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Homemade Gorilla Suit Costumes

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Gorilla suit costumes are a classic, and it doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for. A gorilla suit costume is just as appropriate at a science fiction convention as it is at a Halloween party. And new versions of the classic gorilla costume look more realistic than ever.

Making your own gorilla suit costume can be a challenge, but it can be a fun way to spend some time with one of your kids, and it can save you a little bit of money. If you’re handy and like doing craft type stuff, give making your own gorilla suit for Halloween a try.

Your gorilla suit will need arms and a torso, as well as pants. I recommend sweatshirts and sweatpants, in black or gray. You can then attach the fur to the appropriate places on the costume. Get yourself a cool gorilla mask to top it off with, and you’ve got a homemade gorilla costume that can’t be beat.

If you really want to have some fun with a gorilla suit, try emulating some of the early Planet of the Apes movies to see if anyone is nostalgic enough to remember the films and make the connection. If you’ve got some buddies who are also science fiction geeks, you could even have someone dress as Charlton Heston from the movie. If someone is creative and artistic, you could set up your own Statue of Liberty prop so that you can re-enact the end of the original movie. That will really drive the crowd wild.

Collecting Spawn Comic Books

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I’ve been collecting Spawn comic books for years now. I’ll admit that they’re a guilty pleasure, especially the early issues. But something about the intensity of Todd McFarlane’s artwork kept me coming back for more, and I’ve collected Spawn ever since.

1992 was a good year for a lot of things. I was 22 years old, for one thing, so I had a great sex drive. I still had most of my hair, and even though I didn’t have a six pack, I wasn’t fat. And the first issue of Spawn arrived.

Comic book speculation was rampant in the early 1990’s. Comic book publishers would regularly publish five different version of a single comic book, with the only difference being an alternate cover on each version. Speculators drove prices higher than anyone would have believed. It all came crashing down eventually, and now the comic book market is about 10% of the size it was then.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, they’re readily available. Comic book prices are made up of the following factors: scarcity, condition, and demand. If something is rare, it’s more valuable. Unless no one wants a copy of it. (That’s the demand aspect of comic book values.) Condition is the other important consideration, and comic book collectors are notoriously fussy about the conditions of their collectibles.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, Spawn comic book prices are pretty reasonable. You can get a copy of the first issue for just $5 in near mint condition. Other issues in the series are even less expensive. Some gimmick issues might be worth a little bit more, like the David Finch illustrated version of #200, but even that is only worth $60. Collecting Spawn comics is an affordable pastime compared to collecting other comic book titles. You can learn more about Spawn at this Spawn fan site.

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August 17th, 2011 at 11:52 am

Agricola Rules Summary

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I’m posting this Agricola rules summary because I’ve recently discovered the game, and I really enjoy it. Summarizing the rules helps me better understand how to play Agricola, which will make it easier for me to teach it to my friends. (And without friends to play Agricola with, what good is it anyway?) I know of at least one other site that summarizes the Agricola instructions, and I’ll try to do at least as good a job explaining the game here.

Agricola is an agricultural development game for 1 to 5 players. It takes between 30 minutes and one hour to play. Each player get a farmyard. The game also includes game boards for game actions and another board for major improvements.

At the beginning of each game, you play a couple living in a two room hut. Your goal is to improve your family’s living circumstances. The game has 14 rounds, and during each round, EACH member of a player’s family gets to take one action.

During the game, family members take actions like tending crops or repairing fences. Some turns include a harvest phase, which you MUST plan for. If you don’t, then you won’t have enough food to feed your family.

The most important strategy in Agricola is to have a large family. With more family members, you get to take more actions per turn.

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August 16th, 2011 at 11:56 am

Songs about Flowers

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Songs about Flowers

I enjoy listening to music almost as much as I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, so I’m especially fond of songs about flowers and other elements of nature. Granted, some of the titles listed below are more about people than actual plants, but they still put me in the mood to work in my garden or head down to the florist and try to find flowers under $20.

