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Other websites...you love, hate or can't do without!
Date: 05/02/09, updated on 04/06/12 (166 review reads)
Advantages: If you have a boring job, there is more to life than just Facebook
Disadvantages: Lots more shopping temptation... sorry!
I couldn't stop with my top ten! I kept thinking of more to tell you about....
This is the definitive guide to every urban myth you have ever heard (and a couple of true ones, too.) This website deserves to become an international phenomenon, if only to curb the spread of those annoying emails that get forwarded so often. You know the kind - they are either a list of amazing "facts" (Yeah, of COURSE ducks' quacks don't echo. What could be more logical?) or dire warnings, of computer viruses ("DON'T OPEN THAT EMAIL!") or the latest crime craze sweeping the nation.
With this website, you can check your facts before passing on any more erroneous messages.You can also smugly forward the link to the person who sent you the email. (Bizarrely, though, I've found that people simply won't believe the truth when it is presented to them. They have heard "We only use 10% of our brains" so often that is has become irreversibly embedded as "fact" in their tiny minds.
This site could certainly keep you entertained for a few hours. A warning though - like the film of the same name, some of the urban legends are particularly gruesome. And there are some pretty nasty pictures in there too. Certainly enough to make me never want to go camping in bear country.
Memorise this site and you will never again worry about eating spiders while you sleep.
OK, I'm kind of cheating here because there are actually several websites in one here - it also includes "overheard in the office/ on the beach / anywhere." If you have ever been to New York, you may recognise the unique sense of humour displayed here. (Do they even know they're being funny?) If you don't like swearing, steer clear of this site.Those New Yorkers like to use colourful language.
Example: Man 1: "Got a light?" Man 2: "No, I've given up smoking." Man 1: "Hey, I didn't ask for your f-ing life story."
I also love the office eavesdropping, as some are so bizarre. This is NOT safe to read at work, as you may find yourself spasming with out of control giggles. I would quote some, but I'm at work and just looking on there made me have to pretend to have a violent coughing fit.
I recently discovered this beauty blog - the tagline is "Naturally beautiful skin is just hundred of products away." It's useful in terms of the best products to buy, but I just love the writer - she's hilarious. Unlike many beauty blogs, this doesn't just review high end, expensive products that will make you wish you had a zillion pounds to spare on hand cream. (Although she has reviewed quite a lot of these products, too!) She also has her finger on the pulse of all the latest crazes, and often uses simple, kitchen cupboard ingredients to tailor her beauty routine - and lets us in on her findings. Hence my use of margarine as a night moisturiser (yes, really). I haven't yet been bold enough to use orange juice as a toner, but the day will come.
This website lists stories from people who have shockingly rude friends, family, neighbours and co-workers. The site is a little hard to read (font and background colours too similar) which is annoying. But you can skip across to the easier-to-read forum, where there is more of the same. It's worth checking out if you're planning a wedding or party (just to find out what other people consider faux pas!) but it is mostly valuable for its entertainment value. Your jaw will drop as you read about the unbelievable things people do and say. My personal favourite is the people who issue a cash charge to kids who come to their kid's birthday party.
This is a website of misheard song lyrics - and I don't know why, it makes me laugh A LOT. Maybe it's the stories of where people were when they finally found out the truth - like being 35 when they finally find out that Elton John wasn't singing "Hold me closer, Tony Danza." And being caught singing it in public like that.
The site is named after a very commonly misheard lyric from Jimi Hendrix's "Purple haze." I'm glad my mum was not the only person ever to ask "So, was Jimi Hendrix gay then?" No, he wants to kiss THE SKY.
Ok, I admit it. I was scared of Ebay for a long time, and have only recently started to use it. It's been a steep learning curve - the first time I tried to buy something, I was the only bidder until about 20 seconds before the end of the sale, and then lost to a sniper! So I am slowly getting used to the tricks of the trade. So far I haven't sold anything - why is is that the things I want (MBT trainers, burberry trench coats, Disney shop mugs) are always so expensive, with bidders fighting tooth and nail in the last 120 seconds) while the things I have in abundance (CDs I don't want, shoes I''ve never worn,) are all going for a pound a pop, if at all?
Ebay is fantastic for finding ANYTHING you want - Even things that were hithero only available in far off, exotic lands. It has the added bonus of being that little more exciting than just shopping online. I can't be the only person who gets a bit of a buzz, counting down the minutes and refreshing the page to make sure I'm still the highest bidder?
Ok, so it's childish. (But if you're read this far, you may have guessed that I AM childish.) Maybe these stories are true, maybe they're not. But they have provided me with a chuckle on a dull work morning. If only these people knew about Dooyoo, they could post their stories here too!
This website is the devil. Stupid, stupid me, I signed up for email reminders. I will be unsuspectingly typing away, when an email pings into my life, telling me all about the wonderful sales that are going on, showing me pictures, offering me free postage...
This is just a little too much temptation. But if you are in the mood for some serious shopping without getting out of your PJs, this is the site for you. The prices are mostly reasonable, and the goods are high quality.
When this website was first launched, it was billed as the place to get the clothes you have SEEN on tv. These days, while there is obviously still a strong celebrity element, it's much more "Buy this t-shirt IN THE STYLE OF one that Sienna Miller wears." Which is fair enough, but wouldn't it be great if somebody launched a website that actually listed who's wearing what in TV shows? I'm sure a lot of it might be designer / unavailable in the high street, but it would be great to just click on "Ugly Betty" or "Friends" and see the outfits listed with merchandiser credit.
I rue the day I ever discovered this website. It kills me to see this many gorgeous items of clothing, and to know that by the time I've taken into account the weak pound against the dollar, shipping costs and customs charges (I hate Fedex!) I might as well have just bought something from Harvey Nicks. But these clothes are different from everything I've seen on the high street. They have a huge range of clothes; some vintage style, some more modern. If you're a female who is actually shaped like a female as opposed to a small boy, these dresses will look fab on you. (And if you are shaped like a small boy, they might give you a bit more oomph, know what I mean?) There is something about wearing a pencil skirt that just forces you to put a little wiggle in your walk.
For reasons I cannot fathom, girls who like to dress up as 1950's pin ups also seem to like a) skulls and b) lots of tattoos. Which explains why some of the models here look like Amy Winehouse might have if she lived on a diet of fruit smoothies and sunshine. There are a lot of slightly gothic looking accessories - belts, handbags, necklaces etc. And they are surprisingly affordable - if you happen to live in America. For the rest of us, they are probably going to be for a once in a blue moon treat - look out for their 20%-off sales; you will be informed of them if you sign up for their email updates.
Feel cultured, impress your friends with your knowledge of current exhibitions, and find quirky, interesting, beautiful present in this online shop. Ranges include jewellery, clothing, bags (and other accessories), kitchenware, and all the usual books, prints, and posters. They also sell music - I have a CD of "Music that inspired Kandinsky"!
If I was searching for a present for someone who is intelliegent, creative, and loves aesthetics, this is the shop I'd go for. (And if anyone would like to buy me a present....)
Summary: They're kept me entertained!
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