Most men can be fathers, but it takes special effort to be called a dad. And a rad dad? Well, that's just a next-level accomplishment in the dad community.

Instagram page Rad Dad posts memes about stereotypical upper-middle-class American dads, e.g. Middle-aged dad who refreshes himself with a can of cold beer after mowing the lawn in his New Balance sneakers. The fact that they are described as rad and not cool or lit adds to the homage for today's middle-aged dads, as it is '80s slang, the decade when many of them were youngsters. Bored Panda selected the pinnacle Rad Dad TM memes from the page for you to chuckle at.

More info: Instagram | middleclassfancy

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

it definitely worked;D

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The page has merchandise: their designs of t-shirts, marble grey sweaters, and caps masterfully capture the style of rad dads and since they are illustrated with stuff like grills and embroidered New Balance sneakers, the whole apparel becomes super meta. Middle Class Fancy, the company that sells the merch, has its own meme page we recently wrote about. Middle Class Fancy and Rad Dad content sometimes overlap, as many of these dads do cookouts in their back yards, suggesting they are middle class.

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iblowsheep
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

To the Mobilebat, we must go joke the Catcher.

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It totally sounds like the plot of a bad movie that could exist.

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Manndy Fisher
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2 months ago

That is actually cool

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Older dads of today might have noticed that not only is their youth slang back in right now, but fashion too. It seems that gen Z and alpha kids have found and brought back their dads' clothes from the eighties and nineties in secondhand stores, got bowl or mullet hairstyles, and started vlogging. Or flooded the streets, creating flashbacks into their youth for these rad dads. Just try to imagine a 55-year-old today teaching their son how to keep their mullet pristine or what bomber jacket goes with which basketball shoes.

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

You can't argue with that logic

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Jerry Mathers
Community Member
2 months ago

It's true. This is a requirement on the "Dad" application.

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Crowley The Snake
Community Member
2 months ago

My first crush

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Interestingly, the style of rad dads is not tied to a specific decade or generation so strictly. It appears that many dads just develop the same sense of casualwear style as they turn middle aged and these trends haven't changed much for over two decades now, much like middle-aged women cutting their hair short.

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Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

Seally dad, that other kid is beautiful too

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a Legend looks like. (Yes, with a capital 'L' - he's that good).

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iblowsheep
Community Member
2 months ago

Is there a direct correlation between the ribs and the fire?

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With anything English slang, the authoritative source of explanation is user contribution-driven Urban Dictionary. Here is the top explanation of a "Rad dad": "1. any dad who spends quality time with his kid as much as possible. 2. dads who surf, skate, snowboard or any extreme activity and teach their kids. 3. dads with long hair, mohawks or body piercings and dont give a shite what anybody else thinks."

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Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

Im a people watcher and have done loss prevention and can see two people at different ends of a store and know whos together and who isnt.

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iblowsheep
Community Member
2 months ago

temporarily reduce your vocabulary to just yes, and/or no.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

😅😅😅😅looks like fun

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What makes dads rad for you? Do these stereotypes apply to dads in your culture? What elements of dad culture have you adopted? Is it starting to take double chin selfies with a great view of salt and pepper nose hair? Growing a beer belly over the quarantine's baby boom? Share in the comments below, let's make it a safe space for rad dads.

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

Buhahaha, the literal translation from other languages is always brilliant!

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Akalvin
Community Member
2 months ago

Curiousity kills me: what did Dennis do in 1973?

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Oof!

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R Carson
Community Member
2 months ago

Good plan

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

Bee cool

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

When they close the bar back up they are literally causing a fence.

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iblowsheep
Community Member
2 months ago

yeah but by that age it;s more likely they have done something to deserve the torture.

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Now, where's my 'invest' button when I need it?

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
2 months ago

No, don't argue about who's going home - revel in being on the same wavelength!

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

You forgot left in random places glasses with vodka so kid would think it was a water

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California Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Been there. 🙄 Then he told me I was being lazy, I just needed to focus, and eventually I was just useless. Wonder why I have a panic attack when I see equations, and failed algebra...?

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R Carson
Community Member
2 months ago

Very nice lettering.

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Monic Krugell
Community Member
2 months ago

and then phone their wives about everything that they actually needed in their bags for the day

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't mess with Kinder Surprise version Female

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Whole Lotta' Baseball
Community Member
2 months ago

The Watt family seem like genuinely good, hilarious people.

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Jessica Rabbit
Community Member
2 months ago

This made me laugh really hard. My husband and I have always liked to BBQ, but once he turned 35 we got a smoker and have been into it since hahaha

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

And now if you will be lucky to get house like this you won't be able to afford family or shoes..

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Monic Krugell
Community Member
2 months ago

lol - I could feel the uncomforted need for someone to wake up, but the want for them to stay asleep.....

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Delta of the Sand/Rainwings
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Where's John Cena? All I see is a teen?

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Rachel Cobb
Community Member
2 months ago

Replace the beer with Pepsi zero, and you've got my dad and me! 😁😅

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Almost true. You have to include cops and firemen. Maybe even a builder.

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

that is really cool

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Neonx
Community Member
2 months ago

me eating a veggie after 3 pounds of candy

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Monic Krugell
Community Member
2 months ago

agreed

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beavis
Community Member
2 months ago

Aah yes us Greg's mortal enemy

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iblowsheep
Community Member
2 months ago

HOLY S**T. I do not want to know how much money that dude spent that day.

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

He was the taco the town.

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