Hospice Nurse Helps Dying Dad Fly to See His Son Play One Final Football Game

Sick Dad Sees Son Play Football
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A dad, his son, and one final football game. That was the dying wish for a Kentucky dad who was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive cancer in August. He wanted to see his son play one more time. His nurse at the hospice facility knew his son’s high school football game was too far away to drive, so she found a local pilot who could fly all of them to see his son on the gridiron.

50-year-old Scott Sullivan was diagnosed with a rare cancer that spreads to the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and was given a life expectancy of two to four months, according to CNN. He was discharged to the Hospice of Lake Cumberland, where Sullivan told his nurse his dying wish; to see his son Cade play football at least one more time.

His nurse, Jerree Humphrey, said she knew the drive would be too much for him to handle (it would’ve been about 8 hours in the car). So she looked to the sky and found a local pilot who volunteered to fly all of them to the game on September 11th. The group flew 200 miles on game day to see Cade, a sophomore, playing his first game of the high school football season.

For Scott, it was possibly the last time he’d see his son play. They sat on a hill overlooking the stadium to be socially distanced, but as soon as his son spotted them he ran over and gave his dad a hug.

“You could just not help but cry,” Humphrey told CNN. “He just embraced him so hard and was just so thankful for him to be there.”

“Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time,” said an overwhelmed Scott. “I was just so happy to see my son.”

A tragedy like that is incomprehensible. One day you’re fine, the next your world is turned completely upside down. But for one last game, a dad got to see his son play football, and everything was good again, if only for a few hours.

Sanitation Worker Inspires Community Support, Raises $25k for PPE

Sanitation Worker Inspires Community
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A garbage man in Philadelphia wanted to bridge the gap between his job and the community, especially during the pandemic. So he created an Instagram account, to show people what sanitation work looked like in a COVID world. And his account has helped inspire countless shows of support for those in a profession often lost in the discussion of “essential work.”

Early in the pandemic, everyone was much more aware of those who were keeping the country running by going to work even in much more difficult circumstances. Companies like Crocs had special giveaways for essential workers, and Mattel even released a series of toys dedicated to essential workers (no sanitation workers were included).

For Terrill Haigler, he thought bringing people behind the scenes would make people more empathetic about things like trash pickup delays.

“I felt like the sanitation department really didn’t have a voice and that the public didn’t understand why the trash delays were so bad,” Haigler told Good Morning America. “So, I started an Instagram page just to give people an inside look on what it is to be a sanitation worker.”

 

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And his honesty about the job quickly drew an audience of nearly 20,000 people. He began receiving donations and even created a t-shirt to help raise money so the sanitation workers could buy adequate PPE and other supplies. He said he’s raised nearly $25,000 from benefactors around the nation to help keep his colleagues in the trash business safe.

 

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He said trash volume is up nearly 30 percent during COVID and that the pandemic has added a lot of other time-consuming safety protocols to their work.

“We’re not lazy,” he said. “We’re not just calling out of work. We’re actually dealing with it the best way we can on our own fighting this thing like everybody else. So, you give us some little props and give us a little respect.”


And his account is having some success. He said sanitation workers have begun receiving a lot more support and love that he’s been encouraged by using his voice to educate people about the profession. He even had some advice all of us could use when it comes to complaining about the hell year that is 2020.

“You don’t have to cancel 2020, you just gotta grab 2020 by the shoulders and say, ‘I’m taking control now.'”

Former NFL Punter Pat McAfee Kicks Butt in Ring During WWE Debut

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Pat McAfee had a terrific career as an NFL punter. After he retired, he quickly pivoted into stand-up comedy and a successful radio/podcasting career. And now he’s taking his next act into new places, namely, the squared circle, as McAfee dazzled in his professional wrestling debut at WWE’s NXT TakeOver: XXX.

We have always been wrestling fans here, especially when it comes to wrestling dads. Heck, we even appreciate the fact that WWE is an essential business. But when you bring in a former pro athlete for a stunt match, the result can be pretty underwhelming. Pat McAfee was not that. He dazzled in his WWE in-ring debut, even earning the praise of a handful of other wrestlers for what he pulled off.

The Pro Bowl punter even had his former NFL team pulling for him in his match.

McAfee, who has done some wrestling broadcasting, was facing rising star Adam Cole in a match as the culmination of a “feud” that started on his radio show several weeks ago. McAfee looked much better as a wrestler than most pro athletes doing the crossover thing and even hit a couple of high-flying moves. He blew away viewers with his performance.

McAfee dazzled, but still “lost” his match against Cole.

