“Every Thanksgiving my cousin challenges me to a game of checkers. I’ve been documenting her defeat for the past eight years.”
For parents, the act of getting the kids to school on time might be the biggest challenge of their day, and with five children of his own, Utah dad Seth King has dealt with his share of morning rushes. Whenever his kids, whose ages range from 15 years old to 3, arrive at school late, the administration requires a note from parents. But rather than fall back on the same excuses we’ve all used a hundred times before (“Someone overslept,” “the car wouldn’t start,” “a sinkhole opened up in the kitchen,” etc.), King views these notes an opportunity for creativity. For several years he’s been writing lengthy, whimsical, excuse notes, and more recently he’s been posting them on his Instagram, appropriately named “Late Notes.”
King told The Huffington Post that in addition to exercising his own creativity, the original impetus for writing such long letters was to teach his kids that their actions have consequences. More recently, though, he says the notes have given his oldest daughter, 15-year-old Isabella, more incentive to be punctual–she finds the whole thing a bit embarrassing, which we’re sure only makes it more fun for Seth.
As for the schools, Seth says they look forward to any time a King kid is tardy because it means a new fun letter to read.
It sounds like everyone involved manages to take a stressful situation like running late in the morning not so seriously.
Well, except Isabella. She’ll appreciate this one day, we hope.
You can check out a gallery of Seth’s letters (and admire his penmanship!) below:
The struggle to conceive is all too real, and when Spencer and Whitney Blake found out they could not have children, they were devastated. But while processing their feelings, they came up with a way to add some levity to their situation: “infertility announcements.”
The idea came about after seeing so many people post creative pregnancy announcements on social media. (Something we’ve covered extensively.) Feeling left out, Spencer and Whitney decided to turn common pregnancy announcement tropes on their head. The result is funny, and honest. After posting their infertility announcements online, the couple received emails from people around the world, thanking them for helping to cope with their own fertility struggles.
Spencer and Whitney even became parents, too. A few years after their project, they adopted two boys:
You can check out their infertility announcements below:
We all wonder what we’ll look like when we’re older, but for most of us, the best we can do is try some aging software, or just leave it to our imagination. Not so for these folks, who while out and about minding their own business, came upon a stranger who looked a LOT like their future self. There’s no glitch in the Matrix, and time travel hasn’t been invented, (that we know of), so we’ll have to chalk this one up to life being weird.
Check out the gallery of people with their eldergangers below.
Most of us resemble at least one celebrity. For some, the likeness is so striking it prompts complete strangers to stop us on the street or in the grocery store and say, “You look just like Treat Williams!” (It’s even better when you’re not a fan of your celebrity.) But the people in this gallery go way past resemblance, to the point where they look like they could be the star’s clone. Until we get proof that celebrities can clone themselves, we’ll just have to accept that sometimes genes are weird and you wind up looking a lot like a total stranger.
Check out these photos of celebrity doppelgangers, (and a few people who resemble fictional characters.)
Almost nobody is any good at navigating adulthood, whether it’s paying the bills, using Tinder, or even the simple stuff like not being a complete and utter slob. But writer and illustrator Chaz Hutton can help us all laugh at our failures with his series of satirical sketches, ingeniously drawn on sticky notes–part of the fun is admiring the skill required to get the text and images on such a small space.
Hutton says the wisdom in his drawings is hard-earned. He previously worked as an architect before moving from Melbourne, Australia, to London, in what he says was an attempt to put off life’s responsibilities. If that’s the case, it looks like he’s got things pretty well figured out. After his friends convinced him to post his drawings on Instagram, they promptly went viral and he collected them in a book.
If you struggle with adulting, we encourage you to draw a bath, grab a cupcake, and check out the gallery below.
Once you reach a certain age, usually late 20’s/early 30’s, you can’t go on social media without seeing friends’ baby photos. Comedians MK Paulsen and Ella Gale have found a way to poke fun at this aspect of modern life by posing for a photo shoot with a foil-wrapped burrito. These aren’t merely a bunch of badly lit iPhone pics, either–they teamed up with Austin-based photographer An Indoor Lady, and the results are as good as any real baby photo shoots you might see. The only quibble we have is that there’s only one burrito between the two of them. Who wants to share their burrito?