Monthly Archives: March 2009

29 Ways to Add More Fiber To Your Diet

Written by Stealth Health

How to plant more “good carbs” into your diet.

Fantastic Fiber

Virtually every weight-loss program — be it Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, or Dr. Dean Ornish’s — welcomes “good carbs” as part of a healthy, lean, long-term diet.

In the lexicon of weight loss, the term “good carbs” refers to complex carbohydrates. These are foods like whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds that are composed largely of complex sugar molecules that require lots of time and energy to digest into the simple sugars your body needs for fuel.

One of the biggest benefits of foods rich in complex carbs is that they also contain large amounts of fiber. Fiber, in basic terms, is the indigestible parts of plant foods. It is the husk on the grain of wheat, the thin strands in celery, the crunch in the apple, the casings on edible seeds. Fiber protects you from heart disease, cancer, and digestive problems. Depending on the type of fiber (there is more than one!), it lowers cholesterol, helps with weight control, and regulates blood sugar.

Bottom line: This is one nutrient you don’t want to miss. Yet the average American gets just 12-15 grams of fiber a day — far below the recommended 25-30 grams. And that was before so many of us started cutting carbs for weight loss — and cutting fiber in the bargain.

Here’s how to sneak “good carbs” and extra fiber into your daily diet with a minimum of effort.

1. Eat cereal every day for breakfast. Ideally, aim for a whole grain, unsweetened cereal with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just eating any cereal might be enough, however. A University of California study found that cereal eaters tend to eat more fiber and less fat than non-cereal eaters. Healthy, high-fiber cereals you might want to consider include Kellogg’s All-Bran Original, Kashi GOLEAN, and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran.

2. Eat two apples every day. Not just to keep the doctor away, but because apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that contributes to a feeling of fullness and digests slowly. One study found that 5 grams of pectin was enough to leave people feeling satisfied for up to four hours.

3. Make a yogurt mix every Wednesday for breakfast. Take one container of yogurt and mix in 1/3 cup All-Bran cereal, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, and 5 large, diced strawberries for a whopping 12.2 grams of fiber — nearly half your daily allowance!

4. Eat baby carrots and broccoli florets dipped into low-fat ranch dressing as you afternoon snack three days a week. You’ll fill up the empty space in your tummy while getting about 5 grams of fiber in each cup of veggies.

5. Keep a container of gorp in your car and office for the munchies. Mix together peanuts, raisins, a high-fiber cereal, and some chocolate-covered soy nuts. Allow yourself one handful for a sweet, yet high-fiber, snack.

6. Switch to whole grain crackers. You’d never think a tiny cracker can make a difference, but one regular whole wheat cracker has 1/2 gram of fiber. Ten crackers give you 5 grams of fiber. So next time, spread your peanut butter on whole grain crackers (look for brands that proclaim they’re trans-fat-free) instead of bread for a different taste treat.

7. Mix your regular cereal with the high-test stuff. Okay, we’ll be honest. We wouldn’t want to face an entire bowl of All-Bran either. But just 1/3 cup packs a walloping 8.5 grams of fiber. Mix it with an equal amount of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and you’ll barely know it’s there (but you will be one-third of the way to your daily fiber intake). Check out the Nature’s Path brands, which offer several truly delicious, high-fiber choices.

8. Add kidney beans or chickpeas to your next salad. A quarter cup adds an additional 5 grams of dietary fiber, notes Lisa Andrews, R.D., a nutritionist at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati.

9. Make sure that the first ingredient in whole grain products has the word “whole” in it, as in “whole wheat,” or “whole grain.” If it says multi-grain, seven-grain, nutra-grain, cracked wheat, stone-ground wheat, unbromated wheat or enriched wheat, it’s not whole wheat, and thus is lacking some of the vitamins and minerals, not to mention fiber, of whole grains.

10. Every week, try one “exotic” grain. How about amaranth, bulgur, or wheatberries? Most are as simple to fix as rice, yet packed with fiber and flavor. Mix in some steamed carrots and broccoli, toss with olive oil and a bit of Parmesan or feta cheese, maybe throw in a can of tuna or a couple of ounces of cut-up chicken, and you’ve got dinner. Or serve as a side dish to chicken or fish. Make sure all grains you try are whole grains.

