2-Year-Old Forms Adorable Friendship With Local Sanitation Worker

One of the most endearing things about little kids is just how oblivious they are to any sort of social norms. If they don’t feel like wearing pants anymore, they’ll rip those bad boys off in the middle of a grocery store. If you look tired, your precious little one will be the first to let you know. By the same token, young kids don’t say or do things just to be polite. If they give you a compliment, it’s because they believe it. When they act excited to see you, it’s because they are. That unapologetic honesty can make for some interesting interactions, but for a sanitation worker named Patrick Gullion, it led to a touching and unexpected friendship.

In September of this year, a Kentucky toddler named Isaac moved to a new neighborhood with his family. Isaac didn’t have any friends in his new town, but the curious 2-year-old was enjoying the process of taking in his new surroundings. Just days after moving in, Isaac and his mom heard the unmistakable sound of a garbage truck outside, so they went to investigate.

Transfixed by the men driving the large truck, Isaac began to wave with the unabashed enthusiasm only a toddler could have. Behind the wheel, Patrick Gullion saw the tiny hand frantically waving in his direction, and he couldn’t help but smile.

“I was having a bad day and I come pulling into this little court, and happened to look over, and the kid was out here smiling and waving,” Patrick Gullion told WSLS. “And he kind of cheered me up, kind of made my day.”

Guillion, a father himself, was tickled by Isaac’s enthusiasm for the garbage truck. The following day, Gullion took his son to Walmart in search of a very special gift for Isaac. The next week, Gullion made an important stop in the middle of his route. A gift in hand, he approached the enthusiastic toddler, presenting him with his very own tot-sized toy garbage truck.

The unexpected friendship between Patrick Gullion and 2-year-old Isaac is touching, bringing them both some much-needed joy. Isaac looks forward to the sound of the garbage truck approaching each week, and no matter how busy his day is, Gullion makes sure to stop and say hi. It doesn’t take much to brighten someone else’s day – sometimes all it takes is a small but enthusiastic wave.

Sony and Marvel Are Teaming up for Another Spider-Man Trilogy With Tom Holland

We’re days away from the release of what many thought was the last Spider-Man movie in the MCU, but now Sony chief Amy Pascal says that’s not the case. The third MCU Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home was expected to possibly be the last time we’d see Holland in the MCU. Thankfully, it looks like everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be around for much longer.

In a recent interview, Pascal announced that not only would Spider-Man stay in the MCU but that Sony would be partnering with Marvel on THREE more Spider-Man movies starring Holland.

It’s a tricky situation, as Spider-Man is one major character that Marvel (and therefore Disney) doesn’t own the rights to, as Sony snatched those a while back. The two entertainment giants were able to work out an agreement for Spidey to join the MCU for a few movies, but it looked like the third of those, the upcoming No Way Home, would be the last one. Spider-Man’s future, even after Holland, seemed to be up in the air.

In an interview this week, though, Pascal said “This is not the last movie we are going to make with Marvel.”

“We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel,” she said. “We’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.”

That news will be received very well by Disney and Marvel fans, as Holland’s character became a fan favorite during the Avengers movies and during his first two stand-alone movies. No Way Home opens December 17th and fans have already crashed movie ticketing websites trying to purchase seats.

Mobile Device Pings Lead Rescuers to Dad and Daughter Who Survived Plane Crash

On a Sunday evening in mid-November, a father and daughter took off from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in a single-engine Cessna 150. Not long after, every pilot’s nightmare came true. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane rapidly descended and then disappeared from radars completely.

Pennsylvania State Police sent investigators to the area after reports of a suspected plane crash. With miles of land to cover and the unknown status of the two passengers, moving quickly was essential. Temperatures dropped as the night wore on, adding even more danger to the already terrifying situation.

After five long hours of searching, Pennsylvania State Police made a miraculous discovery. Thanks to location services on the 58-year-old dad’s cell phone and his 13-year-old daughter’s iPad, rescuers located the plane wreckage. Nearby, they found both dad and daughter – injured and pre-hypothermic, but alive.

“I can honestly say, I think every rescuer out there was planning this to be a recovery rather than a rescue,” Sgt. John Richards of the Pennsylvania State Police told NewsNation Now. “And nobody was more surprised than when I first got to the airplane and found they were alive.”

