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Unusual Gifts Not For Everyone

Unusual Gifts Not For Everyone

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When was the last time that you actually got surprised and extremely pleased with a gift? Well, that may be too hard to answer if you always end up opening typical gifts that you already expected to get. It is not that these gifts are valued but there are sure kind of gifts that will blow the recipient away with joy and satisfaction. Sometimes, choosing the best gifts are already overlooked especially when there’s no time to go around the mall or browse online. The best gift that you can give to someone is the very thought of his or her genuine happiness when he receives it. This is where unique and unusual gifts come in.

What are unusual gifts? If you consult the dictionary, you will find that this means uncommon, exceptional and not ordinary. This is where you put creativity into play. Since unusual has to be beyond ordinary, why not add up creativity as well.

Gifts for Action-Horror Fanatics

Whether you like it or not, there are certainly people we know who just love the bizarre and action tuff. Add up the zombies on the list and the result is simply astonishing. Why not sign up a friend to a zombie boot camp? If a friend loves to play zombie action games, then he will love the idea of learning how to fight them through a boot camp. Fully-loaded with armor, grenades pistols and rifles, they will learn how to clear living dead enemies in a warehouse. For one day, he can pretend to be a soldier. After all, these are friendly boot camps with superb action and horror experiences.

Supercar Action Gift Experience

Sure, it costs a lot to own a Ferrari or better yet just to give it away as gift. How about treating somebody with a unique driving experience? An expert instructor will be there to fill him on all the techniques and rules, and then gets him on a real track for practice. Then he will have six miles to try this exhilarating supercar experience. After a day of Ferrari action, he will be given certificate and memoirs. Now, that is one great gift guaranteed to make your recipient jumping up and down.

Best Leather Bag for Your Best Bud

Who says leather bag is just for your women friends? Fashionable leather bags for men are becoming a craze. Just check out the designs from totes to hobo-chic and you will understand why they are slowly coming out. If you ask why they seem to resemble some of women’s handbags, that makes them quite unusual for men category. Well, get one now and see the look on your best bud’s face.

The three types are just examples of unusual but great gifts to give to a buddy. That goes to show that giving worthwhile experiences, no matter how bizarre, are the best gifts to give to someone. It is fun and the recipient will totally forget his problems even just for one day. Now that’s a truly memorable gift that lasts a lifetime.

The writer, Danielle Smith, loves to blog about leather bags, clothing and accessories. Read more about her interesting finds in sbuckinghams.com

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Unusual Instruments From Around The World

Unusual Instruments From Around The World

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Having grown up surrounded by them, we tend not to realise there’s something deeply weird about most musical instruments. Violins are basically wound intestines stretched and scraped with horsehair. Drums; the flayed hide of an animal pulled taut and hit with sticks. And let’s not even get started on the Didgeridoo. The point is, even the simplest instrument can appear strange when viewed objectively. So allow us to take a moment to appreciate the mind-bending insanity that went into designing:

The Sea Organ (Zadir, Croatia)

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Built on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, the Sea Organ is a network of tubes that converts the flow of waves into a continuous, ethereal drone. Designed by architect Nikola Basic to liven up Zadir’s modernist concrete seafront, it manages to capture the rhythm of the ocean with more grace than even the sublimest David Attenborough documentary.

Musical Roads (Japan, South Korea, USA)

It sounds like Jeremy Clarkson’s dream: an instrument you can play with your car. But Japan, South Korea and America’s ‘singing roads’ actually have a deeper purpose; functioning as tourist-magnet, warning system for inattentive drivers and, um, Honda advert respectively. Grooves in the road, spaced at precise distances create the rhythm, with depth of cut responsible for tone. The exclamations of drivers unknowingly hitting these roads for the first time have sadly not been recorded.

Nano Guitar (Cornell University, USA)

Proving, once again, that scientists have waaay too much time on their hands, the Nano Guitar is a baffling ten micrometres long and can only be played with lasers. To appreciate exactly how tiny that is, find a ruler, measure a centimetre and then image it 1000 times smaller. Featuring strings a mere 100 atoms thick, it even comes in two varieties: classic and deluxe.

AK-47 Guitar

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Created by Céaser López (presumably after seeing Desperado a few too many times), this entry is the only one that seems designed specifically to perform the most-bitchin’ solo ever. Somewhere in this glorious decadence resides a deeply-felt point about the gun trade; but honestly, how many of you who saw the photo didn’t immediately imagine yourselves rockin’ out before a crowded stadium?

The Singing Ringing Tree (Burnley, UK)

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A vast cacophony of pipes stretching high over Lancashire, the Singing Ringing Tree is powered only by wind rolling over the bleak Northern landscape. It’s strange, near-musical lilting evokes feelings of awe, isolation and the sublime, all within a twenty minute walk from Burnley.

The Great Stalacpipe Organ (Virginia, USA)

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The largest musical instrument on Earth covers a hefty 3 ½ acres deep below Virginia. Designed by ex-Pentagon man Leland W. Sprinkle, the Organ works by bashing rubber mallets against stalactites, which each give off an individual note. Weird doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Musical Tesla Coils

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Combining anything with lightning is scientifically proven to make it 100% more badass, and music is no exception. Know what could make it even more badass? Adding Doctor Who.

Symphonic House (Lake Michigan, USA)

In the Wedge family home, strings stretch along walls, down stairwells and through corridors; creating a giant instrument any family member can play at any time. The only inhabitable instrument on this list, Bill Close and David Hanawalt’s experiment in sonic architecture is also one of the strangest buildings on Earth.

Katzenklavier (Hypothetical)

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Famously proposed by Dr Johann Christian Reil as a way of treating patients who had lost the ability to focus; the Katzenklavier would undoubtedly grab even the most-hopeless patient’s attention. Operated by a mechanism that would yank each cat’s tail in time to create a recognisable tune, it remains to be seen whether the mere sight of it would then send the patient mad again in an entirely novel way.

The Loophonium (Liverpool, UK)

Designed by Fritz Spiegl as a piece of surrealist artwork, the Loophonium has been played on at least one occasion: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s April Fools concert in 1960. The Liverpool Museum’s website reliably informs us that, at the end of the concert, the seat was raised as a sign of respect for the national anthem.

Author: This article was compiled by DV247, Pro Audio specialists and suppliers of Fender products. There are so many fascinating instruments out there, can you think of any more?



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Unusual Bicycles and a Little Bit of Vehicles

Unusual Bicycles and a Little Bit of Vehicles

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Bicycles are daily vehicles for many people. For some of them, it is a sport. And for the rest, it is a fun.

It is hard to find out who invented bicycle. After a search, I ended with two names that are somewhere in the beginning of history.

In 1418, Giovanni Fontana, built the first human powered land vehicle based on four wheels and used an endless rope connected via gears to the wheels.

And Leonardo da Vinci, sketches from the year 1493, showing a primitive version of a bicycle.

Anyway, today the construction and material of bikes are so different and automated that even the inventors would not recognize that it is a bike.

But one thing remains the same. You have to learn to ride the bike;)

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.”
John Howard

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