Valentines Day Fun & Games For Kids

valentines-day-tigger-logoWith Valentines Day just around the corner and winter weather still packing a powerful punch in many areas around North America, here are a few fun indoor activities for the little ones to do. This should also provide kids (whether they want it or not, a break from the TV and video games for awhile to help improve imagination as well as thinking in a good old-fashion fun way. .

Feel free to print any of these out for your kids to use and enjoy…..

Here are a few Printable Valentines Day Activities

Mazes – Word Search – Puzzles – Coloring Pages –

Connect The Dots – Matching – Word Scramble

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1 – Winnie The Pooh Coloring Page

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2 – Word Search

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3. Maze

 

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4. Connect-the-dots to make Curious George

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5. Find the hidden pictures – then color

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6. Ninja Coloring page

 

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7. Maze

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8.Word Search

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9. Read & Match

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10. Matching hearts

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Gallery of Famous Cartoon Cat Characters Over The Years

Alright CAT lovers everywhere, here’s the long awaited counterpart to the dog list I presented several years back….. about 7 years ago to be exact. The canine post became one of the all-time most popular posts on this site (according to the overall visitor count)

disney-cat-collageOnce again – a little intro… Nostalgia tends to take center stage when it comes to collective thoughts of your favorite childhood felines over the years.  Over the years you’ve encountered cats of various shapes, sizes, colors, spieces as well as dispositions in all sorts of media…..TV, movies, childrens books, comic books, billboards, commercials, advertisements, video games, brand name mascots, products, toys, etc. We’ve been exposed to a sensory overload of images – which kept us entertained. A lot of those memories were embedded in our minds on those Saturday morning cartoons. It’s kinda funny how you’ll remember many of these characters that you haven’t thought about in ages once you come across some of the images below.

So with that being said, there should be quite a number of familiar pictures below that all cat-collagegenerations will recognize, or I should say, American TV audiences primarily, from the pre-1940’s through the present. I’m sure there are some of these that you may still enjoy. The following gallery captures the majority of those felines that really stood out over the years. Many of these can be traced back to the early days of television (1940’s), (a few are even currently on the air). Some evolved from movies, others from the comic strips and funny pages (with many of these dating back to the 1920’s-1930’s). Many classic Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, MGM, Terrytunes, Nicktoons, Looney Tunes, etc.

Keep in mind that these not only cover house cats but also include the big kitty cats too….. lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, cheetahs, wildcats, cougars, lynx, puma, etc.

Quite a few of these famous feline critters make us laugh with their quirky, irreverent, unique, carefree, styles which we never seem to tire of over the years. Hopefully your favorite is included below. If not, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to find them.

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…Pictures are displayed below in alphabetical order to make it easier to use as for reference. This pictorial list be be updated periodically as time & reasearch allows. Your suggestions will also be taken into consideration when possible. Enjoy!!!!!

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Gallery of Famous Cartoon Cat Characters

Alex (Alakay)

(from Madagascar)

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Arlene

(from Garfield)

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Aristocats

(Toulouse, Berlioz, Marie, Duchess, Thomas O’Malley)

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Azrael

(from The Smurfs)

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Babbitt & Catstello

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Bagheera

(from Jungle Book)

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Bill The Cat (aka Bill D. Cat)

(from Bloom County)

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Bonkers T. Bobcat

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Bucky Katt

(from Get Fuzzy comic strip)

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Butch Cat

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Cat In The Hat

(the Dr. Seuss classic)

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Cheshire Cat

(from Alice in Wonderland)

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Chester Cheetah

(the Cheetos mascot)

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Claude Cat

(from Looney Tunes)

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Cool Cat

(from Looney Tunes)

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Courageous Cat

(from Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse)

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Cringer [aka Battlecat]

(from He-Man / Masters of the Universe)

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Crusty The Cat

(from Chuck E Cheese)

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Duchess

(from The Aristocats)

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Eek The Cat

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Exxon Tiger

(mascot from the Exxon Oil Company)

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Fat Cat

(from Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers)

