4-Year-Old Orders $2,619 of SpongeBob Popsicles on Mom’s Account

Kids and screens can be a dangerous combination. And no, this isn’t some holier-than-thou screed about how kids should only play outdoors or read 19th-century poetry. I mean that kids+screens can literally be dangerous to your bank account. Jennifer Bryant learned this tough lesson when her kid found his way to Amazon and ordered nearly $3,000 worth of SpongeBob popsicles.

Four-year-old Noah is from Brooklyn, NY, and loves SpongeBob so much he got on his mom’s Amazon account and ordered 51 boxes of SpongeBob popsicles sent to his aunt’s house. These are not your cheap little flavored popsicles either, these are top of the line, straight from the ice cream truck caliber popsicles. And the little guy got 918(!) of them.

 

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Unfortunately, his mom is currently going to NYU for a degree in social work, and between the cost of raising kids (they are expensive, look it up), housing, and school, the surprise charge is more than her budget can handle.

With zero luck getting a refund from Amazon, a grad school friend set up a GoFundMe for the parent.

“As truly adorable as this story is, Jennifer Bryant is a social work student at NYU and simply can’t afford this,” her friend wrote. “All donations make a difference, so let’s work together and help Jenny out!”

The GoFundMe goal was set to recover the full amount ($2,619) but parents have come out in strong support for the screentime mishap and covered the entire amount, plus more…a lot more. They raised the initial money in 24 hours. But at the time of this printing, they had raised more than $24,793!  That seems like…well like a lot of money, but it was raised so quickly that it’s likely the family doesn’t even know what to do yet.

His mom said they were “blown away by the generosity” and said all additional funds raised will be going towards Noah’s education and additional support. Noah is autistic, which can present extra hurdles for parents on top of working their way through higher education.

“We cannot thank you enough, truly,” his mom wrote.

So, the story does have a happy ending. The mom got her money back, the boy got his popsicles, and the family has some security to build a bright future for themselves. And Amazon managed to avoid any consequences whatsoever, per usual.

Dog Found on Nearby Farm Herding Sheep After Being Ejected From Car During Crash

A 2-Year-old dog named Tilly’s family was heartbroken. As the Oswalds drove down Idaho State Highway 41 on a Sunday in mid-June, they were involved in an accident. Upon impact, their beloved pup Tilly was thrown from the car’s shattered back window. Incredibly, Tilly didn’t sustain any injuries. Terrified by the incident, however, the border collie and red heeler mix took off running.

Immediately following the accident, Tilly’s panicked family set out to look for her. Kind strangers pulled over as well, offering to help the family search for the frightened pup. After nearly 10 hours, the exhausted family decided to go home for the day.

To spread the word about their missing family member, Linda Oswald posted a picture of Tilly on Facebook with a plea for help.

“We have not found our pup Tilly. We are offering a reward. He is shy so please pm me or contact via FB if you see him,” Linda wrote.

Linda’s post spread far and wide, with over 3,000 shares and a community of people rooting for the young dog to return home. Miles away on the Potter family’s farm, Tyler Potter noticed something strange. One of the family’s Australian shepherds looked different, and when they tried calling him, the typically obedient dog ran off.

Zane Potter went out to get a closer look, and realized it wasn’t one of their dogs at all – it was Tilly. Fewer than two miles from the crash, Tilly’s instincts called him to action. For the first time in his life, Tilly stumbled upon the opportunity to herd sheep. And man, did that good boy seize it.

The Potter family knew of Tilly from Linda’s far-reaching Facebook post, so by midday Tuesday, the opportunistic pup returned home to his overjoyed family.

“I think people saw a time to really jump out and help, even if it was just a small thing like finding a dog,” Oswald told the Spokesman-Review. “There’s a lot of kind people out there.”

New The Suicide Squad Trailer Has No Connections to Buttholes

We’re about to have a whole lot of superhero movies. The MCU swings back into gear next month when Black Widow finally premieres, and then the floodgates open. Next comes Shang-Chi, then The Eternals, then Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange 2, Thor 3, and so on. The DC is bringing The Batman in 2022, as well as the Shazam sequel, Flash, and Black Adam.

Some of those movies will be good, some won’t be, but it’s a pretty safe bet that none of them will be anything like The Suicide Squad.

