Military Dad Dresses Up as Opposing Player, Surprises Son at Football Game (Video)

Earlier this year, one military father came up with one of the most creative ways yet of surprising his son back home.

Master Sgt. Joseph Martel returned early from a tour of Afghanistan in September, something his wife was aware of but his son, Justin, was not.

Justin’s football team was playing a game in Brussels, Belgium, and Joseph came up with the idea to disguise himself as a player for the opposing team. Joseph watched his son from the sideline until the referees called a meeting at midfield — under the guise of reviewing safety protocol — during which Joseph revealed himself, and the two enjoyed a tearful and heartwarming reunion.

“I had no idea what was going to happen,” Justin said. “And all of a sudden he was just there.”

Check out the awesome moment in the video below, with a hat tip to For The Win

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11 fascinating talks from TEDWomen

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A dream analysis app creator. A fearless swimmer. The CEO of Campbell’s Soup. A spacesuit designer. These are the kinds of speakers who will take the stage when TEDWomen 2013 kicks off at San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center tomorrow. With three sessions centered around the theme “Invented Here,” the event will be a global look at what drives local innovation, with 220 TEDxWomen events in 58 countries tuning in for a webcast.

To get you in the spirit, watch this selection of great talks given at TEDWomen and TEDxWomen events in past years.

[ted_talkteaser id=1646]Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance … in prison
“Are you crazy? Who is going to allow a bunch of little girls, dressed up, inside a jail?” This was the initial response Angela Patton got when she shared her idea to host a father-daughter dance inside a prison. Luckily, she found a sheriff just crazy enough to…

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What is time?



In my Spanish class, we’re learning how to say how much time has passed, or for how long something has been happening. To do so, we use the word “hacer,” followed by the amount of time and then the rest of the sentence. The interesting part is this – “hacer” means “to make.” A literal translation of a sentence with hacer+time into English explains how much time has been made.

How much time has been made?

All of it.

Think about it. The sun rises and sets, but who divided the days in between into hours? Humans. How often do we complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day, or that the weeks are going by too quickly, and yet who is responsible for the ticking clocks and calendars and birthdays and anniversaries? We are.

Consider this – an existence without deadlines. Not just suffering through the week in hopes of making it to the weekend, but actually living every day in the TGIF mindset, because Friday is every day or no day at all, always is or never was. Imagine waking up when your body was rested and your mind was clear, instead of when the small machine ticking away at manmade seconds starts blaring. 

Obviously, it’s not a feasible reality. Human beings need this quantification of time in order to function as a productive society. If everyone rolled out of bed whenever they pleased, they might not at all. It would be very confusing to try to make plans without having a date to set them for, and personally, I enjoy the celebration of my birth. 

But think about this – how much time has been made, and how have you made use of it?

What do you make time for? Are you happy with the time you’ve had? Is it enough?

Men consciously decided to create time, to measure our moments in seconds and minutes, so it’s time we consciously decide to make the most of it.

Birth in destruction



This week, we have witnessed incredible destruction and loss, but a glimmer of hope has emerged. A pregnant woman was swept away by Typhoon Haiyan. She had to hold onto a post in rushing waters up to 13 feet deep to save her own life and the life of her child. Eventually she was rescued and taken to a makeshift clinic set up in a nearby airport, and she gave birth to a healthy baby girl – Bea Joy Sagales. This beautiful baby is a bright light in a sea of darkness, and we can only hope that she is a beacon of hope for people struggling through this hard time. 

Imagine that!

 Recently, two scientists from Belgium have discovered a new ligament in the knee which had previously been unknown. It’s the anterolateral ligament (ALL), and it’s connected to the ACL, which is a part of the knee that many athletes injure. The ACL is likely to be re-injured after the first time it is torn, but this new discovery showed that the ALL is probably also injured but isn’t treated, which leads to more tearing. 



What I find inspiring is this: the pure insanity of discovering a new part of the human body. Obviously there are things about the body we don’t understand, like cancer, disease, and genetic defects, but it’s crazy to think that parts of our bodies exist that we don’t even know are there. 

“Why I hate school, but love education”

This is an incredibly thought provoking spoken word performance, because it really makes you think about what the learning environment of current public schools is. How can we encourage creativity, vision, and individuality in a world of standardized tests and curriculums? This video inspires change in a broken system.

Doing the right thing

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Erin Cox was captain of her volleyball team until she answered a friend’s plea for help. On her way home from work, Erin was about to give an intoxicated friend a ride home from a party when the party was broken up by law enforcement. They stopped Erin, verified that she didn’t have possession of any alcohol and hadn’t been drinking, but that wasn’t enough for her school district. After finding out that Erin had been present at the party even for just a few moments, she was demoted from captain and suspended for 5 games. She was punished for going out of her way to be a good friend. But what’s inspiring about Erin is that she’s not sitting back to take an undeserved consequence. She’s fighting back to make the district reevaluate their blind zero alcohol tolerance policy. Erin is an excellent example of standing up for yourself, even when you don’t have as much power as the authority you fight. Never let injustice go unopposed. 

MY Nobel Peace Prize Winner

would be Malala Yousafzai. In a generation of female teenagers more concerned with being edgy and “cool” (i.e. Miley Cyrus), it’s rar

Imagee that a young girl come around with a good head on her shoulders. Malala is one in a billion, a unique and powerful role model, whom I believe to be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize for her defense of women and advocacy to arm girls with an education. Thank you, Malala, for being a wonderful model of social justice and feminism.