11. Once a week, make pearl barley (which doesn’t require any soaking before cooking) as a side dish. One cup sports 10 grams of fiber, nearly half your daily allotment.

12. Sneak in oatmeal. Use regular oatmeal in place of bread crumbs for meat loaf and meatballs, sprinkle it atop casseroles and ice cream, bake it into cookies and muffins, and add it to homemade breads and cakes.

13. Use whole wheat bread to make your sandwich every day. Even Subway and other such sandwich shops offer whole wheat options for lunchtime munching. If you want to gradually break into the whole wheat club, use whole wheat bread as the bottom slice of your sandwich and regular bread as the top layer, suggests Joan Salge Blake, R.D., clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University’s Sargent College. Eventually, make the switch to whole grains.

14. Every week, switch from a white food to a brown food. So instead of instant white rice, you switch to instant brown rice. Instead of regular pasta, you switch to whole wheat pasta. Similarly, whole wheat pitas instead of regular, whole wheat burritos instead of corn, whole wheat couscous instead of regular. Within two months, you should be eating only whole grains, and should have increased your daily fiber consumption by an easy 10 grams without radically changing your diet!

15. Spread your sandwich with 1/2 cup hummus. Bam! You just got 7.5 grams of fiber in a tasty package. Lay some spinach leaves and a tomato slice atop for another couple of grams.

16. Make beans a part of at least one meal a day. They’re packed with fiber (15 grams in just a cup of black beans) and, since they come canned, so easy to use. Just rinse before using to remove excess sodium. Here are some tips for getting your beans:

  • Puree a can of cannelloni beans for a tasty dip. Add 2 cloves garlic and a tablespoon each of lemon juice and olive oil to the blender. Use as a dip for veggies and whole grain crackers.
  • Spread nonfat refried beans on a whole wheat burrito and sprinkle with chopped chicken and shredded cheese.
  • Use 1/2 cup black beans and salsa as a filling for your morning omelet.
  • Make a bean salad with canned black beans, fresh or frozen corn kernels, chopped cilantro, chopped onion, and chopped tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Make your own special chili pizza. Top a prepared (whole wheat) pizza crust with some kidney beans, shredded cheese, and ground turkey cooked with chili flavorings.
  • Start serving edamame (soybeans) as a side dish. You’ll get 4 grams of fiber in 2/3 cup of the sweet legumes, not to mention the cancer-fighting phytonutrients inherent in soy.

17. Add pureed cauliflower to mashed potatoes. You won’t taste a difference, but you will get some extra fiber, say the nutrition twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D., and Lyssie Lakatos, R. D. The two are the authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism: 9 Proven Principles for Burning Fat and Losing Weight Forever.

18. Have a beet salad for dinner. These bright red veggies have virtually no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, quite a bit of potassium, and 2 grams of fiber. Try roasting whole, peeled beets for 45 minutes, chilling, then dicing into a summer salad.

19. Make rice pudding for dessert tonight. Only instead of white rice, use brown to, as Emeril would say, “kick it up a notch.”

20. Snack on popcorn. The microwave variety works just fine, but we prefer air-popped popcorn without the oil. Each cup of popcorn delivers 1.2 grams of fiber.

21. Switch to whole wheat flour when baking. You can start by going half and half, eventually using only whole wheat flour for all your cooking needs.

22. Throw some flaxseeds, wheat germ, or other high-fiber add-ins into batter. They add crunch to your cookies, muffins, and breads — and loads of fiber.

23. Eat the skin of your baked and sweet potatoes. Eating baked potatoes with the skin instead of mashed ups the fiber at least 3 grams (depending on the size of the potato).

24. Start every dinner with a mixed green salad. Not only will it add fiber, but with a low-calorie vinaigrette dressing, it will partially fill you up with very few calories, and thus offers great benefits in weight loss/control.

25. Always add lettuce and tomato slices rather than cheese to sandwiches. Not only do they add fiber, but they also reduce calories.

26. Use beans or lentils as the main protein source for dinner once or twice a week. A classic dish such as pasta e fagioli works well.

27. Make your fiber sources suit the seasons. A cold lentil salad, or corn and black bean salad in summer, then vegetarian chili in winter.

