Jimmy Fallon‘s version of The Tonight Show is designed for the era of social media. He often shows photos and videos of his guests from social media and reads their tweets. Recurring bits like Classroom Instruments and Slapjack seem designed for maximum virality online. And he’s willing to eschew the writer’s room and crowdsource entire segments, as in his latest social media stunt: #DadQuotes.
It’s Hashtags time! Tag a tweet with #DadQuotes and then tell us about a funny or weird thing your dad has said. Could be on the show!
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 12, 2019
#DadQuotes is the natural companion to #MomQuotes, a similar bit Fallon did a couple of years ago. Fallon got the ball rolling with a story of his own, a classic tale of a stubborn dad clinging to a belief that obviously isn’t true.
My friend’s dad used to make us put shoes on when there was a thunderstorm cuz he heard that "if we're barefoot the whole family could get electrocuted." #DadQuotes
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 12, 2019
Fallon’s clout — he has 51.2 million followers — is such that the hashtag immediately started trending, and people were eager to share the best bits of nonsense they’ve heard dads say. Many of the best responses were just immensely corny jokes, the bread-and-butter of any dad’s humor repertoire.
When I was a kid, I was studying the solar system in school. When I was telling my parents about it, my dad asked "Have you heard of the restaurant on the moon? It has great food, but no atmosphere."#DadQuotes
— Name Goes Here (@justintimbrpond) June 12, 2019
EVERY time we drove by a cemetery with a fence around it my dad would ask "Do you know why there is a fence around that cemetery?? People are dying to get in there" #DadQuotes
— James McNeely (@james_on18) June 12, 2019
At dinner one night my brothers phone buzzed. He got an alert saying that George Michael had died. Without missing a beat my dad says “Wham..Just like that….” #DadQuotes
— Craig McNabb (@craig_mcnabb) June 12, 2019
Yikes. People also shared tweets about the technological savvy (or lack thereof) of their fathers.
(When my dad got his first smart phone) "Hey Heather, when does the App Store open?" #DadQuotes
— Heather Rou (@HeatherRou) June 12, 2019
#DadQuotes When I told my Dad he should set up an email account, he said, “Your mother already has one. Why do we need two emails in one house?”
— Arlena Witt (@wittamina) June 12, 2019
The thing that stands out about #DadQuotes is that, no matter what kind of comment it is, dads just don’t care what other people think. This is especially true of their family members and friends, but it also extends to random members of the general public.
My last name is White so when our family would go somewhere & it was time to go my dad would say “White kids, let’s go!”. You could imagine the looks he got at the park in Detroit that one time… #DadQuotes
— Katie White (@ktktwhite) June 12, 2019
#DadQuotes my dad decided to yell in the middle of a Taco Bell parking lot “I’m Old Gregg!”
— StuckInTheSouth🎃 (@laura46128749) June 12, 2019
If they did care, they’d make jokes that other people thought were funny (something that, almost by definition, is not true of dad jokes). They also probably wouldn’t make the same jokes over and over again.
When people at stores or restaurants ask my Dad “how are you?” Or “how’s it going?” His response is always “teetering on the brink of magnificence” ALL. THE. TIME. #DadQuotes
— Niki Rydell (@plhsecon) June 12, 2019
Everytime my mom made food but my dad didn't want to say it was bad, when she asked he'd say "It's like a circus in my mouth #DadQuotes
— Tim Morrison (@tmorrison519) June 12, 2019
My Dad used to always say "You can pick your friends you can pick your nose but you can't wipe your friends on the back of the couch " LOL LOL #DadQuotes
— GlamyLamy (@Cheetar16505083) June 12, 2019
Then, there’s the very special category of dad burns.
— Pamelamelamela2 (@pamelamelamela2) June 11, 2019
When my dad walked me down the aisle at our wedding, he shook my husband’s hand and said, “No give backs!” #DadQuotes
— One Hot Mama of Four Boys (@Margare63022691) June 12, 2019
This one is brutal, but making your kids cringe is part of the joy of fatherhood.
one time my siblings and I were minding our own business in the kitchen and my dad looks at us and laughs, when asked he replies "everyone in this room is here because I got laid" #DadQuotes
— useless ranting (@popessidegame) June 12, 2019
One dad even got his daughter in trouble with a piece of sage wisdom that didn’t go over well at school.
On the last day of first grade, we made our Dads Father's Day cards with the most important thing they taught us as the theme. Mine said "Double or nothing is a sucker's bet" I was sent to the office and Sister Prosper called my mom. #dadquotes
— LoriG (@passthepinot) June 12, 2019
Last but not least, our favorite #DadQuote is just a masterstroke of parenting, a tour de force performance in which a single comment in a moment of dismay instills a good habit for life.
When I was in third grade, we were moving to a new house and I was devastated. I was crying so hard and I asked my dad why we had to move. He responded with, “Because you always leave your towels on the floor.” I’ve hung up my towels every day since. #DadQuotes
— Bethany Loggins (@bethany_loggins) June 12, 2019
*Italian chef kiss*