Whether you’re a fan of country music or hair metal from the 1980s, there’s a little something here for you. And if you’d like to discover more songs about flowers, a simple Internet search will turn up all kinds of options.

  • Mitch Miller – “Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
  • Henry Mancini – “Days of Wine and Roses” (1963)
  • Bobby Vinton – “Roses are Red My Love” (1967)
  • Tiny Tim – “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me” (1968)
  • Lynn Anderson – “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” (1970)
  • The Foundations – “Build Me Up Buttercup” (1969)
  • Marie Osmond – “Paper Roses” (1973)
  • Bette Midler – “The Rose” (1980)
  • Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (1978)
  • David Lee Roth – “Yankee Rose” (1986)
  • Shenandoah – “Two Dozen Roses” (1989)
  • Kathy Mattea – “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” (1988)
  • Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)
  • Seal – “Kiss from a Rose” (1995)
  • Bon Jovi – “Bed of Roses” (1993)
  • The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid” (2005)

I hope you’ll enjoy these songs about flowers, as they stretch across all manner of musical genres. There’s no rap included, unfortunately, because it all tends to be about people killing one another instead of beautiful items such as orchids and roses. And just in case you’re wondering, my favorite song on this list would have to be Seal’s timeless love song “Kiss from a Rose,” as featured on the soundtrack to Batman Forever. No matter how many times I listen to it, that tune always manages to lift my spirits.

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April 8th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin Movies

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I’ve always enjoyed watching “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the ring, and so I naturally followed him when he made the transition to the big screen. If you’re unfamiliar with his cinematic efforts, be sure to take a look at this list of Steve Austin movies. Many of these can be found at your local retail stores, and I suggest using Walmart coupons in order to save some money.

The Longest Yard (2005) – Austin has a supporting role as a brutal prison guard in this rambunctious comedy about a former NFL quarterback (Adam Sandler) who’s forced to organize a team of convicts to play football.

The Condemned (2007) – Stone Cold plays an innocent man awaiting execution in a South American prison. Then he finds himself dropped onto an isolated island and forced to battle other inmates from around the globe for the entertainment of an Internet audience. Co-starring UK tough guy Vinnie Jones.

Damage (2009) – After being released from prison, a con (Austin) tries to make things right with the widow of the man he accidentally killed by participating in underground fights.

The Stranger (2010) – An amnesiac (Austin) tries to remember his past while being pursued by the FBI and the Russian mob.

The Expendables (2010) – A group of mercenaries (including Jason Statham and Jet Li) attempt to liberate a South American country. Austin plays one of the bad guys who stands in their way, and there’s a climactic showdown between he and Sylvester Stallone. A real treat for fans of action movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

“Stone Cold” likes to drink beer, but I prefer a refreshing Coke whenever I watch movies. So the next time you’re about to enjoy a Steve Austin movie, redeem some Coca Cola coupons and enjoy the savings.

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March 24th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Friday the 13th Movies

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For those who enjoy Friday the 13th movies, I’ve compiled a list of every film currently available. Pop yourself some popcorn (you can save a few bucks by using Orville Redenbacher coupons) and get ready to see countless teenagers sliced and diced.

  • Friday the 13th (1980) – Prior to the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake, an unseen maniac begins killing off teenagers.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) – Jason Voorhees takes over the duty of killing anyone who comes near Camp Crystal Lake.
  • Friday the 13th Part III (1982) – Jason kills even more teenagers and dons his famous hockey mask for the first time. Shot in 3D.
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) – Jason meets his match in young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), a kid obsessed with horror and special effects.
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) – A copycat killer matches wits with a traumatized Tommy Jarvis.
  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) – Jason is accidentally resurrected and heads straight for Camp Crystal Lake to resume his murderous ways.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) – Jason Voorhees takes on a teenager with telekinetic abilities.
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) – Jason hitches a ride on a cruise ship bound for New York City.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) – When his body is destroyed, Jason must possess various individuals in order to complete an unholy ritual.
  • Jason X (2002) – Set over 400 years in the future, Jason is thawed and goes on an outer space rampage.
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – Jason takes on the wisecracking master of dreams, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund).
  • Friday the 13th (2009) – A reboot of the series featuring Jason killing more teens while his origin is explored.

