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Cool Site: Word Count

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Word Count

While I found this site fascinating and a fun way to waste some time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it. Then I headed to their about section and found that they had already done so.

“WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is… Continue reading

Cool Site: Geological Time

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

I have to admit, I really love well-put-together sites, and this one is simply beautiful. This site is an excellent source of information on the different time periods of the earth.

The time line at the top of the page has the controls Zoom In, Zoom Out, and a drag bar that can move the time line. At first, only the earliest stages will be readable and the ones near… Continue reading

Cool Site: Kids Newsroom

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Kids Newsroom

“ provides children with a safe, kid-friendly Internet site loaded with stories, pictures, contests and opportunities for learning. Each week, a new issue is added to the site with the latest news in sports, music & entertainment, health, history, local events and happenings around the world, all designed with kids in mind!”

This site is great for kids, especially for in-classroom use. At the top of the… Continue reading

Cool Site: Messenger

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005


The Messenger Mission focuses on answering six questions about the planet Mercury.

Why Mercury? This section goes over the six questions that scientists hope to answer about the planet Mercury. This was very interesting reading and explained a great deal about how the Earth works as well. There are great images that help explain the answers. I really loved the chunk of meteorite.

The Mission explains how Messenger… Continue reading

Cool Site: MyPyramid

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

My Pyramid

We all tend to want to get healthier and eat better. With My Pyramid you can figure out where your eating habits already are and start from there. I do not eat healthy. My idea of dieting is eating what I want in the right portions and drinking less pop. I also tend to skip meals (both breakfast and lunch, depending on the day). I’m a picky… Continue reading

Cool Site: Remember the Milk

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Remember the Milk

I make lists for everything, from what I need to get done for WorldStart to house chores to grocery lists. When I found this site I was delighted! So after checking out the Learn More link, I readily signed up. It’s free!

This is a very thorough planner and list maker. The first screen you see when you sign up and log in is the Overview… Continue reading

Cool Site: Churchill and the Great Republic

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Churchill and the Great Republic

“This exhibition examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States–the nation he called ‘the great Republic’.” This site commemorates the 40 year anniversary of his death and the sixty year anniversary of the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

After reading the About The Exhibition section, I was excited… Continue reading

Cool Site: Pumpkin Carving

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Pumpkin Carving

Here you will not only learn how to carve pumpkins, but you will also find some really nifty pumpkin carving patterns to use this year. You’ll find the navigation on the side menu. Let’s get started.

The first section we come across is Pumpkin Carving History. Here you can learn the history of carving jack-o-lanterns and how it all got started.

Next is Choosing Your Pumpkins. The… Continue reading

Cool Site: Sunrise, Sunset

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Sunrise, Sunset

Do you depend on the time that the sun rises or sets? Well get yourself a Sunrise, Sunset calendar specifically for where you live, or where you are going to be. This is great for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, truck drivers, star gazers, and many more. Plus, it’s just plain neat.

Start by choosing your City, Month, and Year. Example: Toledo, October, 2005.

My… Continue reading

Cool Site: Drug Identifier

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Drug Identifier

**Special disclaimer. Worldstart takes no responsibility and accepts no liability for your use of the information on the linked site. This site review is not meant to replace the advice of a physician.**

I have a bottle on my medicine shelf that is just full of random little pills. I have no idea what some of them are. While I was sick I decided to check… Continue reading

Cool Site: Daily OM

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

The Daily OM

“Welcome to Daily OM, the daily source for nurturing your mind, body & spirit. Every weekday, Daily OM will send you inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day.”

I start every day out at this site, well, except on Saturdays when I sleep in. It is a great way to get your mind focused and let some of those niggling worries slip away.

You… Continue reading

Outhouses of America Tour cool site

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Outhouses of America Tour

Today we prove that there is a website out there dedicated to everything. Surprisingly, there is a lot of great free site content here. Just scroll down past the commercial stuff and we will start our tour with the navigation area. This site is divided into categories: Definitions, Trivia etc., Real Outhouses, Models & Miscellaneous, Drawings and Funny Postcards, and An Exploding Outhouse.

The Definitions… Continue reading

Kitten Break cool site (and puppies, too!)

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Kitten Break

Sometimes life is stressful. It’s just a fact of life that at some point you are going to be stressed out. Some of us turn to our pets to help us de-stress; I know I do. There’s nothing like playing ball with my cats and dogs to help me relax. But when you’re at work, you can’t just go home as soon as you are stressed out… Continue reading

Rat Lab cool site

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Rat Lab

This non-profit website spreads the joy of science to folks considering a career in science and those who are simply curious about how the world works.

