Monday, April 25

How To Make An Origami Fortune Teller

I first learned to make these in grade school so this is something you can make and share with your kids or re-discover for yourself. Kids (young and old) love to play with these and all you need is a piece of square paper, pencil or crayons, and an imagination.

To construct a paper fortune teller you need a square piece of paper. To check if your paper is square, fold it diagonally along one edge. If there is some paper left over outside of your fold cut it off with scissors. You will now have a square piece of paper.

How To Fold And Make Your Fortune Teller

  1. Use a square piece of paper
  2. Fold the paper in half
  3. Open the paper, turn the paper perpendicular and fold the paper in half again
  4. Unfold the paper again, if done right you will have 4 squares on the page
  5. Fold the paper on the diagonal
  6. Unfold the paper, turn it and fold it on the other diagonal
  7. Open the paper again
  8. Fold all the corners to the center of the paper
  9. Turn it over and fold the corners to the center of the paper on the other side

You are now finished folding your fortune teller. Time for the fun part! What fortunes and colors will you think of?

Flip it over and write a number on each of the four sections. (If you have problems there's plenty of pictures to compare with.) 

Flip the fortune teller over and open it up without unfolding the whole thing. Write creative fortunes (answers to your questions) on the inside flaps. Answers to yes/no types of questions are the best.

Fold the flaps back down and write a color (or color the flap) for each section. (There should be 8 sections.)

Your Origami Fortune Teller is now finished.

It should look something like this (below.) It's ok to color flaps and make it as decorative as you'd like. Simple pictures would be fun too.

Whatever you come up with is good. You can pick themes for each fortune teller and make more than one. You can have a color or picture theme it's all up to you.
  • Love Questions
  • Life Questions
  • Silly Questions
  • Future Fortune Telling
  • Truth Or Dare Questions
  • Yes Or No Questions

People’s names, animals, or any theme can be incorporated into the fortune teller for variety. Feel free to experiment.

How To Hold It

Grab the fortune teller and open it up for a test drive. (See the animation at the top of this post.) To open, use your index finger and thumb of your right hand under the square flaps on the right side. Do the same with your left hand on the left side. Both your hands should be in the fortune teller. Slowly bring your fingers together and the fortune teller will close. Open and close the flaps by opening and closing your fingers.

How To Use It

With your fingers in it have someone ask a yes/no type question. After they answer flip it around (put on a good show) and let them pick a number on the outside. 

After they pick a number, count out the number as you move the fortune teller back and forth (i.e. FOUR - count four moves) that many times. On the last count keep it open so they can pick a color.

Have them pick a color. Spell out the color as you move the fortune teller back and forth (i.e. BLUE- four letters, move 4 times) as many letters that are in that color. Hold it open on the last letter so they can pick a number from the inside.

Have them pick a new number from the inside and open the flap of the number they picked. The answer to their question is on the inside tab that you have just revealed. Read them their answer.

When making your fortune teller it’s best to use paper that you can color or write on easily. Stickers, glitter, or any art supplies can be used. It’s up to you how you decorate it and what theme you choose. Have some fun with it and switch the tabs around. You can start with colors on the outside and numbers on the inside it still works the same. Choose colors that have different numbers in the names so there are no repeats when counting.

When writing questions for your fortune teller, keep in mind that they should be answers to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ type questions. The options are limitless.

What Theme Will You Use?

There is no end to the themes or look of these fortune tellers. People use this folding technique to make simple puppets and more. I've seen people use them for wedding placemats and just about anything. I'd like to see a link to your ideas in comments. Enjoy!

This is a cheap and fun way to keep busy when it's raining outside or there's nothing to do. Every kid should know how to make these and adults could learn a thing or two about old-fashioned fun and relaxation.

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Sunday, April 24

I’m Looking Through You

As we go about our lives we see objects around us every day that we take at face value. Why don’t we back up and take a closer look, inside?

Nick Veasey is a British photographer and filmmaker working primarily within the medium of X-ray imaging. Born in London in 1962, he worked in the advertising and design industries and pursued work in conventional still photography before making the serendipitous discovery of applying X-ray imaging to everyday objects and skeletons after being asked to X-ray a cola can for a television show.

He was so thrilled with the ‘look’ after doing the cola can that he used the same technique and took an image of his own shoes. Now he’s hooked on it, good for us!

I enjoy the X-ray art (of all kinds) very much especially all the little details or inner workings you can’t see without an X-ray. The more complicated the images the better to see all the cool little details you may have missed. Hope you enjoyed this engaging form of art.

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Saturday, April 23

Have A Seat

Chairs serve a function every day that we take for granted. Yet without them, we would be exhausted from standing! But isn’t it fun when objects like chairs are re-designed with an artistic bend?

Some of these chairs look very comfortable to me! I think my favorite (one I could also use every day) is the red one with legs and feet. The rocker with the green seat is nice too and did you notice the built-in light at the top for reading?

