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9 Dads Who Will Wow You with Their Coolness

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5. Lunchbox Dad(s)

the gourd bento

Determined to make his daughter’s school lunches not only healthy but fun, a northern California father crafts lunches that totally put Lunchables to shame. Check out his broccoli turtles (and contemplate whether Lunchbox Dad ought to be recruited to jazz up the vegetables and fruit that many kids discard from their school lunches). Graphic designer David LaFerriere also has to be noted: since 2008, he has been drawing “sandwich art” every day for his kids.

Photo via sheri chen/Flickr

6. Nils Pickert

Car, Truck, Skirt

Pickert and his young son live in a “very traditional” village in Germany. His son prefers to wear skirts and dresses and had undergone more than his share of being ridiculed. Pickert decided that, rather than discouraging his son, he would join him and wear skirts too. After seeing his dad in a skirt, the little boy pulled one out and put it on; he’s since been wearing skirts to school and when other kids (usually boys) make fun of him, he says, “You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.”

Photo via Eric Peacock

7. Dicken Schrader

Columbian video artist Schrader enlists his two children, Milah and Korben, in a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts.” It is tres cool to see the trio perform but the best thing is, they look like they’re having fun making music together.

8. Steve Sobchyshyn

Halo reach emile

Another highly creative dad uses his crafting powers to create awesomeness for his child. Video editor Steve Sobchyshyn devoted an estimated 150 hours and a few hundred dollars to make an armor-clad Emile costume from the game Halo: Reach for his 12-year-old son, Brandon.

Photo via Dennis Kalantarov/Flickr

9. Mike Mika


When his daughter bemoaned the fact that the classic Donkey Kong game lacked any female characters, Mika did what a dad has to do and hacked the game to add one. You can see Mika’s version of Donkey Kong: Pauline version in action here:

I can’t end this list without a shout out for my husband, Jim aka “Charlie’s dad.” Over a decade ago, Jim took the training wheels off of Charlie’s little bike, beginning a sometimes harrying but often thrilling bike-riding adventure. Charlie is severely autistic and has lots of challenges, but he rides a bike in New Jersey traffic (with some unforgiving drivers) just fine. Together, they’ve biked several thousand miles since then. As Jim has often told me, the one thing he wants to be remembered for is the dad who “never said no to a bike ride.”

Bikes, just that.

Photo via autismvox/Flickr



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5:13PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

all so touching

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8:22AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

I would like to honor all the unsung heroes...the fathers who go to work every day at a job they hate just so they can pay the bills and put food on the table, and who are kind to their children and tell them that they love them.

5:49AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Nice one..

6:08PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

11:30PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Great article with amazing dads.thanks for sharing

5:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

#1 should have been God ;)

11:51AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Number seven is almost as good a version, as the original!!!

10:24AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

no. 6 dad reminded me of a joke i heard several years ago, it's easier to run with your kilt up than your pants down, nudge, nudge, wink, wink :D

go dads!

10:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Not every body has a good dad so if you are lucky enough to have one...TELL HIM...

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