What’s up with gender reveal parties and fires?

I saw that story, it’s sad because it’s all so stupid. Now a kid won’t have a dad.

I saw an article in the New York Times about the explosion in Liberty, New York that killed the father-to-be and injured the uncle-to-be, and yes, it’s incredibly sad and stupid. The Times article included this detail about how the older brother of the father-to-be found out.

Mr. Pekny said he got a call from family members on Sunday — the day of the party — while he was in Florida, N.Y., about 45 miles away. He thought at first that the call was a ruse to get him to the party early, but when he learned the news, he raced to Liberty on Route 17, at times faster than 100 miles per hour.

He said he blew by a state trooper, who pulled him over and started yelling at him. Mr. Pekny said he explained why he was speeding, and after the trooper went to his patrol car and checked on the radio to verify his story, he returned to Mr. Pekny’s pickup truck.

He said the trooper told him, “You gotta go,” and did not ticket him. “The color completely ran out of his face,” Mr. Pekny said of the trooper. “He looked like he saw two ghosts.”

But the trooper should have told him to slow down, or his family might have to attend two funerals.

I don’t care how “mechanically inclined” someone is. It’s shockingly easy to accidentally build a pipe bomb when you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing, which all of these morons have conveniently demonstrated.

Either figure out how to make it work with a spring, or just get the fucking balloons and be happy with that.

I find speeding makes the dead come back to life. YMMV.

What should the mom, or anyone, tell the kid about how dad died? I can’t really imagine that conversation.

This could be a category of Darwin awards but unfortunately by definition these people have already successfully passed on their genes before their stupidity killed them.

There was a fairly popular cartoon, one of the Teen Titan cartoons, on Cartoon Network that was cancelled. The alleged reason being that the cartoon was popular amongst girls and they couldn’t figure out how to translate that into toy sales. On the flip side, a surprising number of girls were fans of the Masters of the Universe (He-Man) cartoon and Mattel developed a She-Ra series in order to sell toys to those fans. I don’t know if extreme gendering makes people spend money so much as it makes it easier to figure out who to market your product to.

The Darwin Award can be “won” even if you have replicated.

I may be unduly jaundiced, but I have long been under the impression that products aimed at female customers are priced higher, and that a fair proportion of customers of both genders tend to think that higher-priced products are ipso facto better quality/value (and it’s a rare person who wants to look like a cheapskate when there’s an addition to the family)

I don’t want to mock the dead but this is just an example of 'Merica’s social media/"Keeping up with the Kardashian/“Hey, look at me” culture run amok.

I get that people are excited about being a daddy and mommy - great. But do you really have to blow shit up?

Also, a lot of girls’ stuff is priced way higher, for no real reason.

… what PatrickLondon said.