Fun 100: What Fun Is

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Fun is as necessary as work for a balanced life

When we finish working, relaxing and recreating recharges our minds

Not all fun has to be leisure

  • Learning or creative endeavors are often as fun as relaxing

Recreation has various levels of involvement

  1. Full leisure of only consuming with no producing (e.g., movies, lounging)
  2. Staying busy in work you want to do (e.g., decorating for a holiday)
  3. A challenge of performing something by yourself within a given deadline (e.g., solving a Rubik’s cube)
  4. A competition performing against others (e.g., foot race)
  5. A game is performing against or with others who can affect your performance (e.g., chess, volleyball)

Boredom is usually from a lack of creativity

  • People raised in lifestyles with heavy media consumption don’t learn how to make their fun
  • Avoiding creative fun inhibits long-term happiness

Find things to do when you’re bored by planning ahead

  • Write down fun things as you think of them, then consult your list when you’re bored
  • Go through Internet bookmarks you’ve saved
  • Keep a list of things you’re curious about, then read about them later

Celebrate holidays to break the rhythm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with pranks

  • Tease your friends and family
    • Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish to keep it from lathering
    • Cut out a spider and put it underneath a lampshade to create a silhouette
    • Replace deodorant with cream cheese
    • Replace fancy soap with a block of fancy cheese
    • Tape an air horn under someone’s seat or behind a door
    • Reply to late-night Snapchat selfies with “what the f*** is behind you!?”
    • Freeze Mentos inside ice cubes, then drop it into Diet Coke while serving it
    • Mix M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces and Skittles in a bowl
  • Play pranks at your workplace
    • Put a veggie tray on an office break room table inside a cake or doughnut box
    • Replace a phone handle with a banana
    • Put scotch tape on the bottom of a computer mouse
  • Don’t play pranks on thin-skinned friends
    • Give a jewelry box to someone with a note that says JUST KIDDING!
    • Coat a raw egg with chocolate to make it look like a candy egg
    • Carefully place an air freshener can’s label over fish-scented bait spray
    • Replace hand sanitizer with personal lubricant
    • Replace one caramel apple in a set of them with an onion
  • Prank strangers
    • Wear sunglasses, sit in a car with the window down, and aim a hairdryer at people as they drive by like a radar gun
    • If anyone parks across two spots, draw “new lines” on each side of the car and mark it as “IDIOT PARKING”
  • Play pranks on animals
    • Feed a cow apples to get it drunk
    • Feed a dog peanut butter
    • Play with a cat with a laser pointer or put tape on one

Make more fun Halloween costumes and outfits

  • Write on white shirts
    • This is my costume, and it’s scary how broke I am
    • This Invisible Man costume is defective!
  • Break open a glow stick and add it to clear nail polish to make glow-in-the-dark nails
  • To make a costume eye hole create a patch, cry, apply the patch with LashGrip, hide the edges, apply makeup to make the eye look irritated, then put gory blood all over it

Celebrate Christmas

  • Decorate everything, including the ceiling
  • Have a White Elephant gift exchange

Find simple games to make or play

Games don’t need a reason

  • From early childhood, playing games create many psychological benefits, even in old age

Play indoor games

  • Try old classic board games like chess, checkers or backgammon
  • Play popular board games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Clue
  • Find esoteric board games like Go or Settlers of Catan
  • Learn card games with a standard 52-card deck like Poker or Rummy
    • Make a cardholder with a foam egg carton
  • Learn dominoes, either six or twelve
  • Get unconventional card decks to play Dominion or BANG!
  • Invent new rules for your games
    • Remix board games by combining multiple games or changing out elements
    • Replace a Guess Who? game’s pictures with family and family friends’ pictures
    • Write instructions on a Jenga game and make a rule for people to perform what they pulled

Play Balloon Ping Pong by taping popsicle sticks to paper plates

Play outdoor games

  • Make Volleyball Billiards by using barriers and wastebaskets

Create fun projects

You can tailor and adjust most of your clothes

  • Take clothing that doesn’t fit anymore and trim off constricting parts to make a more open outfit
  • Convert a standard item of clothing into a more elaborate one by folding and securing it
  • Tie and fold a long-sleeved shirt into a skirt
  • Glue remnants onto bows and trim them into an outfit
  • Convert oversized clothing into dresses
  • Make a tie-dye shirt by tying up a white shirt into a ball with rubber bands, squirting food coloring onto different areas of the shirt and letting dry
  • Sew old shirts together to make a quilt
  • Use Kool-Aid mixed with vinegar to make clothing dye

Make a bracelet by interlacing golden nuts with twine

Color each fan blade of a standing fan a different primary color to make a rainbow-like effect when it’s turned on

Set your web browser’s home page to Wikipedia’s “Random Article” page to learn something new every time you open your browser window

Take pictures of your friends with their faces smashed against a glass and set it as their default picture or wallpaper

Make a custom phone dock out of LEGOs or other toy building materials

Make a key holder out of LEGO blocks where LEGOs with holes in them are on keychains

Make a homemade calendar with paint samples, a frame, and dry erase markers

Embellish a plain phone case with permanent markers

Make a Swedish Flame (where the fire burns the inside of a log)

  1. Cut a log like cutting a circular cake
  2. Leave about six inches at the base
  3. Throw about half a cap of fuel oil into the middle
  4. The fire will burn for two or three hours

