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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

WHT Map and panographies

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005


World Heritage Tour is dedicated to preserving the heritage of people all over the world through multimedia and to bringing awareness to countries at the benefit of tourism. “Independent travel is one of the most powerful forces for tolerance, understanding and democracy the world has.”

“The WHTour is creating a documentary and educational image bank of printable panographies and online virtual tours for all sites registered as… Continue reading

Kids Health

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Kid’s Health for Kids

This health site for kids is not only a great idea, it’s well put together. One of my favorite sections is “What to Do if You Don’t Like School”. I wish that I had access to it when my sister was going to school. It really picks apart the reasons why a child may not like going to school and what they can do about… Continue reading

Merck Manuals

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Merck Manuals

Basically this site has all of the Merck Manuals available online for free, which means a lot of medical information you can use to make informed decisions. You can access two reference books for patients and caregivers, The Merck Manual Second Home Edition and The Merck Manual of Health and Aging.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, and the Merck Manual… Continue reading

The History of Snoopy

Monday, September 26th, 2005

The History of Snoopy

A favorite comic strip in America since 1950, I bring you the history of Peanuts. Debuting in seven papers on October 2nd of that year, for over 50 years Peanuts has delighted and entertained readers worldwide. This site contains Last Strips, Timeline, Charles Schulz Tribute, and Home of Charles Schulz.

In the Timeline section, find out how it all happened. See the first strip… Continue reading


Monday, September 26th, 2005


This site contains over 900 vintage Chinese propaganda posters and is an interesting historical lesson about events in China from the 1960’s to 1980’s. These vintage posters have a strange amount of charm. So let’s enjoy the art and historical perspective.

“It was said, that the major elements of the Daqing Spirit were the Three Togethers (eat together, live together and labour together) and the “Iron Man… Continue reading

Howdy Doody Time

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Howdy Doody Online Show

“It’s Howdy Doody Time!” My memories of the show Howdy Doody come from my mom’s stories, but I was thrilled when I found this part of the history of children’s television. Some of you can revisit it, and for those of you like me who have never seen it, you can discover it now online.

Howdy’s History: This page includes an audio track and sections… Continue reading

United States Newspapers

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Do you have relatives in another state? Are you thinking of moving? Do you want to see what’s happening in your out-of-state college student’s city? Wonder how a national news event was covered by the home front? Have you moved recently and want to stay in touch with events in your old town?

Well, this is place to do that. If you are moving, this is a great way to… Continue reading

Painting the Weather

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This site is a fun jaunt into art based on weather conditions, and it’s very easy to navigate. From the home page, just click on the type of weather you want to see in the Choose a Symbol box and view all the art for that type of weather.

Once you have chosen a symbol, the site displays a listing of art with thumbnails. Choose the one you want to… Continue reading

Common Place

Friday, September 16th, 2005

“Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks–and listens–to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. Common-place is a common place for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American… Continue reading

The Science of Gardening

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This site is amazing. Not just because of the videos, but because you really do learn the science of gardening.

Feed — This section has two videos: one about how carnivorous plants work and one about a garden in California and compost tea. They are both really interesting; you won’t be disappointed. This section also contains the interactive area called Garden Variety about the history of food and an article… Continue reading

The President’s Challenge

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

“It only takes a small change. Instead of telling yourself you can’t, tell yourself you can. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President’s Challenge can help motivate you to improve.”

I was scared of this site at first! As an adult who is fighting to get back in… Continue reading

Energy Fiend

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Well, an interesting title like that makes you wonder what the site is about! You can find caffeine-related information here, as well as blogger-style updates and articles.

They did a study linking caffeine and obesity. You can read about that here. Are you ready for the fun part of the site? Click “Death By Caffeine”. Start by picking your poison — your

Poker Tips

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

“This web site offers various tips and techniques for playing poker, both for the beginner playing for the first time, as well as the advanced player looking for new ideas.”

I have a vague idea of how to play poker and have a hard time keeping things straight in my head when I’m playing with real cards. Give me video poker or

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