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Felix The Cat

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Figaro

(from Pinocchio)

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Fluff, Muff & Puff

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Fluffy

(from Rugrats)

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Fraidy Cat

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Fritz The Cat

(from the first adult (x-rated) animated movie from the 70’s)

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Garfield

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Gideon

(from Pinocchio)

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Heathcliff

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Hello Kitty

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Hobbes

(from Calvin & Hobbes)

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Itchy Brother

(from The King & Odie)

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King Leonardo

(from The King & Odie / Tennessee Tuxedo)

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King Leonidas

(from Bedknobs & Broomsticks)

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Klondike Kat

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Korky The Cat

(from Dandy comics in the UK)

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Lightning & Meathead

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Linus the Lionhearted

(the Crispy Critters Cereal lion mascot)

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Lippy The Lion

(from Lippy The Lion & Hardy Har Har)

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Lucifer

(from Cinderella)

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Luna

(from Sailor Moon)

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M.A.D. Cat (aka Furball)

(antagonist of Inspector Gadget)

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Marie

(from The Aristocats)

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Meowth

(from Pokemon)

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Mittens

(from Bolt The Movie)

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Mr. Jinks

(from Pixie & Dixie)

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Mr. Kitty

(from South Park)

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Mufasa & Nala

(from Lion King)

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Nermal

(from Garfield)

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Oliver

(from Oliver & Company)

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Overcat

(from Underdog)

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Peg-Leg Pete

(from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)

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Penelope Pussycat

(from Pepe Le Pew)

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Pink Panther

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Punkin Puss

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Puss in Boots

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Pussyfoot

(from Marc Antony & Pussyfoot)

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Rags The Tiger

(from Crusader Rabbit)

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Rajah

(from Aladdin)

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Ruff

(from Ruff & Reddy)

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Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

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Scat Cat

(from The Aristocats)

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Scratchy

(Itchy & Scratchy from The Simpsons)

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Sebastian

(from Josie & The Pussy Cats)

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Shere Khan

(from Jungle Book)

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Si & Am (The Twin Siamese Cats)

(from Lady & The Tramp)

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Simba

(from Lion King)

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Simon’s Cat

(from the British comic & book series)

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Snagglepuss

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Snooper

(from Snooper & Blabber)

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Snowball

(from The Simpsons)

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Sour-Puss

(from Pac Man the cartoon)

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Stimpy

(from Ren & Stimpy)

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Sylvester The Cat

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Thomas O’Malley

(full name: Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley, the Alley Cat)

(from The Aristocats)

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Thundercats

(Lion-O, Jaga, Tygra, Cheetara & Panthro)

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Tibbs (Sgt. Tibbs)

(from 101 Dalmations)

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Tigger

(from Winnie The Pooh)

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Tigress

(from Kung Fu Panda)

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Tom  (aka Thomas “Tom” Cat)

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Tony The Tiger

(the iconic mascot from Kelloggs Frosted Flakes cereal)

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Top Cat

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Top Cat (with friends)

(TC, Benny The Ball, Choo-Choo, Brain, Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Officer Dibble)

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Topsy

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Waffles & Chainsaw

(from Goof Troop)

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Christmas Themed Mazes, Coloring Pages & Word Search Fun

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Need something to keep the kids busy during the Christmas Holiday Season?

Christmas Santa & FrostyLook no further! — Here are a few fun activity pages which are printable. Make a few copies and ’em hand out to the kids to help alleviate boredom and give them something constructive to do while you’re busy tending to holiday food preperations, table setting, gift wrapping, decorating, cleaning up or whatever you need to get accomplished before the company and/or rest of the out-of-town family arrives. Also a great idea for a few rainy day indoor activities. There’s enough variety here to handle children from kindergarten through maybe 6th grade. Heck, even parents and older siblings might enjoy doing these with the younger ones as a family activity.

