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1881 Cyclopedia
The Household Cyclopedia
General Information
Containing Over
Ten Thousand Receipts
In All
The Useful And Domestic Arts
A Complete And Practical Library
A Day in the Life
The concept is simple. Each day, one new photo will be posted on the site. A photographer is assigned to shoot one photo a day for seven days. The photo can be of anything the photographer wants. The only guideline is that the photo that's posted has to have been taken within the past 24 hours. After the week is up a new photographer in a new location will contribute a week's worth of photos and so on. Our archive section will contain every photo posted on this site.
Absolute Write Water Cooler
Message board for all kinds of writers
English as spoken in accents from 296 different countries.
Animated Math
Animated Sand Painting
Find someone's birthday with just their name
Apollo Archive
The Project Apollo Archive serves as an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program.
Arts Journal
ASL University
Feel free to use this site and learn from the various lessons and resources. There is no need to register or pay unless you want documentation to fulfill high school, college, or continuing education course requirements.
Animated sign language words


Barcode Yourself
Bathtime in clerkenwell
This animation is based on Stephen Coates composition under the same title.
This film is about The Great Revolution of the British Cuckoos, who bravely took over London, forcing all the people to move inside the cuckoo clocks.
(By way of
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Photonegatives Collection
Best of Hubble
(BEE.hag) acronym. An ambitious or difficult plan or goal.
"... a bold mission, or what I like to call a BHAG — a big, hairy, audacious goal — like our national goal in the '60s to go to the moon by the end of the decade."
Blinking 3-D
Blog Directory
"What are blogs?
blogs are web logs that are updated regularly, usually on a daily basis. They contain information related to a specific topic. In some cases blogs are used as daily diaries about people's personal lives, political views, or even as social commentaries. The truth of the matter is that blogs can be shaped into whatever the author wants them to be.

Blogarama is the best free directory of web logs (blogs) and journal sites. With the explosive increase of blogs and Blog related sites, the blogsphere needs a single coherent voice, a place where people can go to navigate this everchanging, evergrowing garden of information. You take the time and care to maintain your Blog, now you can help people find it.
Blue Ball Machine
Also see You're the Man Now
What do animals, and insects sound like in various countries?  A Bee.


Newspaper cartoons from around the world.
Washington state Secretary of State, FTC
Church Sign Generator
Make your very own church sign. Just enter some text and click the 'Go' button.
Tombstone Generator, Image Generators
Collection of interesting sites
Compendium of Lost Words
The Compendium lists over 400 of the rarest modern English words - in fact, ones that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now. In theory, the Compendium will be the only web page on which each of these words occurs in its proper English context.
Computer generated scientific papers
SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.
One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to "fake" conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money.
Computer Stupidities
Cool Tools
Cost of Living Calculator
American Institute for Economic Research
Counting Sheep


Deb's Funny Pictures
Digital Morphology
The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens. Browse through the site and see spectacular imagery and animations and details on the morphology of many representatives of the Earth's biota.
Discipline Help
School and home
Drawing Hand


English without the verb "to be"
Worldwide Earthquake Activity in the Last Seven Days
Easter Eggs
Egg Heaven 2000
Escape Artist
How to live and/or work overseas
English as a Second Language
Activities for ESL Students
ESL Learning for Traveling Students
Guide to Becoming an ESL Teacher
Purdue Online Writing Lab - ESL Teacher Resources
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

        (Thanks to Jeremy at Educator Labs)

Excel Bumper Stickers
Excel Pictures
Evolution of  the Latin Alphabet
Other Alphabets


Animated models for you to make.
A unique range of animated models for you to cut out and make. From Skiing Sheep to Ruminating Cows and of course the Flying Pig; all the models come complete with clear, fully illustrated instructions, just cut out and glue together!
Free Art Fonts
Freedom of Information Act


and other games
Google Labs


Hamburger recipes
Harper's Index
Harper's magazine
Harry Shearer
Le Show
Hollywood Star
Choose from 5512 hostels & 2115 activities in 149 countries around the world!
How Much is Inside?
"We carefully re-filled the ketchup bottle with our FREE ketchup!
Woo Hoo! At last this whole website thing was starting to pay off! I'm never paying for mustard, relish, soy or el scorcho sauce again!
The bottle was refilled to the top using exactly 50 packets of ketchup! That means that each packet holds 8 grams of ketchup, or about a quarter-ounce, and has a value of about 2.5 cents US!"
How to
15,000 entries. The primary goal of is to provide complete guides to consumers so they can get things done. Its format is consistent throughout every "eHow": it provides a short one-sentence overview; succinct, easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
How to Clean Anything
How to do stuff
Remedies and prescriptions for staying on top of the world.
How to Mend it
Use how to mend it .com to find out how to mend vacuum cleaners and mobile phones, cars and DVD players, computers and tumble dryers, televisions and motorbikes, CD players and washing machines.
When we say "find out how to mend just about anything"
Human Nature Review
Use the drop down box in the upper right corner
A significant source of analysis and commentary for readers at leading universities and research institutes in over one hundred and sixty countries


Inappropriate uses for power tools
Download speed and more information
Lightness Perception and Lightness Illusions


James Randi Educational Foundation
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
Jean Shepard
Great radio storyteller
Old Time Radio


Kite Arial Photography


Language Map
The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The census data are based on responses to the question, "Does this person speak a language other than English at home?" The Language Map illustrates the concentration of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Data Center provides actual numbers and percentages of speakers and includes census data about seven additional groups of languages less commonly spoken in the United States.


