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Merriam Webster Word of the DayDefines a new word every day, uses it in a sentence, and gives an interesting fact about the word.  Also has links to the "Word Game of the Day".




Randomly Generated Nonsense

Scott Pakin's automatic complaint-letter generator

SCIgen - An Automatic Computer Science Paper Generator

The Postmodernism Generator -- A computer program that writes meaningless but highly convincing postmodern essays

This Day in Paradigms -- Another automated postmodern essay generator

See also -- Sokal Affair, Logorrhoea, Bogdanov Affair  

Have a robot read your robot-generated text

Stop everything and do this right away!  In one window, launch the Pakin Complaint Generator

And in another window, launch the talker.

Then, copy the complaint from one window to the other.  For added joy, change the talker to French, but still feed it English words.  It will read them with the most hilarious French accent you ever heard!


Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.

Well Known and Unique Games and Puzzles has free games for your enjoyment, using Macromedia Flash.  Online Flash Games are free to play and enjoy. They include Tet-a-Tetris, Square Word, Alphabetic Maze, Express Maze, Japanese Puzzles (Nonograms), Rhumb Line (tm), Hijara (tm). Some of these games are downloadable, and may be purchased for $12.

55 Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena 55 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

The Interview With God A trivia game -- 

The Interview With God Beautiful photos and an inspiring poem: The Interview With God.

When you go backpacking, do you find the weight of your gear slows you down?  Well try EATing your gear, "Where Your Last Mile Is Your Lightest Mile".  It's hard to tell if this website is on the level (I make no claim that it is!) but whether you're interested in backpacking or just a good laugh, check it out.

This is a really short quiz with astonishing results;   It'll only take a minute or two.
When asked to name people you know, please be truthful;   it matters.

Drag the name of each state onto the map where it belongs -- a race against time.  Can you do as well as an average third grader?  Test yourself here.

He's a liberal wiener. He's a right-wing nut job. See John Kerry and George Bush square off and trade insults in this can't-miss campaign parody of "This Land is Your Land." -- an animated cartoon in which each of the two American 2004 presidential candidates takes pot shots at the other.

Someone using the assumed name of John Titor and claiming to be a soldier on a mission from 2036 presented a considerable amount of information on the Web beginning around November 2000 about his mission and time travel machine, his perspective on our society, how our society is going wrong, and...

See also this Google Answer thread.

Odd Todd

A compiler of odd facts, and a commentator on NPR


A remarkably faithful virtual recreation of the famous old etch-a-sketch.

Random Sites

Click one of these links to visit a random site: 

Larry's Face 

A website that lets you distort Larry's face, which was made popular after it was mentioned on another website,

The Jargon File 

Contains a glossary of computer jargon as well as an explanation of the history and culture of computer jargon.

Squoosh the terrorist game 


Shockwave Snowboarding game from 


A very entertaining site!

o Clean restrooms around the world
o Please add a tidy loo to the list!
o True Tales of Tawdry Toilets!!
o TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, and of course, the internet.
o The world's finest public toilets
I am a new flash cartoonist.  Here you will find unusual flash cartoons: -- much more to come.

Click the doughboy, and hear him fart.  A barfing doughboy is also available.  I originally found this on the website, but this is no longer available, it seems.  I used to find this animation.
Sign up to be a member of, and you'll be able to send links to realistic-looking news stories like this one about the discovery that my daughter, Meghan, has been living a double life.
B Personal Computer Security
This web page describes in great detail an important precaution you should take against having your personal computer stolen.

Step-by-step instructions, with clear illustrations, are included.

Now you can make everyone in your house miserable by playing this bagpipe MIDI music through your 500-watt subwoofers!
Hunting for Bin LadenHere's another video game on the Internet.  It's like "Space Invaders" except the invaders are all clones of bin Laden, and the "good guy" is one of George Bush, Dick Cheney, or Colin Powell.
 Bin Laden LiquorsHere is a video game you can enjoy.  The object is to kill Bin Laden as many times as you can without killing his hostage. 
XDude's Knowledge Emporium Version 4It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it "Jumping the Shark." From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same.  This expression refers to the telltale sign of the demise of Happy Days, our favorite example, when Fonzie actually "jumped the shark."
XDude's Knowledge Emporium Version 4An excellent use of the Flash Plug-in.
My School Photo -- Archives of class photos from schools all across the world -- Find your school photo hereSchool Photos from across the world.  A huge archive.  You might find your own school photo here.
Cat Reacts to Photo of Bearded Man -- From the research study of the Annals of Improbable ResearchFeline Reactions to Bearded Men, a "scientific" study.  Read this for a good laugh.  The website is "AIR", the Annals of Improbable Research, chock full of questionable research.  Enjoy.
Bubble Wrap -- Click here to pop it!
let the hours waste away with the
For the ultimate in time wasting, simply roll your mouse over the bubble wrap to see and hear a satisfying 'pop' as the bubble bursts.

