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    • Sunday Punday on a Hilarious Holiday: It's Scrabble Day!

      Today is the day we celebrate everyone's favorite word game, Scrabble! If you have a game board, you should break it out today and play. Did you know that Scrabble celebrated it's 65th birthday last year in 2013? Here are some other fun facts about Scrabble: Scrabble was invented by Alfred Butts, who wanted to create a word game that combined crossword puzzles, anagrams, and chance. The original name for Scrabble was Lexico. The game was later renamed Scrabble, which means "to grope frantically." Alfred Butts used the New York Times to help him figure out the frequency and point values of each letter. For example, he discovered that E was the most frequently used vowel. Today, Scrabble is produced in 29 different languages as well as braille and low vision versions. The Guinness world record for the most Scrabble games played simultaneously was 521 games by 1,042 players. It was organized by Northland Secondary School, Mattel South East Asia, and Schools Scrabble Club in Singapore. So, now you're probably wondering how Scrabble can help you find a great domain name! Well, obviously it helps with the creative word skills you sometimes need to come up with an idea for an available domain name, but it's also helpful with coming up with domain hacks! A domains hack is a domain that combines the domain name with the top-level domain (TLD) to spell out a word or saying such as ComeWith.ME or Aweso.ME. If you're looking to register a fun domain hack, a helpful website to use is ScrabbleFinder.com. Scrabble Finder is great for cheating, er, helping with Scrabble and great for helping you figure out what words end in me for example. It even organizes the words by length! So, if you're looking for a word ending in me, us, ws, in, at, or any other TLD, I recommend using Scrabble Finder to help you come up with and register your next perfect domain hack! Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting fun puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: It's National Strawberry Day

      Okay, let me just preface this by saying that not only are strawberries tied for my favorite fruit (with raspberries), but I eat them almost every day. Seriously, strawberries are nature's candy and, let's be honest, the best thing ever. So you ask, how am I celebrating today's awesome holiday? By eating strawberries of course! Now I know that not everyone loves strawberries as much as I do (thank goodness because more for me!), so for those who aren't as fond of eating these speckled, red berries, here are a few other delicious ways to enjoy strawberries: Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade: A refreshing way to enjoy strawberries with or without alcohol! Strawberry Spinach Salad: Strawberries are good for you, so why not combine them with another thing that's good for you - spinach! No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie: You don't have to wait until Pi Day (3/14) to enjoy strawberry pie! 5 Minute Strawberry Ice Cream: I know it's still freezing in most of the US, but whether or not it's hot where you are, ice cream is always a delicious treat! ...Or you can always enjoy strawberries the way nature intended and just eat them the way they are. I know that's what I'll be doing! Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted February 27, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: National Margarita Day

      Sit down, grab a cocktail, and don't be tequila shy- it's National Margarita Day and you've got a whole lot of celebrating to do with these margarita recipes I found courtesy of allrecipes.com! Thankfully this year's thirsty holiday falls on a Saturday, so no need to worry about tomorrow's hangover interfering with your (hopefully) non-existent work schedule. Whip out the old margarita machine, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas! Beer Margaritas: Calling all beer lovers! Look no further, this recipe is the perfect solution to erase the infamous fluorescent green coloring in your ordinary margarita! (We even have a picture to the left to prove it!) Cowboy Margaritas: Whether you prefer to serve it chilled or on the rocks, this recipe's combination of tart, sweet, and tangy flavors pair beautifully together to appeal to various taste buds. Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita: Make the perfect strawberry margarita with frozen strawberries, limeade concentrate, and a few other ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen! Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted Saturday, February 22, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: Have a Terrible Opposite Day!

