Dad Taking Family Photo Records Video Instead. That’s When They See Who’s Hiding in Back Seat

Excited to kick off their highly anticipated, week-long spring break, the Richter family piled into their minivan for a bit of fun and relaxation. Little did they know that a stowaway was hiding in the back, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting family.

Any good trip begins with a family photo, as fun-loving Dad, Erik, held up his phone and asked his family to smile. Happy to oblige, the cheerful family leaned in to say ‘cheese!’

But Dad, in on a little secret, was actually taking a video instead of a picture. When his teenage daughter pointed out Dad’s supposed blunder, he pretended to act surprised.

Take two on the family photo — but this time, a dark-hooded man emerged from the back of the van. Grinning like a Cheshire cat, the man worked his head into the photo.

“Wait, Rowan, a little to the right,” ordered Dad, calling attention to the mystery man in the back. Surprise! It’s a Marine!

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Rowan Richter, who had told his family he couldn’t make it home for spring break, couldn’t have done a better job surprising everyone. Richter had one of them screaming, while his sisters whipped their heads around to lay eyes on the jokester.

Full of laughter, Richter crawled over the seats to embrace his shocked family. “Hey, guys,” Richter casually grinned.

Richter’s mom immediately turned to her husband and accused him of being in on the joke. Laughing, Dad admitted he’d gone on a secret mission to the airport to pick up his son, and he’d done a mighty fine job of keeping the secret.

With the family back together again, spring break could officially get started. Which of course, included surprising Richter’s grandmother, who doubled over in shock seeing her grandson in her house.

Richter the trickster is just one of many military men and women who love a good homecoming ambush. This soldier caught his mom completely off guard when he inserted himself into a busy plaza, casually reading a newspaper.

For those with a loved one on deployment, be on guard — you may be the next recipient of a homecoming ambush. And maybe check your trunk before climbing into your car.

-“That’s a video…”
“Oh.”
But it’s no wonder what we captured during those next few seconds is spreading like wildfire.

Watch: Every Cop Needs To See What This Pack Of Cigarettes Actually Is… Now

Image from video released by the Kennesaw Police Department (Photo Source: Facebook)
An ordinary traffic stop in Georgia took a turn when a suspect continually asked if he could smoke. Much to their horror, officers would later learn why the man so desperately wanted to go back into the car for the pack of cigarettes — and now, they’re saying that every cop needs to see what it actually was right now.

The matter was posted to the Facebook page of the Kennesaw Police Department after a few officers ran into quite the shocking ordeal. According to police, they pulled someone over for an unreleased reason before making the person get out of the car.

The officer became rather suspicious as the driver of the vehicle seemed rather adamant about smoking a cigarette. Despite being told “no,” the suspect continued to ask if he could get back into the car and grab his pack of cigarettes.

Wondering why the driver wanted them so badly, the officer decided to go in for a closer look – and that’s when he saw what the suspect was after. Although the pack of cigarettes looked like a “normal item,” it wasn’t.

 

Come to find out, the suspect had disguised a functional taser to look like a pack of cigarettes, leaving many to speculate that he was intent on using it on the officer. Although the Kennesaw Police Department hopes to warn other officers on what to keep an eye out for, they actually had a message for the public as well:

FORGIVE US WHEN WE SEEM TO ACT “TOO RIGID” AND “MEAN” WHEN WE SAY NO TO YOUR REQUEST TO “SMOKE” OR “MAKE A PHONE CALL” WITH YOUR PHONE, ETC… WE’RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT HOME AT THE END OF OUR SHIFTS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE OUT HERE.

STAY SAFE, EVERYONE – ITS ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN KENNESAW! [SOURCE: FACEBOOK]

It’s a scary world we live in, and seeing how criminals are still finding new and inventive ways to conceal weapons is disturbing, to say the least. However, this is the very real threat that police officers everywhere face on a daily basis – and it’s all in the name of public service.

Cop Pulls Over 5 Old Ladies For Driving Too Slow, Can’t Stop Laughing At Her Excuse

 

But for these five old grannies, they were about to learn a valuable lesson about speed and highway safety when they get pulled over by the a State Policeman…

A State Police Officer is sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers. He is not having any luck until he sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH.

He thinks to himself, “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”

Because he wants to make sure everyone is safe, he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

As the young spritely State Police Officer approaches the car, he notices that there are five old ladies — two in the front seat and three in the back – eyes wide and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “You weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit?” she asked. No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly… Twenty-Two miles an hour!” the old woman says a bit proudly.

Although he is a young man, the State Police officer has seen a lot during his time on the force, but not this. Trying to contain a chuckle, he explains to her that “22” was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error. She promises never to make the same mistake again.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car ok? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time.” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119.”

