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USB Speakers - Giving the Gift of Music

Your employees are valuable members of your company's team so rewarding them with a set of personalized USB speakers is one way of showing them that you really do care. If your employees are not in a cubicle farm, why not present them with a set of personalized USB speakers for their office computer? It is a proven fact that music is a great way to boost productivity.

USB speakers have come down in price considerably and if your office computer systems did not come with speakers, then you can provide your employees with a set for a fairly inexpensive amount. Many specialty stores can provide you a quote for USB speakers in bulk that you can have embossed with your company logo for that personalized touch. Plus, if you tell your employees that these personalized USB speakers are free for them keep when they leave the company, they will be able to use them over and over again. It's a nice way of saying thank you and showing your employees that they are valued members of your team.

When you invest in promotional USB speakers for your workers, don't go for the cheapest ones available. You want to provide your employees with USB speakers that have a good sound. Since you hope that they will use your gift in the office, they do not have to play exceptionally loud. Just loud enough not to be disturbing but sound good no matter what type of music your employee enjoys. This way they can still hear the phone ring or you bellow from down the hall.

Your company logo can be placed on the top of the USB speakers, but if you find a company that customizes items to be used for promotional purposes, you may actually be able to have your company logo silk screened onto the speaker grill. How cool would that be? This would definitely make these promotional USB speakers unique and a great keepsake of your employees hard work on your behalf.

Some USB speakers will even work with an MP3 player, allowing your employees to plug into their music without having to worrying about bogging their computer down with all of their favorite music files. Just think how nice a set of colorful, personalized USB speakers will look sitting on your employees desk, your logo prominently displaced. They will not only be functional but also a great conversation starter when customers come into your office.

USB speakers are small, portable, and a great way to provide your employees with music to boost their productivity. They help your employees focus on their work without worrying about awkward headphones that block outside noises that may be important to your employee, such as the telephone ringing. They are defiantly a different and unique promotional gift for your employees, ones that will be well appreciated and used for a long time to come.

If your employees work in a cubicle farm, you could present employees who reach milestones with a set of customized USB speakers as present. They are a great way to show them that you recognize their years of hard work and loyalty. The next time you need a special gift, consider a set of USB speakers instead of a watch or pen set.


Some Of The Facts You Should Know About Satellite Radio

Here are a few FAQs about everyone's favorite radio service.

Question #1: Can you give us an overview of what satellite radio is?

Who provides the new service?

Answer: Satellite radio is a subscription based communication service. It has far more programs and music than the traditional network does, and it is available internationally by WorldSpace and stateside by Sirius and XM.

Question #2: Are there any advantages to having satellite radio?

Answer: The genres, styles, and eras of music you can choose from is almost limitless. Getting the programming you want, (weather, traffic, talk, news, and entertainment), without the annoyance of commercials. The new technology is broadcast into your car, RV, yacht, sauna, or home by use of a digital signal that completely eradicates that entire mind frying static. Once you purchase the equipment and properly install it, you will be supplied with a complete list of programming and channels right on the receiver. Local traffic and weather are available, provided by Sirius and XM.

Question #3: Are there any disadvantages to having the new technology?

Answer: If you don't live in the continental United States, you cannot receive the signal. This includes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories.

Question #4: What do XM and Sirius Radio provide?

-XM: 150 channels, 2 NASCAR racing channels, Major League Baseball, Professional Golf Association, ACC, Big Ten, and PAC-10 football and basketball coverage. You can have all of this awesome stuff for only $12.95 a month.

-Sirius: 120 Channels, Live National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association, English Premier League Soccer, and college sports game coverage. You can get all of this great programming for only $12.95 a month.

Question #5: How do I go about installing a system capable of handling the new technology?

