The wildest gender-reveal moments of 2018

The days of finding out your unborn child’s sex from a trained doctor or hospital are long gone, as people now demand to learn the baby’s gender via alligator, explosion, or taking a baseball square in the face (above). Well, some people, at least. Gender-reveal parties seem to be getting wilder with each passing year. … Continue reading “The wildest gender-reveal moments of 2018”

The days of finding out your unborn child’s sex from a trained doctor or hospital are long gone, as people now demand to learn the baby’s gender via alligator, explosion, or taking a baseball square in the face (above).

Well, some people, at least.

Gender-reveal parties seem to be getting wilder with each passing year. But some couples are a little more creative than others, and a few aren’t afraid to get a little reckless at times.

Keep reading for a look back at the wildest gender-reveal moments from 2018 — and no, we weren’t kidding about those alligators or explosions.

Man rigs explosives to throw off colorful powder, starts forest fire

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This gender reveal actually took place in April 2017, but the Border Patrol agent responsible for the stunt made headlines in September 2018 after pleading guilty to the subsequent fire it caused.

Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, admitted to rigging up a target with Tannerite, which was meant to explode in a burst of colorful powder when shot with a rifle. The explosion instead ignited a surrounding area, and spread quickly due to high winds and lower-than-average rainfall. The resulting blaze – known as the Sawmill FIre – took a week to contain and cost the state roughly $8 million in damage.

Dickey was ordered to pay back the money, though his lawyer said the state was only seeking a fraction, as it would otherwise be like getting "blood from a stone."

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a girl!

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Brad and Rachael Reed, from Dumas, Texas, enlisted the help of a crop duster when revealing the gender of their unborn child in April.

Brad explained that he and Rachael weren't even going to bother with a big reveal, as this would be their third child, but couldn't resist the idea when their friend David — an aerial crop duster — offered to lend his services.

“It was a nice way to find out for sure,” Rachael said.

Grandpa gets hit in the face with a baseball

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Brittany and Max McCauley had planned to reveal the gender of their unborn child with the help of a powder-filled baseball, which Brittany would throw at Max, and Max would smash into oblivion with a baseball bat. But apparently, Max didn't like the first pitch.

In footage of the May incident, the ball sailed over Max's head and struck his father Scott square in the face, covering his dad's head and hair in bright blue powder.

“The moment was just so quick and overwhelming,” Brittany said of the incident, which left Scott with a cut on his forehead. “I felt terrible for hitting him.”

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Why not have an alligator reveal the news?

Louisiana “Gator King” Mike Kliebert and wife Rebecca Miller invited family and friends over for the reveal, but instead of using balloons or a cake, they used a watermelon and a live 60-year-old alligator named Sally.

In a video the couple posted on Facebook in March, Kliebert is seen wrangling Sally for a few minutes before tossing a small watermelon into the reptile’s waiting jaws. When the gator snaps its mouth on the watermelon and blue goo spills out, onlookers erupt in cheers.

"Best gender reveal we could come up with!" Kliebert captioned the video.

Applebee’s gender reveal ends in chaos

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If you have your party at an Applebee's, clean up your confetti.

An October gender-reveal party at an Ohio location ended not with cheer or jubilation, but with partygoers screaming at staff and throwing menus. The manager had reportedly asked the patrons to fire off their confetti poppers outside, but the group reportedly refused to clean up the blue confetti from the parking lot after the party.

The restaurant later called it an "unfortunate incident."

Gender reveal literally backfires

An Australian couple's gender-reveal stunt literally went up in flames in early December.

The couple, from South Australia, had planned to learn the sex of their unborn child with the help of a car and a set of tires, which were rigged to throw off colorful smoke during a burnout. But after rubber started burning and pink smoke started billowing out, the back tires caught fire, and onlookers began screaming.

The local police later condemned the incident and warned community members not to copy the stunt. “It poses a danger to spectators and a real risk of starting a bush fire, which carries severe penalties."

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Janine Puhak, Michelle Gant, Alexandra Deabler and Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

Wealthy family offering $100,000 salary for photographer to travel with them on vacation

If traveling to exotic locations and getting paid $100,000 a year to do it sounds like your dream job then you're in luck. A British family is hiring a professional photographer to follow them around the world for a year  – and the money and the travel experiences aren't the only perks.

The job, which will start from February 2019, will involve extensive travel around the world over a 12 month period. In addition to the salary, the family will also be covering all the food, travel and accommodation expenses for the lucky photographer. Thirty days holiday and full sick pay are also included.

While the benefits are good, the destinations you get to visit are perhaps even better.

FIn addition to the salary, the family will also be covering all the food, travel and accommodation expenses for the lucky photographer. Thirty days holiday and full sick pay are also included. (iStock)

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Europe, America, South America and Australia are all on the agenda as the family owns "a number of holiday homes and other residences" in those destinations.You will get to accompany the family to events such as the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco and Abu Dhabi, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the Rio Carnival as well. Plus, diving in the Maldives and skiing in Val d'Isere are also on the list of things that the family is planning to do in the coming year.

