Monday, May 24, 2010

Prom Season

Now is about the time when many schools have their annual prom. Often creative guys (or girls) will find cute or funny ways to ask a potential date to the dance.
Looking for some ideas yourself or just plain curious? 
Here are some funny ideas we’ve heard recently, taken directly from:
Inflate Your Date's Ego

Write your date information on small slips of paper (time, place, date, type of dress, etc.) then slip each one into a different balloon. Inflate the balloons and tie them together with ribbon or make a bouquet out of them. Deliver to your date's house, classroom, or work.

Kid's Stuff
Borrow a remote control car from a younger sibling or neighbor (or did yours out of the closet) and tape the invitation to it. Knock on your date's door and then hide. When your date answers the door, drive the car up and deliver the invitation.

Good Fortune

Slip the date information into a fortune cookie. You write it like a fortune cookie message (i.e. "You will have fun time in near future" on one side and "will you go to the prom with me?" on the other). Just get a small takeout box from a nearby Chinese restaurant and deliver it. You could also take your date out to Chinese food and work it out with the restaruant ahead of time to give your date the "prepared" fortune cookie (if you do it that way, you should have an unwrapped cookie for you too so it doesn't seem too obvious).

Treasure hunt

Scope out the girl or guy's yard and find three to five hiding places for messages. Map it out and be creative in how many steps and what kind of steps to take from place to place. Leave a piece of candy and a "good job" note at all but the last place. Leave the the invitation at the last one. You can make the map look like a treasure map and write something on it like "Follow this map. Your Friday night may depend on it."

Go Fish!

Leave several goldfish in a small aquarium or in her/his bathtub. Leave a note saying, "Of all the fish in the sea, I chose you to..." (Go to the Prom, spend my Friday night with, etc.)

A Piece of Cake

Wrap the invitation in aluminum foil and bake it in a cake. Put a clue in writing (in frosting) on the cake so they eat it quickly and find the invitation on time.

Don't Be Cold

Put the invitation in an ice cube. The message could say, "Please don't leave me out in the cold. Say that you'll go out with me to homecoming/prom/whatever" or "It would be really cool if you'd go with me to..." You could also put the message on a popsicle.

S-p-e-l-l i-t o-u-t

Spell out the invitation using plastic knives and forks poked into your date's lawn. Leave a picture so your date knows who it is from.

Use Alpha Bits Cereal or alphabet pasta to write out the invitation.


Put the question in a piñata with lots of candy.

Mission: Impossible

Deliver a tape with this message, "Your date, should you choose to accept it, will be with ________ at _________ time on ________(day).
You will be picked up by a person wearing ________.
Your date will feel like s/he may self-destruct if you do not reply by ________."

10 Commandments

Have someone dressed up like Moses deliver the invitation worded like the 10 commandments--e.g. Thou shalt have no other dates before me, Thou shalt be ready at 7 pm on the 23rd of May, 1999, etc.
(To answer this invitation, you could make a pan of Red JELL-O with the answer at the bottom in the middle--so that the person would have to part the "Red Sea.")

Wanted: Alive

Make posters around the school, neighborhood, or home of your date that has his picture on it. Offer a reward to him when he comes to your house. Dress up like a sheriff when you ask him.

Fatal Attraction

Draw a chalk outline of yourself outside the person's house. Then leave a note with your name and all of the information on it that says, "I'd die to go to ________ with you."

You're Eggstra Special!

Put the invitation cut into strips in plastic Easter eggs.

In the Still of the Night

Serenade under one of their windows. Make up new words to a song you and your friends know. The new words give the information about the date. For example, new words for "In the Still of the Night." "Come with me, Friday night. Seven o'clock until midnight. Dinner first, then a dance. Come on baby. Give me a chance. Come with me Friday night (Come with me Friday night-----)"

Come Fly With Me

Write the invitation like an airplane itinerary and deliver with a bag or peanuts or pretzels and an toy airplane.

String them Along

Tie a long piece of string to their front door. Tape messages along the string such as, "I'm not just stringing you along. Keep going" until they reach the location where you left your answer. Or give your answer in pieces along the way.

Just have ELVIS to it
Go somewhere where you know they are dressed up like a bag lady, a polka king, Elvis, a hippie, a mother in her bathrobe and curlers with a lunch box, or some other embarrassing costume and ask them out like that in front of everyone.