Answer: There are a few things you will need before installing a system. First of all, you will need an antenna powerful enough to pick up the signal and deliver it to your receiver. Secondly, you will need a tuner so that you can actually get the signal from the antenna. There are 3 basic types of satellite radio tuners: Plug and play, which can be used on the go in a specially designed boom box, or car, the Universal tuner, which is most commonly used in the car, and then there is the home tuner, which hooks directly into the receiver. Thirdly, you will require a receiver which allows you to select the channels. Lastly, you absolutely need to purchase a subscription from either XM Satellite Radio or Sirius Radio.

Question #6: How do I get the best satellite quality sound in my car?

Answer: In order to get the great sound you deserve from your system you should do 1 of 3 things:

a.Install an in-dash receiver with a built-in tuner.
b.Install a satellite ready receiver and connect it to an external satellite tuner.
c.Install a plug-and-play satellite tuner by connecting it directly to your vehicle's stereo auxiliary input.


Sounds Confusing? Mp3 and Mp4 Player Buying Guide

If you are planning to buy an MP3 or MP4 player, you should take into account its memory capacity, supported formats, accessories and battery. Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Philips and several other brands are available. Need help choosing the right product? This guide can assist you in picking the best player suited to your needs.

What are MP3 and MP4 players?

MP3 and MP4 players are digital devices that let you take your music and videos with you, wherever you go. You can transfer files from your computer to the player and enjoy them anywhere using headphones or portable speakers and the built-in screen. Use MP3 players to play music and MP4 players to view photos and play videos. These players are convenient to own and easy to use. They provide entertainment for hours on end.

What are the different types of MP3 and MP4 players available for sale?

You can buy various types of MP3 players like flash memory players and hard disk drive players. You have a large selection of MP4 players to choose from as well, including basic models, MP4 players with digital cameras, HDD media players, DivX MP4 players and TV MP4 players.

How many songs and images can a player store?

The number of songs you can store on a player depends upon the memory space available. The memory capacity of an MP3 player ranges from 256 MB to 160 GB. MP4 players have a much higher memory capacity with ranges of 20 GB to 100 GB and above. A 1 GB player can store more than 350 songs and 300 images. Since MP4 players playback video, they have more memory, as videos consume much more space. MP4 players use hard disks for better storage capacity. If you have to store hours of video, opt for an MP4 player with 20 GB of storage, as a minimum. Memory card slots allow you to expand the memory space available in MP3 and MP4 players, so check for them before making your final selection.

What formats do these players support?

Before buying an MP3 or an MP4 player, make sure that it plays the formats you want. An MP3 player supports other formats like AAC (the default format used by iPods), WMA (Microsofts technology), and Atrac (Sonys audio compression technology). MP4 players can play more file formats than MP3 players. The basic MP4 player can support MP4, MP2, MP1, DivX, AVI and WMV video files. They also support audio formats like MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis.

What features do MP4 and MP3 players have?

MP4 players come with built-in screens and recording features. Theses players usually include an MP4 conversion software and instructions on how to best encode video content. High-end MP4 players can record audio directly to the memory from an in-built FM radio tuner, line-input or microphone. For added convenience, some players feature an in-built microphone. You can also record TV shows directly from your television and output your saved data to your TV.

Many MP3 players feature backlit screens for better viewing, radios and Wi-Fi capabilities. Wi-Fi enabled MP3 and MP4 players let you download songs and videos from the Internet. Most current models support high-speed USB 2.0 transfer and a few models support FireWire.

Which player is best for you?

If you will use your player only for short durations, then choose a small, compact and lightweight one. Looking for a player to store your entire music collection? Go for players with 30 GB of memory or more. If you intend to use your player on long trips, select among models with lengthy playback times. If you are looking for an MP3 player for sports or working out, you will need an ultra-compact player like the iPod Shuffle or a small flash memory player that clips onto your clothes. Get a compact flash-based player with a pair of noise-canceling headphones if you travel by bus or train.

What accessories are available for MP3 and MP4 players?

There are many accessories available for MP3 and MP4 players. Here is a look at some in detail.


Most Portable Audio or MP3 and MP4 players come with earphones. If you listen to music at work, clip on or wrap around headphones might be more comfortable. Noise-cancellation headphones provide clear sound when your travel. Buy a headphone splitter to share music with a friend.