The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation, but rescuers partly credit the 13-year-old’s iPad for the dad and daughter’s survival. After nearly three decades working on search and rescue missions, Sgt. Richards stressed how truly miraculous it was to find the pair alive. Never before had the sergeant located survivors of a plane crash in such a heavily-wooded area, but with the help of a locator app on the 13-year-old’s iPad, rescuers narrowed down the parameters for their search.

“When I first got to him, he had a look of sheer terror on his face,” Sgt. Richards recalled. “But when I informed him who we were, and that we were there to help – that we were going to get them out safely, they were going to survive … the look of calm that just came over his face, I don’t think I’ll ever forget that image.”

Has a Dad Ever Actually Turned the Car Around? The Science of Traveling With Kids

Seeing dads preparing to travel is like seeing a tiger expertly stalking its prey in the alpine Himalayas. Traveling awakens an almost primal instinct in dads, and when they’re in their element, nothing can bring them down. There’s the dad standing in the middle of the airport with his folder of color-coded travel documents, reading his boarding pass for the 86th time. There’s the dad packing his trunk like a high-stakes game of Tetris, who somehow remembered his travel grill but forgot to pack socks. According to the ~16,000 people (12,103 dads, 3,126 moms, and 470 dads at heart who didn’t identify themselves) who responded to our survey, ‘The Data: Dads Come to Their Census in 2021,’ there are a heck of a lot of ways to travel.

Dad, data scientist, and Ph.D. Martin Flores analyzed our survey results, pouring over the responses to our 69 questions, helping us prove or dispel myths about fatherhood. Most of us like to be as prepared as possible when it comes to traveling, so in preparation for the holidays, we wanted to share some tried-and-true info about how dads actually travel. Not you, dads who get to the airport an hour or less before your flight leaves. We have a different article for you, and it’s called “Seriously, What?” Nope, actually, that was it. That’s all we have to say about that.

#1: Travel-related things dads admit to saying…

Dad-isms imprint in our DNA the second we become dads, but as it turns out, many make their way into the mom vernacular as well. These phrases are dad-isms, sure, but they’re also parental poetry. When put together, these words are greater than the sum of their parts. But as every parent knows, it’s impossible to feel their full power without a kid nearby, rolling their eyes.

Dads admit to saying data

#2: How many hours early do dads arrive at the airport before a flight?

We’re not mad, we’re just disappointed. 15,653 of you responded to this extremely reasonable question. For most, arriving at the airport twoish hours before a flight gave you enough time to complete your pre-flight checklist. But 17% of you, that’s 2,661 whole people, admit to arriving within an hour of your flight. You do realize that you’ll miss your flight if even one of your kids goes from “fine” to “I REALLY HAVE TO PEE” faster than you can say “now boarding group C,” right? I had to make a very large and unnecessary spreadsheet just to calm down after reading that.

How early dads arrive at the airport survey chart data

#3: How often do dads say “I’ll turn this car around!”?

I’m going to make a very unscientific assumption here, and say that the same people who are chill enough (or wild enough) to arrive at the airport an hour early probably have that same unnerving level of chill on road trips. “I’ll turn this car around” is a classic – nay, a rite of passage. Long ago, our dads threatened to turn their cars around when we turned the backseat into a tiny boxing ring. Now that we’re in the driver’s seat, we have a responsibility to make the very same threat when chaos erupts behind us. Or, you know, 54% of us do. Shout out to the dads who use it daily, keeping our average up.

I'll turn this car around survey chart data

#4: How often do dads ACTUALLY turn the car around?

What’s a threat without some followthrough? The true power of “I’ll turn this car around” can only be felt if you ACTUALLY turn the car around sometimes. Imagine how people would drive if traffic tickets were just a myth, or how frequently your kids would wash their hands if you never asked to smell them. That’s how society crumbles.

Actually turning the car around survey chart data

#5: How long do dads spend outside the car waiting for their kids to get out?

In my experience, the speed at which kids get out of the car depends entirely on what they’ve got going on in their extremely busy lives. Have to pee? They spring out of that seat like an angry Jack in the box. If they’re in the middle of a game, It’s impossible to know how long you’ll stand outside of that car, throwing out a halfhearted “let’s go” every 15 seconds for good measure. I once told my kids that whoever cleaned up their mess and made it out of the car first was the winner, which worked beautifully until they realized there was no prize. I still think of those two days fondly.

