7 Things That Seem Like a Good Idea at First (But Aren’t) « Pun Intended
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1. A Rousing Game of Monopoly


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Playing Monopoly with a few friends or loved ones may seem like a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but it’s not. After 12 hours of bailing yourself out of jail and paying imaginary taxes, you simply don’t give an armadillo’s hiney if someone lands on your precious Boardwalk hotel.

Rumor has it that only a few brave men and women have ever completed an entire game.


2. Eating a Hot Pocket


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When hunger strikes at 3 a.m., a microwavable Hot Pocket is just what the taste buds ordered. But beware… Nobody has ever consumed a Hot Pocket and not lived to regret it.


3. Pulling an All-Nighter


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Dedicating an entire night to fighting sleep appears to be a promising endeavor at first glance. Whether you burn the midnight oil to be productive, or simply wish to have an extra eight hours of fun, you will feel like a real-life zombie by the time the sun rears its luminous head and the birds start chirping.


4. Ant Farms


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Question: Who wouldn’t want to watch an entire miniature world prosper within the confines of their bedroom?

Answer: You, when you come to the realization that you have an army of nasty insects (which you received in the mail) living in your bedroom.


5. Crowd Surfing


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Seeing your favorite band live can be truly exhilarating. You may get so into the music that you feel inclined to crowd surf. It seems like so much fun and you’re feeling uninhibited, so you go for it. You take a leap of faith into the heads of the crowd. You spend a good thirty seconds being passed along until you are eventually dropped flat on your face.


6. Cheap Chinese Food


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When you are starving and come across cheap Chinese food, it can be hard to resist. When you are offered a free sample, there’s no turning back. The sample always explodes with flavor and tastes absolutely delicious. You conclude that getting an entire meal will hit the spot, and you make the plunge. It tastes heavenly for a few bites, but then quickly begins to make you feel queasy. If you manage to eat it all, your poor stomach will need a few solid hours to recover.

Most of us tend to repeat this mistake at least a few times a year, despite “learning our lesson.”


7. Wearing an Elaborate, Uncomfortable Halloween Costume


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Halloween is arguably the most fun holiday of the year, and there is no shame in going all out. But, when you wear that intricate gorilla suit (complete with realistic fur) to your best pal’s Halloween party, you will learn to regret it.

After an hour of blistering heat, limited sight, and unbearable itching, the majority of your costume will be resting on a table next to the refreshments and you will look like a half-primate freak.

73 Responses to “7 Things That Seem Like a Good Idea at First (But Aren’t)”
  1. tfo baggins says:

    sea monkies are not like ant farms. Sea monkies start out as a great idea and stay a great idea up untill the moment you are convinced to eat one of your beloved “monkey”.
    Secrest out

  2. lfe hobbit says:

    Sea monkeys are also a bad idea when you knock their bowl off the fridge and you have them all over the floor…

  3. Trixy says:

    I had an ant farm growing up, and I loved it. What made me sad was that the ant were shipped to me via the USPS and by the time the tube got to my house, there were quite a few little ant corpses in it. =( I was upset about it, but still thrilled that my mom let me have “pets” since having my own cat or dog was out of the question. Watching the ants tunnel and stuff was enjoyable, but then they started dying off at a rapid rate and I was sad again.

    …ant farms are really quite depressing, Don’t buy them for your children. Ever.

  4. @ Trixy: hahaha… Thank you for sharing that.

  5. Brenna says:

    This list is awesome. The all-nighter part was spot on. But even though I feel like crap in the morning, and the whole time I am doing it I want to go to bed, I still love doing them. I guess it gives me a feeling of accomplishment (sad, I know).
    Same goes for the Monopoly part. I never liked that game. Ever.

  6. MissKris says:

    Crowdsurfing is great fun! Ah, to be young and reckless again…as opposed to just reckless…

  7. PR says:

    Okay, I am one of those brave souls that have completed a game of monopoly, on quite a few occasions, but we finished at like 3 on a Sat/Sun morning or during school holidays. Haven’t played in years though. reading this list has made me miss it and crave to play it again!

