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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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Jeffrey Sumber isn’t a father, and he’s not a Christian – so quit wishing him a happy Father’s Day and a Merry Christmas.

Sumber’s main point (if you allow me to ruin the lead-up in the first six-ish paragraphs for you) is that while most people identify his good nature, patience, wisdom and personality as fatherly, Sumber is just a good man. “In fact, it is difficult not to confuse the Father Archetype with simply the best of the MALE energy,” Sumber says.

Now, somewhere in here, I’m torn. I like Sumber’s sentiment that basically, people are morons and think he’s a father when he’s just a good guy. Any time you call the general population idiots, I’m on-board. But Sumber might lose me when he declares “that “you want to live in a world where everyone celebrates Christmas because you love it so much and want me to be a part of it,” and by extension, “you wish me a Happy Father’s Day because you love being a father and want me to love it too.”

Or maybe he doesn’t. I want to hear more of the paragraph where Sumber says that he doesn’t think that good normal-dude traits equate to being a good father, since I think that’s an interestingly-true point. Sumber does think, however, that there is “a very real projection from you to me that hopes I will be a good father because good fathers are like gold.”

So are people wishing Sumber a happy Father’s Day because we hope every good man becomes a good dad and passes the trait on to his kids? Probably.

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What do you do if you’re a father of five, and love video games? Why, employ your kids to help you nerd-out with a “gamer’s urban art project” – that’s what!

This is what “PixelMan” did – he’s a dad and a gamer, who wanted to share his geek with the world, so he grabbed a couple cans of spraypaint, and rounded up over 700 plastic cups. Then, he printed-out his battle-plans. He threw his kids in the van (or told his kids to get in the car) and headed over to Carterville Road, over the University Avenue overpass in Provo, Utah.

PixelMan’s kids, who range from five years old to 12, help with the projects – from holding the cups to helping build the pixel art. PixelMan even puts up a notice to not remove his art – saying that he’ll check back daily to maintain it and make sure it’s disposed of correctly when the time comes.

“My Pixeled Fence project is a fun creative outlet for me to do with my family and friends,” says PixelMan. “while at the same time pay homage to the great old school games I grew up with.” He said that while he was growing up, he was hooked on the NES, so he’s passed that love onto his kids. “We love to play anything Mario, Metroid, or Zelda, among other things,” he says.

You can see (around my PEW PEW PEWing) that PixelMan did a great job getting Samus up over the freeway. Check out the sauce for more pics and an awesome Mega Man project – as well as an opportunity to get in on the fun if you’re in the Utah area.

Got any other projects like this that you do with your kids? Let us know in the comments!

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On the heels of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer report stating that cell phones do-indeed-possibly-maybe cause cancer, tumors, or cancerous tumors, Reuters reports on a study released Saturday (seriously, who does this) that concludes, once and for all, that maybe, just maybe, cell phones don’t cause tumors. Like we believe anything that people say on Saturday.

The journal of “Environmental Health Perspectives” published the paper, which said, among other things, that there still “remains some uncertainty,” but that “evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults.”

But let’s not get our panties in a bunch just yet. Turns out that these dudes do somewhat agree with the WHO IARC findings from last May – in saying that there is a need to classify the cell phone risk – but they just might not agree with how others have chosen to do so.

Or something.

Still seems like a great idea to keep a possibly cancer-causing thing out of your kid’s face until this one’s nailed-down.

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‘Teen Dad’ to Air in UK


Move along, “Teen Mom!” On July 27, MTV UK and Ireland will start a series that follows six young fathers in the United Kingdom. The first-time fathers were all taped for three-months as they experienced the good and bad parts of fathering children young.

It’s interesting to see MTV choosing fathers over mothers in the UK. MTV’s “Teen Mom” series is popular in the United States – did they do some research that found the UK to be more interested in fathers? I got a hold of the PR people that deal with “Teen Dad” and unfortunately, I’ve been waiting for a reply all week about why fathers were chosen over mothers. All MTV Networks Europe could do was send me a press release describing the six dudes the show will follow.

The UK’s office for National Statistics says that last year, 41,325 teenage boys in England and Wales under the age of 18 became fathers. This helps make the UK the teenage pregnancy capital of Europe.

U jelly, American fathers? The UK is far more interested in hearing a dad’s story than the US. Sucks to be us, bro.

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What Happens When You Die

Leave it to kids to cut the crap on a serious question. Click the image above to see the full rage-comic by Reddit user DebaserDebaser, or the link below for the original sauce.

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According to Advocate.com, U.S. Congressman Jared Polis is “expecting” with his partner Marlon Reis. The Colorado Rep his partner are planning an adoption for September, but no word yet on whether it’s by surrogate or not.

Polis is not the only openly gay Congressman, but was the only one to campaign as openly gay. Others have come out while already in office – including Barney Frank (Massachusetts), Gerry Studds (deceased, Massachusetts), Jim Kolbe (retired, Arizona), Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), and David Cicilline (Rhode Island). Polis will be the first to adopt a child.

Colorado has no law barring gay couples from adopting. Good luck to Polis and Reis in their history-making journey into fatherhood!

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No arguments here.

The standout line in Angel Roberson’s tribute to dads has to be this, in regards to fathers in the delivery room: “This should be a special time for both mother and father. But some may be given the impression that they are just an accessory, not a partner, in this process. We are generally so focused on mother and baby we may overlook the father.”

Now, I don’t think anyone’s suggesting that the father’s pushing a watermelon out of his ass or doing anything as tough as childbirth. But as a general sentiment, it’s nice to hear people consider the father in the childbirth process, including them more than just the average “okay, dad you want to come over here and cut the cord and try not to eff it up?”

Sauce: The Olympian

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An Air Force Dad surprises his kids, coming home from deployment in a gift-wrapped box. Homecomings like these do tend to throw kids into tears, or stun them speechless, as you can see in the video.

Kids only tend to rage in celebration when they unwrap a Nintendo 64 on Christmas.

Duh.

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