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Viral video: North Texas couple shocks grandpa-to-be with the whisper challenge

A video captured the reactions of Sharla and Robert Anderson, who learned of their daughter’s pregnancy by playing the Whisper Game.
A video captured the reactions of Sharla and Robert Anderson, who learned of their daughter’s pregnancy by playing the Whisper Game. YouTube video

Here’s the good news: Robert Anderson is going to be a grandfather.

It just took him a few adorable seconds -- 58 to be exact -- to figure it out.

His daughter, Alexa Goolsby of Dallas, decided to borrow a bit of whimsy from the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and tell her parents about her pregnancy via the “Whisper Challenge.” That’s when guests on the show wear noise-canceling headphones and Fallon says a phrase and the guests try to read his lips.

Alexa and her husband, Drew, captured their magical family moment on video on a recent game night. And while mom, Sharla Anderson, took less than 10 seconds to figure things out, it took dad Robert quite a bit longer. When he finally does decipher the big news -- after thinking the kids were going to the beach, and a bunch of other funny nonstarters -- his joyous reaction is priceless.

And now it’s gone viral. The YouTube video has more than 1.6 million views and was recently featured on Buzzfeed.

Alexa, an NICU dietician whose baby is due in May, posted on her Facebook page: “This was definitely a family game day for the books!”

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