McAfee is as entertaining a broadcaster as there is currently in sports, and he’s got a long career ahead of him (in broadcasting). But for a guy living out his childhood dream, he held his own much better than most of his predecessors in the NFL/NBA to WWE crossover history, so props to the punter.

My Playtime Goal: Create A Lifelong Memory

This article is sponsored by Bitty Baby™ from American Girl

When I sit down to play with my daughter, my goal is to create a memory that she’ll keep for the rest of her life. Ambitious, I know! 

But it’s more aspirational than anything. Shoot for the moon and land among the stars; Shoot for a lifelong memory, and have a great time together. Or even just make my daughter laugh a little. It’s a win no matter the outcome.

I hate when people say you can’t be friends with your kids and instead you need to be a disciplinarian. I don’t feel the two things are mutually exclusive. My daughter is one of my favorite people in the world to hang out with; we have such a good time. Nobody makes me laugh harder. I’d consider her certainly to be one of my best friends. The thing is, she respects my discipline even more because of that dynamic. When she makes mistakes or needs guidance -as all kids do- she trusts me because our relationship is rooted in being friends. She knows I’m there for her as much as I’m there to look after her. It’s a great balance for us, really. So when we hang out, we have a blast. And not every time, but many times, I catch myself wondering, “When she’s older, will she think back and remember all the fun times she had with her dad?” I think she will.

She constantly says and does things that take me aback. It’s like looking into a mirror at a tiny female version of myself. We have such a similar sense of humor, for one thing.  Our playtimes are very much rooted in making each other laugh. One of our favorite pastimes is called Bitty Baby Impressions. It sounds like an avant-garde art project, but let me explain. Over the years she has accumulated quite the collection of Bitty Babies, from the people who make the American Girl dolls. She loved them as a little girl, and they still hold a special place for her now. Originally we’d play together and she would give each of her dolls their own character and personality. Normal kid stuff. But as she got older, and developed her own sense of humor, the game has…evolved.

To start, each of us selects one of her Bitty Babies at random. Then we each give our doll a name. Often it’s a ridiculous made-up name. But usually, we name the doll after someone we know. Her favorite thing to do is name her doll after me. What follows can only be described as an improv roast battle with the dolls! 

We voice the dolls and have them talk to each other. Undoubtedly we do ridiculous voices: crazy deep, or an obnoxious falsetto, or of course the classic cartoonish accents. If her doll represents me, she turns it into a caricature of me, exaggerating my mannerisms or things I say all the time. Relentlessly making fun of me. It’s HILARIOUS. To see her imagination come alive, and how that changes over the years is so enlightening into the kind of person she’s becoming. But it also showcases all the lessons she’s learned from me that really stick with it. We may be trying to make each other laugh, but it’s clear she’s learning how to listen, how to understand other people. Essentially: How to care. 

Sounds weird right? But it combines all the best parts of being a kid: toys, imagination, playtime with your dad, and hilariously sick burns. And since being a parent is the best job I’ve ever had, I take a little pride in seeing her emulate my parenting in different ways over the years.  And man, do we laugh and laugh. It’s the best. Last week we laughed so hard my wife came in to check on us to make sure we were okay. 

The laughs are the best, but the most priceless moments are when I catch her emulating my parenting in more sentimental ways. Sometimes, when she thinks I’m not looking, I’ll see her playing the game on her own, pretending to be me or her mom. But instead of making fun, she’s acting caring and empathetic and nurturing. Recreating moments when we bandaged her boo-boo or read to her at night. I’m not going to lie, it catches me off guard! As parents, we often feel we aren’t doing enough or we’re falling short of what we think we should be. But seeing my parenting through the eyes of my own child – seeing her version of me as some kind of dad superhero? Man, that gets me every time. I promise to do my best to not stray too far from that idealistic perception she has of fatherhood. And in doing so, I know she’ll be a great parent herself someday.

So at the end of that day, did I achieve my aspirational goal? Time will tell. But I hope if you ask my daughter when she’s 71 what she remembers about her dad, she’ll say that he gave her the same care and attention I watch her emulate today. And If I’m lucky she may even tell you about that one time 60 years ago when she used her Bitty Baby to make her dad laugh so hard he had tears in his eyes.  

Bitty Baby™ from American Girl helps dads and daughters discover a world of make-believe together while learning the importance of love and kindness.

Just When We Thought 2020 Couldn’t Get Worse, Dad Forgets to Test Click Tongs

Dad Forgets to Test Click Tongs
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BRANSON, MO – While the promise of a new decade once had many people excited about the future, 2020 has proven to be a year filled with turmoil and unrest. But just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, one local dad named Hank Germaine forgot to test click his tongs.