28. Snack on dried fruit every day. Tasty, chewy, satisfying, easy to eat on the go — and loaded with fiber. Try dried apricots, dates, figs, peaches, pears, and bananas.

29. Drink your fiber. Make your own smoothies by blending whole fruits (cut out the big seeds). If everything in the fruit goes into your glass, you’ll get the fiber from the edible peel, often missing from fruit juice.

Don’t Forget To…
Drink plenty of water. You need water to help the fiber pass through your digestive system without getting, ahem, stuck. So as you’re increasing the fiber in your diet, also increase the amount of water or other unsweetened beverages you’re getting.

Also, don’t up your fiber load all at once. That’s just going to overwhelm your system, leading to gas, bloating, and constipation. Instead, start slowly. Try one tip a week for the first couple of weeks, then two, then three. By week four or five, you should be up to the full 25-30 grams — or more.

Tip: Save money and calories with Mediterranean-inspired brown bag lunches. View a shopping list and recipes for 5 lunches.

25 Websites To Have Fun With Your Photos

Collected by hongkiat

Getting a little bored how your photos are presented online? How about injecting some fun and humour into it. You don’t really need to be Photoshop literate to edit and add effects into your photos. There’re some really great sites out there that allows you to add effects to your photo by using their existing effect-templates.

The best part is – most of them are free and output is shown immediately on the fly. Here’s a collection of 25 Sites To Have Fun With Your Photoswe’ve come to know. You know they don’t really have to be your photos 🙂

We’ll start with 10 of our favorites, followed by the rest.

Our Top 10 Picks


One of the hottest site with tons of creative backgrounds to play around with. Now comes in 9 different languages.

Fun Photo Box

If you don’t get what you want from PhotoFunia, you reallly need to check out this site.


Create a photo mosaic of your choice for free online.


Choose a photo for the left and right side and start mixing their hairs up.


We’d say, with Photo505, Photofunia and Fun Photo Box, you’ll be buzy for days.

Yearbook Yourself

Turn your face photo into yearbook alike black & white old school photo. The service is paused and will be back this Summer.


Make funny photos by embedding your face from the photo to the various templates.


Create different fake magazine covers from your photos.

Your own Wired Cover

Powered by Xerox, this service allows you to create your own Wired magazine cover. Customized everything from titles, colors to photos.

Hollywood Hair Makeover

Love those celebrities’ hair? Wear them instantly and see how you look.

More Ways To Have Fun

Write On It

Easily create your fake pictures, captions and fake magazines and other funny jokes for you and your friends.


Create multiple interesting effects from your normal photos.


Allows you to upload any photo and create “old photo”, “wanted” and “puzzle” effects out of it.



My Heritage

Making use of their face recognition technology, this site offers several fun effects you can play with your photos. Included are Celebrity Morph, Look-alike Meter, Celebrity Collage and Tag Photos.

Letter James

Letter James has nothing to do with photo effects, but instead you allows you to blend texts and words of your choice into their existing templates.


Lots of ways for you to customize your photos and express them wherever you want.

Funny Photos

Similar to Fun Photo Box and Photofunia, just different effects.


Make yourself frontpage in 136 different magazine covers.

Fake Magazine Cover

Personalized money

Get your head into that dollar bill.


Create HDR

One of the simplest way to create HDR photos online.


Add Glitter, Graphics, and Comments to personalize your images, then share with your friends!

6 Important Real World Skills You Learned From Videogames

Written by Jonathan Kimak

#6 Hand-eye Coordination

Swing and a miss

Hand-eye coordination is the ability to use your eyes to guide the movement of your hands. This is done when you’re playing a game, looking at the screen and moving your character without looking at your joystick.

Learning hand-eye coordination enables you to perform tasks like reading music while playing an instrument, playing almost any real life sport and driving a car while fidgeting with the radio without crashing into a pole.

Charles Barkley golfing
Is that a divot or a small dog?

Having good hand-eye coordination is good but it helps if you have decent health, reflexes and motor skills. Otherwise no matter how in tune you are with the ball headed your way, you will never hit or catch it with anything but your face.

