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Gone are the days when a couple could host a calm, casual gender reveal party to get their loved ones excited to discover the sex of their incoming child. Now, expectant twosomes have ditched the colored cakes and balloons to go all out. They demand explosives, guns, and car burnouts—otherwise the miracle of life is way too boring!

The baby is... a... oh f**k, run!
The baby is... a... oh f**k, run!

1. Let's start things off with this couple, who shot a rifle at colorful explosives because America.

It's not everyday you get clients THIS COOL. This was the most epic gender reveal I've gotten to photograph. Keith is in...

Posted by Anna Elizabeth Photography on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Future dad and current special forces officer Keith discovered the gender of his and his wife Jamie's unborn kid by shooting a rifle at a box that exploded with colorful powder. The color of the explosion indicated whether he was having a boy or girl. (Read more)

Here are three examples of explosive gender-reveals in action:

This one uses glitter and explosives.

My god, that woman's scream at the end is more terrifying than the shimmering explosion.

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The whole family gathered 'round for this display of gunfire and explosives and love:

This colorful, Michael Bay-esque effect is created by having someone you trust with the doctor's envelope (and explosives) mix the gunpowder with pink or blue chalk.

2. This family kept it simple: fireworks.

Apparently, neither Mr. or Mrs. Driscoll knew the baby's gender until they looked up at the sky. (Read more)

3. This expectant couple took the national pastime to another level.

Posted by David Swayze Photography on Monday, November 30, 2015
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Monique and Steve decided to play a game of baseball to find out their unborn child's gender. The photographer wrote: "The ball was made from a clear plastic Christmas ornament filled with powdered chalk painted and designed to look like a baseball. Extremely fragile."(Read more)

Here's one in action:

Yup, the batter is actually a professional baseball player: Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Despite being smothered with pink chalk after Freeman smashed the ball, his wife Chelsea loved it.

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4. This stylish woman found out her baby’s gender after getting her hair dyed.

Is she having a girl? Or is she having a boy??? Gender reveal I did for some family. This was such a happy moment, I cried. This was so much fun!!! I can't wait to do another. 󾌧󾌧󾌧

Posted by Amber Sacrison - Hair Artist on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

For this fashionable gender reveal, expecting mom Amanda Parrish got her hair dyed by a hairstylist named Amber Sacrison. Parrish didn’t know if her hair was going to be colored pink or blue. She learned her baby's gender after the dye job was finished. (Read more)

5. After finding out their child's gender, ImANiceGirlAma and her partner decided to create this epic Dragon Ball Z-inspired gender reveal.

It's a teddy bear!
It's a teddy bear!

If you scroll through the Reddit post, you'll find folks arguing over whether they should name their child after a character in the show. One user wrote: "name your child after the legendary man, Mr. Satan!" Good god, no.

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6. These romantic Potterheads had a Harry Potter themed gender reveal.

Witch or wizard?
Witch or wizard?
Hold up! Peep Dobby in the background for a quick sec.
Hold up! Peep Dobby in the background for a quick sec.
The baby is going to be...
The baby is going to be...
...a boy wizard!
...a boy wizard!
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Did you notice that the man is wearing a Gryffindor jersey and his wife is donning a Ravenclaw robe? Ugh, almost too much magic in the air.

7. This guy took his gender reveal from zero to 100, real quick.

The baby is a badass and he doesn't he even know it yet.
The baby is a badass and he doesn't he even know it yet.

This Redditor’s buddy found out he was going to have a son after drifting his car, which had been fitted with colored smoke burnout tires. Fast and Furious with Babies is slated to hit theaters... actually, no, that's terrible idea for a movie.

8. Cw1242's wife's intrepid gender reveal involved planning a route for her husband to rock climb.

Start here.
Start here.
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Keep climbing.
Keep climbing.
Rip the tape off!
Rip the tape off!
Say hello to your baby girl—ahem—future rock climbing prodigy.
Say hello to your baby girl—ahem—future rock climbing prodigy.
She already knew.
She already knew.
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Cw1242 wrote in the post:

My amazing wife worked with all of the guys at our local gym to have a route set that would reveal the gender of our first baby.

Thanks to all the guys at Main Event here in Austin TX for helping her pull this off. It was absolutely amazing to pull the tape at the end of the route and reveal what we're having.

9. This gender reveal is more traditional, since cake is indeed involved.

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But what this prankster wife does with the cake makes the whole thing hilariously unconventional. Luckily, the husband wasn't even mad about getting a big slab of cake mushed in his face in the morning. Who would? He's having a baby boy!

Somewhere in the world, there is probably an expectant couple doing backflips on a tightrope suspended 1,000 feet above the ground for their gender reveal. Oh, and of course, rigging the rope with colored explosives. Once they upload it to YouTube, we'll add it to the list.