Waiting outside the car survey chart data

#6: Do kids think money grows on trees?

In terms of travel-related survey questions, this was unsurprisingly the most agreed-upon result. You don’t even have to have kids to know that they fully believe money just appears when they need things. I still remember buying my very first car, after spending all of high school working and saving. I proudly drove my sweet (read: functional) new ride to my babysitting gig after hyping it up for weeks. When my 8-year-old charge peered through the window, his eyes grew wide. I’ll never forget the very first thing he said to me that day, his voice dripping with disdain: “Why did you get that one?” Even as a 17-year-old, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the answer to this question was the same for most kids.

Does money grow on trees survey chart data

We hope you enjoyed the results of our survey and wish you and your family happy trails during your holiday travels.

Remember, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey?

The Science of Dad Cliches: Separating Fact From Fiction

  • 12,103 dads participated in our survey ‘The Data: Dads Come to Their Census in 2021
  • The survey consisted of 69 questions that aimed to prove or dispel cliches about fathers.
  • The results were analyzed by Martin Flores, a dad, and data scientist with a Ph.D.

Quick, close your eyes! I want you to picture in your mind’s eye… a dad. That’s right, any dad will do, but try to make it as generic a dad as possible. What came to mind? Were they wearing cargo shorts and a tattered pair of decades-old New Balance sneakers, hanging out by a charcoal grill with a beer in hand, yelling at those crazy kids to get off of the freshly mowed lawn? Certainly, no two people’s picture of the prototypical father will be the same, but we’ve all heard the stereotypes: full of jokes, impeccably kept front yards, utter dominance over the thermostat, you name it, we at The Dad have probably made or shared a meme about it. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually put some of those claims to the test?

Well, fortunately, we’ve got just the data to do so! We conducted a survey about dads where we asked dads and dad-friendly individuals probing questions about the intimate details of their everyday lives. Questions such as “Do you frame your kids for your farts” and “How many test clicks do you do on average per grilling session.” This survey got an amazing response, with close to 16,000 unique individuals filling out the questionnaire, with 12,103 dads, 3,126 moms, and 470 that we’re calling dads at heart (i.e. no response).

We brought in a real-life data scientist to help us separate myth from reality. Do dads actually prefer charcoal over gas? How many cargo shorts does the average dad actually own? And how many were actually brave enough to admit that they prefer their steak *gasp*… well done? We’ve got the answers to your burning questions below!

A couple of caveats before we dive in. Links to this survey were posted on the main Facebook page of The Dad (currently has over 2 million fans), so, strictly speaking, is not representative of all dads worldwide, or even of all dads in North America. The data presented below is more of a sample of convenience and offers insights into the inner workings of the minds of the dads who regularly engage with us on our platform, and we’re just trying to have a bit of fun anyway, so we hope you enjoy. Without further adieu, let’s dive into the results!

#1: Are Dad Jokes Actually a Thing?

Legend has it that a dad is not actually a dad until he responds with callous disregard to his hungry child seeking sustenance; “Dad, I’m hungry,” they say. They’re expecting empathy and an immediate desire to make everything right in the world. Instead, they get hit with a heaping helping of, “Hi hungry… I’m dad, ” followed up by a side of guffaws of joy, because at no point will the dad ever experience another high like the first amazing dad joke. That is of course until the child realizes what just happened and clarifies, “No Dad, can you make me a sandwich?” POOF. You’re a sandwich!

Probably the most well-known dad stereotype is that of the dad joke. From the worst best one-liners to terrible puns, few things in life are enjoyable as our feeble attempts to elicit laughter from our loved ones, even if we inevitably fail miserably. But what did our survey actually tell us about the frequency and hilarity of dad jokes?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a whopping 95.2% of the dads who responded to this survey reported making at least one dad joke on a daily basis. We’ve apparently got some real comedians, as more than half of our respondents indicated that they tell at least 3 dad jokes every single day. Unfortunately, our loved ones don’t seem to have as much appreciation for comedic timing as we do, as 49.6% of the dads who reported telling at least one dad joke per day said that “most of their jokes” elicit a groan from their partner and/or children, and only 3.9% said that none of their jokes elicited such a groan. Whether or not it’s because those jokes were completely ignored remains unclear.

