Unusual Gift Ideas

  • metta

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    Nov 14, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    With the holidays approaching fast, I thought it might be fun to post unique gift ideas. If you happen to stumble upon some, post them here.

    This might be a fun gift to give to someone that works for the airlines...

    Boeing 747 window


    I was thinking it might even be able to be used to frame air plane related photography.


  • metta

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    Nov 14, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    This one you can make yourself for your friends that like to watch Fox News



    Just get some foil and here is the graphic:

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    Nov 14, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    I've always had trouble with Christmas. Such a corporate holiday, that and I'm broke almost every year. Can't say my ideas are unique in any tongue in cheek way, but they're unique mostly cause I hand write them, or design them myself.

    Also a Grinch for this holiday, cause the days around Thanksgiving used to be the calmest days of the holidays, along with Christmas; until Black Friday became the busiest shopping day of the year... Now there is no piece between Thanksgiving and Christmas to be enjoyed. Thankfully, I'm too old for Christmas now. As for the kids that watch their parents become animals in this new national ritual, there is much pity for seeing such a stressful strain for gifts most likely to be taken for granted and replaced in the coming year's madness. Holiday Magic as I knew it, has been replaced with Expectations of Holiday Magic, with less thoughtful and unique gifts. A substantial gift card, and Hallmark card will do just fine.
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    Nov 14, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    metta8 saidThis might be a fun gift to give to someone that works for the airlines...

    Boeing 747 ...
    I agree.
  • metta

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    Nov 26, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Holiday gifts: What to give the scientifically curious

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    Nov 26, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    make that person a subject to your collection of meme's
  • metta

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    Nov 27, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
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    Nov 27, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    I bought this for my dad for Christmas:


    They are the mugs from Christmas Vacation, my dads favorite movie. It will be kinda sentimental and awesome at the same time but to people who don't know why, its a real random gift
  • LJay

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    Nov 27, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    Rad, I think you need to send one of those to Bullwinklemoos.

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    Nov 30, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    metta8 saidTarget & Neiman Marcus are teaming up for gifts:


    What an unusual brand mashup/combination!
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:28 PM GMT

    Bacon wallet.
  • metta

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    Dec 05, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    From RJ Member: Sulla.


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    Sampling of Clarke Quotes

    ∙ “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    ∙ “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he
    is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very
    probably wrong.”

    ∙ “The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the

    ∙ “Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be
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    ∙ “It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

    ∙ “The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1 January 2001 as the real
    beginning of the 21st century and the Third Millennium.”

    ∙ “There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.”

    ∙ “The best proof that there's intelligent life in outer space is the fact that it hasn't
    come here.”

    Sampling of Quotes about Clarke

    ∙ “Arthur has done an enormous global service in preparing the climate for serious
    human presence beyond the Earth.” --Carl Sagan

    ∙ “Nobody has done more in the way of enlightened prediction than Arthur C.
    Clarke.” --Isaac Asimov

    ∙ “Arthur literally made my Star Trek idea possible, including the television series,
    the films, and the association and learning it has made possible for me” –Gene

    ∙ “Arthur C. Clarke is one of the true geniuses of our time. I envy him his brain.”
    –Ray Bradbury


    ∙ “Arthur somehow manages to capture the hopeless but admirable human desire
    to know things that can really never be known.” --Stanley Kubrick
  • metta

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    May 16, 2015 2:01 AM GMT


  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 2:10 AM GMT
    How about fundies??
    Do they make those anymore??
  • metta

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    May 16, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
    venue35 saidHow about fundies??
    Do they make those anymore??

    Yes, yes they do....


    It is actually the first time I have ever heard of such a thing.
  • metta

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    May 16, 2015 2:30 AM GMT
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