10 More Ideas or Thoughts To Ponder Over

When you find yourself with just a little too much time on your hands, here are a few more thoughts to ponder over. I’m sure you may be able to relate to….. or have thought about one or two of the following ideas. Try not to spend to much time on each one 😛

  • Why is it that success usually occurs in private, and failure takes place in full view?
  • The severity of the itch is directly proportional to YOUR inability to reach it.
  • The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
  • Why does your nose run and your feet smell?
  • How can someone “draw a blank”?
  • How far east can you go before you’re heading west?
  • Why is it that everyone driving faster than you is considered an idiot and everyone driving slower than you is a moron?

What Modern Conveniences Could You NOT Live Without?

If we all took the time to stop whatever it is that we’re doing at the moment — even a brief moment — to think of all the modern conveniences and technology that fill our daily lives such as communication devices, computers, vehicles, appliances, televisions, audio and video players/recorders, power tools, electronic gadgets, etc. — it’s quite overwhelming! It’s simply amazing to think how dependent we have become on them as the years pass by. Can you imagine your life today without some of them?

What “Modern Conveniences” Do You Feel You Can’t Live Without?

Those of you born in the late 70’s or early 80’s  and beyond probably can’t remember a time when microwave ovens, cell phones, computers, cable television, and other modern conveniences and luxuries didn’t exist, but I was born in the late fifties, and I recall a time when life was much easier, simpler and considerably less expensive. Of course, even these days it isn’t really necessary to have a cell phone, cable or satellite television or even a computer, unless you’ve allowed yourself to be taken in by modern technology. Many of these modern conveniences I swore I’d never need or want, but now I find myself not wanting to live without them because they have made living so much easier.

Are you old enough to remember when cable television and satellite television didn’t exist? Or are you old enough to remember when there were only three networks on the air – ABC, CBS, NBC and they all signed off at midnight… except on Friday and Saturday nights? I vividly recall watching shows like Bonanza, Combat, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Father Knows Best, Gilligan’s Island, The Flintstones, Wild Kingdom, and The Wonderful World of Disney on a 19-inch black and white television set with rabbit ears, and was quite content with that.

So… What Are Your Thoughts?

Nowadays there are more than ever modern conveniences — so many that I couldn’t even begin to list them all. The past three decades have seen amazing advances in technology, and the list of things that we’re used to at the present that were NOT even thought of when I was a child would probably span several pages. I’m fairly certain that it would be very difficult for younger people to imagine never owning many of the items we currently consider a commonplace staple, typical and/or necessary.

I guess that we can’t miss modern conveniences we’ve never had.

What “Modern Conveniences” Do You Feel You Couldn’t Live Without?

Your answers will greatly depend upon your age and what you grew up with and without. It will be interesting to learn what people in different age groups consider necessary, and what they consider an unnecessary modern convenience.

Give Your Input In The New Voter’s Poll

There is also a new voter’s poll (April/2010) in the right hand column of this website asking the same question… along with a sizable list of modern-day conveniences. Please take the time and give your input on this subject. You can also check to see how others have replied to this question at the bottom of the poll.

Here is the Poll Link:

What Modern Conveniences Could You NOT Live Without?
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Most Popular Subjects People Will Search & Pay For

Finding The Right Niche Market

Are you having a hard time thinking or trying to figure out which niche market to go into?

Well, you can start by simply taking the time to ask yourself a couple of questions… such as…

What are my favorite activities, interests or hobbies?

…..Or maybe…..

What are some things I don’t know much about yet but still have a burning desire to learn more about?

Why don’t you begin by creating a list and add all your favorites to it.

Read on …..This might be helpful in getting you started on the right foot…..

Here’s a strong list of some of the most popular subjects or categories that people are searching AND paying for…

  • Being Successful
  • Cures or Relief From Specific Ailments or Diseases
  • Dating & Relationships
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Do-It-Yourself Repair Advice & Tips
  • Energy Conservation & Going Green
  • Family Protection/Home Protection
  • Financial Planning Advice, Tips & Suggestions
  • Forex or Future Trading
  • Health & Fitness
  • Healthier Eating
  • Home Security
  • Identity Theft
  • Learning Background Information on someone
  • Learning More About Computers & The Internet
  • Looking More Attractive
  • Losing weight
  • Making Money Advice, Tips & Suggestions
  • Mental Influence, Persuasion or Dominance
  • Muscle Gain
  • Online Privacy & Security
  • Personal Safety & Security
  • Pet Health & Care
  • Reaching or Setting Goals
  • Real Estate Tips
  • Scam Blocking & Prevention
  • Self Defense
  • Self Help or Self Improvement
  • Sex Advice
  • Smart Investments
  • Spying On Someone
  • Stock Market Advice & Tips

Personal Hobbies and/or Special Interests:

such as… Antiques, Art, Cooking, Photography, Drawing, Music, Video Games, Bodybuilding, Woodworking, Fashion, Redecorating, Magic, UFO’s, Scrapbooks, Collecting Something….. etc.