The added bonus of hand-eye coordination is that it helps kids convince their parents to buy them games. The thought of their kid one day taking this skill out into the real world makes parents easy targets for shelling out $50 regularly so that their little athlete can train indoors where it’s safe.

#5 Business Skills

Gamer Casual
The dress code for today is gamer casual

With the downfall of the economy and numerous CEOs going to jail or the morgue there’s a lot of openings for people with business skills.

Anyone who’s played real time strategy games should be picked for a position ahead of someone who spent four years in business school learning how to be out of touch with reality.

A typical strategy to conquer the protoss or any other race in Starcraft (and eventually Starcraft 2) is to outmine them. The better you are at managing your resources(money), the better you’ll do against everyone else.

So to start you learn to hire a few interns(Probes/Drones/SCVS) and use them to bring in money on a regular basis. Then once you have some cashflow you hire some recruits(marines) and go scouting for other areas that have money for the taking. Then you expand to a new, richer area before all the resources in your first area dry up.

You use your forces’ strengths against your opponents weaknesses and charge the way onto victory (3 mansions and a super model wife).

#4 Physics Skills


Many games are starting to use real-world physics. Wind velocities are needed for snipers, gun recoil must be accounted for and correct angles are needed for bouncing a grenade off a wall into another room without blowing yourself up.

With your knowledge of physics you can make your next snowball fight extra devastating as you throw a snowball seemingly off course into a roof, causing 5 pounds of snow to come crashing onto your little brother as he laughs and says “Missed me.”

It can also help you with your actual physics homework by letting you “work out your problem” using some NPCs as target practice.

#3 Typing


Typing is an extremely useful skill and a high WPM looks good on a resume for any job. It used to be that to learn typing you would have to take a course on it or use software like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing where you would spend hours honing your skills through boring exercises typing nonsensical phrases.

If you play games then you’re already a typing expert. Most games have hotkeys, keys that you can press instead of mousing over a section of the screen. In game this saves precious seconds. But to make sure that you throw a grenade instead of jumping you have to know each hotkey and be able to press it as fast as possible. Eventually you know where each and every letter is on a keyboard. While another guy is clicking on the build icon and then the factory button you went pressed b(uild)-> f(actory) and are already 30 seconds ahead of him in the game.

You also learn to type from an in-game chat system. You have to be fast to tell a team mate to watch out. If you take to long to type it out then you’re stuck until you finish making yourself an easy target for the enemy to line up a headshot and crouch over your dead body, teabagging your corpse.

Mavis Beacon
Mavis Beacon: Tea bagging free since ’93

If a typing teacher were ever to teabag the slowest typer in class you could be garaunteed two things.

1) The teacher would be fired

2) The student would become the world’s fastest typer

#2 Teamwork and Leadership

Teamwork 1

You’ve probably heard the flawed view of gamers as anti-social miscreants. But that’s just bullshit from people who don’t know a green drop from a purple one.

MMORPGs and team FPS games teach more about teamwork than any weekend retreat where you fall back and your mates catch you ever will. You also won’t have to spend 3 hours discussing your feelings.

In a clan or a guild you can develop actual friendships and do raids not just for the gold but because it’s fun doing things with your friends. You also learn that you have a specific role to play in the group. The healers stay back and help while the tanks run in and draw fire. Each team member may have a different task but everyone is important to the group’s survival.

Teamwork 2
Far right guy’s task? Random photo captions.

You’ve learned through harsh experience that running past the team to show your mad skillz only results in your virtual death and the team shaking their heads.

If your clan leader is doing something stupid you learn how to show them a better way of doing things while not sounding like a usurping asswipe. This skill alone will help you out in any job where your boss is an idiot which, sadly, is a case in many of the entry level jobs.

#1 How to tune out Obnoxious people

Obnoxious Man

It’s a given that in every type of game there are going to be jackasses. Some people act like idiots for fun, others do it because it’s a way to pass the time between bashing their heads into the wall.

The lesson in tuning out an online obnoxious, anger filled jackass that has a penis that goes from A to Z on a keyboard is usually learned by trial and error.

You’re in a game and someone calls you a noob, you call them fat. They call you noob again, you call them uncreative. They call you noob once again and you snap and go on a five minute obscenity-laced tirade. You get kicked from the game, they don’t and they wait for their next target.