Make carrot cake or carrot-shaped cookies with a message, "Somebunny wants you to __________ with them. If you carrot all, you'll say yes."

Decorate your date's car and leave the invitation on the windshield wiper.

Another unique option we found, from was this idea:

The Shirt
1. Get the shirt and write on the front.
Write in permanent marker, "Will you go to the dance with me?" Also write, "Wash this shirt and look on the back to find out who asked you to the dance."
2. Now write on the back.
Write a bunch of random guys' names in washable marker.
Then put your name in permanent marker!
She'll wash the shirt and your name will be the only one left :)


Here’s some crazy duct tape prom dresses we found as well. These are current and past winners and contestants from the annual college scholarship “Stuck at Prom Duct Tape College Scholarship”.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Random Fun Facts and a few other things

This is very interesting! Impress your friends with Radical/Random facts and maybe even enjoy a chuckle or two.

In 1400 England there was a law that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"


Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden"....and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:


The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


 The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar


111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase.......... "goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12.. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Emergency Plan

We’ve all had “the talk”. Whether it be with our parents or friends, we have discussed all aspects: from ways to avoid the situation to how to use protection if the situation arises.   

But will it ever happen? 
Many say spending hours discussing what to do in the all too unlikely event of...

  is a waste of time.    However, there are many of us who understand the importance of discussing zombie attacks before it’s too late. 

For the Non Believers:  Part of me wants to wait till the day the zombie attack happens so I can shout downI told you so!” from the lookout tower of my family's fortress.   

But, the other part of me wants to keep the world as populated with humans as possible so I’ll try and enlighten you.   

I have assembled a list of possible ways a zombie attack could actually happen using your beloved “science”.

Remember, this is OUR world!  Humans have ruled for thousands of years and we can’t let our deceased relatives destroy the society we have built!!!

Ways in which a zombie attack could actually happen: 

Brain Parasites: Yes, brain parasites!!! Brain parasites are surprisingly common in nature.  Now you’re probably thinking “those can’t create zombies”.  You’re wrong.  Taxoplasmosa gondii is a brain parasite found in mice.  However, it can only reproduce once inside the organs….of a cat. 
So how does this parasite ensure it will be able to reproduce?  It takes control of its host's brain and leads the unconscious mouse to its death.  That’s right - it makes the mouse approach the cat and forces it to be eaten.  I give it five years before this parasite evolves to taking over the human brain.

Neurotoxins:  Invisible, odorless, and lethal….well, kind of Neurotoxins are poisonous gasses that cause the body to slow down, way down.  These gases can cause the body to slow down all of your main organs to the point where you are considered dead.  However, you will not be lying six feet under in a wooden box.  No, instead you will be able to function without any control over your brain.  It will essentially turn your body into a lifeless uncontrollable creature that wanders the deserted streets of a post 2012 world...AKA, a zombie.

Mad Human Disease:  We all remember mad cow disease, right?  Those few weeks you stopped eating at McDonalds to ensure you didn’t catch it?  In case you forgot, it is a disease that attacks a cow’s spinal cord and brain.  As the name clearly states, it doesn’t make the cows too happy.  In fact, it turns them into blood thirsty monsters who’s only intention is to kill.  Needless to say, I think we can all be glad this disease isn’t able to be transferred to humans!  Oh wait, it can be.  That’s right, a disease that can turn humans into blood thirsty zombie people can be transferred to humans.  But how?  The disease can be transferred to humans simply by eating cow.  So, with companies like McDonalds and Burger King serving people burgers made from infected cows we could have an international outbreak over night. 

So, maybe now I have your attention about importance of preparing for a zombie attack.  If not, then there is no saving you.  When you find yourself surrounded by a mob of blood thirsty zombie, whether they be infected with mad cow disease or a brain parasite, just remember that it was your choice to not listen.

Now, let’s get down to what really matters:  how to survive a zombie attack. 

That’s right, this isn’t "Zombieland".  This isn’t a comedy involving zombies.   Okay?  So don’t “enjoy the little things” during a zombie attack.  Don’t spend all of your time looking for Twinkies so you can be reminded of “the good ol’ days” when you didn’t have to fight zombies.  This is serious business.

First off, I am going to assume that you have had at least three days notice to prepare for this attack.   
Usually, the virus or disease will take at least three days to spread into a full epidemic. If this isn’t the case, then you better work fast.

