In the world of video arcade games, which came first? The pong or the pac? If you guessed that Pong predated Pac-Man, you would be correct. The first Pong arcade game hit the scene in 1972. Pac-Man didn’t show up until 1980. However, for the true first video arcade game, you would have to go back to 1969. That is when mega game maker Sega put out Duck Hunt. It was a video shooting gallery, but it didn’t have much staying power. It really wasn’t until Space Invaders came along in 1978 that the video arcade industry really took off. Within just a few years, that industry was earning $8 billion. (That translates into 32 billion quarters. Wow.)
While the arcades were racking in the coins, home gaming consoles were also gaining in popularity. It would be years until the industries flipped, with arcade games now being considered relics while home video consoles dominate the market. So while we’re on the subject, now is the time to go through your closets, drawers, garages, and attics in search of those vintage video games and arcade consoles. Who is paying what for what? Read on!
Believe it or not, there aren’t many things that can truly be called 100% American. A lot of our food was inspired by cuisines from around the world. But while we didn’t invent pizza, we sure perfected it! As for music, the main genre we can take claim to being the originators of is jazz–and that’s cool, daddio. In the sporting world, most of our professional sports started out as versions of games borrowed from Europe. That is certainly true for football. However, there is one thing associated with football that is uniquely American. That would be the tailgate party.
No one is quite sure how this all started, but tailgating has become just as important for many as the actual game itself. You can show up at a game and make the rounds of tailgaters. Chances are you’ll be invited in for a brew or a brat. The best way to show your appreciation is to host your own tailgate party. Doesn’t take much effort, and it’s a great way to show off your team spirit. Here’s what you need to do to throw the ultimate tailgate party:
With Memorial Day Weekend in our review mirror, we can officially claim that summer has started. Yes, the calendar tells us that June 21 is the first day of summer, but who can wait that long to start grilling? This is the weekend to fire up the barbecue and get your grill on. Let us assume that you’ve already settled the great “gas versus charcoal” debate. Personally, I prefer the gas, just because it is easier to light and is more consistent. However, if someone I know wants to put the effort in charcoal grilling, I’ll be right by their side with my empty plate. Beyond which fire method to choose, there are plenty of other great grilling tips you should embrace. These could all be game changers!
Let’s face it; we don’t all live in mansions and even if you did, I bet you would still run out of space. Whether you’re a casual “pack rat” or a full-on hoarder, storage space is always at a high premium in your home. That is why making the most use of that space is crucial for keeping you organized and allowing you do get going with your day. A good place to start is with some bathroom space-saving hacks. But once you’re done with the bathroom, what about the rest of the house? Fear not, we’ve got the hacks that will open up your space. Plus, they’re affordable and an easy DIY project.
The short answer to the question posed in the headline is, “Yes.” The more nuanced answer would be, “It depends on how much effort you put into your stall.” When it comes to selling your stuff, you have three basic options: Yard sale, sell as an online vendor or operate a flea market booth. If you’re going into the resell arena, I would suggest online sales and flea markets to be your best options for making money, or even an actual business, out of this endeavor. Yard sales can be fun, but they have low traffic, and you’re only doing it for one weekend. So, that leaves flea markets. The good news there is that working the flea market circuit in your neck of the woods could turn a decent profit and make a living.
True confession time: How often have you dreamed of winning big in Vegas? Actually, you don’t even have to limit yourself to Sin City. You could dream of being a winner at any casino. Just imagine rolling the dice or hitting blackjack and have stacks of chips pushed your way; it’s a nice dream. Unfortunately, the harsh reality for the vast majority of players is that the house always wins. Still, if you’re planning a trip to a city or if you’re taking a cruise that offers gambling, you might want to bolster your chances at success by embracing the following tips for beating the odds to earn easy money.
First came eBay, then came PayPal. In order to deal with massive amounts of incoming bids, the online auction site had to come up with a smart way of processing and paying for orders. Before long, PayPal had become the largest online payment processor on the planet; that’s an impressive achievement. Thanks to PayPal’s system, other merchants across the Internet have begun to accept them as an approved method of payment (you might have noticed the PayPal icon popping up among the payment options at sites other than eBay). It appears that other online retailers are beginning to take note of the benefits of opening a PayPal account.
Are you one of those people who hide from the mailman in fear of this month’s utility bills? Paying for water, gas and electricity is something we all have to do, like it or not. If you’re a renter and utilities are included, good on ya! For the rest of us, those monthly bills can leave us gobsmacked. The good news is gas, electric and water costs are an area where you can start saving today. The more proactive you are with your consumption, the more money you can keep in your wallet. Put it another way: Would you rather give your money to the power company or spend it on yourself? The choice is clear. Consider these tips on how to save on utilities, starting now.
We’ve all got “stuff” to get rid of. These would be all those items we have either outgrown, no longer use or wonder why we bought in the first place. When it comes to clearing out the stuff, you have three basic choices: trash it, donate it or sell it. Before you pull the trigger on the first two options, you might consider the third as a way of putting some cash directly in your pocket. Of course, you could sell most of what you would put out at a garage sale on eBay. However, you might run into some shipping issues if you’re trying to move out a coffee table or dining room chairs. Instead, go for the garage sale and follow these tips to make sure your sale is a profitable one.
As with Amazon, eBay started out in one direction and quickly “exploded” to become a dominate online selling/buying tool. With Amazon, it was books. With eBay, it was collectibles. The best way to think of eBay is like an online yard sale. However, many merchants on eBay are doing brisk business selling all kinds of commercial goods like new plasma TVs, smartphones and cameras. It is not a stretch to imagine that becoming a successful eBay seller can be your full-time job. That can translate into a lot of money flowing into your PayPal account. Who can argue with that?
Do you have what it takes to be an eBay mogul? Of all the businesses you could run from home, selling on eBay might just be the easiest in terms of support and resources. Yes, you’ll still have to do a little legwork to acquire products to sell. And yes, you need to come up with some catchy copy. However, those are challenges that are easy to conquer once you set your mind to the task. Here are some tips that could turn you into the next eBay mogul.