And of course, another very common subject or search is having more control and freedom in their lives!

People are always looking to improve themselves or improve in some particular area of their lives. They are always trying to find solutions to problems. There are websites out there catering to most of the categories listed above that are already generating hundreds and even thousands of dollars every month for savvy entrepreneurs. Yet, we have barely even begun to tap the true profit potential in these areas because competition is limited in many of these areas, especially when compared to the “how-to marketing” area! The potential to make money from the above special-interest categories is huge – and it’s still pretty much wide open. Moreover, as more and more people get accustomed to buying digital products, you can easily imagine making very lucrative or insane amounts of money through these topics well into the future. You could pick any one of the above subjects that you personally have an interest in and run with it. It does take time and perseverance, but stick with it.

“Having Guts” vs “Having Balls”: Do You Know The Difference?

Subject: “Having Guts” vs “Having Balls”

Do You know the difference?

At one time or another, we’ve all heard people talk about having or not having the guts or people having or not having the balls to do or say something. But do you really know the difference between the two?

Well, in an effort to clarify the difference for you and to keep you well informed, you’ll find the definition below…

GUTS – is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask….. “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?”

BALLS – is coming home late after a night out with the guys, wreaking of perfume and beer, with lipstick on your collar, then slapping your wife on the butt and having the balls to say…..”You’re next!”

I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions.

Medically speaking, there is no difference in the out come, since they both ultimately result in death. 😛

You Know You’ve Made It Through 2009 When…

Do you remember those days when you used to think that the remote control was the height of technological advancement? Even email has been around since 1969 but didn’t take hold commercial til 1988. Well – looks like it’s time for a reality check. Read on to see just how far you’ve come since those prehistoric times.

You know you’ve made it through 2009 when….

1.  You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2.  You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.

3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of four.

4.  You e-mail or instant message the person who works at the desk next to you.

5.  Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have an e-mail address or a Twitter account (or for that matter Facebook or MySpace).

6.  You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7.  Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8.  Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 50) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10.  You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

11.  You text your kids in the next room to tell them dinner is ready.

12.  You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

13.  You’re reading this and nodding in agreement while laughing.

14.  Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

15.  You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

16.  You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list.

…..And FINALLY…..

……………….. You’re now actually laughing at yourself!! 😛

Now Go On……….

……….Forward this to your friends…..

………………..You know you want to!!

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Amusingly Clever License Plates

license-plates-cleverIn the amusing world of license plates out there, it’s simply amazing how many people try to “outwit” the officials down there at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), no matter what state you’re registered in, some opt for personal or vanity plates while others try to push there ingenuity and luck to get there “statement” on their car’s license-plate-PL8Slicense plate. Some states are more stringent than others on what they’ll allow to pass through. To circumvent potentially offensive or embarrassing situations, some combination of letters/numbers aren’t allowed at all in certain states. What does occasionally does get through can simply be amusing, sometimes unintentional, but can make for some funny antidotes. Some individuals try to use the latest chat lingo or shorthand tricks, while others will try to pass through some geeky text or binary codes on state officials.  On occasion the most amusing, hilarious, or at times embarrassing ones are those that are accidental, like when the DMV just randomly assigns some poor soul a combination of letters or numbers that just shouldn’t be together. There are a few Canadian as well as European plates included here also for your enjoyment.

Sometimes these restrictions tend to go a little overboard, according to this one particular site, apparently, California plates can’t even contain the letters POW, BAD, or even FUN.

Here for your viewing pleasure are some thought-provoking, clever, always amusing or entertaining, and funny license plates.