I get all my Friday the 13th movies from Netflix. Check them out, as there are Netflix plans to meet any budget.

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March 24th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Halloween Movies on DVD

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If you’re a fan of Michael Myers or slasher movies in general, you’ll want to check out all the Halloween movies on DVD. This list details every film in the series that’s available for the home video market, and I also suggest that you check out Starz Play on Netflix for a streaming alternative.

Halloween (1978) – John Carpenter helped invent the slasher genre and Jamie Lee Curtis made a name for herself as a babysitter stalked by an unstoppable killer in a mask. Donald Pleasence is the dedicated doctor trying to stop the madman.

Halloween II (1981) – Picking up where the first film left off, Michael Myers follows Laurie Strode (Curtis) to the hospital and continues his killing ways.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – The owner of a toy company plans to kill children on Halloween through the use of special masks. This has nothing to do with the Michael Myers storyline.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) – Michael comes out of a coma and goes after the young daughter (Danielle Harris) of Laurie Strode.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) – Surviving his injuries from the previous film, Michael Myers once again stalks Jamie Lloyd.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – An occult angle is introduced in this sequel that stars Paul Rudd in an early role.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) – Twenty years after the first film, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode to battle the masked maniac.

Halloween: Resurrection (2002) – Michael returns to Haddonfield to menace a group of young people making a reality show.

Halloween (2007) – A reboot from Rob Zombie, with greater attention paid to the reasons behind Michael’s madness.

Halloween II (2009) – Another film from Rob Zombie, this time taking a look at Laurie’s descent into insanity.

That concludes our look at Halloween movies on DVD. When I’m watching “The Shape” go on a bloody rampage, I like to stuff my face with popcorn and a hot dog or two. For the latter, I recommend tracking down some Oscar Mayer coupons in order to save a few bucks. And be sure to keep an eye out for additional Halloween films, as the lucrative franchise is still alive and well.

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March 24th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Movies Where Michelle Rodriguez Acts Tough

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Besides having the best and brightest teeth in Hollywood, actress Michelle Rodriguez seems to have cornered the market on playing the tough Latina roles. This list includes some of her most badass roles yet, and keep in mind that you can save money when seeing them by utilizing cost-cutting items such as AMC coupons.

Girlfight (2000) – Rodriguez first got noticed in this role as a feisty high school student who turns to boxing to alleviate the stress in her life. The standout scene is when she uses her skills to take on her drunken father in the kitchen.

Resident Evil (2002) – Zombies are running amok in a secret underground facility, and Michelle Rodriguez is one of the elite commandoes sent to put an end to it. To do so, she has to team up with the equally hot Milla Jovovich.

S.W.A.T. (2003) – Rodriguez plays a single mother who joins the likes of Colin Farrell, LL Cool J, and Samuel L. Jackson in protecting Los Angeles from violent crime.

Machete (2010) – Robert Rodriguez (no relation) directs this film about a double-crossed former Mexican agent (Danny Trejo) who goes looking for revenge. Michelle Rodriguez co-stars as a gun-toting taco vendor who leads an underground movement to smuggle immigrants.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) – When aliens decide to invade our world, they’re going to have to take on the Marines…and Michelle Rodriguez. Those aliens don’t stand a chance.

As you’re reading this, Michelle Rodriguez is probably out filming another movie where she gets to scowl and punch somebody in the face. That’s music to my ears, as well as every other fan of the native Texan. The next time you go to see a Michelle Rodriguez movie at the theatre, be sure to take along some Cinemark coupons and save a few dollars.

