10 Novels You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Since ‘reading’ is the #1 most popular hobby I figured I’d give you guys a couple of novels to chew on. These are the top 10 novels recommended by Random House. Some probably tout these as the top 10 novels you should read in your lifetime.

Looking at the list I’ve got a lot of reading to do.

  1. ULYSSES by James Joyce
  2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
  6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
  7. CATCH-22 by
  8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
  9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
  10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

What is it about reading that makes it such a popular hobby? My guess is that it’s a chance to escape from reality. Thats what hobbies are all about – relaxation. Think about why reality tv is so popular, which happens to be the #2 most popular hobby. People sit down and zone completely out of their world for a couple hours and truly relax. It’s a beautiful thing.

Tesla Coils are Cool!

Ever since college I’ve wanted to build myself a toy, but not just any toy. I want a Tesla Coil.

Check this out:

Who wouldn’t want several hundred thousand volts of electricity bouncing all around?

Yah, pipe smoking and shark fishing are cool not to mention my other 4 Not-So Boring Hobbies, but I think I’ll have to add 1 more thing to my list of things I’ll do before I die.

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Making Money from Your Hobbies

Kite Flying as a Hobby

Looking for hobbies that make money? Take a second to think just how much money is circulating in todays society? It’s easily into the trillions of dollars with people buying things for every reason under the sun. With that much money and people willing to spend it why not use your hobby to make money? I’ve sold Hotman tankless water heaters on Ebay, virtual real estate on some server in silicone valley, started an almost successful web hosting business, and made money playing poker online. Just make sure you have a good accounting program, perhaps even a few free tax calculators, as the IRS will be watching.

Blogging is my latest hobby started mainly to document all the hobbies that have captured my attention over the years. Instead of capturing hobbies like shark fishing and pipe smoking in a personal journal I’ve decided to make it public on the internet in order to generate a bit of web traffic. This type of web traffic should eventually grow into a steady stream of income which is a great added benefit to this new hobby.

Tips for finding hobbies that make money.

Find a hobby you love.

If you’ve got a hobby that you love find a way to make money from it. If you’re looking for a hobby don’t pick a hobby you think you can make money from. It’s absolutely vital that you find a hobby that you are passionate about and that you enjoy spending time pursuing. Making a side income should only come as a secondary priority.

Think outside the box.

Sometimes to make money from your hobby you have to think outside the box. Find a way to market your hobby to the public or information that you’ve found particularly helpful. Thats the foundation that this site is built on. I spent tons of time shark fishing and have learned the ins and outs of this crazy sport, so why not pass that info onto the next generation of shark fisherman? The same thing goes for your hobby.

Take your carvings, walking sticks, or teddy bears to the flea market. See if you can sell a couple here and there. My grandmother, who is 85 years old, loves to sew. She marketed her skills to a local custom boutique and now works for 10-15 hours a week doing something she absolutely loves.

Give it time.

Unless you are gifted there is a good chance your hobby won’t make money starting out. You need to develop your skills and experience level before you’re able to market your hobby to the world and expect to make money from it. Enjoy the hobby, if you make money from it so be it, if not your time was spent doing something you love.

Do you have hobbies that make money? If so drop us a comment, we’d love to hear your tips!

Top 10 Causes of Accidental Death

Life is full of accidents. From spilling your milk to elbowing your loved one in the night. These particular accidents however result is something much worse than a black eye. These are the top 10 accidents that could land you 6 feet under.

10. Electrocution
~500 Deaths / Year

There is about a 1 in 10,000 chance you’ll inadvertently join the some 4,500 inmates who have died by electrocution. Better be careful next time you’re changing the light bulb.

9. Getting Hit by a Car
~1,100 Deaths / Year

Didn’t your mama teach you to look both ways before crossing the street? Think twice next time you step off the curb and expect someone jabbering on their cell phone to give a damn.

8. Firearm Discharge
~1,150 Deaths / Year

Yah, you have the right to bear arms. Just put a lock on it! The odds of your kid getting whacked by a loaded firearm are about 1 in 5000.

7. Complications with Medical Procedure
~3,000 Deaths / Year

Going under the knife? Better make sure Doc is on his game before you let him rub on your innards.

6. Choking
~3,200 Deaths / Year

Know the Heimlich maneuver? You might consider learning since 3,200 people died from choking on a gobstopper or a piece of fillet mignon. Who knows you might just be a hero.

5. Drowning
~3,500 Deaths / Year

Swimming, bathing, boating, or any other activity to do with water results in thousands of people accidentally drowning to death. Maybe Steve Jobs should market iGills.

4. Fire
~3,700 Deaths / Year

Dying in a fire would really have to suck. Being burned to death has always been one of my worst fears. The odds of dying from smoke inhalation, a falling beam, a back draft, or just plain burning to death are about 1 in 1000.

3. Poisoning
~9,500 Deaths / Year

People just love to overdose on their drugs. This also includes accidental poisonings like swigging some Windex or Clorox. My wife and I called Poison Control a couple years ago when our 2 year old downed half a bottle of KY Jelly. Thankfully all that did was give her “the runs” for about a week.

2. Falling
~15,000 Deaths / Year

Bob Saget cashed in on the #2 accidental death with America’s Funniest Home Video. I guess it really is surprising how many people fall off a ladder and through a plate glass window to meet there demise. Your odds of doing the same are 1 in 218!

1. Car Crash
~44,000 Deaths / Year

No real surprise here. If you’ve been driving for 5 years or so you’ve probably been in an accident. Thankfully for you it wasn’t fatal. Wonder how much longer until Moller comes out with their flying car?

Moller Flying Car