      Here's Why You Shouldn't Own a Domain in Honor of National Opposite Day If you're a small business owner, you don't want to own a domain. Owning a domain and hosting a website on it means customers will be able to find your business online 24/7. They'll be able to easily find your store's location, so they can come bother you during your daily working hours. Worse, they'll be able to reach your business during all hours of the day and night, likely keeping you from getting the precious sleep you need (think of all those annoying dings you'll hear as your email inbox is flooded). A website will open your business up to new customers that you'll have to spend time building a relationship with - and after you've already spent so much time building relationships with your current customers, I'm sure it will be exhausting. Plus, a website doesn't limit you to local customers only, which means you'll probably start to get strange outsiders interested in your website - probably from awful places like California ;). All this additional interest in your business could result in an increase in workload and the need to spend time hiring additional employees and growing your business. Seriously, who wants that? As you can see, owing a domain can bring lots of headaches such as more sales, more products, more customers, and worst of all, more money...because isn't money the root of all evil? Image is of Tardar Sauce, also know as "Grumpy Cat" Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 25, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: National Handwriting Day

      I hope you've got your writing utensils ready because today is National Handwriting Day! We celebrate today's very special holiday every year on January 23rd in conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday who was often remembered for his iconic signature on the Declaration of Independence. Let's commemorate the holiday with a look at how handwriting has evolved- and, some would say, declined- over the centuries. During the United States’ infancy, professional penmen were responsible for copying official documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Nowadays, information is mainly documented and transferred back and forth through keyboards and computer monitors which explains why the use of handwriting has declined over the past few years. Although some may argue that technology has allowed for more time efficient means of communication, it does have it set backs. When comparing an e-mail and written letter, there's no arguing which of the two delivers a more personal message. I think we can all agree that a hand written letter requires a lot more time and effort and not to mention it costs more in the long run. But the simple fact that someone took time out of their day to sit down and write to you is a very lovely gesture that doesn't go unnoticed (or end up in your spam folder). So step away from your keyboard, and put pen to paper for old times sake! It's the perfect day to get in touch with your creative skills and achieve the penmanship you've always wanted- or at least attempt to improve it. Whether it's through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry- the lost art or handwriting is one of the many ways we can uniquely express ourselves. Personalize Your Computer Font: If you're still a little skeptical about getting back into the rhythm of handwriting, myscriptfont.com let's you digitally produce documents with a personal touch again. All you need to do is fill out the template by hand and upload to your computer. This program is not only free, but it enables you to use your own handwriting as a font instead of every other generic writing style installed on your computer, so why not give it a shot! Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 23, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: National Popcorn Day

      Happy National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is the perfect snack to pair with a movie, but you don't have to go to the movie theater to get it! Pop some yourself at home with the vintage popcorn popper from Nostalgia Electrics pictured and these awesome recipes: Movie Star Popcorn: If you're looking for a simple recipe for popcorn, this is it. All you need is popcorn kernals, butter, salt, and peanut oil (or vegetable oil if you're allergic). State Fair Kettle Corn: With this recipe, you won't have to wait months for your state's fair for delicious kettle corn! And the best part of this recipe is how easy it actually is to make. You only need popcorn kernals, corn oil, white sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Marshmallow Popcorn Balls: This recipe provides a very different way to enjoy your popcorn! The result is similar to rice crispy treats. Adding the marshmallows provides you with a "sweet, crispy, and chewy" popcorn snack! Check out more fun popcorn recipes at AllRecipes.com. Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 19, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: Thesaurus Day

      Happy Thesaurus Day! Today we celebrate the birth of Peter Roget, the author of the very first thesaurus, who was born January 18th, 1779. As many of us may know, a thesaurus is used to reference synonyms (words with similar meaning) and in some cases antonyms (words with opposite meanings) are given as well. The wordthesaurus has been derived from the latinisation of the Greek thēsauros, which literally means "treasure store". Generally speaking it represents a collection of things which are of big importance or value. Given a thesaurus, writers can prevent themselves from spoiling their literary art by avoiding repetition of a particular word or phrase over and over again. We now have the ability to easily alter our word choice without damaging our targeted message. Did you know you can use a thesaurus to help you find your perfect domain? Having celebrated National Dress Your Pet Up Day just a few days ago, I began to notice a huge pet outfit craze that's spreading across the globe - so why not invest in a pet friendly domain to showcase all your doggy divas! The first catchy name I could think of, PetPrints.com, was taken. So to come up a clever domain that wasn't already taken, I used my thesaurus of course! That's when it hit me, PawsandClawsApparel.com! Surprisingly it's still available for you to purchase! This is just one example of how a thesaurus can suggest the right words for your domain. Don't be afraid to play around with words - remember you want something creative, but not fancy. We all know shopping for a new domain can be a difficult task if the name you had in mind is already taken. However, a thesaurus could be the perfect tool to help you find words that are similar in meaning and available to register! Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 18, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: Cable Car Day