Enjoy the Following Activity Pages for Rainy Day Indoor Fun During The Holiday Season…

Christmas Holiday Fun

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  • Christmas Mazes

  • Coloring Pages

  • Connect The Dots

  • Word Search Puzzles

Christmas Maze - Elf to Present

Christmas Color - Tree decorated with presents

Christmas Maze - Santa to North Pole

Christmas Color - Gingerbread House

Christmas Maze - Rudolph to Barn

Christmas Color - Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Christmas Goose

Christmas Color - Christmas House

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Tree

Christmas Word Search2

Christmas Color - Christmas Stockings

Christmas Maze - Candy Cane Santa Hat

Christmas Color - Christmas Tedy Bear

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Frosty

Christmas Maze - Elf to Santas Workshop

Christmas Color - Santa with toy sack

Christmas Maze - Frosty to Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Pick The Path to Light Xmas Tree

Christmas Word Search1

Christmas Color - Frosty Snowman

Christmas Maze - Santa To Village

Christmas Dot-To-Dot House

Christmas Color - Santa & Reindeer

Christmas Maze - Jingle Bells

Christmas Color - Santa in Sleigh

Christmas Maze - Christmas Angel Maze

Christmas Maze - Santas Helper

Christmas Color - Santa

Christmas Maze - Santa Down Chimney to Tree

Christmas Color - Sponge Bob Santa

Christmas Maze - Gingerbread House

Christmas Color - Sleigh & Elves

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Christmas Maze - Christmas Tree

Christmas Maze - 3-Story House

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The Death of the Hobby Shop (via Wax Heaven)

This is one subject I can relate to first hand as I had one of the first or earliest shops in the greater Sacramento (California) region. I had already been doing indoor shows and outdoor events up and down the West Coast for the previous 5 years prior to opening up a full time retail shop. I was the 4th shop to open within a 30 mile radius back in 1985… still a few years before the glut of card companies, the proliferation of “insert” cards and of course all the investors that got into the market for a quick turn around or payoff and ruined it for the die hard collector hobbyists.

By 1989 there were over 100 shops within that same 30 mile radius and within a couple of years, about the time of the first Gulf War back in 1991, about 90% of those were gone. I weathered it out as best I could, relocated and re-emerged with a variety of other pop culture collectibles to make up for lost revenue with cards. “Pogs” were just beginning to take hold but I knew those would be a passing fad.

I learned as time went on that one has to diversify with other “trendy” or “fad” items that are “hot” at the time. About the same I also pursued other favorite collectibles at this time including the emerging video game market, comic books, TV and movie memorabilia, records and music collectibles, die-cast cars such as Matchbox and Hot Wheels and non-sport cards. Gaming type cards were still a few years away but the foundation was laid with some early-issue Dungeon & Dragon cards as well as TSR cards.

Previously to opening up a retail store I had already spent a lot of time traveling on the road doing flea markets, swap meets, card shows, gift shows, antique & collector shows, mall shows, toy shows, county fairs, street fairs, community festivals, etc. from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, Tucson to Denver, including big cities and small town places in between throughout the western 11 states. I first started doing this around 1980 so I was already quite diversified.

I lasted 22 years with a brick and mortar type store and ended up closing shop for good in early 2007, right before the economy began it’s downward spiral. I let a lot of stuff go cheap  through yard sales and flea markets as well online through eBay, before the greed and the “mass exodus” away from eBay started shortly thereafter. I switched to Amazon and simultaneously began other online venues and presently finding myself favoring Craigslist (as far as dealing with the local clientele)

Lots of memories were brought back by this article.

The Death of the Hobby Shop I remember the last time I bought baseball cards before my 10 year break. I had just bought a box of some Upper Deck product and felt nothing—no excitement, no joy in the pulls, and certainly no thrill whatsoever. At 17 years of age I knew that it was time to move on. Back then there were considerably less products being released per year and THREE sports cards shops within 10 minutes of my house. Today, getting back into collecting took a lot … Read More

via Wax Heaven

Top 10 Unusual Top 10 Lists

There are a number of websites out there (including this one) that feature “Top 10” style lists or specialty lists of  favorite something or another. Well, I thought I’d turn the tables around this time and do a somewhat unique post of “Top 10 Unusual Top 10 Lists” with a nice variety of subject matter featured. The following list will feature a LINK as well as a short descriptive paragraph about the featured list/link. These are here simply to amuse, educate, entertain, awaken, amaze, astonish, surprise, scare and/or even disgust you the reader…..

