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  1. Posted on May 21, 2007

    Views: 819

    Tanga Times May 21 2007

    Well, if you’re still here after all the confusion associated with our software changes, thanks for your patience.

    We recently learned a game and we were amazed we hadn’t run into it before. If you’ve never played it, give it a try. If you know it, give it a whirl for old times sake.

    The game is called French Toast. It’s a 20 question variant. No winner or loser, just fun.

    Player A thinks of an object. Anything but French Toast.
    Player B asks “Is it French Toast?”
    Player A says “No”
    Player B says "is it more like French Toast or more like (choose something)?
    Player A answers and if the new item is selected, it replaces the French Toast.
    Player B keeps honing in until he names the correct object.

    Texas Holdem Puzzle!

    The flop is KD 4C JS

    The turn is QD and you turned the nuts!

    The river is 3D and you still have the nuts!

    What two cards do you hold?

    Here’s a little word game

    What are they?

    white but not pink
    dog but not wolf
    green but not lime
    slaughter but not murder
    mad but not angry

    If you know what they are, post another one…


  2. Posted on May 19, 2007

    Views: 4,609

    Some new things...

    Hi all,

    If you’ve looked at the Daily Fun page, you’ll notice that it looks a little different. Hopefully better different. Maybe not. Let me know if it’s not.

    We are now doing two puzzles a day. And, in fact, they are not “puzzles” any more. They are One Word Wonders! We haven’t yet updated all the text to say One Word Wonder yet, let me know if you still see “puzzle” mentioned in a place. The first One Word Wonder is a warmup puzzle. It is worth less points. The second one is the “real” One Word Wonder for the day. It is worth more points.

    Hopefully later this week we’ll have more games for you all.

    Also, the stuff we’ve sold in the past is linked directly from the front page. And there’s a new commenting system. And there’s a new archive system for Daily Fun that’s still a work in progress.

    Let me know if you love/hate it!


  3. Posted on May 18, 2007

    Views: 883

    Tanga Times May 18 2007

    If you think solving Tanga puzzles is tough, try finding a googlewhack.

    try here

    First person to get on their list with a user name that includes tanga will get a gift in the mail from Aaron.


    Here’s a game for two to try:

    Let’s call it Props.com.

    Players alternate between two roles.

    The roles are Prop and Pick.

    The Prop layer proposes the name of a website, such as www.oddodors.com.

    The Pick player says yes or no, with yes meaning the website exists.

    If the Pick player is correct, he scores a point.

    Otherwise the Prop player scores a point.

    Play to 7 points.

    The sites have to be real sites, not place holders or “domain available” sites.

    Here’s a related question:

    How many of the fifty two cards in the deck have their own website?

    Bet all the aces do. If you look into this, post results here.


    Here’s a cribbage puzzle!

    All cribbage players know that there’s no way to make a hand worth 19 points.

    If the game is played with two decks shuffled together, it becomes possible!

    First person to post a 19 point hand gets 19 Thnaggles.

    One Thnaggle = 5/19 of one Tanga Point.


  4. Posted on May 18, 2007

    Views: 907

    Where in the World is TangaMonkey?

    Tonight at 6:00 p.m. PST, TangaMonkey has reservations at a Wolfgang Puck cafe restaurant in the same hotel where there is a place to see Lions and a Rain Forest… I hear that gambling is common place there as well.

    I’ll be wearing a black short sleeved shirt and jeans. I’ll be with a hot blond woman. The first one to find me and say hello receives $25 in Tanga Credit.


  5. Posted on May 17, 2007

    Views: 898

    Tanga Times May 17 2007

    Hi everyone!

    Time for another contest! To win this contest, be the first person to listen to the song, find the missing verb (it’s near the end,) switch the last two letters, add a B in the middle, and post what they make.

    Song

    Here are the results from yesterday’s thought experiment!

    We have 16 pieces of data, which should give us a result with 16 significant figures if my trigonometry is not out of date.

