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Online Etymology Dictionary

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

“Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.”

As a writer I fell in love with this site. But I think just about everyone can get use out of it. You can either search for a word directly via the search engine at the top of the page or you can use the alphabet located beneath it.

If… Continue reading

Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

I remember in high school the boys would have rubber band fights and I would end up getting flicked with a rubber band and in an attempt at firing back snap my finger and ended up the walking wounded. Now I’ve learned how to properly shoot rubber bands. And all from this site!

After learning the “Pistol” method of firing a rubber band I will never injure my thumb shooting… Continue reading

National Museum of Roller Skating

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

At the National Museum of Roller Skating you can learn all about the history and joy of roller skating. You’ll find that they have a nice introduction and Mission Statement. It really lets you know what they are about. Then you can scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the navigation options.

Museum Facts – This section gives you the bare bone facts of what the… Continue reading

Their Circular Life

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

You should know ahead of time that this site has sound and is a flash site. If you don’t have Macromedia Flash they have a link right on the first page that will take you to go get it.

The intro explains what the site is about but it isn’t necessary to view it to get the most out of this site. It is all about Exploring Humanity through still… Continue reading

The Planetary Society

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

This site’s claim is that they are the “largest nonprofit, nongovernmental space advocacy group on Earth.” After you see how much information they have available to you on the planets and outer space, you’ll probably agree with them.

Along the top of the page you will see the menu bar with Society Information, Publications, Planetary News, Learning Center, and Links.

The Society Information section will tell you all about the… Continue reading

Blurry Photos Gallery

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Welcome to the Blurry Photos Gallery. It’s exactly what it says it is: gallery devoted to blurry photos taken with a camera phone. Why am I bringing you this site? Well because a lot of the photos are interesting and not even all that blurry.

Here’s how the site works. You’ll see nine little squares that are thumbnails, and a big white arrow. If you scroll over the photos then… Continue reading

Shoelacing Methods

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Did you know that “on an average shoe with six pairs of eyelets, there are 1,961,990,553,600 ways to feed a shoelace though those 12 eyelets?” That was the first bit of information that caught my eye upon entering this site. If you click “2 Trillion” in that section it takes you down to the in-depth explanation.

Next you come across a yellow table talking about the Ian Knot. If you… Continue reading

World War II in Color

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Looking back over a lot of the sites we’ve run on WWII, you find a lot of black and white photos. Well now thanks to this site you can experience color photos.To get started, click on “Image Gallery” and you’ll see a plethora of options before you.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of black and white photography and I feel that those kinds of pictures can… Continue reading

Implosion World

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

I can’t believe this site exists or that it is so phenomenally put together! Join me at Implosion World, a site that brings you “the explosive demolition industry’s worldwide source for news and information on building implosions, blowdowns and all other types of structural blasting projects.”

Here you can find the sections Recent Projects, Photo Gallery, Blasts from the Past, Implosion LIVE, and World Records. Then in the Entertaining and… Continue reading

Keyboard Sumo

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Now here is fun site to while some time away when you’re with a buddy. Had a dispute over what flavor of ice cream is better? Or maybe who should do those nightly chores like taking out the trash? Sick of your kids arguing? Well you could settle it with some Keyboard Sumo.

What’s Keyboard Sumo? Well it’s Sumo Wrestling from the comfort of your home and you are in… Continue reading


Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

This site is a “godsend”. You can discover the gods worshipped in many cultures from the ancient Aztecs to the Norse Gods to the ever famous Egyptian and Greek gods—you’ll find them all here with great descriptions.

You may choose to start browsing from the side bar menu of Pantheons. Here you choose a pantheon and then you get taken to that pantheon’s page. You’ll get an introduction to the… Continue reading

Best of Hubble

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Have you ever wondered what kind of pictures the Hubble Space Telescope has been taking all these years? Well now you can see some of the best photos (some even with explanatory text) in a very nifty slide show. You’ll need a flash player to view this but it is well worth it.

The photos I liked the most were:

The Helix Nebula – It shows the remnants of an… Continue reading

Mass Moments

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

“On January 1, 2005, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities launched the Mass Moments project—a daily almanac of Massachusetts history. Throughout 2005, radio listeners and Internet users will find a different story every day about events and people in the recorded history of Massachusetts.”

If you have questions about how the site is set up you should check into the “About” section which goes through a full description of the… Continue reading

Eye on Science

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Well the first option you are going to want to make is to view the site in English. (Unless you read German, in that case you can choose Deutsch.) This site is best viewed at Full Screen. You can use the keyboard shortcut of F11 to make you browser Full Screen. Press F11 again if you need your page back at regular viewing size.

