When Lucy Scott, an illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland, gave birth to a son in 2012, she found the experience to be an unending source of creative inspiration. She began drawing cartoons that spoke honestly about how exhausting and challenging parenting is for the moms (and dads). She soon had so many that the collection was published in the 2015 book, Doodle Diary of a New Mom: An Illustrated Journey Through Mommy’s First Year. If you’ve got kids of any age, check out this gallery, preferably with the accompaniment of a stiff drink.
First off, if you suffer from coulrophobia*, this gallery is definitely not for you.
Children’s entertainment today is usually cute, friendly, cheerful, and above all an enjoyable experience everyone. Turns out, that’s something of a new concept. As anyone who’s checked out a book of 19th century fairy tales will tell you, vintage children’s entertainment used to be WAY scarier, and clowns are no exception. Our friends at Flashbak, who are clearly much braver than we are, have compiled this gallery of creepy clowns from days of old. Far from the goofy birthday party entertainers we know today, these “clowns” look like they just stepped out of your nightmares. It’s a miracle any of the kids in these photos grew up to be functioning adults.
*Fear of clowns, and not fear of Full House star Dave Coulier. (That gallery is coming next week.)
Text messaging is just a funny medium, period. When everybody is dashing off messages as quick as possible, you’re going to wind up with some hilarious misunderstandings–and that’s when people aren’t even trying to be funny. We’ve featured funny texts between family members before, and today we’ve got them from the elder generation. From autocorrect fails to accidental overshares to intentional overshares to sick burns, we love these grandparents and want to hang out with them all.
We’ve covered terrible books in this space before, the kind of tomes that leave you scratching your head and wondering how they ever got published. And…here’s some more! There are uncountable terrible books out there in the world, more than we could ever possibly cover, yet always able to surprise us in their awfulness. Once again we give props to our friends at Flashbak, for giving us a gallery full objectionable titles, questionable cover art, puzzling premises, and obsessed authors. Careful not to get any paper cuts.
Being a parent is a tough job, but it helps to keep a sense of humor. That’s where James Breakwell comes in. The comedy writer and father of four is the author of the @XplodingUnicorns account. There, Breakwell chronicles the day-to-day difficulties of being a husband and father, often in the form of conversations he has with them. It’s pretty obvious right away that the wife and kids are just as funny as he is, but in the end, we all win.
Sometimes the best way to show someone you care about them is by lovingly teasing them. And an even better way than that is to write those loving insults in icing on top of a cake. Here are 15 cakes that have no interest in being cheerful like all those other cakes out there. We’re pretty sure these cakes didn’t really offend their intended recipient, but hey, if they did, at least they got to cheer themselves up with cake.
The advent of cellphones means we can all be more connected with each other than ever before, but sometimes this can be as much a curse as it is a blessing–especially when it comes to the parent-child relationship. Katie Seigel and her mother have just such a relationship, which prompted her to share her Mom’s hilariously overbearing texts on an Instagram account called @CrazyJewishMom. Once that account went viral, (and why wouldn’t it?), people began sending Katie their own hilarious Mom texts. She had to launch a second Instagram account, @CrazyYourMom, to share them all. Below, enjoy a gallery of the choicest Overbearing Mom Texts. And remember to text your mother once in a while.