There’s no sugarcoating it – this is an astonishing development that nobody could have seen coming.

“When he fired up the grill and picked up the tongs, I expected him to click them together a few times like he always does, so needless to say I was shocked when he went straight into flipping steaks,” said Hank’s wife Kelli, who hadn’t felt such a rollercoaster of emotions since losing her job back in April.

As Hank continued to work the grill, not once did he click the tongs together in a “We Will Rock You” style rhythm, nor did he ever pretend to be a crab using the tongs as his claws. Instead, he just continued tending to the steaks while never once hitting the two ends of the tongs together, confirming that 2020 is weirder than we ever thought it could be.

“This year has been filled with surprises, many of them for the worse, so I just hope the steaks turn out okay,” continued Kelli, who was worried that forgetting the test the tongs may lead to the steaks being overcooked.

While there’s no denying that this backyard barbeque was more tumultuous than usual, the steaks did in fact turn out properly cooked. Even still, it may be a while until our collective memory can forget just how jarring it was to see a man use a pair of tongs without testing them first.

Despite being completely plausible to parents, THIS JUST IN is satire and intended for entertainment purposes only. For more stories like this one click here.

Former Football Player Catches Toddler Thrown From Burning Apartment Building

Football Player Catches Baby
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A former college football wide receiver made the biggest catch of his life over the weekend when he dramatically caught a toddler dropped from a burning apartment building.

Phillip Blanks heard the commotion outside the Arizona apartment building and quickly saw the fire. He didn’t even have time to put on his shoes, he just ran into action. He arrived on the scene just in time, to catch a toddler who was dropped from a third-story balcony in an attempt to save his life. Blanks was able to get there just milliseconds before the child would’ve crashed into the gravel below.

“It was all fast, it was a blur,” Blanks told MLive.com. “It was tunnel vision, I didn’t see anything but the baby.”

The video is heartbreaking but shows Blank’s heroics as he caught the falling 3-year-old. The child survived the blaze, as did as an 8-year-old girl as well. Tragically, their mother that helped them escape the blaze did not survive the apartment fire.

Blanks, who is currently a bodyguard, said his background is what helped him jump into action without hesitation. In addition to playing college football as a receiver at a school in California, Blanks served in the Marine Corps.

He told the Washington Post that his training taught him to “always be on high alert.” And he did credit his football skills in an interview with a local TV station.

“I know how to catch,” he said. “I learned how to catch a football. So I’ll give some credit to football.”

Ultimately, though, he deferred any praise, calling the real hero the child’s mother.

“She made the ultimate sacrifice to save her children.”

New PBS Cartoon “Hero Elementary” Features Superhero Kid With Autism

Hero Elementary
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Kids have a new group of superheroes on their TV, including a boy on the autism spectrum. The PBS Kids new animated series, “Hero Elementary”, follows a diverse group of superhero students who are learning how to control their special powers.

Autism isn’t frequently depicted on TV shows, and when it is, it’s not normally in a way that feels real (and not overly negative, or a cheap character device). On Hero Elementary, AJ Gadgets is just like the other buddies on his team; just another kid trying to figure it all out.

The show’s creators say they wanted to normalize the idea that all kids are different, and that empathy is important. The other superheroes are aware of AJ’s needs and preferences (one episode is spent searching for his lost backpack) and the creators said it “models how you can, with a few adjustments, adjust to a friend with different needs, whether it’s autism or anything else.”

The creators came from Sesame Street, one of the few kids shows with an openly autistic character.

“We feel like there is so much strength in the idea of portraying a kid on the spectrum as just one of the kids and not making a huge deal about his autism,” said creator Christine Ferraro to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“For the most part, it’s not the focus of attention at all. He’s just one of the gang. And that’s something that we don’t see a lot on television. And that’s why we thought it was really important.”

Representation and inclusion is important for kids, especially when it’s normalized and not seen as “a special episode.”

“Hero Elementary” is geared towards kids between 4-7, so your little ones can check it out on PBS Kids.

New LEGO Line Lets You Make Pop Art

LEGO Pop Art
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For the uninitiated, “pop art” was a movement that emerged in the 1950s in which artists created bold, colorful, vivid depictions of familiar subjects, from celebrities to comic books to the everyday mundane. You probably know the style best from the time Andy Warhol painted 32 cans of Campbell’s tomato soup.