So what exactly is involved in the job and how do you apply?

Well, according to the job description posted on Perfocal, the exciting role will involve working for up to 10 hours a day, taking lifestyle shots of the mystery family, who have chosen to remain anonymous for the time being. You could be away for three months at a time and may only get a few days home in between trips.

It's a full-on commitment, as you may be asked to travel at the drop of a hat as well.But for the right person, there's also the opportunity to extend the contract beyond 12 months.
The family are looking for someone with at least five years' experience taking lifestyle shots and can apply for the role on Perfocal's website.

While the benefits are good, the destinations you get to visit are perhaps even better. (iStock)

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Being a professional photographer isn't the only way you can travel around the world with a wealthy family — nannies for example can do particularly well. Earlier this year, Sun Online shared the story of a traveling nanny who has been to over 20 countries and stayed in seven-star hotels while working for rich families.

Sarah Kinghorn revealed how her trips are all-expenses paid, from accommodation and food to phone use and activities, and she gets paid $25 per hour on top of that.

Sometimes the jobs also pop up in dream locations.

Last year, Sun Online reported on a nanny job in Barbados that came with a $127,600 salary. Plenty of travel opportunities were offered as part of the role, and the right candidate would also have perks like eating out in Michelin-starred restaurants.

This story originally appeared in The Sun. Read more content from The Sun here.

Welcome, baby Kiwi: Millennials naming kids after trendy foods, study claims

Watch out, Jackson and Sophia — some of your future classmates’ fresh, food-inspired names will have a kick more of unusual flavor, if one study’s prediction comes to fruition.

On Nov. 28, parenting website BabyCenter released their annual "Top 100" names list – which Jackson and Sophia crowned for the sixth year running – and reported that food-inspired “names you can taste” were among 2018’s top trends. The findings are based on the “hundreds of thousands” of baby names collected from the website’s registered users, according to the site's press release.

According to the study, Millennial and Gen Z parents were influenced by their “passions and values” when it came to naming little ones this year – with some apparently taking a cue from trendier pantry staples. (iStock)

According to the study, Millennial and Gen Z parents were influenced by their “passions and values” when it came to naming little ones this year — with some apparently taking a cue from trendier pantry staples.

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For girls, Kiwi was reported as up by 40 percent, Kale, 35 percent, Maple, 32 percent, and Clementine, 15 percent. For boys, spice-inspired names like Sage reportedly experienced a 15 percent spike in popularity.

Parents eager to select an even more unique name for their tiny bundle of joy can take inspiration from monkiers like Baker, Honey, Napoleon and Plum on BabyCenter's culinary-inspired list as well.

For girls, Kiwi was reported as up by 40 percent, Kale, 35 percent, Maple, 32 percent, and Clementine, 15 percent (iStock)

"Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," BabyCenter exec Linda Murray said in the release. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources. We've had two decades plus of 'unique' names, and anything goes.

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Times have certainly changed since 2004, when Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines around the world for naming her daughter Apple.

“It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, 'Perfect!'” Paltrow told Oprah Winfrey at the time, as per Hello! magazine. 

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Most popular baby names of 2018 are same two you’ve probably already guessed

Well, that settles it, people. We’ve completely run out of ideas.

For the sixth straight year in a row, the most popular baby names for girls and boys, respectively, are once again Sophia and Jackson, according to the parenting website Baby Center.

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Furthermore, the name Sophia — or some similar-sounding variation thereof — had been the top choice among parents registered to the Baby Center website for nine consecutive years.

"It has worldwide appeal, it's pronounceable in multiple languages, and it's feminine and sophisticated all at once,” said Linda Murray, BabyCenter's senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, in a press release.

“As for Jackson, it's a modern twist on the old classic Jack."

The findings, which Baby Center releases every year, are based on the “hundreds of thousands” of baby names collected from the website’s registered users, per the release. The site also combines similar-sounding names — such as Sofia and Sophia — to present what it calls the “true popularity” of each.

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Aside from Jackson and Sophia, the top names from Baby Center’s 2018 list have remained largely the same, with the exception of “Layla” and “Oliver,” which are both new to this year’s top ten.

Girls:

    SophiaOliviaEmmaAvaIsabellaAriaRileyAmeliaMiaLayla

Boys:

    JacksonLiamNoahAidenCadenGraysonLucasMasonOliverElijah

Additionally, Baby Center pointed to a number of “name trends” that reportedly emerged in 2018, most notably the names inspired by the online video game “Fortnite” (Ramirez, Bunny and Dakota are apparently seeing a rise in popularity) along with names seemingly inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines’ children (Emmie, Ella, Drake and Crew, and even "Magnolia," have reportedly seen spikes).

The site also suggested that the Kardashian/Jenner clan, who have chosen names including Stormi, Nori, Chicago and Saint for their kids, have influenced 2018’s trends.

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Make no mistake, though: The future will be filled with almost nothing other than Sophias and Jacksons. Disneyland should start ordering its novelty license plates accordingly.