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 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…
Fatherhood is dangerous – just ask a testicle.
A study of 2,000 fathers in England found that dads are hurt to the tune of 22 injuries a year. Most of the injuries are related to the kids – whether it’s during play with them or tripping over a toy left behind. Or having their child speedbag their scrotum during a play-fight.
The struggle is real.
A British dude by the name of Steve Wickenden is making sure his daughter gets to school (dot dot dot) on time. His almost-exact replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine turns heads while driving his eight year old daughter, Molly, to school.
“We certainly turn a few heads,” Wickenden told The Daily Mail. “There are always people waving and beeping at us when we drive past. There certainly isn’t anyone else at the school gates with a flux capacitor.”
A father dressed as Spider-man scaled over the railing of a bridge in England, intending to hang from it – all in the name of father’s rights.
The protestor, a member of “Fathers 4 Justice”, climbed over the railing of a bridge in Taunton, England yesterday, tying a sign to the railing that said, among other things, “stop failing our children.”
Back in 2011, we introduced you to sweetheart, Keith MacDonald, a British dude that’s got 11 kids with 10 women. For the record, he says only eight of the kids are his. And as for the others, he’d worn protection.
But the big news today is that 28 year old butthole Keith MacDonald got out of an immediate jail sentence for kicking and punching his girlfriend, Clare Bryant and hitting their daughter in the head with the refrigerator door.
Now, this story’s not without some he-said-she-said, but really, everything I’ve read about MacDonald in the past points to him being the worst kind of father, and abuse is not foreign to him.
For most American fathers, it’s a no-brainer: you stay with your wife in the hospital the night your kid is born. Usually it means pushing a couple of chairs together to stretch out or sleeping sitting up. But across the pond, England has had a long-standing struggle with new dads and their desires to be involved in their children’s first nights.
For example, a new father from Dunstall, England was sent home from Samuel Johnson Community Hospital because the hospital says it doesn’t have the facilities to accommodate fathers overnight. The dad, Gareth Howes, insisted that he merely wanted to sleep at his wife’s bedside but was still denied.
In our new digital age, you’re able to make instant purchases through your phone or video game system. And the responsibility check for wielding that power is that parents need to understand the technology they’re using and lock it down.
Today, a story’s making the rounds about an Oregon dad whose toddler bought a car on eBay because he’d left his phone unlocked and the app open.