A Hilarious Guidebook to the Don’ts of Parenting: My Bad Parent

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.”

Ok, you get three guesses. Who do you think is having more fun in this picture?

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.

Find Your V Spot

Searching for your V spot? Text VSPOT to 38383 right now! Virgin Mobile is teaming with DoSomething.org to help 1.9 million Americans find their V spot. No, not that kind of V spot. Get your mind out of the gutter; we’re talking about your Voting Spot. To find your polling location, text VSPOT to 38383. After entering your address, you’ll be provided with the location you need to go to vote on November 6th.

It looks like Justin Long had some fun making this PSA. Maybe even a little too much fun…

Anyway, don’t forget to vote!

First World Problems, Hurricane Sandy Edition

Beach Front FloodingHurricane Sandy has brought devastation and destruction to the east coast shoreline, cities, and suburbs.  While much of the East Coast is without electricity, those with social media access still manage to remind us that the US abounds with First World Problems.  Here are a few from Twitter, Facebook, and my crazy South Jersey family (love you!)

Add any additional #firstworldproblems you’ve heard about in our comments.

The 8 Dumbest Car Names Ever

Why do so many cars get manufactured with weird–some would even say dumb–names? Harley Morenstein examines this question when he counts down the eight dumbest car names ever in the video above. Thankfully for Mr. Morenstein, he was named after an American motorcycle manufacturer, and a high quality one at that.

10 Money Saving Tips for a Vacation

We can’t seem to let pay day roll on. Pay day seems barely here and we’ve got credit card bills, debts,and monthly mortgage to pay off. This list can be endless and before we know it we’re left with a few pennies for saving. And then there is the all-important much awaited, much needed family vacation. We would need quite an amount for vacation expenses. Small changes in daily living can lead to big savings in the long run, helping create holiday money.

Our homes are by far the most expensive things we would ever buy. Decisions about mortgages have to be taken wisely and with extreme caution. If your monthly pay packet would let you pay a good amount each month towards your mortgage, hunt for better deals. You will be surprised at what mortgage financers have to offer in the market. Don’t use a mortgage that eats up all your money each month, leaving you with hardly anything for grocery, utility bills and the like.

Always clear your debts. Credit cards are brilliant when it comes to having that extra to spend on something you fancy but isn’t matching your pay. Clear your credit card debts each month as much as possible. Delayed payments only add to a pile of interest money.

Save on fuel. Today’s market is a very competitive one and you always get better deals from suppliers waiting to grab customers. Make best use of this competition and cut out on your monthly fuel costs.

Always install a water meter. We tend to use more water than needed. From using your garden hose pipes for watering your plants to washing your cars to filing your large family paddling pool in the summer summer, we surely take water for granted. Installing a water meter can help you keep check on your water usage, reducing your water bills in the process.

Consider a pay as you go mobile deal. Most of us won’t even use the million texts and minutes you get on offer. Pay as you go so that you pay only for what you use and not what you are offered.

If you love Bingo and want best deals and promotions, log on to paypal bingo on “wink” and play safely while you can save any penny you earn.

Never enter a supermarket or a grocery store without a list. With no list you are sure to end up buying goods you fancy rather than what you really need.

Log online to comparison sites and compare prices of various goods in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, the Co-operative, Aldi etc. to get the best deals.

Try your hand at DIY. You never know what you can do unless you really try. You’ll save loads of cash on hiring a handyman for minor random repairs around the house.

If you’ve got a talent, love singing or playing the guitar; use it to make money. Teach a student privately or get a job at a local pub that would need some good live music for a Saturday evening.

These simple tips can help you save a lot of money for your annual family vacation. Don’t hesitate to employ as many as you can.