Fun 100: What Fun Is

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Fun is as necessary in life as work

  • When we are finished working, it is necessary to relax and enjoy recreation
  • Not all fun has to be leisure
    • Learning or building things can be as fun as relaxing
    • For many people, their personality would get extremely bored with leisure, which would remove any fun it could be
  • There are different levels of recreation
    1. Leisure involves doing nothing productive and simply consuming (e.g. movies)
    2. Staying busy is any kind of work that you want to do (e.g. decorating for a holiday)
    3. A challenge is performing something within a given deadline by yourself (e.g. solving a Rubik’s cube)
    4. A competition is performing against others and their deadlines (e.g. foot race)
    5. A game is performing with others where they can do things to affect your performance (e.g. chess)
  • Many times, boredom is simply a lack of creativity
    • People raised in a heavy media consumption lifestyle don’t learn the skill of creating fun things to do
    • It’s easier to not learn to be creative, but it will inhibit happiness in the long-term
    • The simplest way to resolve boredom is to write down fun things as you think of them, and then have a list to consult when bored
  • It’s not hard to find things to do when bored if you plan ahead
    • Go through your Internet bookmarks that you’ve saved
    • Keep a list of things you’re curious about, and then read up on them

Have more fun by celebrating holidays

  • Celebrate April Fool’s Day with pranks
    • Mess around with 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 an opened door will hit
      • 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
    • A workplace can also have pranks
      • 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
    • Be careful with some pranks, since you might lose 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 lotion with personal lubricant
      • Replace one caramel apple in a set of caramel apples with a caramel onion
    • Prank complete strangers
      • Sit in a car with the window down and aim a hair dryer at people as they drive by, it will look like a radar gun
      • If anyone parks across 2 spots, draw “new lines” on each side of the car and mark it as “IDIOT PARKING”
    • Animals can be pranked as well
      • Feed a cow apples to get it drunk
      • Feed a dog peanut butter
      • Play with a cat with a laser pointer
  • Make more fun Halloween costumes and outfits
    • Try some really cheap Halloween costumes by writing on white shirts
      • 404 ERROR: COSTUME NOT FOUND
      • This is my costume, 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 have 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 and then put gory blood all over it
  • Celebrate Christmas with games
    • Have a White Elephant gift exchange

Find games that aren’t hard to make or play

  • Games don’t have to have a reason behind them
    • From early childhood, the psychological benefits of playing games is necessary for healthy living, even in old age
  • Play indoor games
    • Try old board games like chess, checkers or backgammon
    • Play popular board games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Clue
      • Remix board games by combining multiple games or changing up elements
    • Find esoteric board games like Go or Settlers of Catan
    • Learn card games using a standard 52-card deck like Poker or Rummy
      • Make a card holder by using a foam egg carton
    • Get unconventional card decks to play something like Dominion or Munchkin
    • Invent new rules for any game you have
      • Replace a Guess Who? game’s pictures with family and family friends’ pictures
      • Write instructions on a Jenga game and make a rule that people have to do what’s on the pulled brick
    • Play Balloon Ping Pong by taping popsicle sticks to paper plates
  • Play outdoor games
    • make Volleyball Billiards by using barriers and waste baskets

Make fun projects for yourself

  • Most of your clothes can be adjusted and tailored as completely different items of clothing
    • Take clothing that doesn’t fit anymore and trim off constricting parts to make it a more open outfit
    • Convert a standard item of clothing into a more elaborate one by folding and securing it
    • Turn a long-sleeved shirt into a skirt by tying and folding it
    • Decorate bows and trim into an outfit by gluing remnants onto it
    • Oversized clothing is the perfect fabric base to be turned 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
  • Interlace golden nuts with twine to make a bracelet
  • Color each fan blade of a standing fan a different primary color for a rainbow-like effect when 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 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, with the LEGOs that have holes in them to go on the 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 fire burns up the inside of a log)
    1. Cut a log like cutting a circular cake
    2. Leave about 6 inches at the base
    3. Throw about half a cap of fuel oil into the middle
    4. The fire will burn 2-3 hours
  • Make a small swimming pool by putting plastic lining in a truck bed and filling it with water
  • Paint the colors of a standard fan the three primary colors (red, blue, yellow) then turn it on to see a rainbow
  • Dip a balloon in wax, let harden, then remove the balloon to create a wax bowl
  • Make a temporary tattoo that lasts about a month
    1. Draw on skin with a permanent marker
    2. Rub baby powder on area
    3. Cover in hair spray

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 in order to avoid re-reading
    6. Only read things you’re interested in
  • Learn how to throw a football or frisbee right
    • 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
  • Learn how to 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
  • Try fire breathing by using powdered corn starch
  • 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 by putting water in a bowl, dropping random colors of nail polish in it, stirring with a toothpick, putting petroleum jelly on fingernails, then sticking 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 tattoos, since they are more permanent than anything else you can do to your body
    • Before you get a tattoo, think of what you would have gotten 5 years ago
    • Hang a picture of the tattoo somewhere that 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

There are many businesses that have fun things to do

  • Most places give free stuff on certain days every year
    • Most food establishments will give you free food on your birthday
    • Dairy Queen gives 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 will give 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 “easter eggs” in their normal line of business
    • 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
    • At Starbucks, ask for a Puppucino with your dog to get a bowl of cream for them
  • There are some fun consumer products that are worth getting if you’re interested in them
    • 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
    • Entrance or bedroom doors in houses can now be locked with a fingerprint scanner
    • Anti-tangle earbuds have come out, where the cords are actually a zipper
    • Some wall power outlets come with USB ports built into them
    • There are desk hammocks that allow someone to rest their feet while at a desk
    • Some services exist that will waterproof any mobile device sent to them
    • There are tents meant for camping that are actually hammocks
    • Some key rings are made to find your phone, and vice versa
    • There is a specially made knife for cleaning out Nutella jars
    • Semi-transparent sticky notes can be used for writing things that blend into where they’re placed
    • 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 turn a room into a shadowy forest
    • Night light lamps now might 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”

If the conditions are right, there are some other fun things to play around with

  • 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, 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 that can’t be popped
  • 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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