External Speakers and Docking Stations:

There is a wide range of external speakers available for MP3 and MP4 players. Most of these speakers include docking stations that will recharge your player.

Travel Speakers:

Carry travel speakers with you when you picnic or hit the beach with your friends and family. These speakers use rechargeable batteries.

FM Transmitters:

FM transmitters allow you to transmit songs stored on your player through any radio.


Almost all MP3 and MP4 music devices use a rechargeable battery. You can recharge a player by connecting it to your computer.

AC Adapters:

Many MP3 and MP4 players come with a standard AC adapter to quickly recharge your music device.

Cases and Skins:

Protect your music player from scratches with cases and skins. They come in many different designs and colors, so choose your favorites to personalize your player.


Cradles hold MP3/MP4 players in your vehicle while you drive.


Strap your music player on your arm with an armband. Get one if you plan on exercising with your player often.

Cassette Adapters:

Cassette adapters allow you to play MP3 songs from your portable music player in your vehicles cassette deck.


Home Audio Speakers: The Basics

A home audio system is made up of two components: the receiver and the speakers. Once you have chosen a receiver that is to your liking and will provide all the optimal audio features you want, you have the pleasure (or pain) of choosing your speakers. The receiver is only as good as the home audio speakers and vice versa. But with so many types, which should you choose? What are the differences?

Floor-standing speakers, also known as tower speakers, have been around for decades, and for good reason. While larger than their counterparts, the reproduce a wide range of frequencies and are more efficient in terms of volume per watt. Because of their size and performance, they are more expensive than smaller speakers. They are ideal if you have a large room or want to listen to more music rather than movie watching.

People with a budget and little space should consider investing in bookshelf speakers. They can still offer excellence performance. Most are 2-way, meaning they contain a tweeter and a woofer or midrange. The downside of bookshelf speakers is that they cannot produce low bass as well as a floor-standing speaker. Consider adding a subwoofer to the home audio setup.

Movie and theater buffs will need to add channel speakers to their system. They can handle a wide range of frequencies and can deliver more precise dialogue, music, and special effects in movies. They are generally placed above or below the TV. The channel speaker should be the first speaker you purchase for your system and where you put most of your money.

Surround speakers are adept for the high and midrange sounds. They come in quite small packages these days and will therefore not distract from the décor. But remember to add a subwoofer for the low bass. Placement is key for these speakers to ensure you get that true surround sound effect.

As mentioned previously, subwoofers are crucial for producing low frequencies which is not possible on smaller home audio systems. However, they are rather large. The good news is that they are omni-directional so you can place it virtually anywhere in the room, out of sight.

Really tight on space? A sound bar is the solution for you. The sound bar's processor is able to deliver a rich, full sound throughout the room without all that extra setup. Sound bars offer virtual surround sound and are perfect for those with no floor space for speakers. They can mount on the wall or sit below the television. They connect with one simple cable.

Enjoy movies and music the way they were meant to be heard. Do them justice with the right home audio system setup.


Discount Home Theater Systems: Surround Sound On A Budget

Buying a surround sound system or home theater on a budget doesn't have to be mission impossible. In fact, it is quite easy to work with almost any budget when purchasing these systems in today's marketplace. The thing you have to remember is that you do most often get what you pay for and the higher quality systems are going to cost more money. It is often difficult once you've experienced the difference in sound quality of the higher end surround sound systems to make the decision to purchase one that fits within lower budget requirements but you can get sound quality for a lower price and stay on budget if you shop very carefully.

The first thing you need to do is set priorities. If you are looking for a surround system, then focus on that rather than flitting back and forth between home theaters and surround sound systems. You will do much better economically and quality wise to go with a surround sound system rather than a home theater in a box sort of kit in the same price range and the only major difference is that a home theater kit in a box often comes with a DVD player. The sacrifice usually lies in the speaker when you purchase a kit such as this for your home. You can not only save money by purchasing the surround sound system as a stand alone system you can get better quality in both the sound system and the DVD/DVR if you purchase them separately rather than together.

