I'm looking for examples from literature, comic books, film, and other media, in which a character, for no clear reason (or unexpectedly), is a cowboy. [more inside]
How can I make my parent's surprise 40th wedding anniversary party the best? [more inside]
Help me count down from my wife's birthday to her Special Surprise. [more inside]
By the beard of Zeus! I'm looking for fantastic exclamations! [more inside]
What are some good, fun, little Internet surprises? More like this, less like Goatse. Little things you can make and send to a stranger/acquaintance/friend/lover/imaginary Internet person. [more inside]
Are baby showers, by default, supposed to be surprises? [more inside]
Myself: absent during anniversary. Boyfriend: potentially finding gifts around the house. You: help me! [more inside]
Help me creatively share with our (long-distance) parents the wonderful news that my wife and I are expecting our first child. [more inside]
Birthday surprise from far away - I need help with ideas for a friend in NZ. [more inside]
I know about my upcoming surprise birthday party - how should I handle this? [more inside]
My girlfriend's birthday is coming up, and I want to plan a surprise party. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
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.
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]
The best twist endings in fiction? [more inside]
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]
Celebrating my mom's birthday in Disney World....help me surprise her! [more inside]
What is the best welcome back surprise I could give my manfriend after a month of absence? [more inside]
Productions of Hamlet in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions) [more inside]
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]
A friend and I are turning 23 this weekend. We're making a pinata! What should we fill it with? [more inside]
I dropped the ball on this one....year anniversary. Is there anyway to win her back? [more inside]
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?
Marathon Support: What can my roommates and I do for our other roommate after she runs a marathon? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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