Links to Sites More Interesting Than This One
Reference, entertaining, personal and just plain weird
Urban Legend Reference Pages
Before sending a chain letter to me and 700 of your closest pals
about how sending the "It Takes Guts To Forward The Needless
Markup Cookie Recipe" to ten of your future ex-friends in the
next five seconds will cause the Taco Hell dog to hop across the
screen and cut out Bill Gates' kidneys with a free Noika cell phone,
go to this site and type the subject of the email into the search
engine. After you find out it's a hoax, forward the snopes link
back to whoever sent you the thing in the first place instead.
The site also has a message board whose participants often research
budding ULs that have yet to be thoroughly debunked. Needless to
say, I am a rather active participant. Occasionally small groups
of these people (referred to as Snopesters) get together in real
life (usually with disastrous results for the restaurant involved).
Photos of our most recent gathering can be found here.
Google Groups (current web home
Before there was a web, the primary source of content on the internet
was the USENET newsgroups. Google bought the Deja News archives
and now supplies the content of USENET dating back to 1994 for free.
If you have a problem with your program, your computer, your car,
your cat, your colon or your love life, chances are that somebody
before you has asked the same question, and that somebody else has
answered it on USENET somewhere.
NOTE: USENET basically consists of tens of thousands of message
boards, so the chances are that somebody else has given a completely
wrong answer to your problem as well. Caveat Emptor
The Word Detective
Good for debunking word origin legends ("Did you know that
"cop" once stood for "constable on patrol" and
that "posh" came from "port out,starboard home"
on ocean cruises?") The
Word Origins Site is a useful reference as well.
Word To Word
Most comprehensive Babelfish-like translation site I've found (though
it's not a translation site as much as it's a list of links to other
translation sites). If you need to look up a curse word in Afrikaans
or Urdu, or tell somebody in Turkish that you're not a hot 18 year
old girl, you need to bookmark this site (and if you have no idea
why one would need to do any of these things, go peruse the cricket
site linked below)
University of Michigan
If repeated debunkings from snopes.com don't get through to your
personal chain letter forwarder, try replying with the responses
on this site. If nothing else, they'll delete your email address
from their machine and you'll never have to hear fromthem again.
The Definitive Cricket Site
If you think I'm a tiresome cricket bore, check out the CricInfo
site. Anything anybody could ever think anybody might want to know
about the game of cricket is on this site. If nothing else, this
site will prove that I'm not making up all the outlandish, confusing
stories I tell about following cricket.
Sydney Morning Herald
This does for my stories about Australia what the Cricinfo site
does for my stories about cricket (either confirm them or make them
seem mild by comparison)
Britney Spears' Guide
To Semiconductor Physics
I'm totally serious. Good place to look up density of states equations
while downloading pictures of Britney standing in front of a Metal-Organic
Chemical Vapour Deposition device.
If a fundie insists on beating you over the head with how the King
James Version of the Bible is 100% literally true, check out this
site. Regardless of how you feel about his conclusions, his research
is quite thorough.
(If said fundie can't seem to understand why you don't want to be
"witnessed" to, send him/her over to read the parable entitled Kissing
Ellison Webderland -
Harlan Ellison's official site
If you've never read anything by Harlan Ellison, drop everything
you're doing, go over to this site, find examples of his work and
read any of the sample savailable. His stories are roller coaster
rides set in print.
T.R. & Co.
A guy who's been my friend for close to forever has been a sci-fi
fan for longer than that, and has been drawing cartoons about it
for nearly as long. This is his website. If you've ever been involved
in organised fandom, his comics will make perfect sense.
Another friend's site. If you figure out
a good way to describe it, please let me know. A sorta-spoof conspiracy
site, in a Robert Anton Wilson sort of way. Definitely entertaing,
regardless of whethe ror not you figure out what it's talking about.
Still another friend's site. This is a good archive/repository
for a BBC radio game show that 99% of you have never heard of called
Just A Minute (said 99% including myself, until he told me about
it).Teddiby British and teddiby funny.
Australian version of The Onion, which an emphasis on sport (as
required by law in Australia)
And, of course, no link list would be complete without The