Eye of Science is a site… Continue reading

Groom 411

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

This is your guide to the good, bad and ugly of being a groom. It’s about making your wedding, or your son’s wedding, or heck even your grandson’s wedding easier to manage.

Here you can learn the Groom’s responsibilities. I mean what exactly is the Groom supposed to pay for? There is whole section here that breaks it down into who is expected to pay for what in a traditional… Continue reading


Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Welcome to the International Database and Gallery of Structures called “Structurae”. What is this site about? Well, their introduction tells it all nicely so I’ll share it with you:

“This site offers you information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world. Our documentation begins at the time of the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction, continues to Romanesque and Gothic churches… Continue reading


Wednesday, March 9th, 2005


This site is remarkably easy to use—just set the decade you want to visit from 1900 to 2000 with the up and down arrows, and click GO.

You will then Time-Warp to the decade you choose. Use your mouse to scroll over the pictures of the technology; phones, radios, record… Continue reading

Today’s Front Pages

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

What does this site have to offer? “372 front pages from 39 countries presented alphabetically.” The nice thing is that it is also very easy to use. The pages are listed alphabetically and you just scroll over them with your mouse to see it larger on the side, and if you click it you can get it full size. For more you simply click “View More Pages”.

But better yet… Continue reading

The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

What does T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. stand for? Well to answer your question, it stands for “Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations”. Basically Twinkie experiments. There are seven experiments in all.

Resistivity Test — “To test the resistivity of a Twinkie, a 110V standard AC household current was run across it.” This was an interesting test that seemed to prove that twinkies pass no current at all. For more details check… Continue reading

Bar Code Art

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

This is a site dedicated to the art of Scott Blake who makes fascinating portraits, art, and such from bar codes. It is broken down into four main sections—Portraits, Digital: Video and Interactive, Analog: Paintings and Collages, and Other Art.

Portraits — is exactly what it says: portraits of cultural icons using bar codes.

Digital: Video and Interactive — This section is broken down into more sections within itself. Here… Continue reading


Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

So what’s a site called Cardstacker about? Well it is Bryan Berg’s page—he holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards and in 2004, “Guinness created a new record category for the World’s Largest House of Cards to recognize a project Berg built for Walt Disney World—a replica of Cinderella’s Castle. He continues to hold both records.”

Here you can read all about Bryan Berg in… Continue reading

Pirate Soul

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Welcome to a museum like very few you’ve had the opportunity to hear of. Pirate Soul is a museum dedicated to the history of Pirates!

We’ll start our journey in the History section which includes Origins, Notable Pirates, Pirate Life, Plunder, Map, and Resources.

The Map is a great way to learn information about the places that pirates lived in, sailed to, and plundered. Click a topic above the map… Continue reading

American Field Guide

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

I suggest everyone reads the “About AFG” section because it really tells you what all went into making this site possible. They’ve collected data from over 30 stations across the country to bring you this site.

Animals — in this section you can choose from, you guessed it, what animals you would like to learn about. They are broken down into subtopic categories like mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians… Continue reading

Google Maps

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

I know we’ve brought you map sites before, but now I’ve found one that is so useful you’ll have to bookmark it. I’ve already used it about a dozen times to find places I need to go to or just places I want to check out.

Not only is it useful, but it is easy to use too. I highly recommend that you take the tour located at the bottom… Continue reading

Google Fight

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

This site is really cool! Put in any two keywords and have them duke it out. How do they win? Well, this site searches to see how many listings there are for the words and then the one with the most wins the fight.

I put in tea vs. coffee and coffee won with a grand total of 53,500,000 results to tea’s measly 37,200,000.

You can also check out the… Continue reading

Gardening for Pleasure

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Now isn’t it odd that I’m bringing you a cool site about gardening in the middle of winter? Well this site comes from Australia, and it is the middle of summer down under! So let’s all of us get out of the cold and enjoy this site!

Experience the beauty of Australian plants from the comfort of your computer chair. And let me tell you these are real beauties! From… Continue reading

What’s for Dinner?

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

This is more than just a recipe site. The goal is to help you make dinner time family time.

At What’s For Dinner you’ll find a different meal that you can make every day, and you get the shopping list for what you need to make it. Just click the link for “Today” under “Meals” and you’ll be whisked to the next page. On this page you’ll find a photo… Continue reading

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