The Internet allows us to communicate instantly across the globe, retrieve information at the click of a mouse, and, of course, waste precious minutes (hours?) of our lives. Here's your guide to the best online diversions to pass that lunch break or late Friday afternoon (or enable you to put off writing that paper for English class). Unless, of course, you are too busy playing Angry Birds on your iPad.
If you don't know where to start your surfing, bookmark this page and try not to get hooked. It links to dozens of miscellaneous sites for games, trivia, weird news and video clips. You can find movie reviews, online polls and the "Calorie Calculator," in case you want to know how many are in that Chipotle Burrito you are scarfing.
You know those pithy quotes and clever quips people use with their email signatures? Well, someone with a lot of time on his or her hands has collected them by the hundreds and sorted them by topic. Highlights include: "Veni, Vidi, Velcro: I came, I saw, I stuck around" and "Hermits have no peer pressure." There's nothing like a cyber proverb to spice up your most mundane email, as long as your recipient has a sense of humor.
Anagrams, the rearrangement of a word or words to form another, can help you see a word (and the world) from a whole new perspective. This site features an anagram generator that spews out all possible permutations of whatever word you enter, so you can discover that "Herman Cain" can be arranged to spell "March Inane" and "Charm Inane" and "Sarah Palin" "has lain rap." I myself am "innate zen joy."
You read the urban legend on an email chain letter, but how do you know if it's true? The "Urban Legends Reference Page" is one of the most authoritative web sites for debunking myths. The searchable site sorts stories into categories and color-codes them: green for true, red for false and yellow for unknown, and includes references. For the record, it's true that static electricity can cause gas pump fires, false that the nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is a coded reference to the Black Plague, and false that Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.
So ready, set, start wasting some time!
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