In a study that in no way has to do with human fathers, scientists at the University of Cambridge found that all the good dads in the burying beetle world were dying younger.
Burying beetles, BTW, are these nasty-ass bugs that find dead birds and mice and bury the carcass. They then lay their eggs near it, and the larvae hatch, crawl into the carcass and feed on the dead animal and we all throw up just thinking about it.
But we’re going somewhere with this.
A Maryland man who visited sick kids in the hospital dressed as Batman was killed Sunday when a car on the interstate hit his custom Batmobile.
The 51 year old man, Lenny Robinson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A policy allowing 50 weeks shared parental leave hit the United Kingdom back in April, but Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, a dude that owns subsidiaries in both the music and aerospace industries, didn’t think that was enough – for dads at least.
Branson just unveiled a policy at Virgin that gives new parents — both mothers and fathers — up to one year of fully-paid parental leave. But but but…
Have you ever noticed that moms and dads speak differently to their babies? Moms tend to engage in “baby talk”, while fathers’ words tend to sound a lot more like the kind of conversation they’d have with an older child. Or, say…their accountant.
“This isn’t a bad thing at all — it’s not a failing of the fathers”, according to study lead Mark VanDam, a professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department at Washington State. “We think that maybe fathers are doing things that are conducive to their children’s learning but in a different way. The parents are complementary to their children’s language learning.”
This ROFLWTF moment is brought to you by Atsushi Shiraishi at the Tama Art University. When you’re a father, you want to be your child’s everything, and what better way to do that than by being your child’s EVERY-F***ING-THING?
That’s why the AthleTitti makes so much sense, even if you can’t say the name without giggling to yourself like a schoolboy. This rope, leather and steel vest provides your child with hand-and-footholds to rival even the finest play equipment at the park. Just know: you will get kicked in the johnson.
Sure, you get half of your genes from your mother and half from your father, but science may have just found that dad’s genetic goo is responsible for more than mom’s, at least in matters of health.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine did the study on mice, and was the first study to indicate that suggest that mammals are more similar to their fathers than their mothers.
It’s called “allele-specific gene expression”, and it’s crazy wafers.
In news of the weird: A video on the Chinese social share site KU6.com shows a 17 month old baby hoofing it out on a treadmill. The baby is being ushered along by – we’re guessing – dad. Multiple women can also be heard laughing in the background.
You can see a screenshot above. The video is shot vertically, so I filled the empty sides with pickles.
A father in China whose “intimate behavior” with his daughter on a bus has been absolved of all wrongdoing in a statement by the police. The father’s actions were recorded by another person on the Zhuhai City bus and posted online with the title “Is this the girl’s father?”
When you see the behavior in question, you might be shocked and disgusted. But probably just because you can’t believe a dad showing affection to his daughter is being called into question like this.