Oddorama

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!

January 28, 2008

10 of the Strangest Animal Stories of 2008 (So Far!)

Filed under: Viral Videos — Tags: , , , , , — Odds n Ends @ 10:39 pm

Why is it that strange animal stories always seem to hit at once like a pack of rabid buffalo? It has only been a month and there are already a number of incredibly bizarre animal-related news stories to kick of 2008. It’s like a zodiac year on steroids.

A swarm of 150,000,000 crabs invades an island in Northwestern Australia to mate. Each female crab lays around 100,000 eggs in the sand. They hatch at around the same time, so there might be as many as 75 trillion crabs on that island at once!

Pet Deer Runs Amok: Witnesses eating lunch Sunday at TJ’s Deli in Winston-Salem were startled when they said a woman walking a pet deer on a leash lost control of the animal, causing it to break through a window and run amok through the restaurant’s dining room.

Steaks on the Lamb: They’re searching the woods in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township for an Angus steer that bolted after it was delivered to a meat-packing business this morning. Authorities say a gate on a holding pen was inadvertently left open, allowing the more than 1,000-pound animal to escape.

Man Dies in Crocodile Orgy: Amorous crocodiles are causing so much havoc to a Papua New Guinean coastal community that authorities have ordered a cull. Police on the northern PNG island of Manus asked licensed firearm holders to form a hunting party after mating crocodiles killed one man last week.

Lizard Blood Used as Cure for Aids: Desperate people living with the HIV/Aids virus in Yumbe district, northwestern Uganda, have resorted to an ominous therapy – that of injecting themselves with blood drawn from an uncommon type of lizard.

Man Shoves Hand in Shark’s Mouth: A fisherman who survived a shark attack aboard a fishing boat off Queensland said his skipper put his hand down the shark’s throat to free his mangled leg.

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Is the Nevada Humane Society Being Racially Insensitive? The Nevada Humane Society is doing a promotion surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday called “Black Is Beautiful” where black dogs and cats are offered for adoption at a reduced rate.

California Mourns Death of Crooked Necked Giraffe: Gemina the

January 3, 2008

Unusual Equivalents: Weirdest News of the Week

Christmas Power Tools = New Years Hospitalizations: Wellington – Christmas gifts of things like power tools to New Zealanders, who are dedicated do-it-yourself home handymen, lead thousands of them to hospital, a newspaper reported on Friday. The Accident Compensation Corporation received about 10,000 claims for DIY injuries last year, of which about 2,000 were classified as moderate to serious, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Pig + Space Heater = House Fire ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A man’s effort to keep his pig warm during Wednesday night’s freeze ended up starting a fire that caused about $50,000 in damages to his St. Johns County home. Firefighters were called about 10:20 p.m. when a home on Frances Avenue caught on fire. They later learned the homeowner brought his pig onto the porch and put out a space heater to keep it warm.

Unlikely= Not Impossible: It is a tale some would say smells a bit fishy, but Kristy Brittain swears it is true. Last Friday she was kneeboarding behind a boat off Slopen Main on the Tasman Peninsula, east of Hobart, when she was tossed from her board in rough conditions. In the fall she lost a nose stud from a piercing she had done only a week before Christmas. Miss Brittain, 25, of Magra, never expected to see the tiny stud again. Enter a hungry flathead.

December 9, 2007

Michael Jackson in More Normal Company

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It’s happening (again): a high profile black man is turning white, though this case is arguably more tragic than Michael Jackson’s disputed case of vitiligo. “I’m a black man turning white on television and people can see it,” says Thomas, an anchor and entertainment reporter for the local Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate. “If you’ve watched me over the years, you’ve seen my hands completely change from brown to white” said Thomas in an interview on CNN

Think it can’t happen to you too? As it turns out, “the population incidence worldwide is considered to be between 1% and 2% (0.74% in the United States). Also known as “leukoderma” vitiligo is a bizarre “chronic skin condition that causes loss of pigment, resulting in irregular pale patches of skin.” No one knows for sure what causes this strange disease but it is suspected to be related to environmental as well as genetic factors. At least Michael now has some adults to keep him company.

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