Hello and welcome to a strange new world. You have traveled far through the desert, only to be met time and again by one empty oasis after another. You are lost and alone, wandering, wondering if someone, anyone, knows how you feel. And just when you think you can't go on, and no one could possibly understand your struggle, a hand reaches out to you, lifts you to your feet, and carries you to the promised land. He feeds you knowledge, shelters you from the self-righteous (and the ridiculous), and provides you with the tools you need to survive in this brave new world. You are a stranger in a strange land, but you are not alone. Let him be your guide. Follow closely as you travel together on this adventure of a lifetime. For now, you are a foreigner to "Fatherhood" but soon YOU will be the master of this realm.

"No Man is Expendable!"

This is Fodder 4 Fathers...


"The Scream," Edward Munsch, 1893

I don't know about those of you with sons, but as a first time father of a 20-month-old daughter there was one thing I wasn't quite prepared for... the screaming. And, no, I'm not talking about screaming out of shock, or fear, or pain, or even for something that she really wants- I'm talking about SCREAMING for the sake of SCREAMING!

Just the other day we were playing hide and go seek in the basement and she snuck up behind me and scared the living sh@# out of me. The dogs run in terror. My wife's gone deaf in one ear. And I'm always looking over my shoulder, because, if you ask me, my daughter has inherited both my wife's flair for the dramatic and her father's need to sh@# disturb... and that's a bad combination. So on this the eve before the spookiest day of the year (unless you're my niece and that would be the day you woke up to see Grandma without make-up on), I'd like to count down my picks for the top 5 scariest screams in the history of pop culture---hoping as I research the videos that I'll be able to drown out my screeching daughter who just refuses to go to bed.

# 5. Fay Wray- King Kong (Original, 1933):

# 4. Drew Barrymore- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

# 3. Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), Halloween H20 (1998)

# 2. Janet Leigh- Psycho (1960)

And our pick for the scariest, the creepiest, the most blood-curdling scream in the history of Pop Culture goes too...

# 1. Ned Flanders- The Simpsons (1989 - Present)

Well, my daughter's still screaming, but at least I can laugh about it.

Happy Halloween to all our fans, and their own little screamers.

- Fodder 4 Fathers


  1. i love you for having FLanders as #1!

  2. Hahaha. The Simpson's Halloween episodes were always my favorites...

  3. I love you for being the authentic, audacious, awesome Adam Dolgin and Father you are. Thank you for sharing your creativity, humor, and insights with others via Fodder 4 Fathers, Life Skills Report Card, LinkedIn's Parenting 2.0 and other forums. Confident your following will multiply exponentially in 2012 and grateful for the fact! Hugs!