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The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby Popidge » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

So titled as it's one of my rather good friend's birthday's tomorrow.

But i figured we're all in this situation now and again, so we can all help each other out.

Situation is for me: My friend Sam, it's her 21st tomorrow. I'm flat broke, until tomorrow, when i get my rather small weekly paycheck. So on that note, i have about 1 hour before college tomorrow morning to buy her something.

Yeah. How awkward?

A few details: She likes science (not physics, more biological/chemical, she's off to med school next year), likes music (including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan), enjoys a drink (but i can't actually buy that, as i'm only 17, 3 months shy of being able to buy one)

I was thinking of going to the chocolatiers and getting her a lovely slab of Theobromine-y goodness, possibly with "Happy 21st Birthday Sam" iced onto it. But that seems too.. normal.

And as this is xkcd, where the cleverest/weirdest (most likely both) minds of the world come to discuss such weighty matters as raptors, quantum physics, linux and all other assorted brilliance, i wondered if anyone here has any good ideas.
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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby wst » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

Well, the obvious xkcd-y variation of your idea you could do would be to get a suitable comic, print it off, and get it iced onto the top of the chocolate.

Sorry, can't think of much else, brain fried, but it might help kick-start the xkcd process.

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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby wing » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:20 pm UTC

21st? Buy her a beer.
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Postby MoonBuggy » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:21 pm UTC

Little bouncy balls. Lots and lots of bouncy balls.
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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby wst » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:25 pm UTC

wing wrote:21st? Buy her a beer.


He can't, he's 3 months shy of legality, in that regard.

Edited to fix stupid capitalisation mistake...
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Postby Popidge » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:28 pm UTC

wing wrote:21st? Buy her a beer.

She's been able to do that for herself for the past 3 years. No much novelty there.
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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby Coin » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:29 pm UTC

Seriously, the cake idea sounds great.

Bake a regular chocolate sponge-cake, mix a batch of icing and draw one of the comics on the cake.
If you don't have time to do it in the morning you can allways tell her that you'll bring it over in the afternoon. Perhaps at a time when a coffee break would be appropriate =)
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Postby Popidge » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:32 pm UTC

Coin wrote:Seriously, the cake idea sounds great.

Bake a regular chocolate sponge-cake, mix a batch of icing and draw one of the comics on the cake.
If you don't have time to do it in the morning you can allways tell her that you'll bring it over in the afternoon. Perhaps at a time when a coffee break would be appropriate =)


Problem there is xkcd isn't her type of humour. And i have a Physics class tomorrow morning. Then half hour for lunch before Biology, which is when i'll see her. Basically, i have the early slt in the morning to buy something nice..

Maybe a gift voucher.. although i always found gift voucher/cards a little lazy..
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Postby Coin » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:37 pm UTC

I see.
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Postby Sneds » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:52 pm UTC

I like Bob Dylan and when it was my birthday my friend bought me his book. It's called Chronicles and it's autobiographical. I enjoyed it, and it was thoughtful because my friend knew I was into Dylan. It's in paperback too so shouldn't be too expensive.

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Postby Mittins » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:26 am UTC

Why don't you bake her something yourself?
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Postby xooll » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:31 am UTC

get her one of those things that gets gigantic when you leave it in water for a long time.
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Postby Freakish » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:02 am UTC

You could get her some Giant Plush Microbes.
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Postby Memo » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:37 am UTC

Freakish wrote:You could get her some Giant Plush Microbes.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/6708/

Buy the AIDS one and put it inside a bag with 'Pool' written on its side.

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Postby Berengal » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:17 am UTC

Memo wrote:
Freakish wrote:You could get her some Giant Plush Microbes.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/6708/

Buy the AIDS one and put it inside a bag with 'Pool' written on its side.

I laughed.

Some kind of soap-bubble toy. Either great one, or a great many.
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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby Maseiken » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:54 pm UTC

After carefully considering her interests, I feel you should,
1.Get someone drunk (Somehow)
2.Knock them out
3.Get them in an opertaing theatre
4.Put on some of the Bobster
5.Have a dissection party!
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Postby Euclidomancer » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:28 am UTC

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Postby eternauta3k » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:11 am UTC

Give her a "free backrub" voucher.
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Postby tylerwylie » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:34 am UTC

eternauta3k wrote:Give her a "free backrub" voucher.

More on this, give her a coupon to include a happy ending. from yourself.
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Postby Toeofdoom » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:41 am UTC

Just curious, what country are you in anyway...? It seems unlikely that you're in Australia as you wouldn't be going to college this time of year, nor would you call it college, but the legal drinking age is 18, and you sa "bugger"...


Anyway, as for good ideas, if you can find any of those little stuffed bacteria/virus toys, they're (mostly) always cool. Dunno where you'd get one. Also, check for lightning storms, so you can try making some lightning rod glass thingie.

And I can't be bothered thinking up more ideas as the time where it woul;d be useful appears to have passed anyway, haha.
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Re: The "Oh bugger, it's your Birthday TOMORROW?" Thread

Postby Lycur » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:20 pm UTC

Toeofdoom wrote:Just curious, what country are you in anyway...? It seems unlikely that you're in Australia as you wouldn't be going to college this time of year, nor would you call it college, but the legal drinking age is 18, and you sa "bugger"...


Anyway, as for good ideas, if you can find any of those little stuffed bacteria/virus toys, they're (mostly) always cool. Dunno where you'd get one. Also, check for lightning storms, so you can try making some lightning rod glass thingie.

And I can't be bothered thinking up more ideas as the time where it woul;d be useful appears to have passed anyway, haha.


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Postby shinybaby » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:29 am UTC

one of my friends gave me a Giant Microbe... i love it! i still have it! he knows i've always suffered from insomnia so he gave me Sleeping Sickness!! how sweet was that?? :D

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Postby Berengal » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:56 am UTC

My dad's birthday was today. I forgot until someone made a cake. Not just started making a cake, mind you, but I had to think really hard about why they would be making a cake for almost twenty minutes before realizing it, and even then I had to overhear some pretty obvious hints (not made to be hints, so nobody suspected, I think).
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Postby saxything43 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:59 pm UTC

As I got out of the car this morning, my dad says to my sister "Oh and happy birthday Jean." I freeze, pull out my phone to check the date, and it is indeed the 29th. "Shit."

Turns out I actually got her a gift a couple weeks ago and forgot, but still, completely forgot it was her birthday.
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