Thursday, February 28, 2008
I just wanted to let you all know that I'm in the middle of a family emergency and will be unable to post for the next two weeks. I hope you will all enjoy my prior posts and visit sites on my blogroll for some fun and entertainment. Come back in a few weeks for some new posts. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
By the way, I may be offline for a week. In the meantime please take a moment to read some of my older articles, or catch up on your favorite blog and Internet sites. I hope to see you here again soon!
I just love it when someone challenges the status quo and isn’t afraid to think outside of the box. These houses are so unique that they even push the borders of reality.
Take a break from your routine and give your mind permission to believe in the extraordinary, as the creators of these houses certainly did. You never know where it might take you …
1. Hundertwasser's House
These 50 apartments, constructed in 1982-1985, have no straight lines or surfaces, and they’re completely asymmetrical.
2. The Upside-Down House
3. Toilet-Shaped House
This house, built by the founding member of the World Toilet Association, is dedicated to providing clean sanitation to the more than 2 billion people who live without toilets. Its official name is Haewoojae, which is Korean for "a place of sanctuary where one can solve one's worries."
5. Bubble House
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin thought up the idea for this one to “demonstrate the possibility of short-circuiting traditional architecture in the name of original, contemporary design.”
6. The Broken Column House
This house was created by the aristocrat François Nicolas Henri Racine de Monville, who also lived in the house immediately before the French Revolution.
7. The Glass House
American architect Philip Johnson designed this beautiful, if not very functional, home. The house boasts quarter-inch thick glass walls supported by black steel pillars, walnut cabinets and a brick cylinder that contains the bathroom. It is open to the public for all to see.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I love to give and share funny gifts, but when the time comes my mind goes blank and I can’t think of a thing. I love making people smile, so today I’m making a list of great gifts to give to anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you have some great ideas please feel free to share your own tips as well.
Funny greeting cards. Great for almost any occasion, funny cards make any birthday better, and can even make a broken arm feel better for just a moment. Try the newest ones with sound bites from your favorite movies and TV shows for a real laugh-out-loud moment. Visit Hallmark online for Maxine, Hoops & Yoyo, Peanuts and more.
Cartoon books, wrapping paper and calendars. From the Far Side to Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield to Peanuts, cartoons are fun for all ages. Buy them a 365 day calendar to flip through, or a consolidated book of their favorite cartoons. Keep ‘em laughing every day.
Buttons, magnets and bumper stickers. These are cheap, inexpensive gifts you can find almost anywhere. Pick up some fun smiley faces, a “I live for the weekends” magnet, or some crazy bumper stickers. Character buttons like the Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Yoda, Harry Potter and others are fun to give.
Movies. We all need a good belly laugh now and then. Movies are a great way to do that. From comedies to cartoons and everything in between, there’s something for every taste. Check out my previous article “Movies that make you laugh out loud,” for a few recommendations.
Stripped socks and silly ties. Giving people silly clothes is fun. Find a vintage Underdog t-shirt, a cute Mickey Mouse sweater, or some bright orange tennis shoes for that perfect gift. Be playful and help them find their inner child. Stylin Online has a great selection of classic and current designs.
Posters and pictures. These are great any time. Funny animals are always a hit, as well as the un-motivational posters that are so popular. Check out Despair, Inc for a few fun ideas.
Candy. Everyone loves candy. From cookies to candy bars, Skittles to Atomic Fireballs, most everyone has a sweet tooth. For a twist buy a special bag of M&M’s with a personalized message. Click here for details.
Smiley face gifts. Everyone loves to see a big, bright smiling face looking back at them. Share the love with great smiley face items. From clocks to mugs to badge holders, pens and pencils, there’s something for everyone. Click here for more.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I get lots of fun input from other great authors, writers and various newsletters. I love April Fools Day, but have yet to plan ahead far enough to make the most of it. While perusing the Internet I came across several fun ideas that put the idea back in my mind. Here is some of what I found.
Thanks to John Kinde at Humor Power.com whose wonderful newsletter is always insightful and fun. He provided this wonderful article about Improv Everywhere and their playful pranks. Take a look:
They ran a short clip on a group in
called Improv Everywhere who, this past Saturday, held their Seventh-Annual No-Pants Ride On the Subway. The idea is to do something as a group which is safe (nobody gets hurt or offended) and fun (everyone has a good time). Imagine entering a subway car and realizing that several people were not wearing pants! How would you react? Actually, it's intentionally kept on the tame side. Most participants wear boxer shorts. I know if I'm ever to appear in public in my underwear...it will be boxers. Briefs are just too...underwear. The organizers of the No-Pants event gave instructions to the participants to dress in good taste. No thongs. In fact, they suggest that wearing two pairs of underwear might be a good idea. "We want to have fun...not piss people off." New York City
Their web site is fun to browse. www.improveverywhere.com
And here are a few more ideas on doing a gag well:
Simple is fun. A group activity doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes a group will do something as simple as meeting at a designated location and applauding for 15 seconds and then blending back into the crowd. Or pointing in the sky at an imaginary object for 30 seconds and then disappearing. Total strangers are left to ask themselves, "What were they applauding?" Or, "What were they looking at?"
Silly People. One of my favorites is Lezlie, who was an improv player in my
troupe. If a scene ever needed a space alien or an android...Lezlie was the one to do it. She came to a pot-luck dinner party with a dish only Lezlie could bring. It was a plate of corn. She had gone to the trouble or preparing it to look like an hors d'oeuvres plate. Each kernel of corn had a toothpick stuck into it. Without a comment, without a smile, she placed it on the food table. People would see it and think, "Who brought the corn?" Although I think most of us immediately knew...it was Lezlie. California
April Fools Day, the traditional gag day, is about ten weeks away. Now is the time to think about what you might do to celebrate the day. The most simple thing to do is get a greeting card from the card rack at the store. My favorite was a card that looked like the back of the card (barcode and price information). When you turned it over, it was also the back of the card. When you opened it, the greeting said "Happy April Fools Day!" Cute. But better yet, dream up your own, original gag for this April 1. It could be a gag for a large group, a small group at work, your family, or for that one special person. Keep it safe and sane and remember the relationship factor to help you measure appropriateness. And then on April 2, send a summary of what you did and what the experience was like to HumorPowerTips@HumorPower.com.
You can also check out these great sites for more ideas:
Family Fun – April Fools’ Pranks Galore. Check out Time Warp under Classic Pranks; Try the Official “Tax Collection on Allowance” form from the Printable Pranks, And Grilled Cheese (Surprise) from the Fun Food Pranks.
April Fool Zone for harmless ideas for work and home.