Make a small swimming pool by putting a plastic lining in a truck bed and filling it with water

Dip a balloon in wax, let it harden, then remove the balloon to create a wax bowl

Make a temporary tattoo that lasts about a month

  1. Draw on your skin with a permanent marker
  2. Rub baby powder on the area
  3. Cover in hairspray

Learn something easy and fun

Learn how to play a skill-based video game

  • Tape your mobile device to a steering wheel cover to play driving games

Learn how to speed read

  1. Use a pointer to remove the distractions your eyes will give
  2. Control your reading, not your speed by removing distractions
  3. Read without using speaking in your mind (subvocalize)
  4. Ask what you hope to gain by reading the material, then look for that information
  5. Only read when your mind is focused and alert to avoid re-reading
  6. Only read things that interest you

Learn how to throw a football or frisbee correctly

  • Throw the ball by stepping with your opposite foot to turn your arm into a whip
  • Whip the frisbee like whipping a towel

Learn how to whistle through your fingers or tie an Ian Knot shoelace

Learn how to play ping pong

  • If the ball gets dented, hold a lighter near the ball or place in boiling water

Practice mastering illusions

  • Learn card tricks
  • Try fire breathing with powdered cornstarch

Buy a world map or periodic table shower curtain to learn while you’re in the shower

Make a personal goal to read through a certain number of books in a year

Learn to play a musical instrument like a guitar or accordion

  • Attach a pen with a rubber band to a guitar to make a capo

Learn tap dancing by gluing pennies to a pair of shoes

Have more fun with your body

Drink a few glasses of apple juice before going to bed to have lucid dreams

Turn your skin blue by eating many blue M&M’s or orange by eating many carrots

Squeeze a tennis ball under your armpit to temporarily stop your heart

Tape two halves of a ping-pong ball to your eyes and then stare at a red light while listening to radio static to have vivid hallucinations

Get a designer tan by applying nail polish as a design on your skin, staying in the sun all day and then removing the nail polish

Make rainbow nails

  1. Put water in a bowl
  2. Drop random colors of nail polish in it
  3. Stir it with a toothpick
  4. Apply petroleum jelly to your fingernails
  5. Place your nails in the bowl

Bug spray and rubbing alcohol have such a low flash point that they won’t burn your hand if you light them

To make a temporary tattoo that lasts about a month

  1. Draw it with a sharpie
  2. Rub baby powder on it
  3. Cover it in hairspray

Be careful with permanent tattoos

  • Before you get a tattoo, think of what you would have gotten five or ten years ago
  • Hang a picture of the tattoo somewhere you’ll see it every day for a year to be sure you want it
  • If you’re bald and self-conscious about it, get a tattoo of hair stubble on your head

Many businesses have fun as well

Most places give free stuff on certain days

  • Most food establishments give you free food for your birthday
  • Dairy Queen offers a free ice cream every 31st of the month
  • IHOP has free pancakes every February 28th
  • 7-11 gives free Slurpees on July 11th
  • Come into Chipotle on Halloween with a costume to get a cheap burrito
  • Krispy Kreme offers a free donut for talking like a pirate on September 19th (Talk Like A Pirate Day) and a free dozen for dressing like one
  • Krispy Kreme will also give a free glazed donut on March 9th

Many companies have hidden secrets

  • At Disneyland, yell “Andy’s coming!” to see all the Toy Story actors fall to the ground wherever they are
  • Call Domino’s Pizza at 1-734-930-3030
  • Call Papa Johns at 1-877-547-7272
  • Call Pizza Hut at 1-800-948-8488
  • Ask for a Puppucino with your dog at Starbucks to get a bowl of cream for them

Some fun consumer products are worth investing in

  • There is an umbrella which looks like a shower head that blasts air to protect you
  • Power outlets now exist that can fit a dozen plugs into it and eliminate the need for a power strip
  • You can now lock entrance or bedroom doors in houses with a fingerprint scanner
  • Anti-tangle earbuds have cords that zip up
  • Some wall power outlets come with USB ports built into them
  • Desk hammocks let someone rest his or her feet under a desk
  • Some services will waterproof any mobile device you send to them
  • Some tents for camping are enclosed hammocks
  • Some keyrings are made to find your phone, and vice versa
  • You can use semi-transparent sticky notes to write things that blend into where you set them
  • There are USB flash drives that look like tampons
  • Ashes to Fireworks will turn your ashes into a firework after you die
  • Some chandeliers can make a room look like a shadowy forest
  • Nightlight lamps can have detachable glow balls for trips to the bathroom

If you do happen to break a Nalgene water bottle and send it in, they’ll replace it with a shirt that says “I broke a Nalgene”

Play around with other fun ideas

Light a dandelion on fire to see a rainbow fireball

Put two peeps on a paper plate with toothpicks in each of them facing each other, and they will duel when you put them in the microwave

Blow bubbles in weather under freezing to make the bubbles turn into ice bubbles

Mix one part water, one part corn syrup and two parts dish soap to make bubbles you can’t pop

Make a water fountain in the sink with a shot glass

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Candles that smoke after blowing out are actually blowing wax, and lighting the smoke quick enough will spark the candle back up again

Attach a book to a retracting dog leash to read in the bathtub

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