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Hey folks, did you know it was National Dog Day? It totally is and we here at iWin LOVE our furry canine pals!

So to celebrate, we thought we’d post some pics of a few exceptionally cute pups! Feel free to post a pic your pup in the comments!

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Happy Earth Day! Are you as environmentally conscious as you could be? If not, here are some tips on how live a greener, more eco-friendly life! After all, we’ve only got one earth, let’s all do our parts to make sure it sustains us for generations to come!

1. Turn off and unplug computers at night. This simple step taken before bedtime can save up to 40-watt hours per day.
25% of the electricity used by electronic devices such as computers is used while the device is simply plugged in! Unplug them or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off.

2. Fix leaks. A dripping faucet can account for more than 3,00 gallons of wasted water per year! Toilets that run can waste almost 200 gallons of water PER DAY. Fix those leaky faucets and toilets ASAP!

3. Replace any non-stick pots or pans with cast iron ones. A properly season cast iron skillet is naturally non-stick and don’t contain any fluoropolymers the chemicals used to make a pan non-stick. These toxic chemicals are also released into the air when you cook and are known to break down into carcinogens.

4. Wash clothes in cold water and ONLY if there’s a full load. This simple step helps reduce water waste and can save the average household up to $40 annually.

5. Compost food scraps. Composting reduces garbage thrown into landfills and can be used as fertilizer in your garden. It’s a win-win!

6. Telecommute if possible. Obviously automobile emissions are horrible for the environment, so if you job allows it, try to work from home when possible. If telecommuting isn’t an option, try to take public transportation or ride your bike to work!

7. Buy recycled products. Look for keywords like ‘recycled’ or ‘post-consumer’ on products like paper towels, printer paper, sleeping bags, trash cans and carpeting. The content of the recycled material can vary so try to find products with a higher percentage of post-consumer materials used.

Be sure to check out today’s Earth Day-themed Daily Jigsaw and Daily Word Search as well! Happy Earth Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get home and dig into some corned beef and cabbage and then maybe wash it down with some green beer. But how much do you really know about this most Irish of holidays? Read on and learn!

1. Saint Patrick was born in Britain, then under Roman rule, in or around the 4th century. After being kidnapped by raiders from Ireland, he converted to Christianity and after a vision in which God spoke to him, devoted his life to converting the Irish people to it as well. He died on March 17th, in the year 461 AD, which thenceforth became St. Patrick’s Day.

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It’s National Puzzle Day! How are you celebrating? Are you solving a crossword or sudoku? Putting together a jigsaw puzzle? Or are you finally conquering that Rubik’s Cube you’ve had since 1982?

Here are some fascinating things about puzzles you might not know!

1. The word ‘puzzle’ actually has a somewhat puzzling origin. It seems to have entered popular use towards the end of the 16th century, first appearing as a verb, not a noun. It’s believed to have grown out of the Medieval French word, “pusle” which means ‘to bewilder’.

2. The history of crossword puzzles is similarly in dispute. Having existed in some form since the 1800s, the first puzzle that would be recognized as a crossword was published on December 21, 1913 by Arthur Wynne in the newspaper The New York World.

3. Sudoku puzzles have actually only been around since 1979. Invented by Howard Garns, a 74 year old retired architect the first modern sudoku puzzle was published as “Number Place” in Dell Magazines. Sadly, Garns passed away before he was able to see the puzzle’s explosion in popularity in the late 1990s.

4. The world’s largest Rubik’s Cube, which is a 17x17x17 grid, took a man named Kenneth Brandon 7.5 hours to solve!

5. The world’s largest jigsaw puzzle is known as the Double Restrospect and was drawn by artist Keith Haring. It’s 17 feet wide and contains 32,000 pieces.

So are you ready to celebrate National Puzzle Day? If so, be sure to check out all of the fantastic puzzle games on offer at iWin.com, including jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and of course sudoku as well. Or if word searches are more your speed, be sure to check out Word Search Daily, which is completely free!

What are you waiting for? Get to puzzling ASAP and enjoy National Puzzle Day!

Played today’s Word Search Daily puzzle yet? No? Why don’t you head on over and do that. I’ll wait….

Back? Great. Did you notice today’s theme? That’s right, it’s phobias! Have any? Anything that you’re irrationally afraid of?

This season, the popular television series American Horror Story (subtitled “Freakshow” for this iteration) concerns a particularly sinister circus side show. I’ve watched every season of AHS so far, but I can’t bring myself to do so this year. Why? Three words; Twisty the Clown.

Not Twisty, but still probably evil.

I’m also incapable of playing the otherwise intriguing-sounding Weird Park series of games for much the same reason. And people have told me that they’re actually really fun! I mean, come on, check out that dude on the left…

Given the sensitive and potentially chills-inducing nature of this topic, I’m going to put the rest of the post under a cut. Enter at your own risk! And if you’d rather not bother, feel free to enjoy this adorable puppy picture instead…

D’aww, just look at that face!

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Today’s Word Search Daily puzzle is called “Haunted Haunts” and, as you can probably guess, its all about spooky locales more than likely filled to the brim with ghouls and ghosts.

