36 Zoom Backgrounds to Show Your Co-Workers What a Nerd You Are

The Office Zoom Background
(Twitter/thekitze)

If you’re one of the (extremely lucky) people who get to work from home right now, then it’s likely Zoom has become a major part of your day. And while Karen from finance keeps showing up with a new cat background for every meeting, chances are you’re getting a little jealous. How can you—a three-dimensional human being—show your co-workers that you’re more than your simple work persona? Like Karen, you have likes and dislikes. How can people really get to know the real you?

You could do what everybody does and order a lot of thick, important-looking books and position them just-so in front of your computer. You could strategically place a set of dumbells in the frame and show up to each meeting covered in fake sweat. Or, you could go full-nerd and download one of these awesome Zoom backgrounds so that Karen and everyone else knows you’re a Zoom force to be reckoned with.

John Wick

We’ll kick things off with 4 options from the hit rom-com franchise. Everyone will think you’re the coolest. Except for some guy named Rick who will be like, “What’s John Wick?” and you can flip out full-on assassin-style. Ya know. Work stuff.

Top Gun

Are you feeling the need? The need for a cup of coffee because it’s 3:00 and this meeting has been going on foooreeevveer. This will give you an excuse to play out the joke of sporadically looking behind you like a fighter jet just flew by. Seriously never stop doing that joke.

Star Trek

If you ever wanted to be Mr. Cool in the office, these backgrounds will thrust you to the top spot. Seriously, these are the definition of cool. You’ll be like Travolta from Greece with these super cool, totally not nerdy backgrounds. Everyone at work loves a good Trekkie. Especially if they talk about Star Trek every day. So yeah, do that, Fonzie.

Seinfeld

Wanna not get fired? Interrupt your boss while she’s mid-sentence and be like, “What’s the DEAL with these meetings? Who ARE these people?” It’s the best way to not get fired, trust us.

Parks and Recreation

Channel your inner Ron Swanson and respond to everything with, “I know more than you.”

Star Wars

This one’s fun because it looks like your meeting is way more interesting than whatever is going on behind you. “Oh, hyperspace? Yeah, whatever tell me more about these KPI’s.”

The Office

This is one of our favorites because it’s the only one that will actually make you look like you are in that scene. Make sure to give a lot of Jim-looks to your co-workers.

Schitt’s Creek

Show up to your meetings wearing a different wig each time!

Netflix Originals

And finally, Netflix is so confident in their brand that they aren’t even saying which backgrounds these are. Quite a flex, Netflix.

5 Kid-Themed Virtual Phys Ed Videos to Get Them Moving at Home

5 Kid Themed Virtual Physed Videos
(YouTube/Les Mills)

Virtual learning and social distancing have caused a concerning decline in the activity levels of children. So the next time your kids are taking a recess or they’ve just spent far too long watching TV, break it up with some non-sedentary screen time. Here are 5 teacher-approved physical activity videos with awesome themes that are guaranteed to put your kids in motion.

Dinosaurs

What kid isn’t seriously considering a career in paleontology? In this video, they’ll get to duck, jump, and hide from an array of massive dinosaurs. Will it get their heart rate up? You bet jur-ass it will.

Marvel Superheroes

Newsflash: kids love superheroes. This awesome workout will inspire them to move like The Avengers. Sorry DC lovers, this workout resides in the Marvel Universe – when it comes to getting your kids moving, we need to do “whatever it takes.”

Video Games

Your kids probably dig all-things Mario, so this is a great one to keep in the pipeline when they’ve been sitting around all day playing video games. It’s even hosted by a live-action Mario and he seems like a pretty fun-gi. Let’s-a-go!

Space

Outer space, spaceships, aliens – kids are fascinated by anything that’s out of this world. In this video Britt & Shawn introduce a fun mission that challenges participants to avoid asteroids, jump over craters and hide from ET.

Ninjas

Snow ninjas to be exact – and the goal is to protect the gingerbread man from them. Your kid will have to kick, punch and watch out for avalanches. Instead of throwing stars, they’ll dodge snowflakes, because it’s best to avoid a ninjury.

 

New “Froot Loops” Breakfast Pizza Is Really Stretching Our Definition of Pizza

Froot Loops Pizza
(Instagram/fongspizza_forestave)

Nothing brings people together like pizza. It’s the greatest of all communal foods, and even when pizza gets provincial, it’s still delicious. You can love New York pizza while also appreciating the casserole that is Chicago style pizza. Even chain pizza can be appreciated on some level, and every kid has nothing but incredible memories of the Pizza Hut buffet. But pizza can also tear people apart. Pineapple on pizza has been deemed criminal by some. Kiwi pizza has the internet divided. But one Iowa pizzeria might have officially taken things too far. They’ve created a new breakfast pizza topped with…Froot Loops.