Trouble is, the bubbles come right back after a bit, so it is - we are proud to announce - well and truly useless!
Amazon.Com has a sense of humor -- here is a ballot, in the Floridian style, that allows you to vote for the area of Amazon you like the best. has interactive animated cartoons, like the singing bass, who has the misfortune of singing songs that get him killed.  Poor bass! 
Made 2 SmileMade 2 Smile.Com has a nice selection of "Internet Jokes".  Some are funny, some are just cute.  They are nicely illustrated and come complete with music. is dedicated to preserving free speech on the Internet.  This website sharply criticizes efforts to censor the Internet using such "blockers" as Net Nanny and Cyber Sitter.  Many sites are blocked in error or by overly broad categorization because the Internet changes so fast these censors aren't able to keep up with the changes.  So, for example, entire "online communities" (e.g. Geocities, Tripod, etc.) containing millions of web pages, representing terabytes of data, are blocked.  Some glaring examples of incorrectly blocked sites are listed on the web site, and represent some of the more interesting surfing you will do.  Or check out the blocked site of the day!
Mr. MethaneMr. Methane is a musician.  He controls his farts to make musical tones.  He appeared on the Howard Stern radio show, and is selling this album of his music.
Pappy's Freshest Fart of the DayPappy's Freshest Fart of the day.  These farts are real, not some sound effect.  You must hear them to believe them!  (RealAudio required.)

California Pacific HoldingsCapital Pacific Holdings, Inc. is a great web site!  You can "virtually" walk around inside the model homes.  I recommend clicking on "California", then click the Rancho Palos Verdes Ocean Front Estates -- CPH's newest masterpiece.

The Jargon
This document is a collection of slang terms used by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material is included for background and flavor, it is not a technical dictionary; what we describe here is the language hackers use among themselves for fun, social communication, and technical debate.

New Age InteractiveHow old are you, measured in seconds?  How many people are on the planet at this instant?  New Age Interactive answers these questions and is the All Inclusive Site for Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, etc.  Current Sections Include Online Chinese Astrology, Interactive Tarot Card Readings, Interactive Numerology, Online Dream Interpretation.

Cindy MargolisCindy Margolis is a model.  Not only can you see Cindy in various bikinis, but she also gives her life story.  I found it interesting to read how she got her start in the business.  And of course she'll sell you calendars, mouse pads, hats, and other stuff.

We found a GREAT TOY for Meghan!  It's called "Twist and Shout™ Multiplication".  We really wanted the Twist and Shout™ Addition, but the big K-Mart was out of them.  Maybe it's just as well.   The Multiplication game is challenging Meghan. Leap Frog   Now she is running around the house saying things like "two times four is eight!".  The game is made by a company called Leap Frog™.   Here's the logo from their web site -- isn't it great?

Free allows you, the web designer, to create poll on any subject of your choice, and lets your visitors vote on that subject.

Yahoo ChatYahoo Chat (formerly GeoCities Chat) has a couple dozen categories, and lots of "rooms" in each category.

MonkeyDog.comThis is a great site (I think)!  You see, I keep getting the feeling Charles Fleischer is laughing at me, and this site isn't really great but instead cleverly constructed to appear great even though it's total garbage.  For example, it has an "Insult Engine" that uses a computer to automatically generate insults that you can email anonymously to anyone in the world.   He has artwork that looks like computer-generated fractals, and poetry and music as well.  It all seems so deep but maybe it's just that I'm shallow.  Check it out, and see what you think!, the shape of things to comeWebring is "one of the fastest and most exciting ways to navigate the World Wide Web! This completely free service offers easy access to hundreds of thousands of member websites organized by related interests into easy-to-travel rings.  Random exploration is a way to see some clever home pages.

The Internet Toolbox is one of the many useful pages presented by Howard Wolinsky, a newspaper reporter, in what he calls the "World Wide Wolinsky Web".

Welcome to Linnéaville, my own WWW home town!  This is a web site that you can play like a game of "Adventure".  It was written by a woman named Judit Linnéa Margareta Stensdotter Anglemark, who was born in Uppsala, Sweden on March 20, 1973.  She has tried to make an interesting web that is self-sufficient; that is, without many links to the "outside world".  She writes, "Since I dislike commercial Web-pages with a great hate, I will not ever have any link to any place that offers merchandice or service for money. Please tell me if you find that any of my links go to such a place."

Eve Astrid Andersson, Strange woman with antennae and a green faceEve Astrid Andersson's home page.  "I received a bachelor's degree from Caltech in 1996 and am now a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley in the department of Mechanical Engineering.  Do you want to know more about me? Yes / No."  Go to her page and click "no" -- I dare you!

Alas, this page has disappeared, but she has a new page, on which I recommend clicking the "Pi" link, under "things I enjoy".

Barney, the cute little dinosaurHave some "fun" with Barney, the adorable little dinosaur.

The End of the Internet

The End of the Internet


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