An Introduction To Birthday Gifts Pranks On April Fool S Day Gifts For Men Settle Down To Watch Some Ghostly Haunted House Movies This Halloween Know The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Celebrating Halloween On A Tuesday

Birthdays are very important for most people. You can make it extra special for them with a thoughtful gift. Remember that it is not enough that you hand them a present -your sincerity should show from the kind of gift you give.

The best way to convey that message is by giving something that a person will truly appreciate or use. It need not be anything expensive. Even simple gifts are appreciated so long as the thought is there. Before going shopping, you may want to ask around as to what the receipt may want. His or her friends or family are your best sources.

You can never go wrong with flowers. Most flower shops have delivery services, and you can also order on line. A more lasting floral gift is a flowering plant that can liven up an office cubicle. You may also send a care basket- a collection of items such as specialized toiletries and emergency kits. This is ideal for a single person. There are also online stores that can help you with this.

More practical people will appreciate gift certificates to their favorite stores. Perhaps you would like to try a more out of the box gift, like give that person an extraordinary experience on her birthday. Check out websites that offer various services from adventure packages to makeover projects.

Always remember that when giving a birthday gift, the rule is you should like the gift first. Ask yourself, if you would like to receive the same thing for your birthday. If you answer yes, then you’re off to a good start. But if still no ideas come to mind, there are professional shoppers who can help you come up with a good gift idea.

“April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four.” – Mark Twain

Maybe you know that in the sixteenth century in France, the start of a New Year was on the first of April (Some documents said that the New Year was celebrated for 8 days, beginning on March 25 and this celebration culminated on April 1). Certainly, there was no “Happy New Year” of ABBA but people also celebrated the New Year in nearly the same way as we do nowadays with parties and dance into the late hours of the night. Suddenly in 1562 (under Charles IX), the new year fell on the first of January as Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world. It was a big change, however, some obstinate people did not accepted this change, or some others even did not know anything about the new calendar (you can figure out the reason when news traveled by foot on those days), so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people thought this was so ridiculous that they played tricks on them and call them “April fools.”

The word “April fool” or “Poisson d’Avril” (which means “April Fish”) has become very popular and the first of April turned to be a very special day of the year for tricks and pranks and making other people believe that something false is true. Let’s have a look at how people trick and prank on this day?

With the unlimited creativeness of human being, tricks and pranks perform in several ways from simple, such as “Hey dude, there is some mud on your face” to elaborate ones, such as setting roommate’s alarm clock back an hour. Whatever the prank is, the pranksters usually shout to their victims “April Fool!” at the end of a joke.

In France today, French children fool their friends by taping a “paper fish” to their friends’ backs. When those friends discover this trick, the pranksters yell “Poisson d’Avril!” In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered bad luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

The news media has flavored April Fool’s Day with more humor and hilariousness. For instance, a couple of years ago, one of the most popular magazines for teen in Asia informed that Westlife – the super band in Ireland and the U.K – had died in a plane crash. Many teen girls went on a hunger strike with countless teardrops in 1 week until the next issue of the magazine said it was only a joke on April Fool’s Day. One another example, a British short film showed on April Fool’s Day was a fairly detailed documentary about “spaghetti farmers” and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees. Of course, it was also a prank but in fact, there were many people believing in it.

One more April Fool’s day is soon coming. Have you had any plan to fool somebody on that “for – fun – only” observance? If you say no, I would suggest a funny and polite way: make a prank call to your buddies with your changed voice. Just download a software called “Voice Changer Software” from which helps change your voice from male to female or vice versus and imitate the voice of movie stars or famous singers. Imagine how funny your buddies’ face is when they receive that call from you!

And you must remain forever vigilant otherwise you may be the next April Fool! Moreover, do remember that not everybody feels interested in your prank. “You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life even if you had an electrified fooling machine.” – Homer Simpson.

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Here come the holidays and you need to find gifts for men, be they family or friends. Don’t worry, I’ve already blown hours snooping around on the Internet to find the gifts.

Gifts for Men

First things first. No sweaters. Not this year! Instead, give some thought to these gifts for men.

1. Orange County Choppers – The hit television show has spawned a revival of the real man image. If you haven’t seen the show, the Teutul family builds choppers and more or less argue with each other. From a 9-ll memorial chopper for the New York Fire Department to specialized themes, men love this show. You can buy a chopper for $50,000 or so, but should probably stick to hats, shirts and the like for $20 on up.

2. The Sopranos 5th Season on DVD – Perhaps you’ve heard of the show? Apparently they are going to make new episodes, but it may be a few years before we see any of them. To tide the man in your life over, the 5th season of the show is out on DVD and is sure to be a winning hit with him. Expect to pay $60 or so at online retailers.

3. The Sling Box – There is that one new gadget that comes out every year and is a must have. Welcome to Sling Box, the 2005 must have gadget. Sling box is a device that lets you hook a television up to any media matter and watch it from anywhere. It can be used to feed your laptop computer so you can watch news, the markets or sports in coffee shops, work and so on. The device is simple to use and the ultimate gadget for men this year. Expect to pay in the low $200s with rebates.

