"Unconventional Contrivances and Machina Arcana"
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Confused about the world and its workings? Forget evolution, dismiss the goofy "Intelligent Design Theory", and embrace Pastafarianism! ;o)
"Corporate" album covers
Found this discussion thread showing examples of what some well-known album covers might look like if they were taken over by Big Business. (warning: graphics-intensive. May take a while to load...)
Oolong the rabbit
Oolong the rabbit wore things on his head, and his Japanese owner took photos. Oolong has since passed away (due to old age, not a sore head), but his owner now has a another rabbit named Yuebing ("rice cake"). The site is mainly in Japanese, but just click on the date links for the photos.
Most folks who are into bikes probably already know this site. For those that don't, Sheldon Brown has become an Internet cycling guru of sorts. A very informative reference site for anyone who rides a bike.
From the website: "Wikipedia is a multilingual "copyleft" encyclopedia designed to be read and edited by anyone. It is collaboratively edited and maintained by thousands of users via wiki software, and is hosted and supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation."
More fun with Flash animation. Listen to Dubya lie, make him choke on a pretzel!
Fun with Flash animation. My favourites are the punk kittens...
Remember Apple's ad campaign for their colourful iMac computers? This parody site takes it in a different direction... (And check out the "print ads" link at the bottom of their page.)
(Oct. '05: The old link for this one died, but I just found it at another site.) This one's quite goofy. Wait for the page to load, and you'll see four horse-type characters in front of a fence. Click on each one to hear its vocal part (you turn them off by clicking a second time). The big trick is to start them each at just the right time (usually clicking just a head of the mian beat form the first horse) so that they are in sync with each other. On the other hand, you can just click each one at random times for fun and frolic.
"Breaking News and Views for the Progressive community". Pro-Bush, pro-war types might not like this site...
"Infiltration offers a mix of the practice and theory of urban exploration in areas not designed for public usage. This site is the online companion of the paper zine about going places you're not supposed to go." The articles on site were written pre-9/11, so perhaps the security issues he talks about have changed somewhat since then... Still, a very neat site!
International Language Translator
Translate the text of most foreign-language websites! Or even just enter plain text and get a translation back. (Perhaps over time we'll all be able to understand each other?)
From their site: "YOU BUY WADDED UP PAPER NOW!!!!!"
From their site: "We are a group of alternative energy enthusiasts who want to spread the message that It's EASY to make your own power FROM SCRATCH!".
Mortal Coil Performance Society
"Mortal Coil's work captures the imagination with extraordinary costumes, compelling dance, stilts, drumming, and other-worldly vocal harmonies." I haven't seen this group perform, but I really like their concept!
OK, so for once I'm not linking to a silly or absurd site. I've found that essential oils can have a profound effect on one's mood and well-being. This guide is very thorough, and has a list of the oils and their most relevant properties, such as "source", "aroma type", "traditional use", "blends well with" etc. Have a look...
One of those cool sites one comes across during Net travels. TomatoNation is brought to you by New York City writer Sarah Bunting. She's opinionated, highly literate, and funny as hell. Some of her writings (esp. about her cats) will make you laugh out loud, so take care not to have a mouthful of your favourite beverage while reading, as your computer won't appreciate the fine spray...
This one is a fave! The link above will take you to their "Slightly Less Common Latin Phrases" list, but there are many others, such as "More Telemarketer Tormenting Strategies" and "Just imagine if the following people got married". Browse the site and have fun!
With such spoof stories and articles as "Astronomers Admit They Made Neptune Up", and "Surgeon General: 'Americans Have Gigantic Fat Asses'", this "News" site always makes me smile!
Take the Kingdomality test, and find out what type of person you would have been in those days of old, when knights were bold, etc. etc....
"This site is meant as a platform for communication for all those who are interested in alternative ways of locomotion.... The future of human amplified walking has already started. "
Want to know how a digital camera works? How about a clothes dryer or car engine? This site gives you the scoop on how things do their thing.
"DotORGGirl Celebrates Obscurity". You've heard of the DotCom Guy, who's goal is to never go out, and order all his stuff over the Net? Well, meet DotOrgGirl. (My friend Nancy gets to have fun speaking in the 3rd person.)
"Introducing the STADIUM PAL - An UNDETECTABLE MALE LEG BAG."
(Umm, you'll just have to go and see for yourself. There's got to be a market for a female version...)
Jan. 05 update: Now there IS a female version!
"Constructor animates and edits two-dimensional models made out of masses and springs."