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15 Facts about Sharks


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August has arrived and it’s that time of year again!  The beginning of August means 2 things:
1. Summer is almost over (where did the time go?!)
2. Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!

Shark Week is an annual week-long “marathon” of programs about Sharks on the Discovery ChannelShark Week was originally developed in 1987 to raise awareness and respect for sharks.  The popularity of Shark Week has dramatically increased over the past 26 years and is now broadcasted in over 72 countries.

In case you don’t know much about sharks and want to feel up to speed during Shark Week here are some fun facts about sharks.

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15 Facts about Sharks:

1. There are more than 350 kinds of sharks.

2. You are 1,000 times more likely to drown in the sea than you are to be bitten by a shark. (After watching a few hours of Shark Week, this is good to know!)

3. A shark can hear a fish in the water from more than a mile away.

4. Scientists can determine the age of a shark by counting the rings that form on its vertebra, similar to counting the rings on a tree to tell its age.

5. Sharks are cartilaginous fish, which means that the structure of the animal’s body is formed of cartilage, instead of bone.

6. The teeth of sharks don’t have roots.  They  usually fall out after about a week.

7.  It is estimated that the whale shark (the largest shark species) can live up to 100-150 years.

8. Sharks are not vicious man-eaters, at least, not all of them! Only 10 out of all the shark species are considered dangerous to humans.

9. Until the 16th century sharks were known as “sea dogs”.

10. Some sharks have eyes similar to a cat’s, with a mirror-like layer that allows them to see better in murky water.

11. Shoes, chairs, boxes of nails, drums, entire bottles of wine and the rear half of a horse are just some of the many bizarre objects that have been found in sharks’ stomachs over the years.

12. For every human killed by a shark, 2 million sharks are killed by humans.

13. Most sharks must swim constantly to force water through their mouths and over their gills because they lack the ability to pump water over their gills like the majority of fish.

14. Sharks’ ears are located inside their heads.

15. The tiger shark is the second-most dangerous shark in the world and is sometimes referred to as the “garbage can of the sea” because it will eat anything.

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Do you watch Shark Week?

Some Advice for the Class of 2013


Grads 2013Whether you recently graduated University, College or High School, graduation is an exciting event.  A time to celebrate your major accomplishment!  With the recent memories of exams, assignments, essays, all-nighters; you may be thankful that you are FINALLY DONE!

So you’ve graduated!!  Congratulations!  … Now what?

Graduation marks the end to a time in your life and your success, whether it be High School, your undergraduate degree or maybe completing a specific certificate.  However, graduation also marks the beginning to a new and exciting chapter!  Some new graduates may have a detailed plan for their next steps.  Your plans might be more education, starting a new job or perhaps traveling.  But many graduates may not know what’s next, which can be stressful!  Especially when family and friends are asking, “So what do you plan to do with your life?”

But don’t sweat it!  We have some tips to help you with the post-graduation stress and confusion.

1.  Take Time to Enjoy Your Accomplishments
Graduating is a major accomplishment, especially after the years of dedication put into your education.  Make sure to take the time to celebrate your achievement.  Enjoy the support and compliments from friends and family because you deserve it!

2. Now What?
When the celebrating is over, the dreaded question; “Now What?” will be inevitable.  This can be one of the toughest questions to answer for some.  You may not know this answer yet, which can be stressful!  Try not to feel pressured by the questions or expectations by family and friends.  Instead, focus on the skills and tasks you succeeded in school, summer jobs or volunteer positions.  For example, coaching a soccer team may have been a volunteer position, but the leadership skills you acquired maybe the perfect catalyst towards a future management position.  Take your time to figure out what your skills and interests are.  This will help you find the right career for you!

 3. Goals
Goals, we all have them.  Whether they are personal, career or financial goals, write them all down.  Writing them down may sound silly or a “waste of time” since they are your goals and you’ll remember them… right?!  The act of writing them down is a great form of motivation and a way to keep you focused on them.  In a study done of Harvard MBA graduates, the 3% of the class that had written goals earned 10x the amount of their classmates.  The 13% that had goals, but did not record them earned 2x the amount of the 84% that did not consider their goals.  Lesson is, take the time and write out your goals, it will pay off!

One way to celebrate this special milestone is a personalized gift to commemorate your achievement!  Things Engraved has up to 50% off select Graduation Gifts. 

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Holiday gifts for your gal. Just ask yourself 2 questions….




Alright guys, now is your chance… your chance to step-up to the plate and give your girlfriend or wife a holiday gift with some thought put behind it. Before resorting to buying the lady in your life another candle set or beauty spa gift certificate, let’s stop and talk about this for a moment. It doesn’t have to be hard.

Keep the end goal in mind

We know that shopping for gifts is not exciting for many men. But let’s keep the end goal in mind. What is the point of gift giving? To make the recipient happy. Besides, just imagine the extra brownie points you could earn by finding her the perfect gift (wink wink). Keep your eye on the prize boys, eye on the prize.

What do women really want?

You can’t read her mind and unless she’s been giving you less-than-subtle hints about what she wants for Christmas, you probably have no idea what to get her.  And if you do have ideas you may be asking yourself, will she really like that?

Female Insight

Let me give you some insight into a women’s mind, I am a woman so I can help here by giving you some female insight. We women like meaningful gifts. Meaningful means we want a gift that you put effort into choosing and that has some type of significance. A gift card does not have meaning. It’s unlikely a scarf and glove set has meaning for us. Nor do new slippers, chocolates, or new dishes. These are gifts that we enjoy receiving from our grandmothers; not our lovers! We want to feel special and we want to feel like you put thought into choosing our gift.

Ask Yourself 2 Questions

First ask yourself, generally, what does my gal like? Is it jewlery? Pictures? Keep-sakes? Once you’ve got yourself a list of things that make your girl smile, think about how you can make that special and meaningful? Can you buy a version of the item that she doesn’t have yet (like to complete a collection)? Can you have the item personalized in some special way?

You can’t go wrong!

If you’re already buying her something you know she likes, you can’t go wrong. However, by adding that personalized and meaningful touch is what will really push your gift over the edge. If you can find the perfect meaningful gift for your gal it’ll make her smile, and making her happy is the point of buying her a gift in the first place, right? Take my advice, for the lady in your life, choose a gift with meaning.

Ideas to get you started:
Heart Necklace

Personlized this heart necklace with her name.Click to buy.

Beaded Silver Jewlery Box

Your gal will love this beaded silver jewelry box with her name on it. Click to buy.

Heart Shaped Jewelry Box

Make this heart shaped jewelry box into a meaningful gift by adding your own engraved words. Click to buy.

heart keepsake box

Thoughtful Bling – Engrave any personalized message. Click to buy.


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