    Here’s how much change you had in your pockets in cents
    63
    31
    14
    0
    64
    190
    30
    205
    237
    0
    316
    57
    0
    90
    26
    8

    This makes an average of 83 cents. Times 200,000,000 equals $166,000,000.
    Therefore, if everyone in the USA sent you all the change in their pockets, you probably still couldn’t buy Google.

    Hmm… What else?

    Got a purple frog for the jigsaw project today.

    Finally, what are these? Who can name all four first?

    movie pig sex doctor

    breakfast cereal (active)

    basic, chemistry-wise

    outing made in a dinghy while suffering
    from poison ivy and a motorcycle (active)


  6. Posted on May 17, 2007

    Views: 1,155

    Where in the World is TangaJoe?

    Answer: Portland, OR aka Beertown.

    Why? RailsConf 2007.

    First person to find him gets $25 in Tanga Credit.


  7. Posted on May 16, 2007

    Views: 903

    Tanga Times May 16 2007

    Day two for Tanga Times!

    We only had a few readers yesterday, but one of them managed to win the pun guessing contest. Congrats tofuji!

    Here’s a neat map. The longer you look at it the more sense it makes. The creator of it does a daily online comic that strikes us as a cross between the Codex Seraphinianus and Teen Girl Squad.

    Neat map

    Tonight’s contest is based on the map.

    Name a region whose name consists of two verbs. You do the first in order to
    do the second.

    Five points to first solver.

    Here’s another thing by the same guy

    Another thing

    Help us with this thought experiment!

    How much change does America have in her pockets? Loose change not in change purses or wallets.

    Check your pockets. Post the value of the change you find. We’ll average the posts that we get and multiply by the number of people in America old enough to have pocket change. If anyone knows that number, please post it. We’ll go with 200,000,000 if nobody posts the actual number.


  8. Posted on May 15, 2007

    Views: 860

    Introducing Tanga Times!

    Welcome to the first edition of Tanga Times, a daily bit of communication between us Tanga folks and our users. One or more of us will get things started every evening at 19:05 PST. We’ll post news, ideas, questions, riddles, links to cool things, etc. It will be another way to check in on Tanga if you don’t feel like straining your brain on a puzzle or buying an umbrella mp3 player.

    Tanga Times is a blog so of course we expect conversations to take place. There will be occasional contests announced only in Tanga Times, so keep checking it out if you don’t want to miss out.

    So here goes.

    Diet tip: If you can find potato chips that have 40% less fat, eat two bags, thus consuming 80% less fat.

    Here’s a link to a fun art toy somewhat reminiscent of a zefrank creation:

    fun art toy

    Click the mouse to change colors!

    Here’s a pun guess. We’re thinking of a punny title for the official Cheerios cookbook. Hint: replace the first of two French words with an English word.

    First to post the title we’re thinking of in this blog will get 5 Tanga Points.

    Thanks for reading the first ever edition of Tanga Times!

    Regards,
    TangaMonkey


  9. Posted on May 9, 2007

    Views: 801

    Spring 2007 Puzzlethon winners!

    Congrats to the spring 2007 Puzzlethon winnners!

    These 20 winners were chosen randomly from among the top solvers. They all win $10 of Tanga credit.

    Thanks to everyone who participated!

    Aaron Hopp
    Henry Chi
    Russell McElroy
    Kristin Bollinger
    Daniel Sarasio Meyer
    Chris Velayo
    Yves Lu
    Michelle Mims
    Thomas Royer
    Kristian Jaech
    Matt Luna
    Rich Lienemann
    Jennifer Bedner
    Sean Prescott
    Shannon Bryan
    David Trent
    KC Moffatt
    Peggy Bates
    Stacy Paylor
    Nick Baxter


  10. Posted on May 1, 2007

    Views: 1,197

    Tangathon Update

    I think we’ll do a Tangathon tonight.

    If you look at your automatic notification preference page (found in your My Account page), you’ll see that there’s two new options for receiving automatic updates during a Tangathon.

    We know that not everyone wants to receive an email and sms message during a tangathon, so if you do want to receive an email or sms for each product in a Tangathon, check the Tangathon boxes.