4. Peet Shoe Dryer – Whether snow, slush or rain, nothing is worse than putting on wet shoes. The Peet Shoe Dryer takes care of this. You simply mount boots and shoes upside down on two posts. Warm air is pumped up through the posts to dry out the shoes. Safe for leather, canvas and any material. Expect to pay $35 or so online through December.

5. Nomad Adventure Journals – If you’re buying for a person that loves the outdoors or to travel, Nomad Writing Journals make great gifts. These journals are tailored to activities such as travel, fly fishing, bird watching, backpacking, camping, rock climbing and so on. They come with or without a case and provide writing space as well as cues for writing down important information. A great keepsake to preserve their travel and outdoor experiences. The journals cost as low as $9 without waterproof case and $25 with case.

Any of these gifts for men will be hit. You can find them all online through search engines.

Ghosts, goblins and other creepy creatures roam the eve of Halloween. From trick or treaters to Halloween parties, October is the month when children and adults transform themselves into other-wordly beings. But not everyone enjoys going out during this autumn holiday. Some people enjoy turning the lights down low and passing the time watching mystery and horror flicks in front of the TV. So to set the mood, here are some Halloween movie rental ideas featuring haunted houses for those that prefer a good ghost-like mystery rather than a continuous stream of blood and gore.

The Haunting (1963) – A true classic horror film. Here we find four guests arriving at a mansion with a terrifying reputation. The guests are determined to debunk the idea of a house being possessed and so set up for the night. Strange occurrences soon make themselves known from muffled wails to strange unexplainable noises. The guests encounter a door that appears to breathe, unexplained writing on the walls and many other supernatural phenomena. A new remake of the film is also available (The Haunting (1999)).

Haunted (1996) – Nanny Tess Webb (Anna Masey) has been seeing visions. Her three children, as well as the family doctor all insist that there is no haunting and that she is just hallucinating. She invites Professor David Ash (Aidan Quinn), who is skeptic of the supernatural, to investigate the paranormal goings-on at her country estate. After spending some time there himself, the Professor also begins to experience unexplainable visions, including the vision of his young sister who died in a drowning accident.

Haunted Castle (3-D) (2001) – After his mother dies, a young musician named Johnny is summoned to his mother’s castle according to the final wishes in her will. He soon discovers that not all seems as it appears and that the castle is not only haunted by ghosts, it appears to be alive. He is eventually lead to a Mr. D who makes Johnny the same tantalizing offer that he made his mother twenty years earlier… surrender your soul in exchange for fame and fortune.

The Others (2001) – Starring Nicole Kidman as Grace, this is one of those few, rare movies that will keep you guessing until the end. The story is set in 1945 toward the end of the war. Living on a fog-enshrouded island off the British coast we find that Grace’s husband has presumably been lost in the war and she is living on her own with her two young children. The children are hypersensitive to light and so live in a musty manor with the curtains and shutters perpetually drawn closed. Needing some assistance, Grace writes up a request for domestic help, but before she can go to town to post it, three strangers suddenly arrive in response to her as yet un-posted request. This film will certainly leave you guessing with its twists and turns.

Stephen King’s Rose Red (2002) – Another true story haunting and originally a mini-series, this movie is based on a researcher investigating the paranormal who takes a team of psychics into a haunted house. We soon learn of the building’s gruesome past – women who have disappeared without any trace and men meeting gruesome deaths. Soon after entering, the psychics themselves begin to experience many paranormal activities, including disappearing team members.

What are your plans for Halloween this year? You probably think it’s too early to start thinking of such matters, but it’s not. Halloween falls on a Tuesday in 2006, leading to a variety of pros and cons for you to consider. Getting a leg up on your game plan for All Hallows Eve will allow you to prepare for all the circumstances surrounding a midweek holiday that involves children, chocolate and costumes.

On the plus side, Halloween being celebrated on a Tuesday this year isn’t a big deal when it comes to children. No matter what day of the week this holiday comes, children are going to find a way to trick or treat and stuff themselves silly-regardless of the consequences of sitting through school the next day with a turbulent tummy. In addition, most kids will enjoy Halloween parties at school, at friends’ houses and on multiple weekends due to the Tuesday celebration. Translation: more candy, more fun and more time with friends.

For adults, a midweek Halloween means that many establishments will hold events on the preceding Saturday as well as the following weekend-on top of those events that fall on the holiday itself. Not only will it be more acceptable to leave your house decorated for longer periods of times and pretend you’re still a kid by dressing up more, but you will also have more opportunities to go costume shopping to ensure you find the right match for you. A Tuesday Halloween also offers a built-in excuse for going out on the town and staying away from work-and who couldn’t use another reason to do that?

Of course, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind with a midweek holiday. Even if it is going to be celebrated regardless, it is still a school night and a work night, and it will be tough to avoid a sluggish Hump Day after Halloween. Since it is primarily a children’s holiday, adults will likely have to take one for the team to make sure that their kids have a great Halloween.

But regardless of what day of the week Halloween falls on, costumes from Costume Party Shop will ensure that it is memorable. We boast a full line of adult and kids Halloween costumes, masks, wigs, hats and accessories. We’re constantly adding new outfits and ideas to our Web site, so check back often or contact us if you don’t see what you want right away.

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