No matter what you do you won’t beat a jackass in a war of words. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Obnoxious Kid
Pictured: The maturity level of the average teenage gamer.

So, after a lot of grief you realize that ignoring them robs them of their power and you tune them out and don’t take anything they say personally.

You take this into the world and become the guy everyone calls laid back and easy going. Nothing phases you. You take the punishment and ignore it and eventually the jackass at work goes on to bug someone else. You look cooler, get promoted more often and get married to a cheerleader.

Well, maybe not all that. But at the very least you become less stressed about any insults thrown your way.

25 Useful Free Mac Apps for Freelancers

Collected by Mirko

As a full-time freelancer and part-time geek, I like to play around and install applications on my Mac. In the following list I share some of the free Mac apps that make my life easier. I also own a PC, so I give my readers who use a PC an alternative for each app.

1. Name Changer

name changer app icon

Rename lists of files, the perfect software to batch change the files your clients are sending to you. It can be good when working with pictures too.

Windows alternative (no software needed)

2. Anxiety

anxiety 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Manage simple to-do lists with this lightweight application. Perfect for people who don’t want or need complicated GTD software.

Windows alternative

3. Cyberduck

cyberduck 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

FTP software with a nice and usable interface, integrated with several text editors.

Windows alternative

4. Adium

adium 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Connect to all your messaging accounts in this open-source instant messaging application.

Windows alternative

5. Carbon Copy cloner

carbon copy 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Create complete and bootable backups with this easy-to-us utility.

Windows alternative

6. The Unarchiver

unarchiver 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Unpacking utility that handles tons of formats.

Windows alternative

7. AppCleaner

appcleaner 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Don’t leave any files on your computer when uninstalling applications with this great little app.

Windows alternative

8. The Gimp

gimp logo 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Image manipulation software, a decent alternative to Photoshop.

Also available for Windows.

9. Skype

skype 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Voip service to make free computer to computer calls, or cheap computer to phone calls.

Also available for Windows.

10. Firefox

firefox 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Free and open source web browser, customizable with tons of great addons.

Also available for Windows.

11. Caffeine

caffeine 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Don’t let your Mac go to sleep, keep it caffeinated.

Windows alternative

12. Burn

burn 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Advanced CD and DVD burning on Mac.

Windows alternative

13. Handbrake

handbrake 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

DVD to Mpeg converter, useful for recovering data on DVD.

Also available for Windows.

14. Audacity

audacity 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Open source software for recording and editing sounds.

Also available for Windows.

15. Smultron

smultron 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Free and powerful text editor for Mac.

Windows alternative

16. InkScape

inkscape 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Open source vector drawing editor, a decent alternative to Illustrator.

Also available for Windows.

17. Freemind

freemind 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Mind mapping software, my favourite way to organize my thoughts.

Also available for Windows.

18. Disk Inventory X

disk inventory x 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Disk usage utility for Mac OS X, quickly see what’s taking space on your system.

Windows alternative

19. Colloquy

colloquy 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Advanced IRC client, chatting with a nice interface.

Windows alternative

20. Neo Office

neo office 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Open Source office suite for Mac, a great alternative to Word & Excel.

Windows alternative

21. QuickSilver

quicksilver logo 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Application launcher and much more, a real productivity booster.

Windows alternative

22. NetNewsWire

netnewswire 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

My favourite RSS reader, opened every morning while having a coffee.

Windows alternative

23. DeepVacuum

deepvacuum 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Download full websites or web pages with this software through http or ftp protocol.

Windows alternative

24. HyperDither

hyperdither 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Batch image resizing utility, time-saving if you don’t want to use Photoshop actions.

Windows alternative

25. Transmission

transmission logo 25 free Mac Apps for freelancers

Filesharing made easy with this simple BitTorrent client.

Windows alternative

9 Good Things The Internet Has Ruined Forever

Written by Chenda Ngak

Nostalgia is a funny thing. Usually it serves no other purpose than to make us hate our lives and long for a simpler time. Sometimes nostalgia can actually serve a mirror into our lives and show how really screwed up we really are. Like, for instance, what life was like before high speed Internet. Sure, our lives sucked then as much as it sucks now, but we blame the Internet for ruining a few things that were once good and holy. Here’s our list of 9 Good Things The Internet Has Ruined Forever.