Fong’s Pizza started offering their “Loopy Fruits Pizza” which is a sweet cream cheese base with mozzarella, Froot Loops, Greek Yogurt, and condensed milk. It sounds like a complete abomination.

I try to keep an open mind when it comes to pizza. Even with fruit, sure, throw pineapple on it, let’s give it a whirl. But this is really stretching it. You know it’s shaking up the pizza game when even DiGiorno’s is throwing shade.

If anyone should be uniting against BIG PIZZA, it’s grocery-store pizza.

Still, if you listen to the owner of Fong’s Pizza talk about this concoction, she does make some compelling points. Gwen Page told TODAY the pizzeria wanted something that would be fun for children and that they love doing things that are off the wall.

“What can we do to give people that truly unique experience?” she said. “That’s what we strive for.”

And, well, you can’t deny it’s unique. And these days, with the level of specialization in every industry, not every new thing has to appeal to everybody. Presumably, this appeals to someone. I can’t pinpoint who that may be, but if there can be a new streaming service every week, I don’t see why we can’t throw cereal on pizza and see what happens.

“It’s just a reminder to folks to be silly, live life, and have fun, because that’s really what this pizza is all about: having fun,” she explained.

Having fun IS what pizza is about. But it’s also about, you know, satisfying the primal urge of hunger and keeping you alive for a few more hours, so I may be sticking to my boring, delicious, ancient brand of pizza.

Director Says Lebron’s Space Jam Will Dunk On MJ’s

LeBron's Space Jam Dunks on MJs
(Entertainment Weekly/Warner)

The NBA GOAT debate has been going on for years, and it’s going to continue. For a long time, there was no debate, with 6 rings, an unmatched competitive streak, and an unassailable highlight reel, MJ was the best ever.

Then LeBron came along. He was good immediately, became great quickly, and started piling up rings himself. He may never match MJ’s total, but he’s already outlasted MJ’s career and remained amazingly consistent throughout his 18 (and counting) years. He was gaining on MJ, and then The Last Dance hit the airwaves and reminded everyone who he was.

But this summer, fresh off his latest championship and gunning for another, LeBron has a secret weapon: Space Jam 2.

Adding fuel to an already raging fire, Space Jam: A New Legacy, the sequel to MJ’s beloved Looney Tunes collaboration, pits the stars against each other again. This time on movie screens. And LeBron’s director has chosen sides.

Speaking to EW for a cover story about the new movie, Malcolm D. Lee laid down the gauntlet: “Space Jam: A New Legacy is a better movie than Space Jam,” he declared. “LeBron’s got that going for him.”

SHOTS FIRED.

Don Cheadle co-stars in the movie with LeBron, and he is shying away from the debate about who’s the GOAT on the court, instead choosing to focus on the two legendary athletes’ prowess as actors. “Who is going to be the first to get an Oscar? Let’s have that debate,” Cheadle said. Lebron was pretty good in Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer movie, Trainwreck, but aside from commercials, he hasn’t done much acting outside of that. Then again, Jordan didn’t so much beyond Space Jam himself…

I guess we’ll just have to wait until July 16th, when the movie hits theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, to see if LeBron can match Jordan in big-screen charisma, and at the box office. The rest of their rivalry will have to be settled in the record books.

Father Figures: He Never Misses

“My husband and I own a business.

He works close to 80 hours a week but somehow never misses a doctor’s appointment, sports game or practice, holidays, or birthdays.

He does miss out on bedtime, bath, meals, homeschool craziness, backyard shenanigans, and sibling fights (with 5 boys there tends to be a lot of those!), but our boys and I know how much he wants to be here for every moment, and when he does make the time to be with us it’s always magic.

My boys have a better understanding of hard work because of him, they have a greater understanding of truly spending time with people you love, and how much family means to us.

I wish he didn’t have to sacrifice this time so often but I am grateful to raise our children alongside this honest, hardworking, strong man that my dudes look up to.”

– Ashley Polen

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Dad’s Reaction Is Priceless After Realizing His ‘Lottery Prize’ Is a Baby

Dad's scratch-off lottery ticket reveals wife's pregnancy
(YouTube/Becoming Baez)

There are moments we experience throughout our lives that change everything – moments we know, without a doubt, we’ll never forget. If you’re lucky enough to experience either one, winning the lottery and having a baby are two momentous occasions that will cement themselves in your memory forever. One man named Rick got to experience both of those life-altering moments simultaneously (sort of), and he genuinely couldn’t be happier.

Hayli Baez and her husband Rick have two kids and have been planning on growing their little family for some time. In a video she shared on social media, Hayli is thrilled to find out that she’s pregnant for the third time. Instead of running to tell her husband immediately, Hayli shares that she’s been preparing for this moment for a while – she’s so prepared, in fact, that she had props.