PS – BE FOREWARNED –> Some of these maybe tasteless and/or offensive but they’re out there none-the-less 😛

license-plate-OU812

license-plate-L8ASUSL

license-plate-GLDDGR

license-plate-MUF DVR

license-plate-GOTMILF

license-plate-CHILLNN

license-plate-OK2DRUL

license-plate-A55ORGY

license-plate-DRANGED

license-plate-UDIDNOT

license-plate-THESPY

license-plate-ILV2EAT

license-plate-eatthekidsfirst

license-plate-stfu

license-plate-SATAN

license-plate-PMS247

license-plate-H8MYWIF

license-plate-ILUVMYBUT

license-plate-OKYDOKY

license-plate-LTLGUY

license-plate-HUGE

license-plate-JAGROAR

license-plate-HIOFCER

license-plate-IDIOT

license-plate-METALLICA

license-plate-OMGSTFU

license-plate-VA6TMY

license-plate-MLFHNTR

license-plate-HERBOX

license-plate-MYSLUT

license-plate-GOD666

license-plate-G5POT

license-plate-AARRR

license-plate-YER2SLO

license-plate-FOPEC

license-plate-DROPDED

license-plate-ILUVANL

license-plate-CUM4YOU

license-plate-RU8TEEN

license-plate-SLZBAG

license-plate-TBAGGR

license-plate-TIMMAY

license-WTFMATE

license-plate-U8RDUST

license-plate-AGDBRBN

license-plate-IMEASY

license-plate-STOPLAFN

license-plate-HLFPINT

license-plate-WOHNELI

license-plate-IMACAR

license-plate-COPB8

license-MANOPOZ

license-plate-BKRPTCY

license-plate-IHEAL

license-plate-IAMLATE

license-plate-NERD

license-plate-H8MEAT

License-Plate-HOR5SH1T

license-plate-BLONDupsidedown

license-plate-LVCANAL

license-plate-NOPANTIES

license-plate-VAGINAS

license-pllate-GIVEMEA

license-plate-370H55Vupsidedown

license-plate-ORALSEXbackwards

Talk about clever! - The insert is the view from the rear view mirror

license-plate-ILUVCOPS

This one's PRICELESS!

license-plate-WASHIS

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What Really Scares People: Top 10 Fears

What Really Scares People?

Here’s a question for you to ponder —

Is there anything you can think of, off the top of your head, that you have a fear (phobia) of ? — Be it real or imagined? — maybe ghosts, snakes, spiders, clowns, closets, thunder, the dark, enclosed places, the unknown, heights, flying, death, taxes as an example — Now, while it’s quite commonplace and normal for children to have a few fears while growing up, most of them are overcome as they get older. A few phobias, however, may possibly hang on into adulthood. With that being said, do you ever wonder what scares other people — specifically referring about adults?

A Little About Phobias

Phobias!Even the word sounds scary! — When you have an extreme fear (phobia) of something, it really IS scary.

Common phobias suffered by many people include:

  • Fear of public places (agoraphobia)
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Fear of crowds
  • Fear of animals, or a particular kind of animal
  • Fear of darkness
  • Fear of crossing bridges
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of driving
  • Fear of water
  • Fear of heart attacks (or other illness)
  • Social phobia

Sounds like quite a list, doesn’t it? — Believe me, this list is the tip of the iceberg. And don’t feel like you’re alone either. It is estimated that 1.8 million people suffer from agoraphobia alone! About 19.2 million people over the age of 18 suffer from some type of specific phobia in a given year! And YES – That’s a HUGE number.

Normal Fears -vs- Irrational Fears

Some fears are normal — We are born with some fears, which is actually a good thing, such as the fear of falling.

Other fears we acquire — Fear of getting hit by a car when you cross the street makes you more careful — Or the fear of cutting yourself helps you be more cautious when using knives and scissors.

However, some fears are irrational phobias. You may even understand that the fear or phobia you have is irrational. Yet, your extreme fear overshadows your rational mind and you give in to the phobia.

10 Most Common Fears

Here are the 10 most common fears (along with their scientific name) that have been widely reported by the adult population, including a brief description of the situation.

(1) – Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders

Seems to be no escape from these eight-legged creatures. They live in our houses, yards and even our work places. The most die-hard arachnophobes are even scared of pictures of spiders.

(2) – Social phobia – The fear of social situations

More than just simple shyness — This is an extreme fear of being scrutinised by others, or by being humiliated even by your own actions.

(3) – Aerophobia – The fear of flying

Generally meant to be by airplane, however it can crossover into another fear of being suspended above ground – known as acrophobia (see #6 below). Also, this can often be paired with claustrophobia (see #5 below).

(4) – Agoraphobia – The fear of inescapable situations

The result is anxiety and panic attacks, which can easily become self-perpetuating. Extreme agoraphobes are confined to their own home, which is the only place they consider to be safe.

(5) – Claustrophobia – The fear of confined spaces

These poor sufferers will stay well away from elevators, trains and tiny cupboards under the stairwells. May cause panic attacks if escape is not possible.

