Sunday, April 6, 2008

Seven Websites You Should Visit Every Day

Ranging from websites that help fight world poverty to ones that are just plain hilarious, you'll want to update your favorites after you check this out.

  1. Blackle

    Blackle is exactly like Google except the page background is black instead of white, the idea being that black backgrounds require less energy to present on a monitor than white ones do. Although this amount of energy is small, to date Blackle has saved over 500,000 Watt hours, so why not do your part and help to conserve energy?
  2. FreeRice

    FreeRice is a great website that donates 20 grains of rice to those in need whenever you get a question right in their word game. They pay for the rice through the advertisements you see at the bottom whenever you answer a question. On an average day, over 100 million grains of rice are donated and almost 25 billion have been donated to date, so this website makes a big difference and doesn't require much effort from you at all (it's even fun!).
  3. The Hunger Site

    The Hunger Site is a lot like FreeRice but quicker (although it donates less). All you do is go to the website and click the button that says “Click Here to Give - It's Free!” The website is sponsored by people who donate a certain amount of food for every click, and as of March 2008, over 500 million cups of food have been donated. Additionally, there are tabs up at the top that offer the same service for breast cancer, children's health, literacy, animal rescue, and the rainforest, allowing you to pick and choose what you want to support (if not all).
  4. Cracked

    Cracked updates very frequently with numerous things guaranteed to tickle your funny bone, including blog posts homemade videos, but the biggest draw here by far are the daily lists. Every day of the week, Cracked features a new list of something wacky and irreverent (example: The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught in History Class). The best part about them is that they're completely true and insightful, uncovering things you may not have known before so you learn while you laugh.
  5. Digg

    Most of you are probably familiar with Digg, the website where users submit stories found from around the web and vote for the ones they like the most, subsequently making them more likely to be looked at by other users. Why should you visit Digg every day? Because thousands of brand new, interesting articles are posted all over the internet every day, and using Digg will allow you to see the cream of the crop. It's like a greatest hits collection of the internet.
  6. RedFlagDeals

    RedFlagDeals updates several times a day with the newest sales, deals, and coupons for some of the hottest retailers around. Next time you are considering buying an expensive piece of electronics, you should definitely scout this website out for items that could save you hundreds of dollars. Additionally, make sure to check out the Freebies section, which offers everything from free food samples to free magazine subscriptions.
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