Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fun, Time-Wasting Websites

Canada is one of the most "connected" nations in the World. Canadians love to do things like read news stories online, update personal blogs, download or stream music and video, and e-mail. But there's one activity that's often overlooked: basic, time-wasting, web surfing. You might engage in such activity on a mobile device while you're waiting in the doctor's office or on a road trip; or perhaps at home while you unwind from a long day at the office or in class. Then, of course, there are times when you might just want to take 10 minutes to check out what's out there in that big world wide web. Given this, I've decided to provide some interesting Websites that are great "time-wasters" or stress relievers. While I'm still stumped as to the reason behind the Web address, I was recently made aware of this Website, and it had me in stitches. All it contains is photo upon photo of cats in various states of mischief, along with witty, purposely misspelled captions that dictate what they're likely thinking. It's all clean fun, and the images, which are uploaded and captioned by both the owners of the site and contributing web users, change constantly, so there's always something new to enjoy. Have you ever wondered what song was the top tune on the Billboard charts on the day that you were born? I came upon this Website the other day, which lists the top tune for every day from 1950 up until 2007! It's a neat one for curious minds, and you might find it fun to send your friends and family members their "top" song. Ever wonder where a popular saying originated? This Website lists tons of famous sayings like "close, but no cigar" and "cold turkey" and discusses their origins. While it isn't as comprehensive as some of the other online databases I've seen, the list includes many of the most commonly uttered sayings. Everyone has had a weird dream at some point in their life, and wondered what it could mean. Type any search term into this site, and it will provide you with a number of possible scenarios and what the dream could have meant. While you have to take such results with a grain of salt, it can be fun to analyze your thoughts and figure out what could be going on in your subconscious mind. There's no denying that Gizmodo has struck a cord with web surfers, offering tidbits of information about weird, and sometimes comical, gadgets that you might not have heard of elsewhere. The clever captions and propensity to jump on the rumour mill of technology has also made this site a favourite among techies. Social networkers will know what it's like to have that urge to log in just to check out "what's going on" with all of your friends. Need to kill some time before a flight? Sign in and sift through your friend's latest photos, browse new groups, or post your own comments and notes. Visiting YouTube is like eating potato chips: you can't open up the site and not have just one! Often times, people will have a purpose for visiting the video site, but once you're there, interesting other search terms pop into mind. Before you know it, you've spent 20 minutes watching funny Mac commercials and user-generated content.

While one should always make sure not to spend too much time on the Web, it can be fun to sometimes move away from your typical "top 5" sites when you do and check out some hidden (or not so hidden) gems of the online world.

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Lee_D said...

Gawd, I don’t need any more time wasting websites! That was a good roundup you did, though.

Another good one is Found Photos:

It’s fascinating.

c anderson said...

Great links, Christine!

Did you know you can actually LISTEN to the full tracks of the top 100 songs from each year (1950-2007)?

You can start with 1950 here:

Then just choose the year you want on the right. Sweeeeeet!

Marketnews - Christine Persaud said...

Hi c anderson,

No, I did not know that. I had only accessed the site on a portable device, so I didn't see all of the added functionality. That IS pretty neat! Thanks for the tip.