So, let’s get to it.

Preparation:  A big part of surviving a zombie attack is taken care of before the virus that will end mankind as we know it has even been created.  This means gathering useful materials and making plans now. 

Here are some supplies which you should always have in your house in order to be prepared for a zombie attack:

Water:  This one should be a no brainer (much like the enemies you will be fighting…punned). Not to mention, you should already have at least ten gallons of water set aside somewhere in your house for an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane.

Food:  Obviously go for the non perishables.  It’s a zombie attack…you won’t be eating five course meals that consist of shrimp cocktails and lobster.  Go for uncooked grains like wheat, rice, or corn.  These provide a good source of protein and last for years.  If you want to try and be fancy you can go for canned fruits or vegetables but they have a lot shorter life expectancy.

Wood:  You should have relatively thin, yet durable pieces of wood which are sized to cover your windows.  The first way those zombies are going to try and come in to eat you and your family is through your glass windows!  So stop them.  Along with the wood you should also buy nails and a hammer to make sure those boards stay in place. 

Radio:  In a zombie attack, radio stations are more reliable than TV stations.  This is why you should buy one of those crank powered radio/flashlights they sell at all major retail stores.  Don’t forget to have a pair of headphones on hand for listening to the radio.  Nobody wants to be the guy who was found by the zombies because he was blasting the radio.  

Apocalypse Day:  It’s happened - the zombies have arrived!
Luckily, you have read this article and you are prepared.  You have your food and water and have boarded up your house.  Now what?  Now you will begin to make the decisions that could save your life, or end it.

Weapons:  I know what you're all thinking, “Finally!!!”.  This is probably the part most of you have been waiting for, and it is also one of the the most debated aspect of a zombie attack.  But worry not my fellow fighters, I will make sure you are well equipped to handle anything those zombies might try. 

I’ll start by saying; everyone has different preferences when it comes to zombie fighting weapons.   So, I have decided the best way to be sure you have the right tools for the job is to have them all.  To simplify it, I have broken weapons into separate categories based upon their purpose.

Primary (close range):  Whether you like it or not, to survive a zombie attack your primary weapon must be a weapon which does not required being reloaded.  It could be anything from a baseball bat to a hammer, as long as it never needs to be reloaded.  This is the weapon that you should have on you at all times, even when you sleep.  For this weapon I would suggest a baseball bat (preferably aluminum).  

A baseball bat provides a good amount of power and maneuverability without losing compromising range.  Sure a hammer could do a lot of damage, but if the zombie is close enough for you to hit it with a hammer, it has most likely already infected you, in which case you’re doomed either way.  So, go with the baseball bat.  If the baseball bat isn’t fancy enough for you, then get creative!  Think outside the box; maybe attach a blade or two to the end, who knows, it may save your life. 

Secondary (mid range):  Now for this weapon, you should probably use a shotgun.  You will most likely be using this weapon to be holding back a group of zombies while they try to enter your residence.  Nothing holds back zombies at mid range like a shotgun.  Let those zombies know, it is NOT okay to come into your house by giving them a few blasts from you’re double barrel shotty.   

Secret Weapon (long range):  So you have been very good at playing defense with these zombies, eh?  But, now there is another group of survivors outside your house screaming for you to let them in.  So, you climb up to the roof to get a better idea of what’s going on. 

First - do the people seem to be infected?  By listening to the news on your crank powered radio you will know the symptoms of this disease.  Are the people showing these symptoms?  Either way, get your secret weapon ready, things are about to get real.

Your secret weapon should be something with good rangeThis means a rifle, preferably one with high accuracy and a scope attachment.  This will allow you to have the option to go on the offense if necessary.  Remember, sometimes the best defense is a strong offense

So, back to the situation at hand.  The bottom line is, if the people who've taken refuge in your fortress appear to be infected, take them out.  The harsh reality is that if not dealt with, they too will soon be competing for your brainsHowever, if the visitors appear to be uninfected, use your sniper rifle to pick off the zombies around them.  They are your fellow humans and could prove to be useful in defending your fortress, so give them a little help by picking off zombies who pose a threat to them.

Post Zombie Apocalypse:  It’s over!  And you are still human!  You have waited the attack out and the army has taken control of the zombie problem.   What now?  Rejoice, you’re not dead!  Also, go restock your zombie survival supplies.  It has now happened once, there’s a good chance it’ll happen again!