9- Rick Astley

Granted, Rick Astley was never the coolest singer ever to hit VH-1, but his cheeziness still endeared him to many folks who listened to music in the 1980s. His biggest hit, Never Gonna Give You Up, was dumb enough to laugh at, but still catchy enough to sing drunkenly at kareoke. That all changed once one smartass forum commenter decided to trick people into clicking a YouTube link, and then the Rick Roll phenomenon spread like a wildfire of annoyingness. Granted, at first you might have got a chuckle out of Rick Rolling your friends or the New York Mets, but now there’s no fun to be had watching Mr. Astley proclaim his love.

8- Watching TV with Other People

Remember a time when you’d have people over to watch a show or special event on TV? Your non-cable-having friends would mooch off of you and, although it was annoying, it was fun to have viewing parties. With the expansion of broadband and popularity of torrents, everyone can watch shows in the comfort of their office chairs, couches, subway trains… the list goes on. With the major networks launching sites like or, you can watch most of your shows at your convenience. There are even iPhone Apps that allow you to watch your shows on the go. Good luck getting your friends to crowd around that.

7- Cats

There was once a time when cats had a peaceful life of eating, sleeping, and ignoring us. Then one day, images of our furry friends with funny captions appeared on the image boards of 4Chan — the most famous caption being “I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER?” Ever since the meme hit the mainstream, there is no rest for our cats. We’ve turned in to the cat paparazzi and have snapped pics of our kitties popping out of ceilings, laundry baskets, and everything in between.

6- Motivational Posters

Remember going to your dentist’s office? Lying there and staring at the ceiling was not fun, but at least the motivational posters were there to get you going. Sure, they were generic, but you have to admit that they did in fact motivate you. Right? Ever since de-motivational posters have popped up on the Internet, it’s become that much more dorky to have a motivational poster of your own. Now you have to hide those posters deep in your computer hard drives, under a different user name.

5- Lists

There was once a time when lists were just for groceries, magazine covers, and David Letterman. Although today’s list frenzy was probably copied from magazine cover cuts, they have become so abundant and ubiquitous that it’s difficult to find a list that hasn’t already been done. You have to resort to writing a list about how lists have been ruined. See what we mean?

4- Porn

If you’re a pre-Gen Y kid, you probably discovered porn under your dad’s bed or at a friend’s house. Remember the butterflies you felt when you were about to see your first porno? That first look into the world of sex was usually so enthralling, you’d often forget is was also a deep gaze into your parent’s or friend’s parents sexual desires. It was all so exciting. With the introduction of Internet, however, porn has become a perversely solitary thing. And you can’t even be assured your first exposure to filmed sex will of the professional variety, due to the flood of amateurs bumpin’ uglies (and we do mean uglies) on web cams.

3- Tom Cruise

You viral-video making bastards, don’t even deny that you all caused the demise of Tom Cruise’s career. Don’t you remember Maverick? Jerry McGuire? What the hell happened? If this were 1980s, before YouTube was invented, the couch scandal would’ve been a blip on Tom Cruise’s career. Instead, it was that catalyst for his career’s descent. Because we were all so concerned with his ties to Scientology and his general weird behavior, every misstep of Cruise’s for the past few years has been passed around like a cold sore.

2- Journalism

What would happen if Clark Kent and Lois Lane worked for a blog? They’d be on their couches, in their underwear, copying and pasting articles. Remember when journalists were investigators? Magazines and newspapers were glamorous, cushy places of employment. Oh how things have changed. Newspapers and magazines are on life support and now the editorial filter is almost non-existent. Hey, who needs it anyway when you’re stealing your stories from better-run blogs, right? And photographers? Forget about it. Any kid that can afford a digital camera and Photoshop can claim they are a professional photographer. Who the hell needs Art School anyway? The journalist as we know it is a dying breed and have been replaced with bloggers and aggregators. Tough cookies, we know, but sad nonetheless.