The Suicide Squad is James Gunn’s entry into the DCEU, as he tackles the sequel to David Ayer’s much-maligned Suicide Squad (before he heads back to marvel for Guardians 3). This new Squad is an entirely new set of actors and characters, with the exception of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and Viola Davis and Joel Kinnamen’s returning feds.

The rest of the line-up is new to the big screen, and the new trailer that was released today gives many of them their own moments, though the focus is on Idris Elba’s Bloodsport.

He gets coerced to join the Squad for a mission, joining Pete Davidson’s Blackguard – who has a fun reaction to Sean Gunn’s (James’s brother) Weasel, John Cena’s Peacemaker – who gets off a deadpan reference to “buttholes” before he heads to HBO Max for his own series, and Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark. Yes, that’s his voice.

Together, they are tasked with eliminating all traces of Project Starfish, which is not related to buttholes after all and is instead a giant Starfish creature. As I said, this movie will be pretty unique.

See for yourself in the new trailer, and catch The Suicide Squad in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6th:

The World of Sports Rallies in Support of NFL’s First Openly Gay Active Player

The NFL now has its first openly gay active player as the Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib took to social media to publicly come out. Representation was the motivating factor but he also said he hopes announcements like his will become a non-issue in the future.

“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest,” he said in the Instagram video. He also announced he’d be supporting The Trevor Project with a $100,000 donation. It’s an impactful message and donation during pride month and a monumental moment for the NFL.

 

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And while some sports fans will predictably roll out their hot takes from 1985, most of the enlightened world, including Nassib’s NFL colleagues, were supportive.

Before we delve into the world of support, let’s address comments like “why does it matter???”. Here’s why – helpfully explained by Nassib and echoed by ESPN’s Mike Golic Jr.

“Studies have shown all it takes is one accepting adult to decrease the risk of an LGBTQ kid attempting suicide by 40 percent. Whether you’re a friend, a parent, a coach or a teammate, you can be that person.”

And onto that support! From current players, stars, coaches, the commissioner, and so on…

It’s a big step from a great player, and it’s heartening to see so much support for him throughout the league. Someday it won’t matter, but that day is not today, and this will go a long way in making millions of people more comfortable in their own skin.

The New Trailer ‘Ted Lasso’ Trailer Has Us Pumped for Season 2

Forget hot girl summer. It’s almost Lasso Season (two)!

The second season of Apple TV+’s unlikely hit series, which was based on a commercial, airs on a platform most people don’t have and stars a former SNLer sporting a mustache, premieres on July 23rd. I, for one, can not wait (and I know I’m not alone). Because as unlikely as it is, Ted Lasso is a national treasure.

The show, which is part fish-out-of-water tale and part underdog story is 100% good vibes, and while you may not know many people who’ve watched it, every single person who has is a certified member of the LAsso hive. The show’s affability and charm is as impossible to deny as that of the main character, flawlessly embodied by Jason Sudeikis in an award-winning role.

The new season promises to follow the Richmond Greyhounds as they attempt to bounce back from their first campaign under former football coach turned football gaffer, and the second season’s official trailer promises more of the same heart and hijinks, with a few wrinkles.

It looks like we’ll get to see a different side of Ted as his team struggles again, and the gang is all back — except, perhaps, for lovable curmudgeon Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), who barely appears in the trailer – if at all (pretty sure I saw him near the end). A vital counterweight to Lasso’s relentless optimism, Kent’s absence could really hurt the show.

We’ll find out for sure what happened to Roy, and what will happen to the rest of the Lasso family, next month. Until then, check out the new trailer. And believe!

LeVar Burton Finally Guest-Hosting Jeopardy From July 23rd to 30th

Since Alex Trebek passed away from cancer last year, Jeopardy has continued to churn out episodes. When you air 5 days a week, there’s little time to rest. But the producers of the show haven’t rushed to replace their legendary host, and instead have been featuring a variety of different guest hosts.

Some of these hosts, like former champion Ken Jennings and former Price is Right host Drew Carey, are legitimate contenders to replace Trebek, and some of them, like reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, are probably longshots. There is one potential host out there who, despite tons of support, and even a petition in his name, has yet to appear.

Until later this summer!