My favorite section is the Top Pages area. Under this heading you will find links to so many great how-to, experiment, and answers that it deserves to be mentioned first. For example in this area you can find out how to… Continue reading

Spaceship Radio

This site hosts a show that plays public domain Sci/Fi radio plays from the 1940’s and 1940’s.

You’ll find the latest show in the series at the top of the front page. Below that is the news and recent articles. Click Listen Now to listen to the episode, err, now! :) Clicking this link will download the file into your browser and then play it. You… Continue reading

Turning the Pages cool site

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Turning the Pages

Check out 14 great books in this gallery presented by the British Library. What will you find here? Leonardo’s Notebook, Jane Austen’s Early Work, The Original Alice, and those are just the featured sections. I clicked into Leonardo’s Notebook first and waited for it to load.

Let me say it right up front: this site is one of the more technology-demanding sites I’ve brought to… Continue reading

Useless Information cool site

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Useless Information

Have you ever wondered how Q-Tips got their name? Want to find out how Band-Aids come from Listerine? What would you do if you were President for a day? Well, you can do that at this site.

I have to admit that I fell in love with this site and spent a good two hours of my day just reading the articles. The slogan of this site is… Continue reading

HELP: Impartial Information for Older Adults

“Helping People Meet Aging-Related Legal and Care Challenges.” This site can answer your and your love ones’ questions regarding Financial, Legal, Care, End-of-Life, Consumer, Medi-Cal, and General.

From planning your retirement to dealing with your property taxes, the financial section has all the information you need to make smart decisions.

The H.E.L.P. legal pages have information and advice on issues relating to power… Continue reading

Find a Human cool site

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Find a Human

One of the most annoying things when calling customer service these days is not being able to get a hold of a human being. I get sick of listening to recorded voices telling me what to press and when without answering the question I called to ask. Well, if you live in the USA this site offers some relief. It lists companies such as banks… Continue reading

Fiery Foods?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Fiery Foods

This site has practically everything that you could possibly need to know about fiery foods and barbecue. In the middle of the home page, there is all the latest news, articles, and recipes. With the navigation on both the top and the side menu there is a lot to visit and absorb.

In the side menu, you will find the sections What’s Hot, Departments, Show Reservations, Magazine… Continue reading

Kids Do Ecology

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Kids Do Ecology

Ecology was taught when I was in school, but we never really got in depth with it. Now kids can, with the help of this site.

Learn about Ecology explains what ecology is, what careers they could have as an ecologist, experiment pages, and Frequently Asked Questions.

World Biomes. I’ll be honest. I had no idea what a biome is, let alone who studied it… Continue reading

Play With Your Mind

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Play With Your Mind

It’s been a while since I’ve found such a great, free interactive game site to share with you. There are paid memberships, but you don’t need it to play the games. The free registration gives you access to the high score tables.

There are lots of different categories of games: Logic, Word, Typing, Focus, Memory, Mouse, Math, Search, Card, and Other.

In the Typing… Continue reading

Making the Modern World

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Making the Modern World

“Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives.”I found this explanation in the About Us section near the bottom of the page.

You’ll find the navigation of the site on the tabs across the top under… Continue reading

Soul Food Online

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Soul Food Online

Most of us love our mom or dad’s cooking; both of my parents are great cooks. The first time you try to make your favorite dish that they’d lovingly prepared over the years, you may have realized (like I did) that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. After some botched attempts and a lot of time on the phone asking my mom questions, I finally… Continue reading

Do Something

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Do Something

“Do Something inspires, supports, and celebrates young people changing their world.” Lots of children want to help their peers in other locations but don’t know how. This wonderful site gives them ideas on how to help. Besides looking great on your child’s college application many years down the road, a recent survey of students and teachers found:

91% said Do Something increases self-confidence
61% said Do… Continue reading

Simply Fired: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

This site hosts a monthly contest for outrageous stories about job loss, whether you call it getting fired, laid off, or downsized. August’s most amazing stories can be found under the Winners tab. Could you imagine being fired from your office over a leftover slice of pizza? Balloon animals? Mishearing the word “microfilm”?

It’s all happened to somebody out there, and now… Continue reading

Clever Caption

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Clever Caption

There are a lot of humorous pictures out there on the internet. At Clever Caption, you can not only see them but read captions that people have made for them. You could send in your own funny picture or make a caption for pictures already on the site. Either way, this site is a heck of a lot of fun.

On the Home Page you will find… Continue reading

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