Sometimes when we think of elderly people, we think they lead a boring life and all they do is sit around playing bingo, but that’s not always the case. The grandparent genre can actually do some pretty amazing things. These gray haired and wrinkled folks are capable of doing much more than we give them credit for.
They’re also our biggest cheerleaders and supporters. They spoil us with gifts and cook us amazing food. Despite some of the great things they do, there are also some things that you might be left shocked after seeing. Grandparents are capable of embarrassing us with their lack of social media savvy and much more.
To check out what some of these crazy grandparents have been up to, click “Start Slideshow.”
Look What the Elf Did
The elf on the shelf is a Christmas tradition that has been around since 2005. The tradition started with a children’s book written by author Carol Aebersold with the assistance of Chandra Bell, her daughter. The book explains that Santa sends elves to children’s houses who spy on the kids and then report back to Santa who has been naughty and nice.
Parents all over the world use the elf on the shelf to keep their kids straight during the month of December. They pose the elf in new positions every night of the month, so their child can wake up each morning and search for the elf. This grandma got in on the fun with her creative idea using an elf to explain where peppermints come from.
What does a grandma do with her cat’s extra hair? Click ‘Next’ to find out the odd answer.
Fur Makes a Good Nest Insulator
With spring just starting and leaves turning green, the birds start making their appearance too. The increase of birds chirping in the air also signals that nest building is on the horizon. The problem with some locations, particularly in city environments, is that nest building materials are often hard for birds to find. While small sticks may provide the basic structure, there is much more that goes in to making a nest.
This grandma got creative with her cat’s shed hair by clipping it in to a tree for the birds to use as nesting material. Experts say the idea is actually a good idea because birds need softer materials to provide the finishing touches to their nest and pet hair can be a good insulator for eggs. They say the next time you brush your cat or dog, put it out for the birds to use instead of throwing it away. Sounds like granny was on to something here.
What famous card character did one grandma dress up as? Click ‘Next’ to see the hilarious answer.
She’s a Dead Ringer
This next grandma might need to be hired by Hallmark to be their real live Maxine. Hallmark launched the Shoebox card line in 1980’s when a designer decided to create a character based on his mother, grandmother, and aunts. The cards were originally known as John Wagner’s Old Lady cards, but rapidly became popular.
Because the nickname didn’t sound the best, Hallmark held a contest to name the crotchety old lady that appeared on the cards. Maxine became the characters new name and she’s now been around for decades. The Maxine Shoebox cards have been top sellers since appearing on shelves. The sassy character has an opinion about nearly everything and doesn’t give a hoot about being politically correct. Sounds like a lot of grandparents, doesn’t she?
We always thought Princess Leia was a woman. Click ‘Next’ to see what this grandpa has to say about it.
He Makes a Pretty Good Princess
Halloween costumes haven’t always been as fancy as they are these days. Back in the day when the grandparent genre was getting dressed up they had to be creative with the things they already had. This grandpa did just that. What do you think of his version of Princess Leia and his vacuum R2-D2? Pretty creative!
If you aren’t familiar with R2-D2 and Princess Leia, they are fictional characters from the Star Wars franchise and were created by George Lucas. R2-D2 is a small droid but appears in all eight of the Star Wars movies. Princes Leia was introduced in the very first movie and has been portrayed by actress Carrie Fisher. The Star Wars movie line has created everything from comics and video games, to novels and action figures, which include R2-D2 and Princess Leia.
What lively country singer did one cactus get named after? Click ‘Next’ to see the answer.
Dolly Parton Has Some Competition
Not all famous people are recreated in the form of an action figure. Some of them appear in the form of a cactus. In this next picture, the 20-year-old cactus belonging to one elderly woman has been nicknamed Dolly Parton because, as you can see, the cactus is almost as well-endowed as the popular country singer.
The musician Dolly Parton has often been the target of all things related to a big bust. Although some people have accused Parton of undergoing plastic surgery, she says her chest size is completely natural. She’s had the option of appearing in Playboy magazine but wouldn’t appear nude. Her breasts have also been mentioned in numerous song.
What happens the first time a grandma smokes marijuana? Click ‘Next’ to see the funny answer.
One Very Relaxed Grandma
The grandson of this very relaxed grandmother says she’s so relaxed because she’s enjoying her first time ever being high. He reports that he had just moved to Colorado and his grandmother came to visit. Like several other places in the world, cannabis, or marijuana, is legal in Colorado. He says his grandmother smoked pot legally and proceeded to listen to one dubstep Frank Sinatra song over and over for nearly an hour and a half.
Medical use of marijuana is legal in 29 states in the United States and another nine states it is legal for all use with those numbers growing. Although it is still technically illegal under federal U.S. law to have marijuana for any reason, many states have policies that are directly in conflict with the federal law.
What would you do with the cash after selling a car? Click ‘Next’ to see what this grandpa did.
In a Cover of Cash
While Craigslist has had some negativity surrounding it in recent years, this grandpa was nothing but smiles after he used the website to sell his car. He was so happy, in fact, that he covered himself with the cash he made from the sale and had his picture taken to commemorate the special occasion.
Craigslist began in 1995 as an email distribution to several friends featuring events local to the San Francisco area. It expanded in 1996 to include several classified categories and expanded again in 2000 to other U.S. cities. It now covers some 70 countries and has categories for housing, for sale items, items wanted, services, jobs, community, and many more.
Why does this famous kitty always have a pouty face? Click ‘Next’ to see the answer.
All He Wanted for Christmas was Grumpy Cat
Commonly known as Grumpy Cat, whose original name was Tardar Sauce, the cat celebrity has appeared on many objects and in plenty of pictures and even a movie. All this grandpa wanted for Christmas was a shirt featuring Grumpy Cat and that’s exactly what he got. While posing for a photo in his new shirt, he does his best to match the cat’s grumpy face. What do you think; did he succeed?
Grumpy Cat’s owner, Tabatha, says she has a permanently grumpy face due to feline dwarfism and a severe underbite. Tabatha’s brother, Bryan Bundesen, made Tardar Sauce famous when he posted a picture of her on the website Reddit in 2012. The photo went viral and has increased in popularity since. She’s so popular, in fact, that she even has a manager to represent her and she has several social media pages.
Some things are better left off social media. Click ‘Next’ to find out the reasons why.
Not as Cool as They Tried to Be
As different social media platforms have grown in popularity, so has the interest of the grandparent genre in those social media platforms. Trying to keep up with the times isn’t always the best idea when it comes to social media and grandparents. While some grandparents are tech-savvy, others don’t realize that the things they post on there last forever and can be found by nearly everyone.
Take for example the grandparents being cool in this pic. Did they really want everyone to see their picture? While Facebook and other forms of social media have a positive side, like making it easier to keep in touch with distant family and friends, it also has a downside. Chances are, while your family and friends might enjoy seeing your smiling face, there are some pictures that might be best left for just your own private enjoyment.