You can find speakers and components for surround systems in all kinds of price ranges. You want to make sure that if you are purchasing a box set for your surround sound system that it has all the parts and components you will need in order to get theater quality sound. These sets and systems can be found at amazing prices in large retail chains around the country. If you are willing to wait for sales you can even get better prices on them.

Set a budget before you begin shopping however and do not allow yourself to be talked into something that is outside your budget. There will always be temptations to spend more when it comes to electronics. That bigger screen, the larger subwoofer, the better amplifier - there's always one more temptation to get your dollars. The thing you must be prepared for is not only to try to get the best quality and greatest functionality for the least amount of money but also to stay within a certain budget limit in order to accomplish your goal. If you overspend now, it will result in delays for upgrades or additions later on.

Another thing you can do in order to stay within budget is to purchase a 5.1 surround sound system with 6 speakers (5 plus the subwoofer) that can expand to a 7.1 speakers with the addition of speakers over time. This allows you to expand and improve your system in time but gives you a good starting point, provided that you have good quality speakers. There really isn't enough that can be said about the budget friendliness of a system that can be upgraded and expanded over time. If you get a nice base system it is possible that you will be able to change the speakers over time as your budget becomes more flexible and electronics friendly (you will need to check and make sure as to matters of compatibility however).

Despite the high price of many surround sound and home theater systems, it is quite possible to own a system of your very own and greatly enhance your home television viewing and sound experience greatly without going to debtor's prison on the process. Take the time to compare prices, learn what you absolutely need and what you can live without, and start small, then build up to a better system rather than going into the buying process with an all or nothing attitude. You just might find that you have a far superior system over time with half the investment others have made in theirs.


Outdoor Speakers - Perfect For A Melodious Garden

Outdoor speakers allow you to move your music with you into your backyard, the beach or anywhere else you want to go. Whether it is a quiet time alone on the patio or a day at the beach with the family, we can surround our ears with our favorite tunes.

For backyards, when using conventional, or wired, outdoor speakers this means deciding where they will be placed and then running the wires from the stereo system to the speakers. Wires will typically be buried underground or under the roof of the house or structure in the yard (like a large wooden shed).

The type of speaker should be considered before you start your wiring as it will affect where you place your speakers and therefore where you wiring will go. Speakers that are meant to be used on the ground should be set in a position so that the sound is not muffled or distorted in any way. Likewise, speakers that are intended to be off the ground should be set on stands.

When wiring your speakers, you should follow some sage advice. The first bit of advice is to avoid running the wire through a door or a window. Doors and windows open and close and the wire could be caught where it could be sheared off in a scissors like manner by the door or window. Instead, the wires should be run through the wall. After the hole is drilled in the wall, the wire should be run through the hole and then run to the speaker without too much slack in the line. The less wire exposed the better.

One big aspect of outdoor speakers is their resistance to weather. When purchasing speakers that are meant for the great outdoors, you need to make sure that your speakers will endure the first sign of moisture and cold. A popular type of outdoor speaker is the garden speaker which is virtually weatherproof. The speakers blend in with your garden, are easy to install and are generally affordable by most consumers.

There are many different types of these garden speakers. The garden speakers can be in the shape of real things or animals you would normally find in a garden. The speakers can be in the shape of rocks, frogs, lizard or mushrooms. These speakers are typically painted or colored to look like the real thing so that your guests will be unaware and the speakers do not stick out like a sore thumb.

When looking to purchase outdoor speakers, you can also go with wireless outdoor speakers as well. These will function the same way as wired speakers, but they will not require the work required to install the wires. The only thing you will need to keep tabs on is how far away the wireless speakers are from the stereo system.

Whether it is wired or wireless, outdoor speakers will allow you to bring your music with you.


