The ‘Mannequin Challenge’ Trend Is Taking The Nation By Storm From High Schools To Pro Football Teams

We can’t keep up with all these Twitter challenges. It seems like there’s a new one blowing up the internet every day! The latest in this craze of crazes is the Mannequin Challenge, in which a group of people freeze entirely while the cameraman takes a video walking around and among them in an eerie way. It sounds simple but it comes out looking really cool… if you can pull it off.

We detected a bit of movement in the very first video, posted by some kids from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Florida, but it was only for a second. Since that video, kids seem to have it down, sometimes getting what seems like their entire school to nail it together!

However, we think the most impressive videos are the ones with sports teams, because not only are they frozen in place while playing a game (as opposed to the fake fights that seem to be over-popular with the teenage crowd), but they’re using their muscle tone to pose in some really interesting ways.

The Buffalo Bills even got in on the trend, choosing for their venue an airplane that they must’ve completely taken over. Props to them for fitting in social media challenges to their busy schedule! Check out the other trending Mannequin Challenge champs and let us know who you think did it best!

Clever Siblings Won’t Stop Pranking Each Other By Hiding A Tina Belcher Cutout Around The House

If you were an only child growing up, there were probably times that you wished you had a sibling. On the flip side, if you grew up with a sibling, there were probably times you wished you were an only child. However, two siblings in Indiana are probably caught somewhere in the middle. The brother and sister duo love and hate to prank each other, especially with one particular prop.

Ben Freeman decided to get his older sister, Molly Freeman, who is a fan of the Fox cartoon Bob’s Burgers, a “life-size” cutout of Tina Belcher. Tina is the eldest of the Belcher family in the cartoon and is obsessed with butts, boys, and badges from her Thundergirls/Girl Scouts membership. Any fan of the show would probably be pretty stoked to get a cutout of Tina, and Molly definitely was. “I could not stop laughing,” said Molly. “It was hilarious.”

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Since Molly got the cutout of Tina, a prank war has ensued in the Freeman house. The two siblings started to hide Tina in increasingly clever nooks around the house in attempts to scare each other. “We’ve hid her in the shower, we’ve hid her in the windows, in my closet, and under bed covers, so when you pull them back she’s laying there,” Molly said. The two siblings say they are both living in constant fear ready for Tina to pop up anywhere.

The pics the Freeman teens have shared via Twitter have made the internet super jealous of their sibling prank war. Tina, true to her Bob’s Burgers character, is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

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Source: Twitter @molly_freeman
Source: Twitter @molly_freeman
Source: Twitter @molly_freeman

4-Year-Old Honors Late Mother By Wearing Her Wedding Dress In Beautiful Photo Shoot

Losing a loved one is never easy, and losing a parent is particularly difficult.

Little Nora Davis, a 4-year-old from North Carolina, may only have a few memories of her mother as she grows up, but thanks to a dying wish and idea of her mother, Amber Davis, she’ll have some understanding of how much her mother loved her.

Amber Davis was diagnosed with a rare type of cervical cancer only a couple years after having Nora. Though Amber went through radiation and chemotherapy, she ultimately lost her battle with the cancer and passed away at the age of 27. Before passing, however, she had the idea of doing a photoshoot of Nora in her wedding dress. Amber’s husband and Nora’s father, Derek Davis, dressed his daughter in Amber’s wedding dress, wedding band, and diamond earrings and they headed to the exact same wedding venue where the couple got married years prior.

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Photographer Heidi Spillane says the shoot was a beautiful way to pay tribute to the bond that mothers and daughters share, even after death. “She saw it as a way for Nora to remember her Mama once she passed away,” says Spillane. “She wanted me to promise I would do it when she was gone.”

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According to Spillane, it wasn’t a sad day. It was emotional, but enjoyable, and Nora loved every moment. “She was beaming with pride in her mommy’s dress,” says Spillane. “She loved every minute of it. She would look at the picture of her mom standing in the same spot and touch the dress. It was a really special thing to witness.”