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Now LEGO, who recently announced upcoming sets based on Home Alone and Seinfeld, is launching a line of LEGO Art products that will allow you to create stunning works of pop art. Each set costs $120, and includes a canvas, build guide booklet, and all the bead-like pieces you’ll need to assemble such iconic subjects as…

Marilyn Monroe

Darth Vader

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The Beatles

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and Iron Man!

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Some sets allow you to make multiple pieces of art. For example, you can make various versions of Iron Man’s suit, while the Sith kit shows you how to make Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren.

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And it gets better! Also included in each set is a unique QR code that, when scanned, provides you with a soundtrack you can listen to while you build. You can also combine canvasses to make even bigger, beadier, more badass pieces pop art to hang in your living space. The sets are expected to hit toy shelves on August 1st internationally and September 1st in the United States.

Your move, Mega Bloks!

Dad Thanks Kids Who TP’d His House, Offers Tips for Next Time

Dad Thanks Kids for TPing House
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When Jason Hartanov’s daughter sent him a picture of their house after it had been TP’d, she apologized and offered to help him clean it up. He had a different feeling…a giant THANK YOU to the kids responsible.

In a Facebook post that has since gone viral and been shared more than 1,000 times, the dad of four thanked the kids for restoring his hope in the youth. “Thank you for making me smile and reminding me of the best days of my childhood,” he wrote. “Thank you for giving us all a break from the issues in this world and thank you for finding a great use of the excess toilet paper people bought during COVID.”


He also thanked the kids for being kids and embracing that life is short, so we should all have fun. However, he had some pretty steep complaints about their parents.

“This is shoddy TP-ing work,” he wrote. “We should be ashamed. We need to teach out youth about doing things with excellence, and focusing on the details.”

He then gave some advice for the kids who did the job, advising them to use more TP because “the roof has little to no paper, the trees are too bare and you left half-rolls sitting on the ground.”

And, well, wouldn’t you know it, his house got his again later that week. Jason was still a bit unimpressed, so he mocked up a visual to help the perps do better on their next try.

He did say he loved the kids because of “their desire to improve” because they “are doing adventures instead of watching adventures.”

He said he has hope for this generation, but that they need to learn a thing or two from their parents.

“We would have been embarrassed to leave such a clean mess,” he wrote. “More TP. More people. BURY THE HOUSE IN TP! Ask your parents, we took pride in EPIC TP battles.”

Hasbro to Release a Back To The Future DeLorean That’s Also a Transformer

BTTF DeLorean Transformer
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Folks, we seem to be entering a crossover renaissance of sorts. We’ve watched the Transformers team up with My Little Pony. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joined forces with the Power Rangers. With boredom at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to jam two things together and call it a day.

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As if the Transformers haven’t already adapted to enough, now it’s been announced they’ll be pairing with Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty for a new toy and comic book from Hasbro. It’s brilliant: Doc Brown’s time machine is a car, Transformers love shape-shifting into cars. What took them so long?

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Here we have Doc Brown’s trusty DeLorean. Flux capacitor, detachable lightning rod conductor. Everything seems to be in order.

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Here’s where it gets good. DeLoreans are already easily mistakable for Transformers, as their trademark falcon-wing doors give off a real futuristic robot vibe. You see these doors open, you think nothing of it. Lulled into a false sense of security of your own making.

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It continues unfolding until, finally, an Autobot reveals itself. Introducing…

GIGAWATT

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Seriously, why wasn’t this already the hottest toy of the ’80s? Its Transformer name was right there.

You can also pick up a complimentary comic book, where you’ll find Marty McFly on the run from Decepticons, who’ve come to Earth in search of Doc Brown’s fabled time machine. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover:

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And just for fun, Hasbro released this rad Back to the Future poster with Gigawatt in place of Marty.

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There’s a limited number available. 1,985 to be exact, a nod to the year Back to the Future lent icon status. The pre-orders sold out in a flash. Luckily, you’ll get a second chance on HasbroPulse.com and at select retailers on Oct. 1, 2020, the day the comic book is set for release.

Back to the Future will be celebrating its 35th birthday today, so click here to celebrate with a list of fun facts you may not know about the trilogy!

Dos Equis Introduces 6 Ft Beer Cooler to Promote Social Distancing

Dos Equis 6 Foot Cooler
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It’s truly wild to see all of the innovative ways in which businesses are working to accommodate these new frustrating pandemic social norms. One seafood restaurant in Maryland is keeping patrons at a safe distance by turning them to human bumper cars. Another joint in Germany is achieving the same effect with foam pool noodles strapped to customers’ heads.

