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Create a Fireworks Display Over Detroit Online

Andrew Norton

I found this neat site that lets you choose from a bunch of different major U.S. cities and then set off a fireworks display using the Shockwave Flash player. Wouldn't you know it? Detroit was one of the options :)! It is a fun little waste of time. You just click the buttons under the city display and shoot off different types of fireworks. There is even a grand finale button you can hit for a real whiz-bang finish.

Go there now, and waste some time!

List of Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes

Andrew Norton

Since tomorrow is April Fool's Day (beware of the pranks) I thought I would share a link to a website containing the top April Fool's Day hoaxes/pranks of all time. At Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes you can peruse the hoaxes and chuckle at how gullible some people can be. A brief history of April Fool's day Around 1582 the Gregorian Calendar was introduced and the New Year was to begin on January 1. In the past, the celebration of the new year was celebrated for eight days beginning March 25. Well, the first year of the new calendar found some people not realizing there was a calendar change and some people were just obstinate and wanted to keep celebrating the new year through April 1.

So, those folks were referred to as April Fools and it slowly evolved into a tradition of playing pranks on unsuspecting people.

Information on the history of April Fool's Day courtesy of

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The Coolest Blanket I Have Ever Seen - The Slanket

Andrew Norton

I love promoting cool Michigan businesses and shops, but I have to go out of our state to mention this company. The Slanket is a huge fleece blanket with loose, oversized sleeves so you can still use the remote, read a book, or eat popcorn and not have your arms freeze. For $65 you can enjoy your Slanket while you have the thermostat turned back to save $$$. I just checked the Slanket website today, February 3, 2006, and unfortunately all of their Slankets are on backorder. Evidently these are more popular than I had thought. Rats! I was hoping to get one. It looks like anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks before you will receive your Slanket if you order today.

Guess I'll have to plan ahead for next winter.


Check Out This Online Christmas Quiz

Andrew Norton

I have to warn you about this quiz. It is very addictive. Once you start, you just keep going and trying to see how many answers in a row you can get. I won't say what my top number of correct answers in a row is so far. Lets just say that I haven't made it up to 12 in a row just yet. They throw some easy questions at you in the beginnng and then toss you a real whopper that makes you guess. If you are lucky, you guess right and move on to the next question. If you are like me, you start from the beginning.

Have fun! :)

Christmas Quiz