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Father Of Four Girls Showcases His Hectic, Wonderful Life On Instagram

It seems like more and more of Instagram is becoming a competition to see who has the most beautiful, perfect life. While you may actually have a beautiful and perfect life (in fact, we hope you do), no one’s life is always picturesque. That goes double if you’re a parent.

If you’re a parent, chances are that photo of your baby in a fedora in a field of heather was the result of at least an hour of soothing, hushing, and just one good picture out of probably hundreds. While a great picture, yes, it’s certainly not reflective of 99% of what life is like as a parent. Simon Hooper knows this and has decided to chronicle his life with four daughters in a raw, hilarious Instagram account of his own. Under the Instagram username @fathers_of_daughters, Hooper showcases his lovely girls being real happy children as he simply tries to keep up.

Cooking with the family is important so that they get an early interest in what healthy eating is all about. But when you add two 10 month work experience kitchen hands to the mix who have minimum training and hygiene standards that would get a greasy kebab placed closed down, Jamie Olivers 15 minutes meals turn into Simon hooper's 90 minute botch jobs. In the end you just chuck it all in and hope for the best. The likelihood is that it will get rejected by the discerning clientele anyway. Might as well just short cut the whole process and chuck the raw food directly into the bin. #masterchefiaint #sausageandchipsitis #worstworkexperienceever #ottieatearawgarlicwhole #whydowebother #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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Hooper is the husband of a midwife and father to a 9-year-old, 6-year-old, and a pair of 10-month-old twins. He classifies himself as a jack of all trades: “a handy man, taxi driver, swimming instructor, tutor, chef, counsellor, human climbing frame, bank, personal shopper and PA.”

I seem to forget to feed myself sometimes. I can get to 5pm and realise I've had nothing other than a cup of tea that's been microwaved 5 times and has a skin on it that's thicker than I feel after watching a documentary of dark matter. The twins, on the other hand, get 3 square meals a day spooned directly into their mouths. I tried crouching between them in the hope @mother_of_daughters would feed me too (FYI I don't have tiny arms) although I was rumbled by Delilah who kicked up a fuss. They have absolutely zero loyalty or compassion for me. Get between these girls & their food and you may just lose a finger. #noidonthavetinyarms #foodoverfathers #arewefeeders #theydontsharefood #nowonderimlosingweight #microwavetea #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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After a week of wiggling, twisting & flicking, Marnie finally lost her first tooth. I was so please for my, now lisping, daughter until she informed me that some kid in her class got £5 (WTF) for his tooth – the tooth fairy is obviously sensitive to inflation and the fluctuations of the world economy – but come on – that's £100 for a full set of 20! Which parent out there is dishing out £5 a tooth?! If I find them, I'm going to force feed them their own teeth as they have set a ridiculous benchmark for everyone else to live up to. I may actually have to sell my own teeth to cover this! #iswearigot10patooth #50pforbigones #toothfairytax #thetoothfairyisobviouslyloaded #toothinflation #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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we have A LOT of toys for the girls. Some hand-me-downs, some brand new. We offer up the hand made, ethically sourced, non toxic, bespoke blocks made from organic, carbon offset wood, lovingly sourced from Norway. They look down their nose at them with disgust, decide they're tosh and toss them to one side. Then they go on a rampage to find keys, my wallet, my phone, anything that resembles a remote control and plastic packaging. If that fails, they bug me until i give up the goods. Many mornings, you'll find me running around the house, quietly cursing the babies, who've hidden my cash / debit card and /or keys. guess I should get used to this as I hear teenage girls take the same stuff. #stophidingmyshit #pointlessexpensivetoys #allthebabieswantismywallet #girlstakemystuff #ishouldgetusedtoit #fatherofdaughters#dadlife #instadad

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His endearing posts feature him answering awkward sex ed questions that his dautgher has for him, highlights the struggle of trying to dress two little girls at once, and shows the physical strain he must put up with as his silly eldest daughters try to swing off him like monkeys.