1- Privacy

Thank God we went through our experimental phase in college before the invention of MySpace and FaceBook. We’ve all heard the stories of people getting fired for their online activities a.k.a. personal lives. These days you can’t lie about where you’re going, whom you’re with, or what you’re doing if there is even one person there with a camera and a FaceBook account. And with your co-workers adding you as friends on your social networks, you can’t chat up your friends about how stupid drunk you were and all of the illegal things you did on Saturday night. There goes years of life experience for the next generation of college kids. Yeah, sure they have access to amazing technology and a zillion online friends… but we all know that the most awesomely stupid experiences you have are the illegal ones you have with other people around (ahem… Michael Phelps). Even for responsible adults, the lines between socializing, stalking, invasion of privacy can often be blurred.

The 5 Best Office Pranks Of All Time

Written by applicant


Pranks aren’t something that only high school kids are entitled to. Once in a while we as adults like to have some fun too. When it comes to pranks there are three kind of pranks that seem to get the most attention : high school pranks, wedding pranks and one of the most popular ones are the office pranks. If the company you are working doesn’t make you suffer behind isolated and stuffy cubicles, you probably have pulled pranks on your co-workers or the other way around.

These office pranks are some of the best that we have come across and although there were quite a few we wanted to include, we think 5 is more than enough (we have to leave some room for you to share as well). Below are the top 5 office pranks that the applicant team thinks are some of the best office pranks ever pulled.


Missing Hallway

This has to be one of the best office pranks ever. These guys built a wall and blocked the hallway that lead to 11 offices. One of the best executed office pranks. The only thing that could have been done better was to record workers reaction and less usage of “WTF?” Besides that this certainly is one of the best office pranks we have seen in a long time. We have no idea why the CEO is looking up in the ceiling though.

Golf Balls

After a long tiring day at the office, the first thing we want to do is jump in our vehicle and head home. The guy you are about to see in this video didn’t have a clue what his colleagues had planned for him. We are sure this end of the work day will be the one he will remember for the rest of his life.

Taking Office To The Streets

This one doesn’t really qualify as an office prank and is more so carried out on other people walking on the street. However, the prank is pulled in an office setting so we had to include it here. The idea of this prank and the amount of time that has gone into setting each of them up for a surprise must have been painstakingly hard. They pulled it good and certainly falls under one of the best office pranks ever simply because it’s done in an office setting.

Scaring a Co-Worker Enough To Fall Off a Chair

The prank you are about to see is probably one that has been pulled on you or one that you have pulled on someone else. We remember this one circulating on the internet like a wild fire. All this lady wants is to beat the game and impress her co-workers. Check out how well these people got her.

Job Interview

When appearing for a job interview you want to make sure everything goes right. Slightest mistake and you might not get the job offer. We are sure these job applicants knew they weren’t getting the job after opening the toilet door while someone was taking care of the nature call. Check it out.

These are some of the office pranks we found to be the best among thousands floating on the web. If you have any that you would like to share please feel free to drop the link in your comments.


Bonus: The "To Do" List After These Pranks

15 Most Brilliant Simpsons Quotes

Collected by karj


Operator! Give me the number for 911!

Operator! Give me the number for 911!


“Me fail English? That’s unpossible.” – Ralph Wiggum

'Me fail English? That\'s unpossible.' - Ralph Wiggum


Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.


“Don’t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!” – Troy McClure

'Don\'t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he\'d eat you and everyone you care about!' - Troy McClure


“Hello, my name is Mr. Burns. I believe you have a letter for me.” “Okay Mr. Burns, what’s your first name.” “I don’t know.”


Aren’t we forgeting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.


“My cat’s breath smells like cat food.”

'My cat\'s breath smells like cat food.'





“Homer, lighten up! You’re making happy hour bitterly ironic.” – Moe Syzlak

'Homer, lighten up! You\'re making happy hour bitterly ironic.' - Moe Syzlak


“Bart, stop pestering Satan!” – Marge Simpson

'Bart, stop pestering Satan!' - Marge Simpson


Ralph Wiggum- I choo choo choose you

Ralph Wiggum- I choo choo choose you


Lisa, Vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and eskimos.


“Here’s to alcohol, the cause of-and solution to-all life’s problems.” – Homer





I’m Normally Not a Praying Man, but If You’re up There, Please save Me Superman -Homer