I really enjoy all kinds of art and I applaud the un-named people who did these works! I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

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Friday, April 22

I Come In Peace

Photographer Norbert Rosing was sure he was going to see his beloved sled dogs slaughtered when a lone Polar Bear wandered into his camp in the wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

As soon as he saw the Polar Bear coming he got his camera out to catch these striking images of the wild Polar Bear coming upon his tethered sled dogs. The dogs were ready for a fight to the death.

Rosing was shocked when he realized the bear seemed a little lonely. The lead dog came forward. After testing each other…

and exchanging smells…

They erupted into playfulness!

It’s hard to believe the Polar Bear just wanted a hug!

The Polar Bear came back every day for a week to play with his dogs until they left the area.

These bears are an endangered species with all the ice melting from their habitats but lately, they have been making a comeback. Let’s hope they make it they are beautiful intelligent animals and this just proves it. I just love this!

Time to wish you a nice weekend, get out there and enjoy our Spring weather if you can.

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Jokes From The Inbox

The Ostrich

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him.
The waitress asks them for their orders.
The man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?"
"I'll have the same," says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order. "That will be $9.40 please." The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.
The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke."
The ostrich says, "I'll have the same."
Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.
This becomes routine until the two enter again. "The usual?" asks the waitress.
"No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad," says the man.
"Same," says the ostrich.
Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62."
Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.
The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me,sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?"
"Well," says the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there."
"That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!"
"That's right…whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.
The waitress asks, "What's with the ostrich?"
The man sighs, pauses and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say.."

Gas Prices

A Wish To Live Forever

I met a fairy today who said that she would grant me one wish.
"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"
"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!"

"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.

From An Actual Trail In The UK

A young Woman several months pregnant was sitting on a bus when she noticed a young man smiling at her. She decided to look out the window and ignore him.

She chanced a look back at him. He was still staring at her with an even bigger smile on his face and she was the only one he was looking at!

She was sure of this. She began feeling humiliated on account of her condition. She changed her seat & he seemed more amused. She moved again and he was rolling with laughter.

She was so angry she got off the bus and called the cops on him. He was arrested and when he was in court she was there.

In the court the judge asked him what his defense was for bothering pregnant women on the bus.

He said; “When the lady boarded the bus I couldn't help noticing she was pregnant. She sat under an advertisement which read 'Coming Soon- The unknown boon’. I was even more amused when she then sat under a shaving advertisement which read 'William's stick did the trick'. When I could not control myself any longer, she moved again! On the third move, she sat under an advertisement which read 'Dunlop Rubber would have prevented this accident”.

The case was dismissed. The judge fell off his chair laughing.

The Password  

During a recent password audit by Microsoft & Google it was found that a blonde was using the following password:

When asked why she had such a long password, she said, “I was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital. Didn’t I do it right?”

A Day In Hell

One day a guy dies and finds himself in hell. As he is wallowing in despair he has his first meeting with a demon...
Demon: Why so glum chum?
Guy: What do you think? I'm in hell.
Demon: Hell's not so bad. We actually have a lot of fun down a drinkin' man?
Guy: Sure, I love to drink. Love the drinks.
Demon: Well you're gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays, that's all we do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, diet tab, and Fresca...we drink till we throw up and then we drink some more!
Guy: Gee that sounds great.
Demon: You a smoker?
Guy: You better believe it! Love the smoking.
Demon: Alright! You're gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars from all over the world and smoke our lungs out. If you get cancer - no biggie - you're already dead remember?
Guy: Wow...that's...awesome!
Demon: I bet you like to gamble.
Guy: Why yes as a matter of fact I do. Love the gambling.
Demon: Cause Wednesday you can gamble all you want. Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Slots, whatever... If you go Bankrupt...well you're dead anyhow.
Demon: You into drugs?
Guy: Are you kidding? Love drugs! You don't mean...
Demon: That's right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great big bowl of crack. or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can do all the drugs you want and if ya overdose - that's right - you're dead - who cares! O.D.!!
Guy: Yowza! I never realized Hell was such a swingin' place!!
Demon: You gay?
Guy: Uh no.
Demon: Ooooh (grimaces) you're really gonna hate Fridays.

Observations On Growing Older

  • Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!
  • Going out is good. Coming home is better! 
  • When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"
  • When you needed the discount, you paid full price. Now you get discounts on everything...movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.
  • You forget names .... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
  • The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 10+ and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 10+ pounds.
  • Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.
  • The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
  • Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his ‘pre-sleep’. 
  • Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident! You used to say; "I hope my kids GET married”. Now; "I hope they STAY married!"
  • You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.
  • When personal computers were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.
  • You tend to use more 4 letter words like, "what?"..."when?"... ???
  • Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
  • Your husband has a night out with the guys, but he's home by 9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.
  • You read 100 pages of a book before you realize you've read it.
  • Notice everything they sell in stores is ‘sleeveless’?!!!
  • What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
  • Everybody whispers because you are going deaf. 
  • Now that your husband has retired .. you'd give anything if he'd find a job! 
  • But old is good in some things especially ‘Old Friends’!!!!! 
“It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.” Anonymous

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