We further broke down the data to answer the question of, “What is the relationship between the joke to groan ratio and the number of daily dad jokes?” The results of this analysis can be seen in Table 1, where the percentages are reported as column percentages. What this table shows is that for dads who only tell 1 – 2 dad jokes per day, 44.5% said that only a few of their jokes elicit groans from their loved ones, and 38.2% said that most of their jokes get such a response. In contrast, for the dads who tell more than 6 dad jokes on a daily basis, a full 69% (Nice) said that their family members groan at most of their jokes. If you do the math (which we did), this represents a statistically significant association between the number of dad jokes and the percentage of such jokes that result in wails of pain from partners and children. But at the end of the day… isn’t that kind of the point?

Table 1: Frequency of groans per dad joke as a function of the number of dad jokes

Frequency of Dad Jokes Daily

#2: Thermostat Dominance

Moving on from the gimmes, things are really starting to heat up. At least, they are if those kids won’t close the damned doors, I mean come on you’re letting all the cold air out! What do you think, we’re paying to cool the whole neighborhood over here? As we all know, thermostat settings are non-negotiable, and if it’s not icy cold, you’re doing it wrong.

We’ve all seen the memes. Dads love keeping the thermostat as low as possible, and we’ve got a sixth sense that goes off the moment someone makes even the slightest adjustment. It’s been covered in popular media such as Daddy’s Home 2, Family Guy, and even on The Dad itself. But just how cold do we actually like it, and how much authority do we actually have over our beloved Forced Air Units? We asked, and you responded!

When it comes to the ideal thermostat temperature, we really do like it chilly. A full 88.6% of dads preferred that the thermostat be set at less than 70 degrees in winter. However, this does leave 21.4% who prefer a temperature above 70 degrees, which is a bit more than we’d have expected. However, even though we have a strong desire to freeze the chestnuts off of our family members, we dads exert a lot less control over the temperature than we might have been led to believe.

For example, 54.7% of dads reported having no thermostat security whatsoever. That’s right, it’s a total free-for-all in more than half of our homes. Madness! It turns out that very few dads actually cared enough to legitimately guard the thermostat; of the dads with some form of security, 85.3% indicated that the security they DO have is that “It’s programmed,” which, when it comes down to it, isn’t even really security at all since as we all know our kids are a lot more tech-savvy than we are. Somewhat hilariously, 4.2% of the dads with some form of security, that’s about 230 for those of you keeping score at home, actually have their thermostats in a lockbox.

Similar to what we did with the dad jokes, we wanted to look at whether or not having security actually makes it less likely that the family will mess with the thermostat. The results are presented in Table 2 below, again as column percentages. Of the dads who have no thermostat security, 70.4% reported that their family members mess with it at least occasionally. That number drops to about 60% for households with some form of security. Interestingly, households that actually have their thermostats in a lockbox are slightly more likely to report that their families always mess with the thermostat (12.4% versus 11.6% for password-protected thermostats, and only 6.0% for programmed thermostats). So in our humble opinion, if you don’t want your family messing with the temperature, just program it at a reasonable setting that everyone can appreciate!

Table 2: Thermostat Security

Thermostat Security Chart

#3: Dad Attire

Go back to that picture of the quintessential dad that we asked you to conjure up at the beginning of this article. What were they wearing (heh)? Chances are that you at least said New Balance and/or Cargo Shorts, but how true to life is this actually? We asked our dads three questions related to the ultimate dad attire: First off, what do you consider to be the ultimate dad shoe? Next, how many pairs of cargo shorts do you own? And finally, how old is your oldest shirt? We’re going to look at each of these in detail, and see if the responses to each of these questions allow us to predict responses to the other questions.

