Thursday, November 09, 2006

Clown Nose Notes

Clown Nose Notes

Clowns have existed for a great many years because people have loved to laugh through all centuries and societies. Even in some of the most repressive monarchies of the past, clowns were (sometimes) afforded a great deal of leeway to make humorous jabs at the society they simultaneously found themselves a part of, yet still firmly on the outside looking in.

Clowns are known for a very distinct demeanor of projecting exaggerated silliness in order to entertain a crowd. This is pretty much universally known as clowns have held the distinction of being the original stand up comedians for over a thousand years. If such a longevity does not display an indication that the formula that clowning follows is a successful one, then who...

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Free Credit Reports From The Government

Free Credit Reports From The Government

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set up a new website (www.AnnualCreditReport.com) where US residents can obtain free copies of their credit reports from the three major credit report bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian). The FTC site was set up as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act enacted last December. The site was set up in an effort to help fight the increasing threat of identity theft. The credit reports must be ordered from the FTC site to get them for free. If you order your credit report directly from one of the credit report agencies' sites, you'll be charged a fee for the report.

While a number of websites on the Internet currently offer free credit reports, these free reports require a credit card be put on file as a free trial membership of their credit report monitoring service. The reports have been free if you remember to cancel the trial membership, but can end up being quite costly if you accidentally forget. The new FTC site is marketing free and no credit card is required.

To request your credit reports, you'll need to provide your name, address, Social Security number and date of birth. In addition, the credit bureaus may ask you...

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Playing Tungsten Sudoku For A Neo-Traditional Step Forward

Playing Tungsten Sudoku For A Neo-Traditional Step Forward

Americans, like people from everywhere else in the world, like games. This is especially true when the games are challenging enough that a great sense of accomplishment is achieved when solved. Further, with the drive towards education and improvement of intelligence quotients, the push for games like Sudoku is on the rise.

Yet any game such as Sudoku is often looked at strangely when played from a newspaper with pen or pencil. The reason for this is that so many people have computers these days and Sudoku is a numbers game on a graph. These two concepts could easily be merged and certainly would be compatible, and so they are reborn in the form of tungsten Sudoku.

Yet, one will ask: what is tungsten Sudoku, and how does it differ from an online version. First of all, tungsten Sudoku is available online or for one's own computer. As well, there is a person computerized version which is the major form sold on the market. It is designed for both beginners and for people who have been playing Sudoku for...


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Different Themed Chess Boards Offer Variety in the Game

Different Themed Chess Boards Offer Variety in the Game

Into the world of everything goes themed chess boards that can add more mystique to your game. If you have browsed through a game store, or even through some online gaming sites, you have noticed that chess boards come in all varieties and sizes now. Many of these chess boards and pieces are hand crafted and painted, making them very valuable and collectable.

The Isle of Lewis chess board is very popular for serious chess players. Cast with the help of the British Museum that holds the original Isle of Lewis chess board, this chess board and pieces are in high demand and can run upwards of $1000 if hand painted and detailed.

Civil War chess boards are also popular, especially in the south. Bradford Exchange carries a very elegant Civil War chess board. The chess board is hand carved and...


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