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Because the "sonogram on a billboard" card has been way overplayed . . .

Help me creatively share with our (long-distance) parents the wonderful news that my wife and I are expecting our first child. [more inside]
posted by siclik on Sep 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Happy Birthday! Love, Canada

Birthday surprise from far away - I need help with ideas for a friend in NZ. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

I know about my upcoming surprise birthday party - how should I handle this?

I know about my upcoming surprise birthday party - how should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 31 answers

Is a surprise birthday party for someone with few friends a bad idea?

My girlfriend's birthday is coming up, and I want to plan a surprise party. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Apr 4, 2009 - 10 answers

How would an Indian say "Oh my gosh"?

What would a good Indian expression of suprise be? Specifically a pleasant suprise, such as the realisation that one is going to make a large amount of money, possibly from someone who is none too reputable. The Hindi (or other language) version and a literal translation would be most useful.
posted by Artw on Dec 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me plan a Suprise Christmas Party!

This year, I have decided to plan a Surprise Christmas Party, mostly for my parents. Does anyone have any tips for helping me pull this off? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL on Dec 10, 2008 - 3 answers

Truly surprising surprise endings?

The best twist endings in fiction? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 26, 2008 - 42 answers

Twenty-Four Day Rollercoaster

I want an advent calendar that will give me a genuine thrill of surprise and delight every day. I've been disappointed too many times. Give me spoiler-free recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Nov 21, 2008 - 19 answers

SURPRISE!!!

Celebrating my mom's birthday in Disney World....help me surprise her! [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Sep 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Glad you're back from the mountains

What is the best welcome back surprise I could give my manfriend after a month of absence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2008 - 18 answers

Extra deaths in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

Productions of Hamlet in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions) [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jun 16, 2008 - 9 answers

big anniversary coming - wife wants to travel, I want to secretly buy her a car

This summer marks a big wedding anniversary. I wanted to surprise my wife with a car. She is now talking about wanting to travel. Since both ideas require advance planning, how do I open this dialog with my wife, while trying to keep the element of surprise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2008 - 24 answers

I feel like the pinata, won't you take a swing at me

A friend and I are turning 23 this weekend. We're making a pinata! What should we fill it with? [more inside]
posted by troika on Mar 18, 2008 - 36 answers

How do i win something back?

I dropped the ball on this one....year anniversary. Is there anyway to win her back? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Jan 28, 2008 - 31 answers

Book Source for "Beyond Expectations to Surprise"?

seeking Source for quote - something like 'Beyond Expectations to Surprise'. A friend reports reading some sort of personal growth book with a section or possibly a chapter on this topic. A long time ago. She has no idea of the title or author. It's been a powerful idea for both of us. What's the book? Many talk of letting go of expectations, but moving to surprise?
posted by judybxxx on Oct 11, 2007 - 2 answers

I still don't know what she's running from.

Marathon Support: What can my roommates and I do for our other roommate after she runs a marathon? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 23, 2007 - 18 answers

Help with creative surprising, please.

Creative Gift Giving Filter: I got tix to the Police in Chicago for my husband and his best friend. What's a creative way to tell him? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles on Apr 4, 2007 - 18 answers

Love and Creativity

Inspired by this Mefi post: Do you know of any other creative declarations of love? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Seeking movies with interesting moments of specific, sudden turnarounds/"surprises"

Which movies have the most interesting moments of specific, sudden dramatic turnarounds/"surprises"? (PLEASE, TITLES/RECOMMENDATIONS ONLY -- please keep this thread spoiler-free, thanks!) I'm interested in watching these movies with an eye toward what happens in design terms (sound design, camera movement, lighting, etc.) both during and just before the turnaround/revelation. [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Nov 29, 2006 - 142 answers

Imagine if you spent the rest of your life married to the guy one seat over on your next airplane flight...

My parents met on a flight to Hawaii a little more than 35 years ago. Help me make their next anniversary really special. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Oct 5, 2006 - 9 answers

Source/recency of "i pooped a little"?

I've recently noticed "I pooped a little" as an expression of joyful mirth/surprise. Local example. Googling reveals examples of this mixed in with non-examples. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 27, 2006 - 13 answers

What can be sent as a present to an 8 years old kid recovering in a hospital from serious cardiac surgery?

This 8 years old kid came from Madrid, Spain to New York where he was treated for a serious cardiac problem at Mount Sinai. He had surgery and is recovering well. He will leave the ICU soon and a group of friends from Madrid wanted to send him some kind of present to cheer him up. I don't actually know the kid. But a friend of mine is part of said "group of friends" and they asked me to figure out what can be done. Hire a magician? send him a bunch of toys? books? a stripper? all of the above? I suppose the stripper would be a bad idea, what with blood pressure and all that. But I'm sure there are plenty of "special surprises" and original ideas for his age group and health condition. Oh, and he speaks both english and spanish, so language shouldn't be an issue.
posted by sd on Jul 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Isn't it outrageous...

Surprise! Paul Simon's newest album works on an external CD player but not on either of my Macs. I assume this is a DRM issue (my experience, backed up by one Amazon review). The iBook says it can't recognize the CD and spits it out; the PowerBook says nothing and spits it out. Any ideas here, beyond bittorrent, returning the disc or initiating the class-action lawsuit? The label is Warner. There is no mention of DRM/compatibility on the disc.
posted by thejoshu on May 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Surprise! Covering a living room floor with confetti... through the mail

I want to shower somebody with confetti--by mail. Is there any low-tech way I can rig a gift box to achieve maximum confetti coverage? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Apr 4, 2005 - 16 answers

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