You have now been forewarned so proceed to the loading dock with caution, at your own risk, and try to enjoy your soon to be acquired knowledge 😛

► #1 ~ Vacation Nightmares

Many articles have been written documenting the world’s greatest travel destinations.  However, this list will be examining some locations that you don’t want to visit or would be better off avoiding.  In planning a family vacation or cross-country trip, you just might want to cross these of your itinerary and stay as far away from them as possible. Many of the areas have a serious pollution problems, toxic waste, bad history or are extremely violent or dangerous…..

10 Places You Don’t Want To Visit on Your Next Vacation

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► #2 ~ Twisted Video Games

Warning: Some of the videos included in this list may contain material that is offensive to some readers. I do NOT necessarily recommend anything in this list but include them here only as a matter of showing you how strange some video games, especially their storylines, may really be. You may also find a few of these weird video games quite controversial or in extremely poor taste…..

10 Strangest or Most Controversial Video Games Ever Made

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► #3 ~ Secret Codes Revealed

The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff. Some places use secret codes to pass information between store employees. These are meant to be a secret as they don’t want to alarm the non-staff members or alert someone like a thief to the fact that they have been noticed…..

Secret Codes The General Public Is Not Suppose To Know

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► #4 ~ Eye-Opening Ads

Another warning should be applied with this link too. This is just what the title indicates… Offensive, Banned & Rejected Ads from around the world. I think once you view some of these you’ll see why most if not all were done in poor taste and would definitely create controversy…..

16 Offensive, Banned & Rejected Ads From Around The World

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► #5 ~ Morbid Deaths Rituals

As if death was not morbid enough, many people have taken last rites to a whole new level of dreadfulness. In some cultures disposing of the corpse might mean anything from eating it up to dancing with it. Those of you who think burial and cremation are the only death rituals – please prepare yourself before you read what follows in the link below…..

Top 10 Unusual Death Rituals

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► #6 ~ Unsolved Mysteries

This list comprises the most famous unsolved mysteries known to mankind that really defy rational explanation or are just outright strange. You will find some to be quite controversial also. This time you get two lists for the price of one – featuring 20 of the most disturbing, spooky, and fascinating unsolved mysteries ranging from the supernatural to the outright bizarre.

Part 1 – Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries

Part 2 – Another 10 Unsolved Mysteries

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► #7 ~ Macabre Museums

Take a virtual tour through ten of the scariest museums around today. Featured are the Mutter Museum, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, and eight other horrifying spots for those seeking the macabre. Definitely NOT for the weak of heart…..

Top 10 Museums That Will Scare You Silly

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► #8 ~ Bizarre Coming-of-Age Rituals

Rites of passage in adolescence are a cross-cultural phenomenon. They have existed throughout human history and may be a significant factor in the development of a stable adult personality. In Western culture, we are familiar with such rites as the Bar Mitzvah, Sweet 16 parties, and Quinceañera. In tribal cultures, coming of age ceremonies are, in many cases, much more elaborate and can be truly terrifying…..

10 Bizarre Rites of Passage

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► #9 ~ Freak Show Oddities

These are people who made a living as side-show freaks. Most had physical disorders and had no alternative way of making a living. A list of this type would not be complete without the most famous attraction of all: The Elephant Man…..

Top 10 Human Sideshow Freaks

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► #10 ~ Extraordinary Coincidences

Life is full of coincidences, some very minor, but occasionally – extraordinary. This is a list of 15 of the most incredible, unbelievable coincidences. This list features an interesting mix of  some spooky and some happy coincidences…..

Top 15 Amazing Coincidences

Can You Pass A Gullibility Test?

How Gullible Do You Think Are You?

Could You Pass A Gullibility Test With Ease?