Shoes

A quick google search of “Dad Shoes” brings up two contenders for the ultimate dad shoe: New Balance and Nike Air Monarchs. But what do our data actually show? Unsurprisingly, the clear favorite in the battle over fatherhood footwear was New Balance, with 46.5% of respondents indicating that those are the ultimate dad shoe. Nike Air Monarchs came in a distant second, with 13.0% of respondents, and flip flops came in at a close third with 12.1% of respondents. Strangely enough, 7.4% of respondents indicated that they believe Crocs to be the ultimate dad shoe. The IP addresses of these respondents have been tracked, and they have since been blocked on all of our platforms. We don’t know how they got in, and sincerely apologize for this terrible, terrible oversight. Finally, as it turns out, only 4.6% of our dads got the correct answer, which is sandals with socks.

Cargo Shorts

Moving on up from the footwear, no lower body attire is complete without legwear, and no dad is complete without a pair of cargo shorts to complement their awesome shoes (i.e. not Crocs). We asked our dads just how many cargo shorts they actually own, and an astonishing 83% own at least one pair, with 33.3% owning 1 – 2 pairs, 38.6% own 3 – 5 pairs, and 10.7% owning more than 6 pairs of cargo shorts, presumably with extra pockets to hold their other cargo shorts.

T-Shirts

So we’ve got our New Balance and cargo shorts on, now all we need is an old shirt to complete the dad ensemble. We asked our dads just how old their oldest shirt actually was, and big picture… we dads really do wear some old ass clothes. Out of the more than 12,000 dads who responded to this survey, 87.3% have a shirt that’s at least 7 years old, and almost 40% still wear a t-shirt that’s 16+ years old. Now to be fair, looking at Table 3, we can see that this is mostly a function of age since older dads tend to have older clothes, but apparently, 10% of our 20 something-year-old dads have a shirt that’s more than 16 years old, meaning that they finally grew into the oversized clothes their thrifty patients bought them.

Table 3: How old is your oldest shirt. Results are broken down by age group

How old is your oldest shirt. Results are broken down by age group

Putting it all together

We wanted to look more in-depth at cargo shorts ownership. Specifically, one of the most burning questions we here at The Dad needed answered was: Can we predict whether or not dads will own cargo shorts based on their shoe preference and oldest shirt? To test this hypothesis, we ran two regression models that allow us to predict how much more likely one group of dads is to own cargo shorts relative to a reference group. For the first model, we looked at cargo shorts ownership as a function of shoe choice, with the reference group being dads who chose New Balance. The results of this analysis are presented in Table 4 below. The way to read these numbers is, if the number is above 1, that group of dads is more likely to own at least one pair of cargo shorts than dads who chose New Balance as the ultimate dad shoe. In contrast, if the number is below one, those dads are less likely to own at least one pair of cargo shorts. We’ve put asterisks next to the odds ratios that represent a statistically significant difference.

In general, shoe choice does not seem to predict cargo shorts ownership, with two major exceptions. Dads who chose New Balance have 35% higher odds of owning at least one pair of cargo shorts in comparison to dads who chose flip flops or none of the above. It should be noted that at least 75% of dads in every shoe choice category own at least one pair of cargo shorts though, so take that for what it’s worth.

Table 4: How much higher (or lower) are the odds of owning at least one pair of cargo shorts based on the choice of the ultimate dad shoe?

most popular dad shoe chart survey

Looking at relationships between cargo shorts ownership and shirt age (with 4 years or less as the reference group), the results of which are shown in Table 5, the results are much clearer. As the age of the oldest shirt increases, the odds clearly trend up, indicating that whatever the underlying factors are that lead to our dads to hold onto shirts that are well past their prime seems to be influencing them to also opt for utility over comfort when choosing shorts.

Table 5: How much higher (or lower) are the odds of owning at least one pair of cargo shorts based on the oldest shirt age?

oldest shirt dads own survey results chart

#4: Lawn Care

Let’s face it, dads, sometimes the days can be hard. With all of our loved ones constantly messing with the thermostat and refusing to even pretend to be entertained by our jokes, sometimes the only recourse is to get out onto the front yard with some war-torn shoes and an old shirt and escape into the one hobby that we can truly call our own, which is the wonderful world of lawn care maintenance. Seriously though, lawns are apparently super important to Americans, with almost 80 friggin percent saying that a lawn is an important feature when renting or buying a home. That being said though… just how important is it that we actually handle the lawn care ourselves?