      Cable Car Day is celebrated today because it was on January 17, 1871 that Andrew Smith Hallidie patented the first cable car. He got the idea while watching some horses struggle to pull a streetcar up one of San Francisco's famously steep hills. Eventually the horses slipped and were unfortunately dragged to their deaths right in front of him. After this Hallidie started Clay Street Hill Railway, the first cable car company. The company used his father's wire rope invention to pull streetcars up Clay Street and after its public debut on September 1, 1873 it was a big success. Although there used to be many cable car lines running all over the city of San Francisco, today there are just three cable car lines: the Powell-Hyde Line, the Powell-Mason Line, and the California Street Line. Riding a cable car when you visit San Francisco is a fun way to experience the city. Yes, it's touristy, but hey if you're visiting the city, then you are a tourist! There is also a Cable Car Museum that you can check out, which houses a collection of historic cable cars. Since our headquarters is located just south of San Francisco and I grew up just east of the city, I wanted to share a few tips for anyone planning to visit our fine city: 1. Check the weather & pack layers You may have heard the quote, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Many attribute this quote to Mark Twain, but whether or not he said this, the quote is something to consider. Although whoever said this quote obviously wasn't a part of the recent polar vortex gripping the rest of the US this winter, San Francisco's summers can be very cool. In fact, while the rest of the US was reeling from high temperatures over this past summer, San Francisco was one of the coldest places in the mainland US. You can always tell the tourists during the summer because they're wearing brand new San Francisco sweatshirts. I should also mention that the surrounding area's weather can be vastly different from that of the city. Both in San Francisco itself and in the surrounding Bay Area, we have what are called microclimates, which means that if you're planning to also visit the Napa Valley for some wine, you will need those summer clothes! 2. Watch out for big events It seems like San Francisco always has big events going on. Many of these events can completely bog down the city and make hotel prices skyrocket. If you're planning a trip, try and check out the city's events calendar first. The city is already expensive, but there's no reason to pay more because of an event you aren't even attending. One good place to find upcoming events in the city is SanFrancisco.travel. 3. Plan ahead if you want to visit Alcatraz Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco's biggest attractions - and for good reason - it's a really cool place to see. No matter when you're planning to visit the city, I recommend getting your tickets in advance. I tried to go on a random Monday in April once and it was already sold out for the day. This wasn't a big deal for me since I'm local, but if this is your one trip to San Francisco and Alcatraz is on your must-see list, plan ahead and get your tickets well in advance. Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 17, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Sunday Punday: Nuts Are So Expensive These Days They Cost an Almond a Leg!

      Happy Almond Day! Nuts may be expensive, but when they're as delicious as the almond, it's worth it! Here are a few fun facts about almonds in honor of National Almond Day! Almost all almonds in the US come from California. (You're welcome.) Almonds require bees for pollination. In order to pollinate California's almonds, nearly 1 million bee hives are brought into the state from around the US each February. Almonds grow inside of a fuzzy hull and are technically a seed. Almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. One ounce of almonds gives you more than a third of the Daily Value. The main fat in almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Almonds are used in many desserts around the world including some wedding sweets in Greece, pastry fillings in Morocco, and as a base for amaretti in Italy. Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting fun puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday And if you want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays, look for our #HilariousHolidays hashtag as well! Posted Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Hilarious Holidays: It's National Nothing Day!

      GOTCHA! Did you think we were just going to leave this page with nothing in honor of National Nothing Day? Well, we sort of did, but we also wanted to share this awesome gag gift that is perfect to celebrate this holiday: Nothing! You can get the gift of nothing on Amazon, though unfortunately it's sold out today. This is probably because today is National Nothing Day. I guess you'll have to plan ahead for next year. In case you were wondering, National Nothing Day was created by one of our locals (you're welcome)! It was proposed in 1972 by Harold Pullman Coffin, who created the National Nothing Foundation in nearby Capitola. He wanted to create a holiday that provides Americans with a National day to just sit around without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything about the National Nothing Foundation online, so it looks like it might be dead, but, luckily for us, National Nothing Day lives on! Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted January 16, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

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