Monday, May 19, 2008

25 Unexpectedly Useful Websites for the Uncommonly Curious

This eclectic list of websites contains so many out of the ordinary pleasures that it is hard to know where to start.

This unique list contains links to many entertaining and/or useful websites. The sites are not listed in any particular order of importance, and this list is not intended to be an all-inclusive map of the Internet or a comprehensive source of information. If you know of a site you think others should be aware of, feel free to post it as a comment. If you know something interesting about one of the sites in this list, don't hesitate to share your knowledge.
Usually there are comments from those who find at least one of the included sites useful or entertaining. There are also those who post links to websites that were not included in the list but maybe should have been. I thank you and appreciate your input.
  1. Guerrilla Mail

    Get a temporary email address that expires after 15 minutes. During those 15 minutes you can read and reply to any messages.
  2. Chain of Thoughts

    A seriously cool concept…you type in a subject you would like to research and this generates a list (you choose its length) of related keywords and topics. You can visit a Wikipedia page at any time or continue navigating through the related keywords until you find what you want. It is a very cool way of diversifying a research effort.
  3. Ted

    Some really interesting videos about varying topics.
  4. Wiki Travel

    Another Wikipedia inspired website relating to travel. Written and edited by users. This site promises to be one of the most useful of all travel sites due to its constantly being updated.
  5. Fix It Club

    Learn how to repair or recycle household items that you might otherwise throw away.
  6. Simple Help

    This site promises to, “help beginner-to-intermediate computer users learn how to do various things with their computers.” It is free.
  7. Life Script

    Life Script does sell health products but it also offers free newsletters and web portals with information and articles relating to general health, dieting, nutrition, beauty, etc.
  8. Full Books

    An index of thousands of books, free for you to read.
  9. Study Guides and Strategies

    A huge database of study guides for a number of subjects published in many different languages.
  10. Meta Religion

    This site contains a huge number of articles about religion, science, and philosophy and is published in Spanish and English.
  11. Bibliomania

    2,000+ free online classic texts plus a myriad of other articles/features.
  12. World Freedom Atlas

    The, “World Freedom Atlas,” provides a visual method of understanding the issues of freedom, human rights, democracy, etc in the world.
  13. My Fit

    This is a pretty good source for fitness information. The information is searchable and organized in a tabbed structure.
  14. How to Clean Anything

    Literally…this site provides tips about how to clean just about anything.
  15. Dear Cupid

    Ask, Answer, or browse through questions about any and every aspect of relationships. There are also many forums and articles available.
  16. Help With PCs

    This is a decent tutorial site that specializes in PC issues.
  17. Sclipo

    Sclipo is a video site that you can use to broadcast instructional videos that you edit or just to look up how-to videos. There is a live hosting feature, and the site is published in English, Espanol, and Deutsch.
  18. Speed Test

    A news site for broadband issues. This link is for a feature they provide that allows you to determine your IP address and test how well your broadband is operating.
  19. Google Translate

    This is another of the many cool Google applications out there. You can translate an entire web page or any other amount of text you need. There are a number of languages available.
  20. Movie Duo

    This is a pretty new site that seems to be centered in, but not limited to, New York (for now). The site allows you to search for men or women within a specified radius of your zip code who are interested in seeing the same movies you are. It is a new breed of an online dating site.
  21. Foodio 54

    This is a huge catalog of restaurants (United States only…for now). They claim to be different from similar sites in that they use a feature called, “collaborative filtering.” This is a method of determining which restaurants you might like based on your reviews and the reviews of other members. Foodio54 is a free site.
  22. Big Oven

    This recipe-sharing site allows users to upload their favorite recipes or search for new ones. You can search by entering up to three ingredients, by keyword, or by rating.
  23. Beer Advocate

    As described by the owners, Beer Advocate helps you learn about, share, and advocate beer.
  24. Music Mesh

    Search for music videos and then browse the web that is created by your choices. Youtube provides the videos.
  25. Live Plasma

    Live Plasma is not the first site of its kind but it is the best site of its kind (If you ask me…which you didn't). You enter a movie, actor, director, musician, etc; and Live Plasma will create a web of related media for you to browse through. This is a very cool way to discover new movies and music based on what you already know.

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