Having seen the 1982 film Poltergeist at a tender young age and having the wits scared out of my by it, I’ve been fascinated by the paranormal and, more specifically, haunted houses. The places listed below are considered to be some of the most haunted places in the world. Places in which most people would not like to find themselves alone in the middle of the night. Ready for some chills? Read on!

1. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia – Well first of all, it’s an abandoned lunatic asylum. There’s bound to be some bad juju surrounding it by default. However, it’s said that the souls of the 9,000 patients that died there over its 130 year history haunt the place to this day.

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Okay, so it’s National Cat Day and this is a good thing. Why is it good? Because cats are AWESOME. Better than dogs. Yeah, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, dogs are awesome too, (just slightly less so.) Y’see, dogs are all “oh my gosh I love you no matter what because I’m a dog and that’s what I do” while cats are all “Oh. Hey. Yeah, you want my love? You better WORK for it, pal!” But then, once you have it, it’s just a world of kitty cuddles after that!

You may be thinking to yourself “what in the world do cats have to do with games?” Well, not a whole lot. Actually nothing. Cats aren’t really big gamers. Lack of opposable thumbs and all that. But hey, we figured it’s National Cat Day. Let’s just post some cat pictures because, as previously alluded to, cats rule.

Also, if you are able to, please consider donating to your local ASPCA or humane society. Or better yet, visit your local branch or rescue shelter and adopt a kitty (or doggie) today!

So without further ado, here are some super cute kitties.

This sweetie pie comes to us from one of our Facebook friends. Her name is Tina!

Here’s Charlie, also from a Facebook fan. Apparently he was grumpy the day the picture was taken. Still a cutie though.

This adorable fella is Robert. His human posted this picture to our Facebook page.

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Thanks to our recently released online game, Word Search Daily I’ve got salty, smoky, bacon-y goodness on my mind.

Let me explain…

So, our fantastic new online game, the aforementioned Word Search Daily, features a new theme every day around which all the words you have to find are associated. For instance, yesterday, the theme was “Sweet Treats” and every word in the puzzle was some kind of, you guessed it, sugary confection.

Well today’s theme is “Meat Lovers”, of which I definitely am one. When I order a pizza, it better have pepperoni, sausage, ham and of course, bacon. I mean aside from vegetarians and vegans, who doesn’t love bacon? (And I suspect quite a few vegetarians and vegans are secret fans, though they’d never admit it.) Seriously, a pizza with pepperoni, bacon and pineapple? You truly haven’t lived until you’ve tried it.

Anyway, today’s word search got me thinking about bacon (okay, I was probably already thinking about bacon, but that’s beside the point) and all the neat, innovative ways it’s being used in food.

Bacon on a doughnut? Definitely.

Bacon in a chocolate bar? Sure!

Bacon IN a pancake? Of course, silly!

Deep fried bacon? Um…well…seems like a bad idea health-wise…but okay, why not? Hand it over!

In short, bacon = magical.

Read on for even more bacon deliciousness…

Oh, and of course don’t forget to check out Word Search Daily! Every day is a brand new theme so it’s always fresh, fun and challenging! And remember, like all of our online games, Word Search Daily is 100% free and doesn’t need to be downloaded! Simply log on to iWin.com on your phone, tablet, or PC, wherever you are and start playing right away! Be sure to connect your Facebook or Google+ accounts and compete against your friends!

Now back to the bacon…

Ever had a chocolate chip cookie with candied bacon bits in it? (Click on the links or pictures for the recipes!)

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As I’m sure you’re aware, zombies are hot right now. Well, I guess technically they’re more likely to be cold, what with being undead and all, but nevertheless, zombies have never been more popular than they are nowadays. Just this past Sunday night, over 17 million people tuned in to watch the fifth season premier of The Walking Dead (it actually beat Sunday Night Football)!

It’s clearly a great time to be a zombie fan. But how much do you really know about zombies or how the whole zombie thing got to be so popular in the first place? Did you know, for instance, that zombies can actually exist? Obviously not the flesh eating, undead variety of zombie, but still just as mindless, shambling, and lacking in fear.

Read on for more zombie facts, then head over to iWin.com to download today’s new release, Caribbean Zombie Jewel Double Pack and check out all the other awesome zombie games we have to offer!

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Today is Curious Events Day, a day to celebrate all of the intriguing mysteries the world has to offer! We here at iWin certainly love mystery (and we have TONS of very “mysterious” games to boot) so we’re happy to indulge in a little celebration of unexplained phenomenon! (Click on any of the pictures or topics below to be taken to a game about that very subject!)

For instance, did you know that one night in 1977 a man named Jerry Ehman, a volunteer for SETI (the Search For Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) received a transmission from an unknown source that to this day remains completely unexplained? Known as The Wow! Signal, it was a very loud radio transmission that lasted a full 72 seconds and seems to have originated from the Sagittarius constellation.

Amazed, Ehman wrote the word “Wow!” on the printout record of the broadcast. This signal has never occurred again and every attempt to locate it has failed. Pretty mysterious isn’t it?

Read on for even more unexplained mysteries!

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