Is it only me or do all men learn to sleep on an 8 inch strip at the edge of the bed? Irrespective of the size of the bed, or how many people are in it, I always find myself relegated to the 'man zone'. I've become so used to sleeping on this limited area of bed real estate, that I'm confident that I could sleep on top of a wall & not fall off. On the other side of the bed (the promised land), @mother_of_daughters sleeps like a star fish all night long, kneeing me in the back and generally complains about me coming to bed too late, being too cold or my foot encroaching onto her territory. At least the bed's nice and warm, even if the reception isn't sometimes! I hope that next Sunday, on #NationalLieInDay, I'll not only gain another hour in bed, but more space – but it's doubtful ! If you want to regain that hour (and some space for that matter) click in the link in my bio, loads of great prizes to be won @SimbaSleep #bedrealestate #livingontheedge #girls #twins #daughters #therestoomanygirls #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #gopro

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This week my eldest has been doing sex education at school. Shes very mature about it & having a midwife as a mum, they know a lot more than your average kid, no 'front bottoms' or 'nunnys' in this house, it's strictly a 'vagina' affair (which coincidently would be a great title for a drama series on TV) That said, she's chosen tonight (when @mother_of_daughters is away) to ask questions about men which makes me feel like an embarrassed child, but i promised to tell her the truth. My personal favourites – "do you wear a condom daddy?" Me – "Yes". Then why do you have so many children? Touchè. "Have you and mummy had sex more than 3 times?" I laughed proudly – "Way more……like at least 9 or 10 times" ( I didn't want to come across as a sex crazied maniac). #sexeducation #shestheadultimthechild #sheknowsmorethanme #dontaskaboutmasturbationorilldie #ivedoneitloads #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife #parenting

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Adorable and genuine, Hooper is clearly and awesome dad. “My whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” says Hooper. ““There is way too much sugarcoating when it comes to parents, so I wanted to share what it’s really like and provide a bit of humor at the same time.” Not to mention, Hooper is doing a fantastic job at preserving those precious, fleeting moments of his girls’ childhood.

Tomorrow is international day of the girl and I, more than most, am celebrating. I might be heavily outnumbered and outgunned, but I'm celebrating because my girls are strong independent young ladies that are growing up in a world that they can do anything they put their mind to (with a little encouragement). We strive for equality and see women as equals (and in my case, as superiors!). That said, in many places girls are seen as second class citizens and have limited opportunities to reach their full potential. This has to change. Go kiss your girls goodnight & encourage them everyday to reach for the stars. Tag a strong girl and share. #mygirlswearthetrousers #daughters #dayofthegirl #girlsareequals #girlsarestrong #sisters #mygirls #girlsareamazing #beproudofyoudaughters #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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Hospital Staff Dresses Premature Newborns In Superhero Capes To Help Them Fight For Lives

Now for news that will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Nurses and volunteers in a Kansas City hospital decided to dress up the babies born prematurely in handmade felt costumes, most of which were superheroes!

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Having a baby born prematurely is extremely hard for parents, who often have to leave their child in the hospital for weeks or months after birth, so they can grow stronger and bigger. Babies fight for their lives in small incubators, and it can be incredibly challenging for parents to watch them do so when they can so rarely hold them.

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However, with the help of some very kind people, the nurses at the NICU surprised parents for their baby’s first Halloween by dressing them up. They also provided them with a card that reads, “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!” and has their baby’s footprints on it. On top of all that, they gave them a Halloween children’s book and a small pumpkin filled with goodies.

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“The parents were able to choose their babies’ costumes to match the babies’ personalities,” said Michelle Manuel, director of media relations for the hospital. Most of them picked superheroes because of the struggle their children are already in because of the complications that come with being born early.

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Is there anything cuter than seeing a tiny infant underneath a Captain America shield? These babies, though they may not realize it yet, are already superheroes. This hospital is amazing for pointing that out! Happy first Halloween, little ones!

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