We asked our dads how they felt about lawn care, and only 15.7% said that they don’t care about their lawns. Most (56.3%) said that it’s a hassle, but that they take pride in a well-kept lawn, while the remaining 27.8% said that it’s a way of life. As we are wont to do, we broke the numbers down a bit further. In addition to asking how they felt about lawn care, we also asked our dads whether or not they had the best lawn in the neighborhood, and dads for whom lawn care is a way of life are clearly very confident in their abilities, with 83.3% saying that they’re at least contenders for best lawn in the neighborhood (Table 6).

Table 6: Lawn care feels versus lawn care quality

how do you feel about lawn care? survey results chart

Some miscellaneous facts related to lawn care, of the dads we surveyed, 78.4% have a specific lawn care shoe. Of the dads that have lawn care-specific shoes, 68.1% use old sneakers, while almost 10% use crocs. Additionally, regardless of shoe preference, roughly 40-50% of dads use shoes that are at least 5-6 years old. Additionally, about 23% of dads use lawn care to take a break, and that includes 4% of the dads who don’t even care about their lawns.

#5: Turning the car around

The last deep-dive analysis touches on a topic that we’ve all heard of. Picture this: you’re in the car on your way to take your child or children to do some fun activity, and for whatever reason, they decide that while you’re all on the way to do something that they specifically asked to do, this would be a good time to lose their shit. You try your best to plead with them, but then you just can’t take anymore and without even thinking about what you’re saying, the threat bomb gets dropped: “If you don’t stop RIGHT NOW I swear to god I’ll turn this car around.” Immediately upon uttering these words, you look into your review mirror to get a glimpse of their reaction and accidentally notice that you’re aging like Matt Damon at the end of Saving Private Ryan.

Of the dads we surveyed, 46% said they never threaten to turn the car around, 25.2% said that they make the threat at least once per month, 19.2% said that they make the threat at least once per week. I hope that the remaining 10% have power steering because they said that they threaten to turn the car around every day. In addition to asking how often they make the threat, we also asked whether or not they’ve actually ever turned the car around. You can see the breakdowns in Table 7. According to these results, the dads who make the threat more frequently have actually followed through more frequently, but still, the rate of follow-through is less than 50%. Just goes to show that all of our children have the potential to be world-class poker players because they know that you want to go to Wally World just as much as they do, and so have no problem calling your bluff.

Table 7: How often do we turn the car around?

threat frequency vs follow through chart survey statistic

We wanted to look at whether or not the frequency of threatening to turn the car around was related to the number of children the dads have, and those data are shown in Table 8. These results show that the more kids they had, the more likely they were to drop the turn-around threat. For example, of the dads with just one kid, 13.7% threaten to turn the car around at least once a week, and 9.3% threaten to turn the car around every day. These numbers increase to 22.8% and 15.7% for dads with more than 5 kids respectively. The trends are similar when we consider how often they actually follow through with the threat.

Table 8: Frequency of threatening to turn the car around versus the number of kids

Number of kids vs threat frequent chart

#6: Cooking Preferences

Few things in life are more satisfying than putting all of your time, love, and energy into preparing a meal for the family that you just know they’ll love… even if it turns out that your significant other is the only one who’s actually going to eat it because you made the mistake of introducing your children to chicken nuggets that one time, and now that’s all they’ll eat. When it comes to cooking, 47.0% of our dads said that they can create basic meals from scratch, and 43.3% said that they were Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen (gourmet dishes, yelling at the kids, all that good stuff). Additionally, 62.3% prefer their steaks done rare to medium-rare. That number increases to more than 90% when we just look at our self-described Gordon Ramsays. However, when it comes to grilling, we’ve got some news for you. Everyman Hank Hill is definitely on to something because 55% of our dads prefer gas to charcoal for grilling. However, whatever your preference, one thing we can almost all agree on is the importance of test clicks, with 90.1% responding that they do at least two test clicks per grilling session.

#7: Miscellaneous Facts and Fictions

We’re going to close out this report on the followers of The Dad with a rundown of some information that, while not fitting into tidy narratives like the rest of this list, are interesting enough in their own right that we felt they deserved a shoutout nonetheless.