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But easily the most ingenious thing we’ve yet to see come out of this new 6-feet rule is from the Mexican lager, Dos Equis. You may remember Dos Equis as the beer brand behind those massively popular “Most Interesting Man In The World” ads.


But now, in addition to thirsty, Dos Equis is insisting you stay safe and healthy. Now you can drink a whole new kind of responsibly, as the makers of the pilsner-style lager unveiled the very first social distancing beer cooler.

(Dos Equis / PETER ZLEBEK)

The Seis-Foot Cooler is, as you’d guess, six feet in length, providing the perfect buffer zone between you and a buddy looking to pound a few cold ones in the back yard. It’s essentially two smaller coolers with no storage space in between, but this novelty cooler is still bound to be a hit at your next gathering of no more than six people.

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Dos Equis is graciously giving away a few of these coolers for free. All you have to do is buy any Dos Equis product and submit a photo of your receipt right here to enter!

Stay health-conscious, my friends.

 

The 5 Coolest Star Wars-Themed Barbecue Pits

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If there’s one thing dads love, it’s grilling. If there’s a second thing dads love, it’s imbuing their kids with a shared reverence for pop culture artifacts. If you’re looking to grill two birds with one briquette, here are 5 insanely cool Star Wars-themed grills and barbecue pits we found.

1. Darth Vader

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From the good folks at Burned By Design LTD comes this wood burner/grill shaped just like Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. Be sure to flip any burger you see getting too much of a dark side.

Click here to buy one!

2. R2-D2

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If you take a 55-gallon drum and repurpose it for smoking meat, the grilling community refers to that an Ugly Drum Smoker. If you don’t want your smoke to be ugly, do what Star Wars fansite webmaster Philip Wise did and make it look like the cutest droid in the galaxy.

3. AT-AT

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Another masterpiece from Burned By Design LTD, this extremely dope AT-AT walker grill was designed using original movie blueprints. “AT AT” is also something you can shout at your dog if you see him getting into the buns.

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4. Death Star

I… just… holy shit. Holy shit.

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5. TIE Fighter

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For those of you looking for something more portable, you can’t go wrong with this tabletop grill shaped like a TIE Fighter. Especially if that showoff neighbor of yours just got one that looks like a Rebel X-wing.

Click here to buy one!

Essential Accessory!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the existence of this spatula that with a lightsaber handle.

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Click here to buy one!

LEGO to Release New Sets Based on Home Alone and Seinfeld

Seinfeld and Home Alone LEGO
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It’s inspiring how LEGO has managed to stay relevant for almost 90 years now. From submarines to Baby Yodas, we’ll never run out of things to build with those tiny, colorful, foot-penetrating pieces of interlocking plastic.

LEGO is always soliciting fresh ideas from amateur builders on their website. If you can drum up enough support, you could very well see that Fight Club play set you’ve always dreamed of come to fruition.

Alex Storozhuk is one of those lucky few to see their concept brought to life, suggesting a design based on the 1990 holiday blockbuster Home Alone.

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“I can’t even imagine holidays without Home Alone,” Alex wrote in his proposal. “Last Christmas, we were watching it and had our Winter Village on display, I clearly remember the moment I asked myself – ‘Why is there no LEGO Home Alone set?'”

The set is comprised of 3,000 pieces and allows you build the McAllister family’s iconic suburban Chicago home. Other pieces include Kevin, Harry, Marv, rope, paint cans, a spider, a picture of Buzz’s woof-inducing girlfriend, and a lovely cheese pizza just for Kevin.

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You can recreate Kevin’s classic bathroom mirror scream…

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…fling some paint cans at the Wet Bandits…

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…and even pull of that impossible stair sledding stunt.

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Seriously, there’s no way in hell Kevin made it out that doorway.

Then there’s Brent Waller, who hit the 10,000 vote tally on his idea for a LEGO set to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Seinfeld. The set looks just like Jerry’s Manhattan apartment, with minifigures that resemble Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer, and Newman. Wait, sorry, I mean *balls fist* Newman.

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Here’s a better look at Jerry’s apartment. We’ll just assume those tiny plastic cabinets are filled with tiny plastic cereal boxes.

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Jason Alexander, George Costanza himself, had a few notes.

You can practice your Kramer entrance…

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…trade superficial dating skepticisms on the couch…

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…or maybe just drop in at the club to workshop some material.

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What is the deal with Mega Bloks?

There’s no set release date just yet, but the Home Alone and Seinfeld plans have been passed along to a LEGO Master Builder, which we’ve just learned is a real job title some people have. Awesome.

What movie or TV show would you like to see receive the LEGO treatment? Sound off in the comments!