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March 7, 2008

The World’s Largest Natural Mirror

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Imagine a nearly perfect mirror surface spread across the Earth stretching out miles in every direction. Sounds like something right out of Alice’s Wonderland but Salar de Uyuni is very very real. When covered with a thin sheet of water, this 4,000+ square-mile salt flat creates a stunning reflection of everything above it.

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Over 40,000 years ago this part of Bolivia was a prehistoric lake. Today, the area is home to a smattering of flamingos, some tourist hotels (including a salt hotel) and and an estimated 10 billion tons of salt. Just imagine getting lost in this surrealistic environment! More below and at Neatorama, Sarifb and Fogonazos

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March 3, 2008

233 Unusual and/or Useful Websites You Should Know

[Correction: Thanks to a reader tip we're now up from 93 to 233!]

Looking for something but you aren’t sure just what it is? Sometimes a search engine just isn’t enough if you have no real idea of what you’re searching for. With that in mind, here are 93 233 great sites for finding all kinds of things online from the useful and unusual to the bizarre and obscure.

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Since this is OddOrama after all let’s start with the weird (and somewhat more obvious) ones and work from there. These sites are all worth seeing if you haven’t already: Cracked, Dark Roasted Blend, Deputy Dog, Digg’s Offbeat News Section, Grow a Brain, Miss Cellania, Neatorama, The Presurfer, WebUrbanist, National Geographic’s Weird News Section. Know a few of these? That’s alright, these lists get more obscure as you go – with many that may be less entertaining but make up for it by being strangely useful!

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MakeUseOf likewise has a two-part series with 40 usual websites you should know and 40 more. Many of these are far more useful if also more obscure. Some of them serve a single function you might never have thought you needed but that could prove useful once you know it exists. These are perhaps more geeky and functional in general, but haven’t you always wanted fast-and-easy disposable logins for popular websites or even free disposable phone numbers?

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WebUpon has a two-part series featuring 9 websites you should know and 9 more along the same lines. The emphasis here is on semi-useful niche sites you may not have heard of. Some choice ones from the second (and arguably more interesting) list include a textbook rental site, local venue reviews and a bizarre community-based lending program.

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ACleverCookie’s list of 7 clever websites you should know about truly does have strange and unheard of sites, including ones that help you find older versions of programs you use, discover local happenings in your area or even find out who is sick in your area. Some are more useful than others but they’re all pretty interesting and even more obscure than those on some of these other lists.

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DailyBits has a more targeted list of 18 undiscovered gaming websites you should know that serve a variety of functions from highly specific game-related sites to more general resources. If you’re a gamer this is a must-bookmark article. The list includes all kinds of freeware, cheat, gaming trivia and history for pretty much every kind of game geek.

 

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And to top it off, here are 100 more useful ones from LifeHacker.biz. Know of more? That’s what comments are for!

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