LeetSpeak — 133t5p33k

A parent's primer to computer slang

Let them sing it for you
You enter the lyrics, it will be sung for you.
Spray paint graffiti, e-cards, etc


Magazine Cover
Mars Rover JPL
Math Games
Microsoft Usability Lab
Enroll via our on-line form to be eligible to participate in usability research sessions, site visits, focus groups and product evaluations.
Mind Bluff
See Create a Phantom Limb
Movie Poster Maker
Mr. Magazine
Samir Husni, aka "Mr. Magazine™", is Hederman Lecturer and Professor of Journalism at the University of Mississippi where he heads the magazine service journalism program.
MultiMedia Files
Old commercials and training tapes. April Winchell (ventriloquist Paul Winchell's estranged daughter)
Museum of Hoaxes


National Geographic Map Machine
Night Sky
News Map


Obscure Patents
Odd Knowledge Base articles
Here's a collection of computer humor directly from Microsoft. Well, ONE of them is a parody. The links were accumulated from colleagues, Usenet and web searches, but mostly from "googlewhacking" the Knowledge Base.
Odd Stuff
Office Playground
Old Fashioned Clip Art
Old Radio recordings
Old Splash Screens
Splash screens are those fleeting images displayed for a couple of seconds when the program is launching. Big and small, simple and sophisticated, cute and annoying, you can find a selection of them/
Old time radio shows
"We offer hundreds of vintage radio shows for you to listen to online in mp3 format, all for free. Before the days of video games, shopping malls, MTV, and the Internet, families used to sit in their living room each night to listen to radio shows such as Abbott and Costello, Superman, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Sherlock Homes, and many others. When TV become popular in the 1950's, most of these shows went off the air, but they now live on at websites such as this one and on weekly nostalgia radio broadcasts worldwide."
Open Secrets
Who has given what money to which candidate?
Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena
Optical Illusions II


Featured Weekly Full Screen QTVR Travel the world by 360 degree interactive virtual reality panoramic images.
Here are others of Mars, Seattle, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Maui Banyan tree and San Francisco
Panormas, World Wide
What does your phone number spell?
See Klock
Possum Living
How to live well without a job
and with (almost) no money
Powers Phillips P.C.
Powers Phillips, P.C., is a small law firm located in downtown Denver, Colorado within convenient walking distance of over fifty bars and a couple of doughnut shops. Powers Phillips also maintains a small satellite office-in-exile on the cow-covered hillsides near Carbondale, Colorado, where it puts out to pasture some of its aging attorneys.
The firm is composed of lawyers from the two major strains of the legal profession, those who litigate and those who wouldn't be caught dead in a courtroom.


A collection of the best high-quality fullscreen QuickTime VR panoramas on the Internet
Quatloos is a public educational website covering a wide variety of financial scams and frauds, including wacky “prime bank” frauds, exotic foreign currency scams, offshore investment frauds, tax scams, “Pure Trust” structures and more.


Regional Accents
Harvard dialect survey
Retro Encabulator
Photo collection


Satellite Images
Satellite Tracking
Quickly and easily keep track of your favorite orbiting objects. J-Track lets you choose from a fairly large list of satellites.
Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
Sign Language
Smiles from WOPR
Solar Views
Also, from Elizabeth Bailey:
Space Imaging
Sparklines or Wordgraphs Edward Tufte
Stock Photos
Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over 50.000 quality stock photos by more than 2.500 users! Need a wallpaper for your desktop? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.
SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to the public free of charge.


Table of Condiments
That Periodically Go Bad
Ten Rules of Performance, The
Rules of programming, business, and living in general. Rule #1: Don’t assume you know anything.
Ten Technical Communication Myths
Tube Animals
Tuva Videos
Typo Generator
typoGenerator is a random generator for 'typoPosters'. a typoPoster is a poster, created from images and letters/text that doesn´t have any sense, just to look good


Celestia is a free real-time space simulation that lets you experience our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Urban Dictionary
Urban Dictionary is a slang dictionary with your definitions.
Useless Information


Vintage Eyeglasses and Spectacles

Word Oddities and Trivia
World License Plates
Worldwide statistics constantly updated
Writers Almanac
The Writer's Almanac®, a daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country. Each day's program is about five minutes long—check your local radio listings for the station and time in your area. Sign up to receive The Writer's Almanac via email every morning.
Writer's Resources


Zip Code Demonstrator
Type in a zip code one number at a time to see how zip codes are distributed in the US
Zoom Quilt
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Last edited 26 February, 2014
Links verified 18 July, 2004