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360 Essentials: Top Ten Time-Wasting Websites

360 Essentials: Top Ten Time-Wasting Websites
    written by
    Melissa Howell

    So you love surfing the web, finding videos of babies b iting their sibling’s fingers,
    fawning over pictures of ‘the cutest puppy ever,’ or what have you. We’ve
    compiled a list of some our favourite websites to waste time on– when you’re
    not at work of course. Time flies; so start wasting!

    FAIL Blog: If you’re the kind of person that can’t tear your eyes away from a
    trainwreck; FAIL blog is for you. Hilarious mishaps, well-intentioned
    disasters, and unfortunate slips of the tongue are documented and posted on
    this user-generated-content site. We occasionally suffer pangs of guilt
    about laughing at these debacles, but that is nothing compared to the pain that
    we get in our stomach from laughing so hard. A warning to all: most of
    FAIL blog’s content is video. Even if you have a set of headphones, don’t
    think for a minute that you can watch these clips discretely at work. They can hear you laughing from the street. 

    The Onion: News junkies with a sense of humour love The Onion’s brand of intelligence. 
    An extension of the printed publication, The Onion claims to be ‘America’s
    Finest News Source,’ and who are we to argue?  Spoofing all the newsworthy
    essentials, the extensive site features politics, economy, entertainment, world
    and local news. Just remember, like with any other trusted news source;
    take their stories with a grain of salt. 

    Awkward
    Family Photos
    : This site is exactly how it sounds: filled with the most embarrassing
    moments from thousands of childhoods.  If you’ve ever stood
    shoulder-to-shoulder in matching polka-dot outfits with your siblings, you may
    have the perfect photo to submit. Many photos are submitted by someone in the
    image, so we don’t feel too bad about laughing at bygone fashion and
    uncomfortable moments with the in-laws.   

    Zynga: Satisfy the gamer in you at Zynga. The social network game developer is
    responsible for a slew of games such as Mafia Wars, Café World, and Texas
    Hold’Em; keeping Facebook members occupied for hours. However, consider
    yourself warned; some of the advertisers that you’ll find on Zynga have been
    accused of some shady activity; so as always, be savvy about giving out your personal
    information to these sites. 

    Urban
    Dictionary
    : Broaden your vocabulary at Urban Dictionary, which has five million
    definitions of some of the best slang in the English language. Not your average
    Merriam-Webster, this dictionary provides user-generated definitions straight
    from the street. Our personal favourite use of this website is to find
    out what the names of our friends really mean.

    Trend Hunter: What’s all the buzz about?  Find out first at Trend Hunter.  Let
    the hunters do the hard work, while you browse the pages of micro-trends in the
    world of business, fashion, art and design and much more. With daily
    updates, you’ll have your hipster friends coming to you for news on the next
    big thing. Developed by Jeremy Gutsche, who is widely respected for his
    ability to spot what’s going to be hot, you can’t go wrong by spending a coffee
    break or two at this site. 

    Cracked: Cracked.com claims to be ‘America’s Only Humour and Video Site since 1958,’
    which is a bold-faced lie…sort of. Originally a printed publication in
    1958, Cracked was modelled after Mad Magazine. Recent decades of low readership
    prompted the switch to their online venue. And although they aren’t the
    onlyhumour site, Cracked may be the only humor site that you’ll ever
    visit again. Their highly addictive articles often poke fun at our
    collective misinterpretation of history. The immense number of droll ’bet you
    didn’t know‘ pieces will keep you laughing and learning for hours on end.

    Rafael Rozendaal: Artist and webpage designer Rafael Rozendaal is responsible for Internet
    treasures such as ’jello time‘ and ’deep black hole.’ His main page links to
    dozens of individual websites of the simple pleasure persuasion. Some
    sites are interactive – scroll over the image or click and drag an object–
    while others are simply great for sitting and watching while letting your mind
    wander. 

    Dangerous Minds: The policy behind this eclectic website’s quirky, thought-provoking posts is
    very simply, ’take it or leave it.’ Everything from socially innovative ideas
    and pop-culture musings to unreleased songs find a place in this hotbed of the
    new and interesting. You may not agree with everything posted on Dangerous
    Minds, and frankly neither do they.  However, the idea here is that in our
    ever-changing world, innovative thought is presented for your
    consideration.The site prides itself on its intelligent, attractive
    readership, and who doesn’t love being reminded that they are brainy and
    beautiful; so jump on the bandwagon of Dangerous Minds. 

    StumbleUpon: Perfect for jaded websters,
    StumbleUpon brings the surprise back to your surf.  Go to the site,
    download the toolbar and set up some personal preferences about what you want
    to see on the web. Every time you click on the Stumble button, you will
    be brought to a different webpage.With options to ’like‘ or ’dislike‘
    each page, the application adapts accordingly and specialises the Stumbles just
    for you. You have the option of further narrowing your stumbles to pictures
    or videos or stumbling through websites such as news sources and
    Wikipedia. Seriously, we don’t know how we ever surfed the Internet
    without it.

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