    Plus I have a friend who pulls all nighters a lot. Then he complains about headaches. mmmmmm…….

  8. RPG says:

    You forgot to list walking around your house at night with a blacklight.
    It will show you all the mold/mildew/dirt, old dog pee stains and lots of other neat things that are not visible under the white light.

  9. amandy says:

    My family used to play the “quickie version” of Monopoly, where you just deal out the properties at the start of the game instead of buying them. It makes it go a little quicker, but it was still took a really really long time. Might be a good tip for Kate though…

  10. Ken says:

    Monopoly’s easy enough, the real “good idea at the time” is a game of Risk, once you get passed the rule-book that reads like the Geneva convention and lay out the board and half-million tiny pieces you can get started with the only game to accurately replicate WWII in both complexity and time.

    • Fenix says:

      I WAS TOTALLY THINKING RISK IS MORE APPLICABLE THAN MONOPOLY! Lmao! I recently bought it and not a single one of my friends has made it past 5 rounds…loosers…no sticktoitivness.

  11. Beth says:

    I loved Monopoly as a kid. Never could find anyone to play with me though, so I ended up with a computer version that just never seemed to be as much fun.

    But I did finish MANY games. I enjoy Dane Cook’s bit about monopoly. “Where’d you get the pink fifties, GRANDMA?!” haha. Good stuff.

  12. Moon says:

    Jagermeister isn’t on the list?

    Schnapps??

  13. Sara says:

    Never been crowd surfing. All nighters are okay on weekends.Hot Pockets rock. Never had an ant farm. Never want one, either. Cheap Chinese food is a bad idea. Halloween costumes like a gorilla.. bad idea as well.

  14. wut says:

    Oh COME ON! I play full Monopoly games ALL the time! It’s so much fun wtf.

  15. KM says:

    Monopoly may not be for everyone, but I too have played entire games many times. I think so many people just have such short attention spans. Seems to be getting worse these days. Maybe I’m just getting old? (I’m 29)

    I like the “Here and Now” Monopoly with the current properties (Las Vegas Blvd), utilities (ISP), and transportation(LAX) and the larger denominations of money (10k-5mil).

    I love board games but usually can’t get anyone (except my 7yo daughter) to play with me. My husband and friends won’t play trivia and word games with me because I “win too much” and won’t “let somebody else win” once in a while. Guess that’s what I get for being a nerd.

  16. Vic says:

    Cheap chinese food are always a good choice, only if you know where you’re buying it to.

  17. Mandy says:

    Yeah, definitely the last one. I was a kissing booth (essentially a cardboard box) for Halloween two years ago. I got shoved up against and pinned to a wall at a frat house by the massive amounts of people there; couldn’t move for at least 10 minutes.

  18. cfreak says:

    Ha … awesome list. Monopoly is a great game though. Although I’m a table-top gaming nerd so Monopoly is probably on list of “short” games. Risk as well (and Risk is easy, try one of the nerdy minis games if you want a lot of rules … literally dozens of books worth, with different editions!)

    I did an all-nighter just last week. Nearly killed me … I’m too old for that now :(

  19. JonB says:

    Monopoly shouldn’t take more than 3 or 4 hours max if you play by the rules, and an average game will be 2 hours. The #1 mistake people make is putting money in the center of the board and giving it to whomever lands on “Free Parking”. Don’t do this! It’s just a dumb tradition someone made up, and it makes the game go on much longer than it should. The less money in circulation, the better. But there’s no excuse for cheap chinese food.

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  21. LoveBlug says:

    I pulled an all-nighter to study for a statistics final once.

    End Result: During the test, I spent more time distracted by the pretty colors that were swirling around on the paper in front of me than I spent reading or thinking about the words written on it.

  22. Tony says:

    late night cheap chinese food delivery is absolutely my weakness. I regret it almost every time I order it. Sometimes it doesn’t even taste that good. You’re right, only the first few bites are satisfying. I am starting to think I am actually addicted.

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