Do you consider yourself a more gullible person or a more skeptical person about things in general?

How ’bout your friends? Do they consider you an easy target for jokes and/or pranks because of your gullibility factor?

If you ever wanted to find out for yourself… ANONYMOUSLY… Keep on reading!

Ponder for a moment if you’d be able to pass a gullibility test if someone offered you the chance to take one…..Below you’ll find a small sampling of some of the better tests around the net….. GOOD LUCK 😛

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And here is just one more quick test before you move on —

See if you can handle this one! 😛

Friends call you gullible?

Click here to find out if they’re right!

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Incredible Hoax Websites For The Gullibly Challenged

Let me start off first by defining exactly what I mean by the words HOAX and GULLIBLE:

HOAX generally means to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous — often meant to be a so-called prank, practical joke or spoof. It can also be defined as an act, document or artifact intended to deceive or defraud.

So that means that these  HOAX websites are basically fake or fictitious web pages — you might even call them funny spoof sites that will try to deceive you or fool you in some way, usually all in good fun — some are more convincing than others — but not necessarily all of them.

A GULLIBLE person can easily be ‘taken in’ or ‘tricked’, ‘deceived’ or ‘duped’. They are considered to be naive and not really alert to danger or deception, largely due to the ‘lack of worldly experience’.

Over the years, a number of enterprising individuals (entrepreneurs) have come up with clever, wacky as well as eye-catching ways to market and/or promote bizarre and unusual gadgets, inventions, behaviors, ideas or maybe try to sell non-existent products to those that would be gullible enough to fall for it. A few may even try to get you to believe in some concept or theory that is non-existent or you haven’t heard before. A number of these are amusing and fun while others are just incredibly lame or stupid. A growing number of new sites tend to pop-up around April 1st… April Fool’s Day. Tons of these sites have come and gone over the years… only to resurface again every so often. However, there are a few that have had “staying power” due to a variety of reasons… viral marketing… unusual promotions… social networking… overwhelming curiosity mixed with too much free time… etc.

People have published some hilarious, bizarre and strange things on the Internet and the world wide web has become a breeding ground for hoaxes. So, with all being said, here you will find some of the more interesting and intriguing sites that I consider among the best I’ve come across on the web.

THIS IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS

SEVERAL MORE LINKS TO BE ADDED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

KEEP CHECKIN’ BACK!!

So kick back and ENJOY the following sites at your own risk 😛

  • Afterlife Telegrams – Terminally ill volunteers will memorize your messages and, upon death, deliver them to your friends and family on the other side
  • Baby Smasher – “Crushing Society’s Untruths” – Discover the true purpose behind “baby changing stations” in restrooms around the world
  • Black People Love Us – Meet Sally & Johnny – They are well-liked by Black people so they’re psyched and need to tell the world – Check out their testimonials! – You can be their friend too!
  • Chrissy Caviar® – “The World’s Most Expensive Luxury Consumable Item” – Human eggs marketed in glass jars create a conceptual art object – Talk about self-promotion
  • Dehydrated Water – “The Healthier Choice!” – Free Samples! – Cool Jobs! – Franchise Opportunities!
  • Dog Island – “Where dogs roam free forever” – Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island are healthy dogs who live a natural, healthy and happy life, free from the stress and hardship associated with daily live among humans.
  • End of The Internet – Internet Explorer page explaining that this is the very end of the internet and there is nothing left to do.
  • GenoChoice – Here you can create your own genetically healthy child online!
  • Meet Clyven – The Clever Little Mouse – By implanting human brain cells (that were grown from  stem cells from a human embryo) into a mouse engineered to have Alzheimer’s, the doctors inadvertently make a remarkable and startling discovery — The mouse’s dementia is not only cured but the rodent developed the relative intelligence of a human’s being!
  • University of Nigeria – World Leaders of Ethical Business Studies as well as the Creators of Advanced Fee Methodology
  • Zombie Attack @ Hierakonpolis – Weighing the evidence for and the dating of “Solanum Virus” outbreaks in early Egypt – This one actually comes across as credible!