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Last Minute Valentine Gifts

Portable Bath Tub Fail

I do this search practically every year, because unlike Christmas, the commercials don’t give me the three month ramp up time I need to start thinking about what to get. There was actually one year I didn’t need to do this search. That was the year I told Melissa I thought Valentines day was silly. Mmm… Not her favorite “gift.”

Unfortunately, searching for ideas rarely returns any useful results. The recommendations are either too generic or the writers have a very different idea of what I mean by “last-minute.” However, sometimes you can take the generic ideas and use them as inspiration for more personal ones:

  1. Generic Idea: Chocolates… Better Idea: Instead of just picking up a box of Russell Stover’s, buy several boxes until you can fill one of them with just the chocolates that taste like toothpaste (assuming that’s her favorite).
  2. Generic Idea: Movie Night… Better Idea: Instead of going out, try to recreate the theater at home. Pick up some sour patch kids and huge Cokes from the gas station; break out the lawn chairs with the cupholders; pop some popcorn; and turn the volume up unreasonably loud.
  3. Generic Idea: Spa Day… Better Idea: A gift certificate is nice, but what if your house was the spa! Don’t have a bathtub? No problem. Run to Target and pick up a kiddy pool. What? They don’t have a bathtub sized one? Get the one that holds 12 people. Oh, it needs 220 gallons of water? No problem, that’s only 44 trips with a bucket. Hot water heater can’t handle it? That’s what the tea kettle is for. You’re worried the floor might cave in? Don’t be. You’re all set!
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Withstane OR Withstain

Yes, this was an actual search I did today. The goal was to find out which was the correct spelling. What I found however, was that I’ve been using a made up word for 29 years and nobody mentioned it. After the denial phase, came the embarrassment… then I was reminded of this video, and I suddenly felt much better. Thanks Pres!

Also, if you’re a fan of made up words, check out this twitter account documenting the vocabulary of one of my coworkers: @vantionary

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Test Credit Card Numbers

Reason for Search:

I downloaded a new iPhone game called Card Ace: Casino last night. They give you $10,000 in fake chips to start off with, but it didn’t take me all of 20 minutes to squander it away, and I found myself jumping through hoops trying to score some more cash. The game offers some ways to earn a little money by signing up for various free online offers, but again, it didn’t take me long to lose it all.

One of the ways you could earn a ton of chips was to sign up for a subscription to People magazine. Having done a little work on an online store in the past, I remembered that there are certain fake credit card numbers that can be used by site developers to test the credit card transaction process. It seemed perhaps a little unethical, but since this was just to earn fake money in a game, I figured I’d give it a shot. To be clear, I wasn’t trying to actually order a subscription. I was just trying to trigger the event that would tell the game I deserved some free chips.



  1. I should never ACTUALLY gamble.
  2. These numbers only work for testing and fail if you try to actually complete a transaction with them. I feel kind of dumb thinking it would work, but judging by the hundreds of comments I found where people were trying to literally purchase things online and have them delivered to their house, I felt like I was in good company.


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