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The Weird World of the Wide Web
Top Ten Websites
Member Name: EdibleDormouse
Top Ten Websites
Date: 28/10/08, updated on 05/11/08 (110 review reads)
Advantages: So many undiscovered gems...
Disadvantages: With thousands of new pages uploaded every day, you'll never find them all...
We all have our favourite websites that we visit every day, the standard cashback and reviewing sites, the shopping sites, the sites that save us money, and the sites that maybe even make us money. Most of us visit Faffbook, sorry, Facebook to waste time/keep up with friends and family, and no doubt iPlayer has revolutionised TV watching for most of us.
So what ten websites am I going to go for? Well, some of the weird, the wonderful, the funny, the useful, and the downright off the wall...
I cannot begin to describe this, you'll have to visit, and enjoy clicking on various objects with your mouse. What disturbs me the most (whilst still provoking belly laughs) is that I can imagine her saying most of these things. "Palinised..." has become a bit of a catchphrase for me, and if you don't find yourself muttering "Maverick" under your breath after a visit, then you're doing it wrong. Or ur doin it rong...which brings me to...
UPDATE 5th November - palinaspresident.us has ceased to be in its original form. There's now an empty state room (or empty of pitbull-in-lipstick Sarah P anyway) with a bottle of champagne in a chiller, and Obama's "Yes We Can" campaign leaflet propped up against it. "Yes We Can" is also playing in the background. Although there is currently no interactive content, I suspect this won't last... Thank you, America, for your common sense yesterday.
The home of the LOLCat. For those unfamiliar with what a LOLCat is, the original feline, a blue shorthair looking up appealingly, and captioned with the legend "I can has cheezburger?" first appeared on the internet a few years ago, although photographs which fit the bill have been floating around the internet for years. The captions are in characteristically broken English, known as "kitteh" or "LOL". The language does actually have a fairly logical structure...yes, really.
As the tagline says, "When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong". Jen, the blog author, currently has a huge downer on cupcake cakes, and does she ever have a point. I have almost laughed myself sick over some of the posts on here, and her sharp commentary is every bit as funny as the iced disasters she brings to the big wide world.
One of the lovely quirks of our language is that thousands of years of input of Norman French, Flemish, Saxon, Danish, Latin, and Celtic have given it the most illogical and scampish structure of any European language. Those of us that speak it as a mother tongue get it wrong often enough, so what happens when the rest of the world translate into English? Anyone with knowledge of Chinese will know that a perfectly innocent quirk of translation throws up a more colourful word of Anglo Saxon with alarming frequency, so parental guidance advised here!
Chuck Norris as superhero. My personal favourite quotations are "If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever" and "Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris". Improbable, slightly bizarre, and probably best approached with beer.
If, like me, you've ever been plagued by an 0870 number on an auto dialler, type the number in here, and find out which lame double glazing company are trying their best to rugby tackle you into a sale just before teatime. Although this one falls into the "useful" category, some of the tales of revenge are worth sitting down to read with a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive.
At my age, I really should have grown out of captioned t-shirts, but no. Although I do limit them to at home and pyjama wear these days. My wish list is too long to go into here, although I can vouch for their reliability for overseas posting, and although there seems to be no rhyme or reason, I have never been charged customs duty.
The home of demotivational tools. If you've ever been profoundly annoyed by one of those "inspirational" posters in the workplace, then this website could well save your sanity. My personal favourite is "Customer Disservice - we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied". Many demotivational tools can be purchased just to keep you in your place. Although for fast shipping they recommend you move to the United States (!), their 4-6 week international shipping times are overly pessimistic (of course), and my pessimists mug (which I am drinking out of right now) arrived in just over two. I await my 2009 calendar with glee.
Although failblog has taken an unfortunate step along the "you've been framed" path just recently, it still provides some of the most glorious examples of why some people should just simply not be allowed outside unsupervised. Or indeed should take a visit here...
As the site says, honouring those that improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it. I'm fonder, I confess, of the near misses rather than those that achieve absence from the gene pool. Not to mention the constant reminders that people seem to use a chainsaw in the nude more frequently that you could possibly imagine...
So there are my top 10. I shop till I drop, socially network, download, upload, and live on the internet, but I'm eternally fond of the odder end of the spectrum.
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