  11. Posted on Apr 23, 2007

    Views: 916

    Puzzlethon rescheduled

    Due to comments by several users, we have decided to reschedule the puzzlethon to make it fall on a weekend. It will start on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm pacific and go for 48 hours. Plenty of time to schedule those puzzlethon parties now!


  12. Posted on Apr 12, 2007

    Views: 879

    We're Hiring!

    Do you want to work for Tanga? Do you enjoy Turkish prisons and old Gladiator movies? Then we’re the right place to plant your behind for 8 or so hours a day!

    Tanga is looking for a product procurement and sourcing specialist to help manage finding cool electronics, gadgets, games and toys to sell on Tanga. Hundreds of thousands of dedicated Tanganites will worship your name as incredible product after incredible product (followed by a crappy product) hits our web site every night at 8:00. And you can be the guy or gal that makes it all happen.

    Responsibilities:

    • Contacting and maintaining relationships with all of our vendors
    • Finding products to sell on Tanga
    • Cold calling potential vendors and making them love us
    • Negotiating terms, prices
    • Rubbing TangaJoe’s smelly feet

    Requirements:

    • Must know how to navigate a computer and the internet better than Al Sharpton at a media event
    • College degree
    • 3-5 years worth of work experience
    • Must love working on the phone and working with people
    • Some travel to trade shows and relationship building meetings will be necessary
    • Have a positive attitude and be willing to wear multiple hats (and do different jobs) and be open to change

    Relocation benefits are not available.
    Job is located in the Souther Utah area (perfect for you Vegas Tanganites who want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Sin City!)

    Please send resume to jeremy at tanga dot com along with a cover letter about why you would like to work with Tanga!


  13. Posted on Apr 8, 2007

    Views: 780

    Daily puzzle improvements!

    Tanga Joe has been at work of late improving our system for publishing daily puzzles. Here is what is different so far:

    1) Puzzle creators are now credited (by user name now, instead of real name) right on the page with the puzzle.

    2) Tanga points are automatically awarded to creators as soon as their puzzle has been published.

    3) There is now an answer field on the puzzle submission page so I can’t screw up by typing in the wrong answer.

    4) I am not changing the file names of puzzles now, so MAKE SURE your answer is not included in the file name!

    5) The whole process of editing and publishing is much quicker and easier for me now, so I will have more time to review puzzles and communicate with puzzle creators.

    More improvements and new features will be coming soon.

    If you have submitted one or more puzzles and they have not appeared, now is a good time to bug me. I’ll get back to you and either publish the puzzles or work with you to make changes to them.

    If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our object jigsaw project. It’s going to be a blast. We need more doo-dads!

    Happy Easter, Aaron.


  14. Posted on Apr 4, 2007

    Views: 743

    Auction for Deluxe Six-Piece Knife Set

    Cut, chop and slice like the pros with these deluxe stainless steel knife sets. Knives feature high-impact synthetic handles that are comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than wood.

    The knives have a strong, long-lasting blade that will hold its edge and maintain its shape. Includes the deluxe wooden storage knife block.

    The Kit Contains:

    • Chef’s Knife (13.4 inch)
    • Bread Knife (13.2 inch)
    • Carving Knife (13.2 inch)
    • Utility Knife (8.8 inch)
    • Paring Knife (7.5 inch)
    • Wooden Storing Block

    View the auction


  15. Posted on Apr 2, 2007

    Views: 1,231

    Introducing Tanga Rewards!

    Hello Tanganites,

    Tonight we are rolling out (in beta) our new program called Tanga Rewards. We have worked hard on this program and hope you all enjoy it. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome and will help us improve our program and work out the bugs. We have received a few items of feedback that we have already implemented!

    Tanga Rewards is a program that allows you to have the opportunity to invite your friends, family coworkers, buddies and enemies to come and create an account at Tanga. When they sign up with Tanga from your referral, they become part of your group! When any member of your group purchases from Tanga, you will receive Tanga Rewards in the form of a 1% discount credit towards your next purchase at Tanga. Invite enough people to your group and it’s possible to earn free Tanga product. That’s cooler than a liger!