Meditation And Stress Control

It is a distressing fact many people react poorly to stress. In the worst cases of prolonged stress, this can lead to nervous breakdowns and depression. Stress is rarely cited as the cause of death but doctors know that stress can lead to other, physical and mental, disorders, which can then lead to death by suicide or heart disease. Stress is a killer, there is no doubt about that. Yet a certain amount of stress often results in a job being done better.

The trick is to learn how to deal with the situations that we find stressful. If the cause of the stress is financial, learn how to handle your money better. If the cause is emotional, sort it out with your partner or get out of the relationship. If you are not happy in your job, get a new one or retrain. If you are content where you are, but you still need assistance to cope with your stress, then help is at hand.

There are many ways of working off stress. Some people like to go for a 'swift drink' on the way home and that is fine as long as it is kept under control. Others like to go training or jogging. Others like to relax in a hot bath, a Jacuzzi or a sauna. Some enjoy a massage and others take up yoga and or meditation.

Stress is all in the mind. Even sport or training only 'helps take your mind off' your difficulties. It stands to reason then that if you want to overcome stress, you have to change the way your mind copes with it. Counseling will help some people, indeed they may need it, but most people can help themselves by getting a good book on meditation techniques.

Meditation is not easy to do properly unless you are a natural and there are some, but for most of us it is a skill that we have to learn. If you want to learn and you stay with it, you will achieve such a level of aptitude as will allow you to deal with stress and the problems that caused your stress. It will allow you to see the problems more clearly and perhaps you will realize that they are not really problems at all - only challenges and tests, puzzles to be solved in a game.

Meditation is more than just thinking, but I cannot go into how to teach meditation in this short piece of writing. The Internet has loads of good Information on meditation, but I personally do not find reading a computer screen relaxing, which is why I suggest getting a book, so that you can read it somewhere peaceful and practice what it explains.

Suitable places could be in your bedroom, on the decking or in the garden surrounded by your flowers. Indoors you could recreate the smells of the garden with scent and aromatherapy. Lavender is believed to be relaxing for a lot of people.

Some people like to play peaceful music, although it is better not to have words or you may become distracted. Some people like listening to whale songs. I like to start my meditation sessions by relaxing my whole body. I start by picturing little people inside my legs, arms and torso pulling wires to move my muscles. I start in my feet and tell each person one by one to take an hour's tea break and I watch him leaving his post, in my big toe, for example, and walking up the inside of my leg to the canteen (wherever that is). Before long he is joined by other colleagues from other 'departments', until no part of my body is capable or movement, because there is no-one there to operate the muscles or wires.

Then I go back to the office in my head and I open up a crack in the ground. This crack keeps getting wider, very slowly getting wider and all the thoughts, problems and ideas that I have, play a game of jumping over the widening crack. Some are weak and fall down the crack soon. Other ideas are strong and persistent and the crack has to get quite wide before they perish as well. In the end, I am left alone, unless I choose to join in the game too and then the factory becomes totally deserted and there is a works shut down.


5 Funny And Touching Christmas Movies For The Whole Family

Christmas is a time for family and friends. It's a time when we want to be together, all snuggly warm and cozy. And what better way to spend time together than watching a fun movie!

Christmas movies appeal to all ages. Finding the right movie to watch with your entire family might be tricky. That's why we put together this list of good family-friendly movies that everyone will enjoy. We watch a couple every single year!

A Christmas Story (1983) Set in a 1940s middle-America family's Christmas celebration, this movie is loaded with laughs. Ralphie is growing up in a house with a cranky father, understanding (sometimes) mother, and whiny brother. He has an aunt who gives him pink bunny pajamas forgetting perhaps that he's a growing boy who will get beat up if he wears them. All he really wants in the whole world for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. But, anytime he slips and tells someone about the BB gun, he's told in no uncertain terms "you'll shoot your eye out!" Even Santa is against him! In between bullies, triple-dog-dares, daydreaming about getting an A+++++ on his school work, and fighting marauders, Ralphie's days are full. If only he could convince someone of his need for the Red Ryder BB gun, life would be good.