LeVar Burton is, like Trebek, a beloved, family-friendly TV personality who has been in viewers’ lives for decades. Many Jeopardy fans – including Dick Van Dyke – are clamoring for Burton to take over for Trebek, and during the final week of July, he’ll have a chance to show the public what he can do.

Burton will appear as guest host from July 23rd to July 30th, after CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s June 28-July 9 stint, Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopolous’s run, and GMA anchor Robin Roberts slot from July 19-23.

LeVar has been on fans – and producers’ – minds for a long time.

“LeVar and I’ve been speaking for a very long time,” executive producer Mike Richards told USA Today. “I think he was the first person to reach out to me after Alex passed away… so this is not a new conversation.”

Nor is it an easy one.

“It’s not a matter of picking up the phone and people clearing their calendars, and then just showing up. There’s a lot that goes into these bookings,” he explained. “It was much more about the conversations that we had than really him lobbying because really, no one else has lobbied. It’s really been a kind of a very quiet path to cerebral conversations, and then us making decisions.”

They’re giving everyone a look, and at the end of July, LeVar Burton finally gets his. After that, we’ll find out if he’ll be back for more.

Single Swan Dad Raises His Babies Alone After Mom Swan Dies

Few people plan on becoming single parents because of the incredible demands of parenthood, but when life throws curveballs your way, plans change and heroes emerge. Heroes who pretend they’re not exhausted even though they are literally always exhausted, heroes who go above and beyond to give their kids an amazing childhood when everything is stacked against them. Recently, a Boston dad made headlines for raising his seven babies all by himself after tragedy struck his family. Ok, so he’s a swan, but we don’t discriminate. This dad is a hero in our book.

The Charles River Esplanade in Boston is home to many swans, but when a swan couple decided to raise a family there, wildlife lovers were ecstatic. Residents swooned over the swans, keeping a safe distance after momma swan laid nine perfect eggs. The protective parents guarded their eggs, and their human supporters stole glances from afar. In late May, seven of the eggs hatched and the swan couple became proud parents.

Tragedy strikes

Not long after their babies hatched, Boston residents noticed something was very wrong with momma swan. She was struggling to stand and to stay above water, so concerned observers called animal control. Sadly, by the time help arrived, momma swan had passed away.

Swans typically mate for life, co-parenting their babies and sharing parental duties from the very beginning. Even for non-human parents, raising little ones is a huge amount of work. Swans have to protect their babies from predators, bring food back to their nests, and keep their young safe from the dangers that surround them. Without momma swan in the picture, papa swan stepped up to do it all.

Even after the tragedy of losing his partner, papa swan did what he needed to do for his family. He took on the role of both parents, caring for his babies and teaching them how to grow into capable, self-assured swans.

“They seem to be doing well,” Emma Feeney, marketing and events coordinator for the Esplanade Association told The Dodo. “You can spot them in the esplanade lagoon swimming together, with some of the babies riding along on his back. Geese will swim by them and you can tell that the papa swan is in full force, protecting the cygnets. You can tell that he’s just a great, great father to them. It’s very adorable.”

Want To Be a Rad Dad? Beat the 8 Best Tony Hawk Video Games

If you grew up in the ’90s, you couldn’t avoid Tony Hawk. The skateboarder and current social media funnyman might seem like the ultimate dad now, at 53. But, that doesn’t change his cool factor. Our dude became a professional skater at the age of 14. (And our teenager can’t even roll his scooter through the garage without scratching the Tiguan.) He served at the National Skateboarding Association’s world champion for more than a decade and, yeah, none of us will ever forget when the San Diego native successfully completed the first-ever 900 at the 1999 X Games. He was 31 years old. And he did it, again, for the last time, at 48. In other words, Hawk has lived his life defying the norms of being “too young” or “too old.” Even now, as a retired professional skateboarder, Hawk is still sponsored by Birdhouse, Vans, and few others. And even as recently as last year, our dude was still landing 540s. He’s that awesome.

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And, as if he didn’t make enough money and gain enough fame and street cred from skating, he’s also played an integral part in developing no less than 21 video games across all gaming platforms. Most even came with a killer soundtrack. These Tony Hawk games are, without a doubt, the best. Give them a try — with or without your kids.

1. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2

Yes, the original Pro Skater is a monster and absolutely worth a deep dive. It “started it all.” But, like so many firsts you have in your life, it just wasn’t that great. Pro Skater 2 built on the original Tony Hawk game and expanded it into something truly magnificent. The art was better, the world was richer, and the soundtrack was bonkers good. It featured all the coolest acts at the time like Anthrax, Naughty By Nature, Rage, and even Powerman 5000. (We’ll say it without an ounce of embarrassment: “When World’s Collide” is an absolute banger.)

2. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and 4

We’re bundling these into one entry because they’re so similar in terms of look and feel. The main difference between the two, however, is that Pro Skater 4 unleashed a ton of select, timed content that added a little more urgency to the game. Was it done perfectly? No. But, it was the start of something entirely new for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games.

3. Tony Hawk’s Underground

This TH game marked a big shift in the series. It was the first time you could step off your skateboard and explore the world around you without wheels under your feet. They also took a step away from the generic skating-for-the-sake-of-skating aspect and went into that choose-your-own-adventure story building for each character that is now widely popular in video games.

4. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland

While this gem technically released after the next two entries on our list, it was better than both. For this game, developers pared down the insanity of tricks in Underground 2 and replaced them with things that were must-haves in the gaming world at the time. Wasteland boasts an obscenely large map full of storefronts and buildings you can go into and explore. The downtown LA world that it showed felt as never-ending as the GTA maps. But, you know, it was just a little too much for a skating game.

5. Tony Hawk’s Project 8

With a better-than-average (at the time) character creator, Project 8 held a ton of promise. It was, of course, lacking quite a bit. It was choppy and hard to play. But, because it was still somewhat grounded in reality, we like it slightly more than the next game on our list.

6. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2

Let’s just get it over with: Underground 2 is absurd. It was released in 2004 when Bam and Johnny Knoxville were still capitalizing on their idiocy to make make money doing dumb stunts and pranks. People fell for it, of course, because we always enjoy seeing extreme success and extremely painful failures. Underground 2 capitalized on our most basic desires. It was a game full of chances to try crazy skateboard stunts and fail at them without the hospital bill.

7. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Let’s face it: On the surface, this is just a remake of Pro Skater 1 and Pro Skater 2. They did this before with THPS HD. But, this time around they actually nailed it. The old characters are built out more and the new characters fit right in. The art in each level is infinitely better, too, building out the world with more detail, light, and substance. And, yes, it’s even got that same amazing soundtrack from the classics.

8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

What’s that? You’re mad that the THPS OG is all the way at the bottom of our list? Stop living in the past. We get it — we’re often nostalgic for the things that sparked our initial interests. But, why dwell on a mediocre first start when you could play any other game in the series that takes on Tony Hawk’s initial premise and expands on it. Pro Skater started it all and was wildly popular… but it was only just the beginning.

Got the Eye of the Tiger? Then You Already Know These Memorable Rocky Quotes

There’s no debating it: Rocky is the single greatest movie of all time. While our love for Sylvester Stallone may not come close to our adoration for Keanu Reeves, it’s pretty damn close. And it ought to be. Stallone literally created the Rocky Balboa character and movie concepts. Guys. Don’t let his deep voice and boxer’s build fool you. He’s not a dumb jock. He actually wrote the script for Rocky, as well. And, where would we be without the likes of Rocky, Mickey, and Apollo Creed? One thing is certain: We’d be without the “Eye of the Tiger.” And we’d have no idea how important it is to run up those iconic steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Nope. Rocky changed our lives and, thus, so did Stallone.

When we say he wrote the movie, it’s important to remember that includes all the amazingly uplifting and truly hilarious dialogue, too. Rocky had some real zingers. Yes, we all yell “ADRIANNNNNN!” in that iconic Stallone mumble, but do you remember these other zingers from across the franchise as well?