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March 24th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

What are Hilarious Pranks

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Pranks rarely require an occasion, but an event such as April 1st or a friend’s birthday is a pretty sound reason to pull a trick that will leave them for a few hours or minutes, dpending on the time limit. It also needs the knowledge of their capacity to bear shocks and anxiety. You can also pull hilarious pranks in the form of a revenge or if you are just plain bored and are looking for ways to break the monotony. No matter what the occasion or the reason is, pulling nice, humorous pranks is a great way of killing the boredom. One of the commonly tried and tested pranks involve cars. They are expensive and people use them pretty regularly, and the latter is a good enough reason to develop a fondness for them. Using this weakness, one can play memorable, harmless pranks with their car:

Broken Window- This requires a little planning on our part. You can go to a junkyard and choose a second-hand car window. Once it is brought, break it into small pieces. You can take the pieces in a container and go to the victim’s car. The next step requires you to have keys to their car, so borrow it from them. Once you have the keys, start the ignition and roll down one of the windows. The shattered car is spread all over the floor and the seat below the rolled down window. This will give the paaearance of a car break in. What the victim does not know is, the window is actually hidden.

Smoking Car- This may create a mess, both in the air and the prankster’s lungs, but the trick is worth it. You can take some vegetable oil, and pout it on the muffler of the victim’s car. It can either be poured or rubbed it in with a rag. Following which, there will be huge amount of smoke emanating from vehicle which will convince the owner that there is smething wrong.

Invisible Accident- This is one of those hilarious pranks which are guaranteed to give a mild heart attack to your friends. Write a note and make it sound like a hit-and-run- note. It can go something like this “I hit your vehicle and now I am in the hospital. Call me at the earliest, so that we can work it out.” Follow it up, by leaving a fake number at the end of it. Your friend will start thinking that he is in big trouble. After finding the note, they are bound to look for signs of damage and when they don’t find any, they will get confused. To really throw them off-balance, have another of your friends, pose as the “victim” which will give your pal the scare of that day.

1 Minute Prank and Hacks- This comes under the category of one of the most hilarious pranks, while in the office. It is called a screen flip. First, choose the option of screen properties and some video cards have an option to rotate the screen. Choose one of these and rotate the screen. They will be unable to do anything as their screen is upside down.

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Steps to How to Make Paper Guns

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Young boys have a vivid imagination and the energy to go with that. To keep them occupied is every tired mother’s prayer and fantasy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep them occupied without locking them in their rooms. Mothers of hyperactive children have found the solution in arts and crafts. Knowing how to make a paper gun falls under these solutions. Little boys (and some girls) lover making paper guns and if they shoot paper pellets, all the more better. It is very easy to make paper guns that can keep your little one occupied. It requires little amount of time and patience to make paper guns and even lesser materials to make them. In the steps below, it has been illustrated, how one can make the perfect paper gun:

To know how to make a paper gun is an art itself. Although it is simple one needs to have deft fingers to make a successful firearm.


Plain sheets of Paper (depending on how many paper guns, one wishes to make)

What to do?

Fold an A4 size sheet in half

Next, refold the paper twice

Repeat the previous steps with a second piece of paper by folding them thrice

One of the pieces of paper should be folded in half, across the width. This is the “barrel” of the gun

The other paper should be folded in a 90 degree angle and at one end should be facing upward. This step should be repeated at the other end too. There should be a gap of four inches between the two ends.

The “barrel” should be slid around both the 90 degrees such that they are even and aligned

Pull it back and slide it forward to use it as a “safety catch” and prevent “accidental discharge”

For more realistic guns such as a Berretta or an Uzi there are a number of video tutorials available on the Internet or there are numerous art schools for children where one can learn to make different

objects out of different raw materials such as clay, paper, bamboo, wax and so on. All that one requires to make a paper gun (apart from paper) is glue, scissors and a little bit of patience.

Here are some additional suggestions that might make the activity more fun:

Let the children color the paper as per their choice, so that they have a gun in their favorite color

To hold the pieces of paper one may use glue or stapler to keep it from coming apart

Try different varieties of paper such as origami paper or tissue paper or papier mache or scrapbook paper or notebook paper and so on.


Paper guns are the safest forms of toy guns and it can be made by any child who is not a toddler. It may require some adult supervision since scissors may be fatal but apart from that this activity will keep children from getting into mischief and knowing how to make a paper gun raises the children’s estimation of the adult.

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January 20th, 2011 at 12:06 am