Elf (2003) Outstanding performances by Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Bob Newhart make this movie not only funny, but well done. Why a six foot tall elf? Well, when a little baby in an orphanage stows away on Santa's sleigh, what else can you expect. The baby, Buddy, grows up at the North Pole and realizes that he's different. Buddy asks about his real father and is told that he lives in New York City, and that he is on the Naughty List, so Buddy sets out to find him and help him get on the Nice List. Now, a six foot tall Elf is on the loose in New York City! Buddy's father doesn't love Christmas the way Buddy does... well NOBODY loves Christmas the way Buddy does, so he will just have to change their mind.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) This movie is a Must See Movie. James Stewart and Donna Reed shine in this delightful and timeless story of a family's love and strength during good times and bad. Sacrificing his youthful dreams to support his family and his small town, George Bailey settles into a life he didn't intend. When his hopes for a good life are almost shattered by an evil manipulator, he is sent a guardian angel who's arrived fresh from Heaven to earn his wings. George learns, with the help of a little magic by his angel, that all is not lost when you live a good life with a good family and lots of wonderful friends. And, when all is said and done, that's what really matters.

The Santa Clause (1994) Charlie is a boy with an imagination, but his imagination could get him in trouble with his Mom and her psychiatrist husband. Charlie's Dad, Scott, is trying hard to let his son's imagination run wild, but stories about going to the North Pole with Santa are a stretch. The problem is Charlie was at the North Pole with his Dad, but his Dad denies it. He even believes that his own memories of the night are a dream and his new "SC" monogrammed pj's stand for Scott Calvin and not Santa Claus. What Scott is unwilling to believe for a long time is that he signed on with the Santa "clause" when the first Santa fell off his roof! After the initial shock wears off, Scott is more than willing to show his son a proper Christmas Eve. When you see the end of this movie, you'll be a believer, too!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The entire Muppet ensemble is turned out in classic costume for this remake of the literary masterpiece. Featuring Michael Caine, in person, as Ebeneezer Scrooge, this Christmas classic is well done and extremely entertaining. Charles Dickens is played beautifully by the Great Gonzo, and who doesn't find that funny! The Muppets bring this classic tale to children using a lighthearted approach with laughter and music. The ghost scenes are not too dramatic or scary. This is a movie made for kids and grown ups alike.

Isn't it time you grabbed a movie, a snack, your favorite blanket, and your family, and spent some time together? This Christmas make a movie date with the people you love. Have some laughs, snuggle, and enjoy!


Article Writing Tips From Spongebob Squarepants

Wisdom can be found in the most unexpected places. Today, wisdom bubbled up from a pineapple under the sea. I suddenly realized that everything you'd want to know about writing articles for your website can be taught by SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends.

When you write for your newsletter, blog, or website, which character are you most like?

Squidward: Squidward is B-O-R-I-N-G. When writing articles, are you a Squidward? Do you just get the words down on paper or are you finding a fun twist to entertain your audience and keep them coming back for more? Take time to make your articles stand out from the thousands of other dull articles out there by including personal stories or just having fun while writing. For instance, this article could be entitled "How to Write a Good Article", but would it stand out from the hundreds of other articles about article writing? Probably not.

Mr. Krabs: This crustacean is focused on one thing and one thing only, making more and more and more money. Only a cartoon could actually have dollar signs drawn in his eyes. He thinks of no one, only how he can benefit. Are your articles focused on you or on the reader? Are you providing information or do you have blinders on, thinking only about how you can make money from the article you are writing? If your article reads like an ad or is self-serving or full of affiliate links, you might write like Mr. Krabs.

Patrick: SpongeBob's best friend, the starfish, has a good heart, but isn't the brightest creature in the sea. Do your articles make you sound like an expert? Are you providing valuable content or just pushing out sloppy articles as fast as you can? Always double check for typos and grammatical errors. If you're challenged by spelling and grammar, hire a Virtual Assistant or Copywriter to proofread and submit your article for you. Or slow down, set your article aside for a day and then reread it before you click the "submit" button.

