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Super Bowl XLV Bingo Cards – 2011

Monday, January 24th, 2011

It’s that time of year again!

This is a reminder blog post about our template bingo word list for Super Bowl bingo cards. You’ll find the list on

All you need to do to create your free printable bingo cards is go through a couple forms, customize the word list, and let our website generate a custom PDF for you to print. You can have your custom cards in less than a couple minutes!

This year’s Super Bowl is on Feb. 6, 2011.

As always, at, you can customize the cards so that you have exactly the terms you want.

The Super Bowl themed word list is not specific to any given year, so you might want to insert a few extra terms like “XLV”, “Pittsburg”, “Steelers”, “Green Bay”, “Packers”, “Texas”  etc.

Enjoy the game, halftime, and the ads!

Google Chrome Built-in PDF Viewer Incompatibility with IFRAME and a Workaround

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

With the recent automatic upgrade of Google Chrome to version 8, Google made their built in PDF viewer the default viewer *.  I.e. there is now no need to separately download Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash Player to browse the web with Google Chrome.

Generally, I like this addition to Google Chrome; however, it caused some work for us.  Our web based bingo card generator,, is highly dependent on PDF’s.  That’s the sole reason why our bingo cards are dead-easy to print out by the hundreds.  Unfortunately, Chrome’s built-in PDF renderer does not display PDFs that are in an IFRAME tag properly.

For the last few days, this is what users of would see after generating 5 pages of bingo cards on


Broken PDF rendering in an IFRAME in Google Chrome 8 - screenshot from

Broken PDF rendering in an IFRAME in Google Chrome 8 - screenshot from

Chrome tries to scale the parent page to fit everything in… and it fails badly.

We were not able to get things working 100% the way we would like, but we have a workable situation now.

The basic steps that we had to take:

  • Change from IFRAME to OBJECT tag.  For whatever reason, this fixes the zooming issue.  And it was quite simple.  In our case, there wasn’t much difference between the two HTML tags.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t find a way to get Chrome to print the contents of the object tag without printing the rest of the page (though, perhaps using CSS  might work).
  • Instead, we added some bold warning text that gives Chrome users instructions to use the manual download links. We use a little function to identify Chrome users – the two key lines of code are: 
    $u_agent = $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’]; 
    if(preg_match(‘/Chrome/i’,$u_agent)) { $ub = “Chrome”; }

So, we ended up with a workaround.  We sincerely hope that Google will add the missing interface elements that will make things just work, but until then, we are doing some other site improvements as we prepare to bump up the price of Premium Access to $12 in 2011.

* If you want to go back to using Adobe Reader in Google Chrome, you can turn off the  built-in viewer by going to the special address about:plugins and change Chrome PDF Viewer to Disable.  Of course, website owners should not depend on end-users to do this just to visit your site!



Harry Potter Bingo Cards

Friday, November 19th, 2010

We finally decided to create a Harry Potter word list for our Harry Potter themed Bingo cards for  Check it out now!  You can play your customized bingo game while you wait in line to see the movie!

Entry level access to our web based bingo card generator is free!  An upgrade of $10 will get you a few extra features.

Turkey Bingo Time!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to our American viewers. We hope that your turkey is especially tasty this year!

If you are looking for a way to spend some family time before or after the turkey has been served, we suggest Thanksgiving themed bingo cards. You’ll find that Thanksgiving word list, and many more,  at  Basic use our site is free – including customizing the cards!

Of course, for a small upgrade cost of $10, you get access to a few more features.  If you’ve used our site in the past, and are debating an upgrade – we strongly suggest that you do it soon.  We will be raising the price to $12 within a few months.



Columbus Day Themed Bingo Cards

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

We’ve added a new word list for our template bingo card design collection, so, please welcome our new Columbus Day Themed Bingo Cards.

That  set of word lists is getting hard to browse, we’re going to have to improve the template listings page soon!

Also fitting for this time of year:

  • Canadians!  Our Thanksgiving Word List is alive and waiting for you!  Unfortunately, it’s a little American-centric, since most of our business is  from the USA. You’ll have to edit the word list to make it more Canadian.
  • Our Halloween Word List is getting a lot of search engine traffic – already!

Some other recent items of note:

  • If you’re a fan of Bingo on Facebook, look out for our revised Facebook advertising campaign.  We’ll see if we get an ROI on these ads this time around.  We tried Facebook advertising two years ago, and it was a dismal failure.
  • Our Facebook “like” button was initially mis-configured.  Whoops.  After fixing it, we discovered a whole lot of “likes” that were built up, presumably from the Share link that has been part of the site for years. Nice!

Thanks for using  Basic use of our bingo card generator is still free!  And an upgrade for the entire feature set is still only $10… for now.