Quotes From the One and Only Rocky Balboa

  1. “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
  2. “How ’bout I stay here and you fight?”
  3. “Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”
  4. “Do you like having a good time? Then you need a good watch!”
  5. “Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.”
  6. “ADRIANNNNNN!”
  7. “Time takes everybody out. Time is undefeated.”
  8. “Nobody owes nobody nothing.”
  9. “You know I couldn’t have done nothing without you… Yo Adrian we did it.”
  10. “Yeah yeah, the Bill of Rights. Don’t it say something about going after what makes you happy?”
  11. “You gotta be a moron… you gotta be a moron to wanna be a fighter.”
  12. “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”
  13. “I am not the richest, smartest, or most talented person in the world. But I succeed because I keep going and going and going.”
  14. “Cut me, Mick!”
  15. “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.”
  16. “If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.”
  17. “There’s a beast inside me.”
  18. “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.”
  19. “Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.”
  20. “Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”
  21. “Ya know, they always say if you live in one place long enough, you are that place.”
  22. “You can’t learn anything when you’re talking. That’s a fact of life. As long as you’re talking, you’re not listening.”
  23. “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.”
  24. “I think you try harder when you’re scared.”
  25. “Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
  26. “Yo, Adrian!”
  27. “You see, fear is a fighter’s best friend. You know, but it ain’t nothing to be ashamed of. See, fear keeps you sharp, it keeps you awake, you know, it makes you want to survive. You know what I mean? But the thing is, you gotta learn how to control it. All right? ‘Cause fear is like this fire, all right? And it’s burning deep inside.”

Rocky Quotes from Apollo Creed

  1. “Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker.”
  2. “You thought I was tough? This chump will kill you!”
  3. “You’d better stop this fight! You ain’t nothin’ but a bum!”
  4. “There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow!”
  5. “Just stay outta my face, chump.”
  6. “You know, Stallion. It’s too bad we gotta get old.”
  7. “Look. It’s the name man…The Italian Stallion. The media will eat it up. Now, who discovered America? An Italian, right. What would be better than to get it on with one of its descendants?”
  8. “Man, I won. But, I didn’t beat him.”
  9. “I predict the champ’s gonna take this one.”
  10. “Apollo Creed vs. the Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie.”
  11. “That means, if he can’t fight, I’ll bet he can cook.”

Amazing Rocky Quotes from Everyone Else

  1. “I’m gonna eat lightning and you’re gonna crap thunder.” — Mickey
  2. “Your nose is broken. [Rocky: “How’s it look?”] It’s an improvement.” — Mickey
  3. “Stay down!” — Mickey
  4. “Go for the ribs! Don’t let that bastard breathe!” — Mickey
  5. “Why do you wear that sweating old thing? [Rocky: “It brings me luck.”] It brings you flies.” — Mickey
  6. “He doesn’t know it’s a damn show. He thinks it’s a damn fight!” — Apollo’s trainer
  7. “What do I owe you, Paulie? What do I owe you? I treat you good! I cook for you! I cleaned for you! I pick up your dirty clothes! I take care of ya, Paulie! I don’t owe you nothin’! And you made me feel like a loser! I’m not a loser!” —  Adrian
  8. “Einstein flunked out of school, twice. [Paulie: “Is that so?”] Yeah. Beethoven was deaf. Helen Keller was blind. I think Rocky’s got a good chance.” — Adrian

We Have Our First Look at Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in Flash Movie

What’s old is new again, it’s the surest thing about culture. This also applies to our Batmen, as one of the most iconic Bruce Waynes ever is back as the billionaire vigilante for the upcoming Flash movie. And now, we have our first glimpse of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne for the first time in nearly three decades.

“The Flash” is currently filming in London and stars Ezra Miller. And they have the same Batman too, as Ben Affleck will be returning as the caped crusader. But one thing we’ll learn about the Flash is he’s fast enough to run to parallel realities, which is why we have Michael Keaton also reprising the Batman role. He’ll be playing an older version of Batman in an alternate universe.

Big Screen Leaks shared the photo of the older Bruce Wayne on Twitter, and fans were having it.

The director of the movie, which is coming in the fall of next year, also teased Keaton’s Batman appearance by sharing a pic of his iconic Batman suit on Instagram last month. There’s no context, and just a small droplet or two of blood, which is an interesting choice! But just the logo alone was enough to get fans fired up for Keaton’s return.

 

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Tim Burton’s Batman movies relaunched the interest in the fabled comic book character and were ahead of their time when it comes to great comic book movies for adults. Keaton is a terrific actor and his take on Batman was badass, so it will be even more interesting to see it again 30 years later, as an older Bruce Wayne.

“The Flash” is set to hit theaters (remember those?) in November of 2022.