The ecstatic mom-to-be explains that she’d purchased novelty scratch-off lottery tickets that reveal a unique prize, and she couldn’t wait to put them to use. She calls her husband over and does her best to keep it together, impressively hiding her bubbling-over excitement. She casually reveals that she’d purchased some Regular Old Scratch-Offs and forgotten about them, inviting Rick to scratch one alongside her.

Rick scans the card, laughing slightly at the “one-in-a-million” odds of winning. “Unless … we’re that one in one million,” he considers as he gets down to scratching.

Hayli and Rick scratch their cards side-by-side, and before long, Rick reveals that his lottery ticket shows three gold bars.

“What’s the prize?” Hayli asks, knowing full well what the prize is.

Slightly oblivious to his wife’s enthusiasm, Rick continues scratching his card. “Three gold bars,” he repeats as Hayli nearly loses it.

The scratching process seems to take hours, but eventually, Rick begins to read. “A …. ” *scratch scratch scratch* “a baby? What?”

Hayli stares at Rick. Rick stares at his lottery card. After a pregnant pause (sorry), Rick’s eyes widen and his jaw drops as he lets out a 9-second-long shriek of pure joy. Yes, I timed it.

He pulls Hayli into an embrace, letting out a few heartfelt “yay”s and “wow”s that truly capture the thrill of finding out you’re becoming a parent (no matter how many kids you already have). The happy couple’s joy is contagious, and even on challenging days, it helps us remember just how lucky we are to be parents.

Fan Recreates Top Gun: Maverick Trailer with LEGO Pieces

LEGO Top Gun Trailer
(YouTube/Onbeatman)

One of the downsides of the pandemic, and there are many, many, many downsides, has been the inability to see some of the most anticipated movies of the past year.

The MCU’s Black Widow and Inhumans movies were delayed until later this year (hopefully), Daniel Craig’s last James Bond flick, No Time To Die, is still waiting to be seen by eager audiences, and Tom Cruise’s return to the cockpit as hotshot pilot Maverick in the highly-anticipated sequel to his 80s blockbuster Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick.

We’re still hoping to see all of those movies soon, but in the meantime, some enterprising soul has spent their downtime recreating the Top Gun: Maverick trailer in LEGO form that can only truly be enjoyed by adults.

He calls himself Onbeatman on YouTube, and in his description of the trailer, he briefly explains the project: “After months of painstaking work… I recreated the TOP GUN: MAVERICK trailer in Lego, one frame at a time. This was created 100% independently out of my love for Top Gun, cinema, and LEGO.”

He’s not lying, he totally recreated it, and looking at this thing it’s clear that it took months of painstaking work, even from the first shot of the snowy mountain range. It’s pretty awesome!

Take a look:

No More R-Rated Movies Beyond Deadpool 3, Including Blade?

Blade Reboot With Mahershala Ali
(Getty/Tommaso Boddi/Stringer)

One of the things Marvel has done well since taking over the entertainment universe is shift tones depending on the franchise.

Iron Man feels different than Thor which feels different from Guardians of the Galaxy which feels different from Spider-Man. Different strokes for different strokes. Perhaps their most different stroke of all will come when Deadpool 3 eventually hits as the MCU’s first R-rated movie. And maybe its last?

“I think we target everything we’re doing for kids and adults, so I think your question is more adult or R-rated,” MCU head honcho Kevin Feige said during a press conference for Disney+. “Other than Deadpool, which has already established itself as a certain genre and a certain rating, that we already said we would not mess with when we started working on Deadpool — which we have — other than that, we haven’t encountered a story or a storyline or a character’s journey that a PG-13 rating, or the tone, or the ratings we’ve been using up to this point has prevented us [from telling that story.]”

As excited as fans are that Deadpool will remain his R-rated self, they’re disappointed at what that means for the new Blade movie, announced last year.

Wesley Snipes’ Blade, which landed well before the MCU took over and helped usher in the superhero saturation we see today, was hyperviolent and steadfastly R-rated. If this news is to be believed, Mahershala Ali‘s take on the character will be a lot safer, apparently despite the new star’s preference.

“I just brought it up as someone who really wanted to take on that [Blade] role and tackle that,” Ali previously said. “I love that it’s darker. That’s all in terms of tone. He’s a little bit darker than some of the other ones and so that element was attractive to me.”

Darker doesn’t have to mean R-rated, but it’s safe to assume that MCU dark and original Blade dark do not match up. Which isn’t to say the new Blade won’t rip – Marvel knows what they’re doing – he just may do so a lot less violently.

As for the original Blade, Snipes (about to be on Amazon Prime in Coming 2 America) is not involved but told Uproxx he has no hard feelings. “I don’t have any involvement but I support the young artists and I support Marvel in their business decisions. It’s a beautiful thing. I think he’s a heck of a job. [Ali]’s got a heck of a job on his hands.”

