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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by lorimer
on Nov 29, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -