#960 Strategic trick-or-treating Jun18

#960 Strategic trick-or-treating

[digg=http://digg.com/arts_culture/Awesome_Thing_960_Strategic_trick_or_treating] Trick-or-treating ain’t no game. No, it’s a life lesson in goal-setting, planning, and tactical execution. Kids who master trick-or-treating go on to become successful world leaders. Kids who...

#961 Yellow teeth Jun17

#961 Yellow teeth

Hey, since when are teeth supposed to be beaming white, shining like little flashlights whenever somebody laughs or smiles? The way it’s been lately with the whitening strips, gels, gums, and toothpastes, the baking soda this, the dental bleaching that, well it almost seems like Having...

#962 Being the guy on the construction crew who gets to hold the Stop sign Jun16

#962 Being the guy on the construction crew who gets to hold the Stop sign

Sometimes you drive by those construction workers and you just can’t believe what they’re going through. Everyone’s face is covered in hot soot, sewer grease, and rain. One guy is up to his neck in the road, another is jackhammering his spinal column into dust, and then...

#963 When someone offers to toss your dirty clothes in with their load of laundry Jun15

#963 When someone offers to toss your dirty clothes in with their load of laundry

While flipping channels mindlessly the other day I ended up on the fast money round of Family Feud just as the host said to the contestant, “Name a household chore you don’t mind doing.” The contestant flashed a split-second look of massive confusion before reluctantly...

#964 The day when you first realize you can drive Jun14

#964 The day when you first realize you can drive

When I was sixteen the local Driver’s Ed course was offered on a muggy, unbearably humid week in the dead of summer. The classroom was on the top floor of an old, downtown building, the kind housing a mixed bag of dentists, lawyers, and old travel agencies with faded posters in the...

#965 Building a stack of pancakes that looks just like the front of the box Jun11

#965 Building a stack of pancakes that looks just like the front of the box

It’s no joke and it takes teamwork, timing, and trust, but building a stack of pancakes that looks just like the front of the box can be one of the most rewarding breakfast experiences of your life. Here’s how you can make the magic happen: 1. Assemble a team. You will need a...

#966 Living with someone who doesn’t mind killing spiders Jun10

#966 Living with someone who doesn’t mind killing spiders

It’s great living with someone who doesn’t mind killing spiders. In college we would call upon our roommate Dee to take care of the job. It was almost too easy, too. “Dee!,” we’d yell from the couch, lazily flipping channels while eating Chef Boyardee, ...

#967 Illegal naps Jun09

#967 Illegal naps

You know what’s even better than laying on a hammock in the backyard on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Better than catching a few winks after classes before a long night out at the bars? Better than falling asleep on the couch with the baseball game on the radio? You know what’s even...

#968 Barbecue lighters Jun08

#968 Barbecue lighters

Shouldn’t all lighters be replaced by barbecue lighters? They’re not much more expensive, but they’re so much more practical. No burning of the fingers. No getting your thumb all scraped. No trying to find this tiny little lighter that could be anywhere. You can’t lose...

#969 Tire names Jun07

#969 Tire names

A friend and I were out recently buying a new set of tires for the balding Spaldings on her old Mazda. This was her first time buying tires, so we basically listened to the sales guy’s advice on what she should get. “Well, you know the Eagle Eyes are pretty good,” he began...

#970 Using hotel lobby bathrooms when you’re out walking around Jun04

#970 Using hotel lobby bathrooms when you’re out walking around

Anyone else out there have a bladder the size of a walnut? One that fills up after a few spoons of soup and is on attention, ready to drain any time of the day? If you’re afraid of getting a drink before the movie or having a glass of water anytime after 6pm, then you’re with me....

#971 Real-bearded Santas Jun03

#971 Real-bearded Santas

Rare is the Santa Claus who can earnestly grow that full lion’s mane of bright white hair. But I’m sorry, it’s what We The People demand. Fake beards on Santa Claus are an insult. They mock the jolly Christmas cheer, like a wreath made out of lettuce, gingerbread house made...