Besides, he has some presumably R-rated plans of his own in the hopper.

“We have two things,” Snipes revealed. “We have one which is a female action franchise. And also what we call our Blade-killer, our Blade on steroids. And we set our character in the world of shape-shifters and a little bit of time travel. But the action is going to be … Well, we did white belt action in Blade. Now we’re going to do black belt action.”

We may not get an R-rated Blade, but we may get two of the next best things!

New Nintendo Switch With Bigger Screen & 4K Graphics Could Arrive by Christmas

Nintendo Switch
(Nintendo)

We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that Nintendo has been working on a new, more powerful Nintendo Switch console, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed that we could potentially be able to get our hands on it by the end of 2021.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, this Nintendo Switch Pro (as everyone is calling it) will feature a larger OLED screen and have the capabilities to pump out 4K resolution graphics while it’s in docked mode.

In regards to the Switch Pro’s handheld mode, Samsung Display Co. will apparently start mass production of the 7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels as early as June 2021.  The current Nintendo Switch model features a 6.2-inch, 720p-resolution screen but with this new screen, the “OLED panel will consume less battery, offer higher contrast and possibly faster response time when compared to the Switch’s current liquid-crystal display,” said Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of display consultancy DSCC.

Nintendo has mentioned numerous times that the Nintendo Switch is only halfway through its lifecycle.  This new model could be a way for Nintendo to keep up with Sony and Microsoft, who have both recently released their Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles to overwhelmingly high demand.  The next-gen battle has begun, and Bloomberg analysts Matthew Kanterman and Nathan Naidu state that “The release of a more premium version of Nintendo’s Switch console with an OLED display and support for 4K graphics for the holiday 2021 selling season could drive the company’s sales above consensus for the fiscal year ending March 2022 and extend the life cycle of the Switch platform for many more years.”

When I say keep up, I only mean with graphic capabilities.  The Nintendo Switch is already outselling the competition and has an excellent library of games.  They really don’t have anything to worry about, but it’s great to see them have the drive to stay relevant in the ever-growing video game market.  I currently own one of the Switch Lite models myself, and I love it.  The idea though of being able to play with fresh-looking graphics on my TV definitely gives me the incentive to upgrade to the Pro model.  The only problem is whether or not Nintendo will really be able to make it worth purchasing this new Switch when the current one can play games just fine on your TV.  The price will have to be just right for essentially just better graphics.

I just bought my wife that special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch this past Christmas.  Do you think she’d mind if I sold it and bought this new one?

Yeah, that’s probably a bad idea.

Dad Creates Baby Beer Bong To Help Daughter Drink More (Milk)

Dad builds baby beer bong
(TikTok/rudy_willingham)

Getting babies to eat can be a challenge. With their schedules filled with important tasks like crying for no reason and vomiting more than they even weigh, there isn’t a whole lot of room for eating a balanced diet of Just Milk. Some babies are simply fussy, while others struggle with things like colic that make eating adequately even more difficult. Statistically speaking, some babies have to fill the lowest percentiles in terms of weight. But hearing that news from your doctor is reminiscent of being told you had the slowest mile time in your grade – it feels like a challenge, one that Rudy Willingham was ready to accept.

Rudy Willingham primarily uses his TikTok to share his impressive street art, but fortunately, he made an exception to show off an invention that’s both hilarious and seemingly effective.

Willingham’s video opens with on-screen text that reads, “My daughter is 2nd percentile in weight, so we’re trying out some new feeding techniques.”

Sure, ok, sounds reasonable. We watch the baby’s milk being expertly prepared by a baby-milk-making-machine (this one is SFW, relax) before the scene cuts to dad and baby, sitting on the couch. The contraption in Willingham’s hands looks a little too familiar, a sight that makes our stomachs churn and our heads pound like Pavlov’s hungover dogs.

Willingham uncaps the bottle and pours its contents into the baby beer bong, a phrase we never thought we’d have to use. The hungry baby stares dazed and open-mouthed, the exact same way everyone in the world has ever stared at a beer bong. Willingham raises the funnel and offers the plastic nipple at the end of the tube to his daughter, which she readily accepts.

@rudy_willinghamGained a ton of weight this way in college, so I figured it could do the same for her ##funny ##baby♬ Stil D.R.E. Remix – Clarissa G

The video ends with the baby happily drinking from her milk bong, the “deal with it” glasses appropriately covering her eyes as we all simultaneously realize that someone who can barely hold her head up is cooler than we’ll ever be. Sometimes being a parent means getting creative when it comes to solving problems, and this dad absolutely nailed it.

“Gained a ton of weight this way in college,” Willingham said in the video’s caption, “so I figured it could do the same for her.”