Facts:

  • We really do love our sports. Only 14% of our respondents said that they don’t watch any sports. Football is by far the most-watched sport among our respondents, with 43.2% to be exact saying that NFL or NCAA football was their favorite. Surprisingly, NHL was the next most favorite sport to watch at 10.9%, while baseball was slightly lower at 10.3%.
  • When asked about their adult beverage of choice, Beer (41.9%) was the most popular, followed by whiskey (25.1%).
  • Apparently, our kids just don’t understand the value of money, as 81.2% of our respondents said that their kids think that money grows on trees. Of course, that’s why the dad tax is a thing. No, really, 52.6% of our dads said that they garnish their kids’ fast food orders on every order. An additional 34.5% said they do it only when their kids aren’t looking, which adds up to more than 87% of our dads making ample use of the dad tax.

Fictions:

  • When it comes to bringing in the groceries… we’re apparently more bark than bite, as 70% of our dads admitted to taking at least two trips to bring in all the groceries.
  • We might not be as eager to spend all day in an airport as the memes might suggest, as 82.6% of our dads arrive at the airport two hours or less before their flight.

So as it turns out, we are a fairly predictable group of people, with many of the cliches actually being borne out in the data. We hope you enjoyed our first deep dive into this rich dataset. We’ve got a lot more planned, so we hope you’re looking forward to it, because at the end of the day, what we’re really trying to do here is help you come to your census!

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Badass Grandma Goes Viral For Getting Her First Tattoo at Age 82

Grandmas rule. Especially the ones that don’t let age restrict who they are or the fun they can have with those around them. And one grandma is going viral for deciding to do something crazy with her granddaughter. The 82-year-old went viral for deciding to get her first tattoo.

Judy Dede was grocery shopping with her 44-year-old granddaughter Brandy when she said “I’m going to blow your mind, I want to get a tattoo.” Her granddaughter was shocked, so she made her repeat so she could get it on video, and then she made an appointment.

@brandyoreilly##tatgranny ##mygrannyrocks♬ original sound – Brandy O’Reilly

That video of her declaration went viral on TikTok, getting more than 5 million views. She told Good Morning America she never expected to become “#TatGranny” on Tik Tok and that when she made that decision, it was just her “and her girls.”

“Every day I’m just in awe of what’s going on around me,” she said. And the way she came up with the idea is a very Grandma story. She saw a story in Reader’s Digest about an 80-year-old woman surprising her family by getting a tattoo on her birthday. I didn’t even know Reader’s Digest was still in publication, but that is definitely the target demographic.

Also, just the idea of a Reader’s Digest story influencing a viral Tik Tok video is one of the most bizarre combinations of media. Brandy helped prepare her grandma for the big day. In fact, the rest of the family was so inspired, numerous others got one too, including Dede’s daughter and two of her grandkids. Tattoos became a family affair.

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Dede also told GMA she would get ANOTHER tattoo for her 83rd birthday. “People think I’m done now,” she said. “I think I’m just beginning.”

Great attitude to have to be an awesome grandma.

Man Finds Out From Kiss Cam That He’s Going To Be a Dad

The stadium jumbotron proposal was a very 1990s thing, and it’s worn out and tired by this point. What happened at a recent NBA game, though, is something far cooler and hopefully the start of a new trend. One NBA fan attending a game with his wife ended up getting a big-screen shock.

James and Taylor Baily were enjoying an Orlando Magic game when the duo ended up on the KISS cam. It was a surprise for James, but a much bigger one was right around the corner, as the entire thing was planned by Taylor. After they kissed, James looked up at the jumbotron and saw the message that scrolled under their picture. It read, “Congrats James! You are going to be a dad!”

You can see his jaw literally drop in excitement as he looks over to the missus for confirmation as he put it all together. She had planned the whole thing in secret, telling a local TV station later she wanted to do “something big” to surprise him. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

The moment went viral, even getting some big play on SportsCenter. It was the pregnancy announcement heard round the interwebs, as the touching moment spread far and wide and was viewed millions of times.

“When I looked up and saw the writing at the bottom, that’s just when my jaw dropped and it was just such a whirlwind of emotions at that point,” James said.

That kid will probably be a Magic fan for life, no matter how bad the team becomes. And the same goes for the new dad. All in all, it’s one of the coolest ways to get welcomed to the club, and a fresh take on an old arena classic.

Halo Series Finally Coming to Paramount+, Here’s the Teaser

Video game movies are a strange beast.