While this good joke has been circulating the internet for some time now, it never fails to get a good laugh.

Did you know why the old ladies were terrified? Be honest, we sure didn’t know where this was going at first.

Good thing those grannies didn’t drive on I-295…

Please SHARE THIS JOKE with your family and friends on Facebook today!

Muddy Monday: The Mega Raptor Gets Stuck!

This week’s “Muddy Monday” video features a fully built mud truck named the “Mega Raptor.” As you can see, it has the body of a first generation SVT Raptor right down to the “splash graphics” on the side, but that’s where the similarities end. It has a huge tube chassis, purpose-built suspension, gigantic mud tires, and a very healthy-sounding V8 with headers exiting behind front wheels.

 

This video starts off as you might expect, with the Mega Raptor making short work of every obstacle at the Back Yard Mud Bog. It glides across the shallow mud and it blasts through the deep water, over and over again. Along the way, this gorgeous Raptor monster truck slings mud and water everywhere – all with the sweet accompaniment of the roaring V8.

About two minutes into the video, the Raptor is joined by a comically small Chevy S10, and the two take turns running back and forth through the bog. However, the Raptor suddenly encounters a bit of trouble in a really deep part of the mud bowl. In fact, we even see a pontoon boat nearby! Did the Raptor think it could drive through the lake?

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

 

This Old-School Ford Is Built to Get Down and Dirty

Go ahead, get a little mud on the tires. It’s only dirt, your old truck will thank you for using it like it was meant to be used. While most Ford truck owners are perfectly happy to use their jacked-up rides to get to work, and run to the grocery store on Saturdays, this dyed-in-the-wool Blue Oval maniac is more than happy to throw tractor tires on his beastly truck and run it through a few feet of nasty wet brown.

Sure, this truck is hardly useful as anything but a mud bogger anymore, but for those high-powered four-wheel-mud-slinging minutes, it’s an instrument of pure joy. The truck looks like it’s about high enough off the ground that we could walk underneath it without head injury, and you’d probably need a ladder to climb in and out. You can’t even really use this truck to haul anything, as the bed is full of radiators and fuel tanks. If you have a lot of wide open land, this truck could be a great farm implement, allowing you to get out and survey your homestead. Being that high off the ground does have its visibility advantages!

This behemoth of a Ford truck doesn’t make any sense, but it’s not about making sense, it’s about having fun. If two paths diverged in a wood, this truck could take the one less traveled without having to worry about getting stuck. As long as the trail is wide and tall enough to fit this monstrosity through, it’ll make it home, no worries.

Ford F-250 Takes on the World’s Toughest Towing Test

The “statistics war” has raged on among automakers for a long time now, and has escalated quickly in recent years, especially when it comes to towing. With every passing model year, we find our trucks more and more capable of hauling heavy loads. Sure, it’s a bragging right for truck makers, but skyrocketing tow numbers are great for all of us. After all, it’s nice to know that our trucks can handle just about anything, even if we don’t need them to.

The good folks at the The Fast Lane Truck enjoy validating manufacturer claims, and seeing how the trucks perform under real-world conditions. It’s led to what they call the IKE Gauntlet, or the “World’s Toughest Tow Test.” It involves a 12,500 pound trailer, 8 miles, a 7% grade, and an elevation of 11,158 ft.

The latest truck subjected to this test is none other than the mighty 2017 F-250. Of course, it’s equipped with the equally mighty 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel motor, which pumps out 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. The King Ranch test vehicle was fitted with the FX4 package, and a Gen Y torsion hitch to mate it to the trailer.

How did the F-250 perform? As you probably already know, the new Super Duty is a great towing vehicle. The 2017 model is packed with technology features that make such activities pleasant and comfortable for the driver and passengers alike.

We’ve yet to hear or see negative reviews regarding Ford’s new Super Duty models, in fact, they’ve all been glowing praise. That being said, what score will this towing beast receive from these guys?

Throwback Thursday: Ford Ranger with a ‘Baywatch’ Spin

The Ranger is expected to return to the Ford Motor Company’s North American lineup sometime around 2020, and the new Baywatch movie is slated to arrive in theaters this coming May, starring, coincidentally enough, Ford spokesman Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. So, it seems like a fitting time to find a commercial that shows off the Ford Ranger by capitalizing on the popular Baywatch franchise.

Believe or not, there is actually an older Ford Ranger commercial that used the original Baywatch TV series to show off the functionality of the compact pickup. Therefore, for this week’s Throwback Thursday,” we take a look at that awesomely-’90s commercial.

