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Books…you know, those paper things that people used to read? Occasionally, you can spot one out in the wild. Thanks to iPad, Kindle and electronic devices in general, paper books are slowly going the way of the buffalo. So, in honor of our dear dying friend, the paper book, here are some little known facts about them that may make you feel a bit nostalgic.

  • The first book ever bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. What was the first book you bought on Amazon?
  • The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’ — how many of us have done that?
  • The record for most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998 in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 — I guess we could have a Nook balancing contest, but that seems a lot less interesting.
  • Franz Kafka asked his friend to burn all of his work. The TrialThe Castle, and Amerika were published against Kafka’s will. It’d be a lot harder to burn e-readers, though I suppose it’s possible.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the first book written with a typewriter. Remember those?
  • The first book ever printed was the Gutenburg bible, in 1455. It’s estimated that between 1815 and 1975, five million bibles had been printed.

What do you love about books? What do you love about e-readers? No matter your preference, at Coupon Cactus, we’ll save you money on both.

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Ever thought about growing an herb garden? Not only are herbs fairly simple to grow, but they can be very useful in cooking. Here are a few steps to get you started on your herb garden.

Choose a Location
People often prefer to have herb gardens in or near the kitchen, which can be very convenient. The most important thing, however, is that the location receives about six hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a spot that receives plenty of light, you can always create a garden that relies on artificial light.

Gather Your Supplies
Unless you chose to grow your herb garden in the ground, you will likely need pots for your garden. In addition to containers, be sure to get soil and, of course, seeds or plants. Which brings us to our next step…

Select Your Herbs
Which herbs would you like to grow? Start with a couple of herbs that you know you love. If you’re not sure which ones those may be, maybe try some popular herbs. For example, basil is a great addition to pasta dishes and mint is excellent in many summertime drinks!

Don’t Give Up
Once you’ve created your indoor herb garden, don’t give up! Remember to water your garden but, more importantly, know that it sometimes takes a little experimentation to figure out exactly how best to keep your garden healthy and flourishing. If one herb doesn’t grow, try another. If one location doesn’t work, move your garden. Stay with it and you’ll have an abundance of herbs to share with friends!

An herb garden of your own can be a fun and creative way to explore gardening while spicing up your cooking. What are you thinking of growing in your herb garden?

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Boat Buying: Which One is Right for You?

July 21, 2015

Thinking about buying a boat? Spending your free time on a boat can be a wonderful way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.  When you’re ready to take the dive and buy a boat of your own, make sure you ask yourself some of these questions to help narrow down your choices. [...]

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Have Fun in the Water this Summer!

June 30, 2015

It’s summer! And the weather in much of the U.S. is now warm enough to play in the water. Whether your summer-time water activities are in the backyard or the beach, here are some fun ways to enjoy the water while staying cool. Go for a Swim Swimming is probably the most popular water activity. [...]

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Preparing for Things That Go Bump in the Night—and Other Camping Tips

June 23, 2015

Going on a camping trip can be a great reason to get away from the daily grind for a few days. There’s nothing like some time in nature to help you decompress and unwind. Whether you’re camping alone or with others, you’re sure to have some memorable experiences. It’s not called the “great outdoors” for [...]

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The Perfect Outdoor Father’s Day

June 16, 2015

This year, Father’s Day falls on the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Take advantage of all those daylight hours with an itinerary fit for a king! Start the Day with a Morning Hike Beginning Father’s Day with a morning walk can be a great way to [...]

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How to Choose the Best Watch for You

June 9, 2015

It’s time to shop for a watch! With the release of the Apple watch, wristwatches are coming back in a big way. But how do you know which watch is the one for you? Analog or Digital? Do you prefer the traditional look of two hands on a watch or does the simplicity of digital [...]

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Golf: What You Need to Get Started

June 2, 2015

Thinking about taking up golf? Golf can be an excellent way to take in some fresh air while enjoying a sport with friends. You don’t have to be the next Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus to play, but you do need a few basic pieces of equipment. Let’s get started. Golf Clubs To begin, you’ll [...]

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Commemorating Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

It is on this special day that, in the United States, we remember those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. There are many ways to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives. Here are a few Memorials A memorial is one way to keep the memory [...]

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Starting a Garden

May 19, 2015

It’s that time of year. As the cold weather and risk of frost dissipates, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and garden. New to gardening? No problem! We’ve got the run-down of things you need to consider before getting started. Choose Your Plants Deciding which plants to grow is perhaps the most exciting [...]

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