    We have tried to make the process of inviting people to Tanga as easy as possible. One way is to use our handy email form where we will send an email to those who you invite, asking them to come and create an account and check out the daily deals at Tanga. The other way is to copy the Javascript code and place Tanga ads on your web site or blog. When a person clicks on those ads and creates an account at Tanga, they will automatically become part of your group. All of these features are found in your My Account page after you sign into Tanga. Just scroll down until you find it!

    When you grow your group, you grow Tanga. When Tanga grows, you allow us to purchase better product, at larger quantities and lower prices. This helps us bring you more of what you want at even better prices than what we are currently offering you. It also allows us to give back to our users who have helped us build this fun company. Thank you…we owe it all to you guys and gals!


  16. Posted on Mar 31, 2007

    Views: 869

    Daily Fun Improvements Coming

    Hi all,

    I’ve been working on some improvements to the Daily Fun system that will be rolled out over the next few days.

    While you’re patiently waiting, if you have old/bad/duplicate puzzle submissions, you can now delete them if you’d like. Go to My Account, click on “View your submitted puzzles”, click on the view submission link, and click the big delete button on the bottom of the page. That will help us a little bit.

    Thanks!


  17. Posted on Mar 30, 2007

    Views: 867

    Automatic Emails and SMS

    Hi,

    If you haven’t been getting your automatic email and SMS messages and you’re signed up to get them, could you check to see if you receive them tonight? If you could leave a comment here if you did or didn’t receive your email/sms, that would be awesome.

    Thank you. I love you all.


  18. Posted on Mar 28, 2007

    Views: 1,533

    Let's make a puzzle together!

    This is the final picture for the jigsaw. It is composed entirely of objects sent in by Tanga users. It started with a whittled heart made by Aaron.

    We will offer the puzzle for sale soon as our deal of the day.

    Thanks to everyone who sent objects. It’s been a blast playing with them for the last few months.


  19. Posted on Mar 26, 2007

    Views: 916

    New News/Blog Layout

    Hi all,

    We’ve split up the News/Blog page into a few different sections, hopefully it makes it easier for you all to use.

    In the near future, everyone will be able to start their own topic/blog post.


  20. Posted on Mar 21, 2007

    Views: 822

    Tanga Twitters

    Hi all,

    You can follow Tanga at http://www.twitter.com/tanga.

    Enjoy!


  21. Posted on Mar 14, 2007

    Views: 806

    Auction for Relationship Tightrope

    What were they thinking? That’s the question that millions of gamers around the world said when they first saw the announcement that Uberplay would be naming the incredible “Tightrope” game by Reiner Knizia, Relationship Tightrope!

    “What’s a relationship?!” the gamers cried in unison!

    “What’s this female – male thingy?!” some others yelled!

    “The last time I got this close to a female is when I was born!” screamed one crazy gamer in his mid-40s, still living at home in his parent’s basement.

    I know, Uberplay made a stupid mistake producing a game with the theme about what women do to annoy men and what men do to annoy women. But hey, their stupid mistakes is your gain! Tightrope is considered one of the best fillers you can buy today and it’s going out of print. This little card game with cool wooden “sticks” has just enough strategy to make it interesting, a little bluffing to make it fun and a pinch of luck – just because. This game makes a great Christmas gift and it’s a perfect game to play with friends and family.e

    Auction Details: You can bid up to the number of Tanga Points you have available. There are 50 games available. The lowest winning bid is what all the winners pay. You can only bid one time so bid carefully. This auction will run for 48 hours.

    What are you waiting for? Go bid on it!


  22. Posted on Mar 13, 2007

    Views: 1,932

    Tangagrams!

    Hi everybody,

    If you look at your ‘My Account’ page, you’ll notice that you can send us a Tangagram. Tangagrams let you start a communication with Tanga. If you have comments, suggestions, problems, dreams, propositions, or funny pictures of cats, you can send us a Tangagram and we’ll get right back to you.

    It’s a brand new feature and likely still has some quirks. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, you can always send us a Tangagram about it.

    Next on the TangaJoe agenda: Paypal, ways for you to get Tanga stuff cheaper than anyone else, more games, and a better puzzle/game submission process.