Almost uniformly, they suck. They’re just not good. Even the exceptions, the ones that are good relative to the terrible ones, aren’t even very good. The best tend to be movies about video games (Wreck-It Ralph, Free Guy), not actual adaptations of video games.

And yet, we keep wanting more of them. We keep waiting for someone to get it right. It’s bound to happen one of these days. Maybe it will be HBO’s The Last of Us series. Not a movie, but still. Or maybe it will be Halo.

Halo was one of the first megahits of the modern video game era, the Xbox’s flagship game, both a pioneer and a dinosaur, the latest iteration – #6 – was just released to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. It’s being viewed, at best, as a fun throwback; its most favorable reviews are colored by the nostalgia. But it’s a known entity and has been flirting with a mo= vie adaptation for years. Now, we’re finally getting the next best (oR even better?) thing: a big-budget streaming show.

It’s coming to Paramout+ in 2022, after multiple delays and false starts. We don’t know much about it, but we know that Master Chief is the main character and that he will be portrayed by Pablo Schrieber (The Wire). That’s about all we know, and the first teaser for the series tells us even less.

We’ll have to wait and see with this one, but at some point, one of these video game adaptations eventually has to be good. Right?

 

The Rock Surprises Navy Vet by Giving Him His Personal Custom Truck

No one knows how to give back to the people more than Dwayne Johnson. The guy just loves being cool to the fans, whether it’s surprising a tour bus of them in his hood, or GIVING HIS CAR to one. Yup, The Rock, who used to call himself “The People’s Champion”, actually gave his own personal custom truck to a fan.

He gifted it to Navy veteran Oscar Rodriguez once he heard about the fan’s story. He invited him to a private screening of his new movie, Red Notice, which is blowing up on Netflix. And then he wanted to gift him the car from the movie. Porsche said no, so he decided to “do one better.”

“I’ll give away my personal custom truck as the gift. My baby,” he wrote.

He said he chose Oscar because the fan “exemplifies being nice and kind to his core.”

Johnson said he takes care of his elderly mom, he’s a personal trainer, is a leader in his church, supports and provides meals for domestic abuse victims, and is just a good, all-around caring human being.

The fan was incredibly moved. As you would be if the biggest star in Hollywood GAVE YOU HIS CAR.

 

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The Rock said “it’s the little things like this, that I get the greatest joy out of. But most importantly, I have the global platform to illuminate good, solid grateful human beings like Oscar. The kind we could always use more of.”

Good on The Rock for encouraging that, and there would definitely be a LOT more good in this world if people knew they might GET THE ROCK’S CAR for doing so. But the point of him picking Oscar was his desire to reward someone who was good for good’s sake, not because there was something else attached to it.

The Rock said Oscar said to him “it’s all love, that’s what it’s all about” and Johnson wrote that Oscar “deserves a helluva lot more than just me giving him my personal truck.”

I think Oscar is more than happy with his reward. And it’s a very cool move for Johnson to, once again, put more positivity into the social media world.

Harold Ramis’s Daughter Loved How ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Honored His Memory

One of the biggest impediments to a new Ghostbusters movie was the death of Harold Ramis, who played the beloved Egon Spengler. Ramis was a legendary writer and director, and his passing in 2014 hit fans hard. When the long awaited Ghostbusters: Afterlife was announced, how they handled his legacy was always going to be the big question. And Ramis’s daughter was thrilled with how director Jason Reitman pulled it off.

We aren’t big into spoilers here, so we won’t ruin anything, but the movie was always going to have to address it. Reitman decided to form the narrative around Egon’s family, and have his grandkids at the center of the plot. And the way they integrate his story with the reunion of the other three original Ghostbusters has the late actor’s family pleased.

Violet Ramis Stiel told The Hollywood Reporter Reitman pulled it off. She said Reitman, son of the director of the originals, obviously,  may have been the only person who could’ve done it too.

“He was so careful to get it right, to really honor the early films and everyone who was in them, but also to make something for now and the future,” she said. “Maybe he is the only person who could do that, he is the physical bridge.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was a box office hit and the stars of the original said it’s the first film to recapture the spirit of the early days. And the way they handle Egon and his legacy was especially emotional to Violet.

“Ultimately, it leaves us with that feeling: The people we love are always with us,” she said. “They don’t go away.”