By: Ben Adelman
Every parent has done a few things they're afraid will scar their children for life, both physically and mentally. No one's perfect, after all. But there are some people in this world that have done some spectacularly stupid things to their children, and were either proud enough or oblivious enough to not only take pictures of these bonding moments, but to post them online as well. Troy Osinoff has made it his business to collect these precious images of mankind's destruction of the gene pool, and shares them with the world on his popular website, MyBadParent.com. Now Troy has compiled some of his favorites from his photo album and published them in book form: My Bad Parent, which is about the age old axiom “Do as I say, not as I did, because if you do that, you'll probably end up in jail.”
Contained in this fun sized 161 page paperback is what one might call the Hall of Fame of Troy's website, grouped into chapters according to theme: kids and sex, kids and booze, kids and near cases of child abuse, you know, all the good stuff you remember from when you were small.
I picked up a copy of this book recently, and found it to be very well put together. Its small size and picture dominated format make it a great coffee table reader or holiday present for a coworker or extended family member with a twisted sense of humor, or any sense of humor at all. Its pretty hard not to laugh at some of the antics contained within. I won't spoil any of the fun for you, just know that within the pages of this book are the following gems:
1. A baby duct taped to the wall (with her stuffed duck strung up next to her)
2. Another baby wearing condoms as socks (while playing with another condom as a balloon.)
3. The saddest baby of them all, being posed with what is quite probably the decomposed body of her grandmother.
4. A child being fed to wild raccoons.
5. A BABY WITH A SHOTGUN.
Yep, now you want this book, don't you? I thought so. You can pick it up at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore if they carry it.