  23. Posted on Feb 15, 2007

    Views: 530

    Kid Smart Vocal Detector Auction Is Almost Over - BID NOW!

    If you are interested, check out our Auction that ends tonight at 7:00 p.m. PST. Bid now!


  24. Posted on Feb 8, 2007

    Views: 1,166

    And Ze winner is....

    Congratulations to Beth Fenton from Ohio!

    Beth was among the many who solved all 14 Ze puzzles.

    Beth will be going to New York and meeting with Ze.

    We hope she will report back to us after her trip!

    Thanks to everyone for participating and thanks to Ze for letting us play with his toys.

    Keep an eye on Tanga for more excuses not to clean your room.


  25. Posted on Feb 7, 2007

    Views: 1,820

    Help Wanted: Tanga Needs Improvements!

    Hi there, Tanga People.

    All of the people involved in making Tanga a cool place are going to be living in a tiny, secluded, undisclosed location for most of next week, similar to what happened here.

    During that time, we’re going to be discussing ways we can make Tanga better, more entertaining and way cooler. So, here’s your chance to contribute feedback. Got any ideas on how to make Tanga better? How do we suck? How do we rule? How can we rule more? Please, be brutal and honest. At the end of this blog entry, I’ve listed some sample comments that you guys and gals can use for inspiration.

    Keep in mind that ideas that would help Tanga grow and become a more successful business are appreciated the most—the more users who sign up and the more products we can sell, the better deals we can give you all, the lower shipping fees become, and the more resources we’ll have to put towards puzzles and games and other Daily Fun items. Also, yours truly is coming aboard the Tanga train full-time, so this new stuff should happen at a much faster rate.

    It should be worth noting that (I hope) I fixed the few problems Tanga’s had with the checkout screen and duplicate authorizations. So, I guess you can complain about checkout problems if you really want to, but they’ve (again, hopefully) already been fixed.

    We’ve got really cool things planned in the near future! Again, if you have ideas for how we can improve, please comment here. And feel free to comment on the “example” problems as well.

    With adoration,
    Tanga Joe

    P.S. Have you guys seen the recent Ze Frank show? That guy rules!


    “Example” problems with Tanga:


    • When checking out, the error messages are terrible

    • Errors aren’t formatted consistently across the site

    • On each blog page for a puzzle, you guys should show a thumbnail of the puzzle

    • You guys should show the last few orders directly on the My Account page

    • Why do sometimes you say an order is shipped and then it doesn’t actually go anywhere for days? That sucks!

    • It would be neat to click on a user and see the puzzles that the person has had on Tanga

    • Users should have a public profile page

    • I sometimes have problems logging in, I think this is because I entered my email address in as “Joe@tanga.com”, but I’m trying to login as “joe@tanga.com”. Both of those should work, darn it.

    • I want to be able to edit a puzzle that I submitted

    • If I win some stuff in a contest, I’d like to be able to see the shipping status of my incoming package

    • The whole blog page sucks and is hard to navigate. For example, here’s how it could be improved…

    • Blog entries with 500+ comments are hard to read. You should break up the comments into 100 comments per page.

    • When I edit something on my account page, if I don’t type in my password correctly or I forget to type it in, I have to re-edit all my changes.

    • I want to use Paypal to pay for something

    • I want to be able to enter in a few different addresses and be able to choose from them when ordering something

    • I want to be able to send a package to a friend with a note inside.

    • If I make a mistake when typing in an address (i.e. my state and zip code don’t match up), Tanga doesn’t tell me about it.

    • If my puzzle is chosen for a day, I sometimes don’t get my Tanga Points until much later.

    • I want to use my Tanga Points more often!!! Create more things I can use my Tanga Points for!

    • I’d buy more things if shipping costs were lower.

    • Each puzzle page should mention the creator of the puzzle.

    • I sometimes have problems unsubscribing from text messages and email notifications. THAT SUCKS DUDE

    • I’d like to be able to communicate with Tanga people about my problems/ideas via my account page, instead of having to resort to email.

    • Fonts are used inconsistently across the application. For example…

    • I want Tanga Gift Cards!

    • Comments should be threaded! (thoughts?)


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