Plankton: The smallest creature in the sea is also the sneakiest. He'll do anything and hurt anyone to steal someone else's work (the Krabby Pattie secret formula). Write your own material. Don't be Plankton. Don't copy and paste someone else's work, edit it, and try to pass it off as your own. You will be caught, and it just isn't worth it. Take the same amount of effort and work on your own thoughts and ideas. Plankton never gets away with his schemes, either. He's on Plan "Z" and is still pathetically failing at his attempts to steal the secret formula.

SpongeBob: This little guy always tries to do the right thing, and is a hard worker. He may not always end up getting the results he hoped for, but he bounces back and tackles his work with a renewed vigor. SpongeBob works very hard, he's a good friend, he always thinks of others, and tries to have fun no matter what he is faced with. Hardworking, friendly SpongeBob is the guy to be when writing articles.

Although this is a silly lesson in article writing, I hope you'll remember the important messages our underwater friends have taught us.

1. Be entertaining. Not boring.

2. Write articles to help others, not with dollar signs in your eyes.

3. Proofread your articles carefully, and provide valuable information.

4. Write your own material. Don't copy others.

5. Be a SpongeBob! Hard work and persistence pay off.

Before you know it, you'll develop a following for having informative and entertaining articles and you'll be King or Queen of the sea.


The Randomness Of Funny Stuff

There are some things that are just funny whether they were intended to be or not. Like tripping over your own feet, that fall you took off of the edge of your porch, or the broken heel you got when you managed to wedge your shoe in the door to keep the elevator from closing.

Now, breaking your heel to hold the elevator door may not be considered a funny thing to you, but it is to the group of people that watched you fight with your shoe for twenty minutes trying to get it unstuck. Anything funny can come from the most innocent moments. This funny stuff sometimes happens out of the blue and causes onlookers to wish for a camera to capture it.

That funny stuff in the emails you get each day and forward. Pictures you took with unexpected people in the background are funny things too. When your cat fell in the bathtub with you, that was some funny stuff. Not the scratches you got, of course, but the cat trying to scramble its way back to dry land.

Anything funny will cause people to laugh and ask for a repeat performance. Some want laughs so badly they will set up others so that funny stuff happens to them. The old bucket-of-water-over-the-door trick may be a little outdated, but it is still a funny thing to do to an unsuspecting person.

Although different people have a different view of what funny things are. Some consider hiding rubber snakes to be funny. But nothing funny is seen about it by the one screaming at the snake until they realize that it is a fake.

Funny stuff happens all the time when you have children. Kids are adorable and they will embarrass you given the chance; parroting is the most common of the funny things kids do. By parroting, I don't mean they repeat what you are saying to them. No, this would not embarrass you. Instead they wait until you are talking to someone and repeat what you didn't think they heard, which has a tendency to turn your face red. While your face is red, the person you were speaking with tries, usually unsuccessfully, to suppress their laughter, proving yet again that funny things are different for everyone.

Funny stuff can occur from forgetfulness as well. Like something funny that can happen in your kitchen, for instance. Pouring yourself a drink and putting it in the refrigerator. Then you go around looking for that same drink for half an hour while those that watched you put it in the fridge stand by and say nothing.

Anything funny caught on film becomes funnier as it is shared with the world. The funniest things aren't staged, but just happen, or at least look like they just happened out of nowhere. Hidden wires and things left out of place can lead to funny stuff happening when someone that is not in on the set-up enters the picture. The unsuspecting person walks in and takes flight as they hit the wire strung across the room, unable to catch their balance.

These are proof that anything funny can come from funny things that were not realized to be funny by all who were there at the time.


The Land Of Song - Wales

Wales has a long history of music and has been called the 'land of song' since at least the Nineteenth Century. This reference to Wales as the land of song, almost certainly comes from the enthusiastic singing in Welsh churches and at Welsh sports meetings, especially at rugby matches. However, Wales' links with music go much further back than that.