The original Baywatch TV show – packed full of beautiful women running on the beach in bathing suits – ran from 1989 through 1999. The prime-time drama followed a group of lifeguards in L.A. County as they did their best to keep SoCal beaches safe while looking beautiful doing it. Starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, the show was a huge hit. Because of the show, real-life lifeguards became celebrities of sorts. And with some of these folks using a Ford Ranger, the Motor Company turned to a group of professional lifeguards to talk up the usefulness of the small truck.

The commercial is filmed much like the Baywatch TV series, with a bunch of shaky, jumpy camera work as the lifeguards talk about how much they like the Ford Ranger that they use every day. Of course, in fine Baywatch fashion, the group picked to talk about the Ranger – both male and female – are all as attractive as the members of the TV show cast.

Sure, the commercial is cheesy now. But back in 1995, the Baywatch craze would have made this commercial perfect for appealing to young, active — and impossibly good-looking — truck buyers.

 

Whiskey, Cigars, Vintage Ford Trucks. What’s Not to Love? (Video)

e here at Ford Truck Enthusiasts scout the world to bring you the latest news, as well as the coolest Ford truck content the Internet has to offer. Most of the time, our stories, photos and videos place the truck — the object — at the center of the story. But other times, they take more of a supportive role.

That’s the case with this video by National Geographic about Richard Overton, America’s oldest veteran. At first we were attracted to it because of the obvious: the 1970s Ford truck. So, we thought we would share it with you for that reason. But the more we watched the video and learned about Overton’s life, we were compelled to make the story more about him and not the pickup.

Overton is the oldest living WWII veteran, and he’s a man that lives by a few basic principles. He’s always lived within his means, and he’s appreciated every day of life God has given him. In addition, he loves drinking whiskey, smoking cigars and eating ice cream — every day. This beautiful video will help you learn a few things directly from someone that’s seen a lot. We mean, just imagine what’s happened in the United States alone in the last 109 years.

With a smirk on his face, Overton explains how year-after-year he’s passed every exam related to keeping his driver’s license. Furthermore, he uses his driving privileges to drive himself and his lady friend to church,  and everywhere else he pleases. He says that he prefers to always be the driver rather than the passenger “because other drivers, they drive crazy.”

Making this story about his vintage truck would almost be disrespectful to a war veteran, and why not say it: a life hero. And we hope that you get as much out of this video as we did.

Power Ranger: ’80s Diesel Trucks Regain Popularity (Video)

The Ford Ranger was originally rolled out in 1982 as a 1983 model. Interestingly enough, it could be had with more than just a gasoline engine. Unknown to most folks, customers could order a Ford Ranger with a diesel engine up until 1987. For 1983 and 1984, the Ranger received a 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder Mazda/Perkins diesel engine, which produced 59 horsepower. In 1985 through 1987, Ford’s choice was a 2.3 liter Mitsubishi turbo diesel producing 86 horsepower.

As you can imagine, not a lot of these diesel Rangers were produced over that time frame. As a result, that makes them a pretty rare sight today. However, quite a few have been popping up for sale as interest grows. Gasoline prices have spurred a lot of interest as well, since the diesels reportedly achieve between 25 to 30 miles per gallon.

Now, these diesel Rangers were definitely cool and returned decent gas mileage, but boy were they slow! A quick YouTube search turns up a number of hilarious 2.2 liter 0-60 mph runs, which range from 28 seconds to one full minute. Furthermore, the 2.3 wasn’t much faster!

 

Ultimately, these rare rides are cool novelty items,
and their 2.3 liter engines can be made to produce decent power if you so desire.

 

With the rarity of these trucks also comes scarcity of parts. If you do find what you need, you’ll pay a hefty premium. Ultimately, they are cool novelty items, and their 2.3 liter engines can be made to produce decent power if you so desire.

This gentleman, who goes by the name of Nascar3244888 on YouTube, has a bit of a “thing” for the Ford Ranger diesel. He’s owned a couple of them, including this 1983 2.2 liter that wasn’t running when he bought it. He claims that less than one percent of Rangers built in 1983 were equipped with the diesel motor, which in turn makes this a real unicorn!

 

High-Speed Police Chase of Ford Truck Ends in Shootout

Whether you’re young or old, you know about the famous white Ford Bronco. You know that O.J. Simpson was driving it, and you also know that it was that particular event that made high-speed police chases popular. Before that, car chases happened, but they weren’t covered all that much.

Fast forward to 2017 and police officers are equipped with body cams and dash cams, and news stations deploy helicopters for news-coverage at the first rumor of a high-speed police chase. As a result, we often get to see several angles of these somewhat disturbing events.

This video comes courtesy of the Car Chase YouTube channel, and although the quality isn’t great, it features a crazy chase nonetheless. According to the timestamp on the video, this footage dates back to 2010, and features a high-speed police chase of a Ford F-Series pickup truck in the state of Ohio.