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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!

February 22, 2008

10 Cubicles that are Cooler than Yours (1 that isn’t)

After hearing “You forgot to put the Cover Page on on the TPS report” a hundred times, the inhabitants of cubicle world need to have a little fun. They practically live in these 8 X 8 boxes so everyone needs to add a little of that little touch of home.

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Speaking of home. What could turn your cubicle into a little piece of home then having your own shitter in your space. What it lacks in privacy it makes up for in proximity

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And I thought the windmill was hard. That’s some pretty tough pin placement

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Somewhere there is a leg lamp being shipped that’s very light on packaging. If they really wanted to impress me, they should have filled the thing with crumbled up packing foam. Possibly the hardest material in the world to clean up.

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Hey Buddy, George Castanza called, he wants his idea back.

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You have to get in early to get the best cubicle in the place.

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And they said office romance was dead.

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And they said boredom was just a state of mind.

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One fried motherboard while replacing some RAM and John takes it a little too far

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I wonder who they like better? The other guys gets his cubicle filled with packing peanuts and Sergie’s gets filled with all the office trash and used toilet paper.

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The full length poster of Clay Aiken was the first sign but the Gingerbread cubicle confirmed everyone’s thoughts about Fred.

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I get this because I too do some of my best work on the pot

February 14, 2008

7 of the World’s Weirdest Conspiracy Theories

We’ve all heard by now the one about the faked moon landing, that Azerbaijan doesn’t even exist or that the government manipulates the water supply to keep us drugged, right? What you might not have heard is that some people attribute John Lennon’s death to Stephen King or that we are controlled by aliens or bar codes, possibly both.

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According to one theorist who has written a short book on the subject, Nixon, Reagan and (for good measure) Stephen King were involved in the murder of John Lennon: “… government codes in major magazines, Including the killers face, and true identity. Mark Chapman’s name attached to a letter to the editor printed weeks before the murder and more that proves a Nixon, Reagan, and yes, Stephen King conspiracy.”

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The War of the Worlds broadcast that panicked the populace nearly a century ago was not just a humorous hoax but was instead a controlled psychological experiment: “… what has been

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 24, 2008

The Ongoing Internet War on Scientology

Filed under: Bloody Bizarre,Loads of Links — Tags: , , , , — Odds n Ends @ 5:42 am

Well, it had to happen eventually: the seemingly mighty Church of Scientology finally upset the wrong people and those people have responded in force. Here’s a breakdown of the latest news in the war between Scientology and hackers:

A hacking group calling itself “Anonymous” has posted a chilling video on the internet, announcing that it plans to “dismantle” the Church of Scientology.

Wired.com reports that Anonymous has flooded Scientology servers with a distributed denial of service attack, is choking the Church’s phone lines with prank calls and sending looped faxes of solid black pages.

“Over the years, we have been watching you — your campaigns, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye,” a synthesized voice on the video tells “leaders of Scientology”.-= Anonymous

And from Gawker Media:

Tom Cruise has personally, PERSONALLY, been pwned. This weekend, an anonymous Internet group (named Anonymous

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