(6) – Acrophobia – The fear of heights

Sufferers may have panic attacks and put themselves in genuine danger if they can’t get down. Often confused with vertigo – which is merely a dizzy or spinning sensation and not necessarily caused by heights.

(7) – Emetophobia – The fear of vomit

This one nobody even likes to THINK about. No one likes the sight or smell of vomit, but these sufferers will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid the stuff.

(8) – Carcinophobia – The fear of cancer

Although it’s not contagious, a carcinophobe will believe he/she has cancer because he/she has touched someone else with the disease.

(9) – Brontophobia – The fear of thunderstorms

Also known as astraphobia. This is one of those fears that may ‘holdover’ from childhood. Child and adult sufferers alike hide away from thunder and lightning, lest they suffer panic attacks and have difficulty breathing.

(10) – Necrophobia – The fear of death

Derived from the fear of being buried alive, after early excavations of coffins showed scratch marks made by trapped victims. Also relates to coffins and corpses.

Overall Effects of Phobias

Phobias lead to anxiety attacks and depression. Those people affected many times prefer to lead a secluded life for fear of being laughed at. They feel awful and have an extremely difficult time facing the world and owning up to their strange and bizarre phobias. Professional help may be the order of the day to help overcome these fears and lead a somewhat normal existence.

Uncommon & Bizarre Phobias

Instead of an evolutionary or culture-led phobia, there may be a separate explanation for weird or strange phobias, such as the fear of cheese. This group of phobias may be linked to deep-seated psychological trauma. For whatever reason, that inanimate object or non-threatening situation has become the focus of the fear, and acts as a trigger for stored feelings of anxiety.

The common “specific phobias” – such as the fear of spiders, or snakes, or being struck by lightning – are all understandable… at least on some level. We may not fully understand the extreme fear response some people give them but somewhere in there is a threat to survival.

Below you will find a list of uncommon – and in some cases – bizarre phobias – which really do prove utterly terrifying and disgusting to a small part of the general population.

  • Ablutophobia – the obsessional fear of bathing
  • Adipophobia – the fear of appearing too fat
  • Agyrophobia – the fear of crossing roads
  • Ambulophobia – the fear of walking
  • Anablephobia – the fear of looking up
  • Androphobia – the fear of men
  • Anthophobia – the fear of flowers
  • Arachibutyrophobia – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth
  • Aulophobia – the fear of flutes
  • Barophobia – the fear of gravity
  • Cataptrophobia – the fear of mirrors
  • Chionophobia – the fear of snow
  • Chorophobia – the fear of dancing
  • Chromatophobia – the fear of colors
  • Chronomentrophobia – the fear of time
  • Cnidophobia – the fear of string
  • Cyberphobia – the fear of working with computers
  • Decidophobia – the fear of making decisions
  • Ephebiphobia the fear of teenagers
  • Ergophobia – the fear of work, finding work or functioning at work
  • Erotophobia – the fear of sex or talking about sex
  • Gelotophobia – the obsessional fear of being laughed at
  • Genuphobia – the fear of knees
  • Geumapobia – the fear of taste
  • Gerontophobia – the fear of growing old or fear of the elderly
  • Gymnophobia – the fear of being seen naked or seeing others naked
  • Gynophobia – the fear of women
  • Haptephobia – the fear of being touched
  • Heliophobia – the fear of sunlight
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – the fear of long words 😛 Really!
  • Hypnophobia – the fear of sleep
  • Kyphophobia – the fear of stooping
  • Levophobia – the fear of objects to the left
  • Megalophobia – the fear of large or oversized objects
  • Metrophobia – the fear of poetry
  • Mnemophobia – the fear of memories
  • Nomophobia the fear of being out of cellular/mobile phone contact
  • Octophobia – the fear of the figure eight
  • Ommetaphobia – the fear of eyes
  • Osmophobia – the fear of smells
  • Optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes
  • Papaphobia – the fear of the Pope
  • Peladophobia – the fear of bald people
  • Phagophobia the fear of swallowing
  • Phobophobia – the fear of having a phobia
  • Scopophobia the fear of being looked at
  • Scuirophobia – the fear of squirrels
  • Siderophobia – the fear of stars
  • Somniphobia – the fear of sleep
  • Spectrophobia the fear of mirrors
  • Trichophobia the fear of loose hairs
  • Triskaidekaphobia the fear of the number 13
  • Xenophobia – the fear of strangers, foreigners or aliens

A Final Thought

And finally, spare a thought for those very select poor folks who suffer from Panophobia – which translates to those  who are perpetually and continuously afraid of EVERYTHING…..

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