Wales has a tradition of folk music which is closely linked with Scottish and Irish folk music. There are several forms of musical gathering that are comparable to those in other Celtic countries in the United Kingdom. For instance there is the twmpath (folk dance session), g?yl werin (folk festival) and noson lawen (a traditional party comparable to the Gaelic "C?ilidh").

Modern Welsh folk musicians have often resurrected traditions which had been suppressed or forgotten, and have competed with imported and indigenous rock and pop trends. This has been especially true since the 1990's.

Despite modern Welsh trends in music, Wales will always be connected with Male Voice Choirs such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir and Treorchy Male Voice Choir which enjoy world wide fame.

These choirs were frequently made up of workers from one village or one coal mine and so it was quite natural for men to sing when one town played against another, especially if that game was Wales' national sport of rugby. The first time the Welsh National Anthem, 'Yr Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' ('The Old Country of my Fathers', normally translated as 'Land of My Fathers'), was sung at an International sporting event was in 1905

Along side the choirs, brass bands sprang up in villages, working men's clubs, churches and at work especially in South Wales where brass bands are still very popular. In fact, the Cory Band is one of the most successful brass bands in the world.

There were quite a few world famous Welsh singers in the Twentieth Century and some of them are still singing to jam-packed audiences worldwide. Ivor Novello was one of the first who became famous during the First World War as a singer songwriter. Then there was Geraint Evans and Delme Bryn-Jones during the Second World War.

After that, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey began their singing careers in the 1950's but are still singing fifty years later. There were also well-liked bands in the Seventies and Eighties such as Man and Budgie and solo artists such as Shakin' Stevens, nnie Tyler and John Cale (Velvet Underground).

In more recent times, we have seen the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci; the latter two bands being famous for lots of their songs' lyrics being in Welsh.

There have always been operatic singers as well such as Rebecca Evans, Aled Jones, Bryn Tervel and Charlotte Church. Cardiff holds the 'Singer of the World' competition but the Wales also has its very own Eisteddfod, where Pavarotti sang for years. It was because of Wales tradition as a nation of singers that Paul Robeson sang in Wales in the Fifties


What Men Really Want From Women: Secrets Revealed

Being single is the most uncomfortable and insecure feeling a woman has in her life. Finding the right man and getting him to love her is a herculean task she has to face. How to find the right man? If at all the right man is found how to make him love you? What do men really want from women? There is no hard and fast rule as to what will make a man fall towards a woman. As we all know men are from Mars and women are from Venus so there is no actual qualification which might fit a man's mind as far as falling in love with women is concerned.

Do not get disappointed if you are confused about the right attitude and approach you need to take towards a man whom you wish to love you all your life. Be cool and relaxed and things will definitely fall apart to reveal the right man with the right attitude and who will definitely love you at first sight. Lady luck and cupid will have to definitely work for this to happen overtime. Still there are few things that need to be done on your side too.

What do men really want from women? Actually there is no need to move a mountain or fight a wide bull to get what you want. Just maintain who you are and try to be little more cautious and conscious of how you move about in his vicinity.

(1) Honest and Self Confidence

Men can easily identify women who flirt from the original women who are looking for relationships. Many women will act as if they are interested in just one man yet will be looking around for other interesting men too. You need to have some integrity and honesty towards the man you wish to have as your own just as you expect your man to be honest with you too. Try to make sincere efforts to make him love you and have a positive attitude that he will love you at all times. Always openly talk about your likes and dislikes and don't try to fake details just to impress him. Men like women who are open and have a lot of courage and self confidence is the basic thing what men want from women.

(2) Tackle Commitment Talk

Don't talk about commitment right away. Give time for him to think and allow him space to actually think about it for sometime. Take slow and steady steps and never try to rush up in a relationship. First make sure he has the same feelings that you have towards him and then proceed to reveal your idea of a relationship or commitment. It is always good to get all that from the man's mouth than spilling it out yourself.

What men really want from women is to be you, have self confidence and always acts smart and wise and don't rush him for an answer.


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