And baby doesn't know whether to be scared or amused
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Parents can spend thousands of dollars trying to make their children smile, but all Marcus McArthur needed to entertain his son was a worthless piece of paper. Ten-month-old Micah laughed hysterically in his pink all-in-one suit as his dad ripped up a job rejection letter piece by piece in front of him.
Mr McArthur, 33, who is finishing his doctorate at Saint Louis University and applying for professor jobs, was looking at ways to entertain Micah at home in St Louis, Missouri. Micah enjoyed watching his father rip up the letter in front of him so much that Mr McArthur moved onto credit card statements, which resulted in more laughter.
Mr McArthur told KSDK: 'Around the 22-second mark he does an extremely hearty laugh where you almost wonder if he's stopped breathing. ‘But he starts laughing again and you think: "Yeah, he's OK". At that moment I thought: "Yeah, this is a really great clip".’
The video was posted five weeks ago but went viral after being tweeted by actress Alyssa Milano on Friday. It has now been viewed more than 750,000 times. After the video was tweeted by Milano, who has more than 1,350,000 followers and said: ‘If this video doesn't make you smile, check your pulse’, the couple were contacted by Good Morning America.
Mr and Mrs McArthur have received offers from people wanting to buy rights to the video up to $300, but say it is just for fun and not for sale. 'Lightening up people's day - that's all we really care about,’ Mr McArthur said.