Badass Dad

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Anthony Marinos is on a mission to help his dad Paul achieve his dream:

My father loves Lady Gaga and Madonna, and he wants nothing more than for them to perform on stage together for a good cause. He also believes that he's not the only one.

Yeah, we'll totally sign Paul's Change.org petition -- he's only 999,934 supporters from his goal. His plea if so hilariously legit.

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Baby Carter's in good hands.

[thanks, eric!]

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Brings to mind George Bailey's bewilderment in It's A Wonderful Life: "Why do we have to have all these kids?"

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Dave Engledow, a dad and photographer in Washington, D.C., is creating a "World's Best Father" calendar for his daughter Alice Bee -- but the action shots of the duo have a charming twist:

The character I portray in this series is intended to be a parody of the father I hope I never become -- distracted, self-absorbed, neglectful, clueless, or even occasionally overbearing.

Don't miss the rest of the hilarious collection.

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Ron's 4-year-old son and his toy train "Stanley," were inseperable -- until Ron sent Stanley into space.

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Nils Pickert's 5-year-old son likes to wear dresses and skirts -- so in a show of solidarity, Pickert started wearing them, too:

Yes, I am one of those fathers who are trying to raise his children with gender equality. I'm not one of those pseudo-intellectual daddies that rambles on about studying gender justice, and then, as soon as the child is born, falls back into the comfortable and clichéd gender roles: he realizing himself through work, she taking care of the rest.

People in their south German town of 5,000 wonder whether his effort to be a role model is sensible or silly.

"Neither," Pickert says. And as it turns out, long skirts with elastic bands fit him quite well.

[bothsidesofthegun]

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When he was 2, Evan got a Lightning McQueen Powerwheel for Christmas. Three years later, he'd worn through its plastic wheels.

Dad Sean Burgess, an auto shop owner and no stranger to souping up custom cars, decided to swap 'em out for the real thing. But of course, "one thing led to another":

We went to Harbor Brakes to get some inexpensive wheels for it, but they didn't fit. We had to figure out a way of getting them onto the car. Everybody in the shop just starting saying, "Hey, how about you do this? How about you do that?"

I started doing some research online about go-carts and electric scooters and started to compile a list of parts.

Before they knew it, the pair had transformed the car into a racing machine worthy of a 5-year-old.

[dailydot]

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Dad created a 12-foot-tall roller coaster in the backyard from PVC pipe, treated lumber, and concrete -- possibly Not Safe For Daughter, but who cares?!

She'll always be the girl whose dad built her a roller coaster.

[mpviral]

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United States Air Force Col. Rob Kiebler had a galaxy-sized surprise for his young son Danny upon returning home from 14 months on active duty. Danny is a huge Star Wars fan, so Kiebler hired a few of the films' most recognizable characters to meet Danny for a birthday meal. Kiebler, appropriately disguised as a Jedi, joined the festivities, much to Danny's delight. It's like having two heroes wrapped into one awesome person.

[seattlepi]

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Here's the backstory:

There's a scene in Adam Sandler's movie, Big Daddy, where Adam dresses up as Scuba Steve, an action-hero, in order to creatively make the boy he's caring for do things. Ever since I watched that scene, I've wanted to do the same as a father. I'm now a father and can happily do it :) On July 21, 2012, I surprised my 3-year-old son, Oliver, as Spider-Man in his room. We played with his toys and jumped around. I also made him the promise of going to a trampoline park if he behaved well. On July 25, 2012, I followed through on my promise and took Oliver to the trampoline park as Spider-Man.

[vvv]

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A Toronto-area man who is "almost entirely blind" has been making statues out of scrap metal for years, including dragons and dinosaurs.

He asked his daughter to show the pictures on Facebook, but she had bigger plans -- and landed the front page of Reddit.

[reddit]

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Some kids bust out "Bohemian Rhapsody" with dad on the way to elementary school.

And some kids sing along to dad's acoustic version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" while they're still in diapers.

[hypervocal]