop with an odd and incredible request – he wanted a matching lightning bolt shaved into his own head.

Tynes’s heartwarming story quickly went viral, but the only thing that mattered was how Hunter felt. Fortunately, Tynes got the seal of approval from his smiling son – and the pair couldn’t look happier.

Women’s Soccer Star Makes History as First Female to Play Power 5 Football

Sarah Fuller
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It’s extremely rare to get a standing ovation from the opposing team’s fanbase, and it’s even rarer to get that applause for a KICKOFF. But that was the scene at Missouri when Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller made college football history by becoming the first female to play in a Power 5 game, handling the kick-off to start the second half.

Vanderbilt isn’t very good at football this year (and to their credit, the SEC IS one of the toughest conferences), but their women’s soccer team won the league championship. So when the football team’s kickers and specialists were sidelined by COVID-19, the Commodores turned to the senior goalkeeper on that championship soccer team to handle their place-kicking duties.

Vanderbilt only got to kick-off once, to start the second half, but Fuller placed a squib kick exactly where it needed to be to prevent a return. Because it was such a historic moment, she even got a standing ovation from the Missouri fans.

“Honestly, it’s just so exciting,” Fuller said after the game (Vanderbilt did not win). “The fact I can represent all the girls out there who have wanted to do this or thought about playing football, it encourages them to be able to step out and do something big like this, it’s awesome.”

“I want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to,” she said. “Like, you really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things.”

Former NFL Pro Bowl punter Pat McAfee said her kick was great.

The sports world was quick to show their love to Fuller, and not just other football players. Media personalities, baseball stars, NFL Pro Bowlers, and everyone in between was loving the kick and what it meant.

Sports are at their best for moments like this, when you’re seeing history made. Fuller is an outstanding soccer player, but she’ll be remembered forever for her play on the gridiron.