Do you like to waste time?
Our "Great Links" are interesting web places we've found:
Totally silly ways to waste time:
Youve probably recited the Mother Goose nursery
rhymes dozens of times. But do you know what they mean? Now you can get
the surprising, grown-up stories behind these childhood rhymes in the
Gallery exhibition, A
Visual Goose. The truth will shake your tailfeathers.
National Toy Hall of Fame® was
established in 1998 by A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village, a childrens
museum in Salem, Oregon, to recognize toys that have achieved longevity
and national significance in the world of play and imagination. To date,
31 toys have made it into The National Toy Hall of Fame.
J. Deas is one of the nations premier illustrators. His paintings
have graced the cover of Time Magazine and more than a dozen postage
stamps commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service. He is the artist behind
two of the best-selling postage stamps in United States history, Marilyn
Monroe and James Dean. His Columbia Pictures logo remains one of the most
familiar icons in cinema history.
Birds - They kill more people each year than polar bears do.
Names - View the popularity of a baby name over time.
Vegas Unidentified - Unidentified persons, their history as known,
their clothing and jewelry when available.
- Click on the performers' names to see a list of movies in which they
died, with a brief description of the death scene.
Our Hands - Documentation of the exploitation and brutal treatment
of animals worldwide.
Classification Test - Very tough vocabulary quiz.
Folding - Click on any of the napkins and learn how to fold that design.
- A universal, user-generated collection of frequently-asked questions.
- The largest Japanese garden in North America, a garden of pure, clear
harmony and peace.
Photography - A Surreal Experience: Pinhole Photographs by Bethany
cat picture, found at: Autumngold's
also, see Cats
& Blogs from Watermark
25 November - Happy Thanksgiving!
Take a break from eating and football watching.
Here are some great ways to waste a few minutes:
By now, everybody know that you can buy just about
everything on eBay. To keep an eye on
trends, hot picks, and cool stuff, check eBay
Pulse. Today's highest bid item: US $1,010,100.00 for a house in Highland
Park, IL. Yes, there is a virtual tour.
Think your job is bad? Just be glad youre
not spending it in minute examination of unusual growths on a dozen or
so peoples posteriors. The Worst
Jobs in Science: The Sequel, lists some really awful jobs, including
Anal-Wart Researcher, Worm Parasitologist, Tampon Squeezer and Tick Dragger.
If you are considering writing a love letter to your
sweetheart, you might want to take a look at some of the most famous
love letters of all times from celebrities of their time. (via Information
A new page design to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary
of posting "Great Links" to visit on the Internet. In all,
we've posted 667 links, which covered a nice variety of subjects, including
news, celebrities, interesting locations, humor, and some silly ways to
One of our favorite finds in the past year is Stumble
Upon, it's a new way to surf the web. Stumble Upon lets you channel-surf
pages recommended by friends and peers great sites you can't find
using search engines.
Which country is the best at geography? To join the
Olympics in support of your country, you simply need to select which
country you will be representing and take the quiz. The quiz consists
of trying to locate 10 randomly selected countries on a map of the world.
It is different every time.
You might recognize the AFLAC Duck from commercials.
The campaign has been recognized by a number of major media outlets and
has been featured on CNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,
and Saturday Night Live among others. Waste some time and view
AFLAC Duck commercials. (via Better
Living Through Blogging)
cat picture, found at: Aarre
Rinne Photography, portfolio
Vodka ad collecting has grown enormously over the past 20 years. With
the most comprehensive ad database on the internet, Absolutad.com
provides you with information on just about any ad that exists, and has
thumbnails of hundreds of ad posters.
to the monkey. His hobbies include bookmaking, cooking, and travel.
He's not really a monkey. He's a stuffed animal -- the kind you might
find buried in the back of a six-year-old's closet. Thanks to a little
imagination and some creative digital camerawork, this charming little
critter is giving Paddington the Bear a run for his money.
Photographs taken on the spur of the moment, in an
uncertain situation, with quick and instinctive framing, by photographers
who were standing right there whether they were supposed to be or not.
Chicago is a photo essay from the files of the Chicago Sun-Times,
1940's to the present.
Pals - Cute toys, stationery, purses,
bags and accessories featuring Dig Dig Head Louse, Tickles Tapeworm, Blinky
Eyelash Mite and Zzeezz Bedbug who all live on their friend, Holly Hostess.
Sure, what kid wouldn't want to play with parasites?
You can celebrate your dream
wedding in Venice within the splendid setting of Palazzo Cavalli,
an historical palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. The Municipality of
Venice provides couples from all over the world with the opportunity to
pronounce their irrevocable “I do” by emerging themselves in the romantic
atmosphere which only this lagoon city can offer.
Do you think your work day is ho-hum and boring? Try
Did you ever think that Ring Around The Rosie
makes reference to the Black Death of the Middle Ages? Or that the
whole nine yards refers to the length of a machinegun ammo belt on
a WWII fighter plane? Or perhaps that Eskimos have 500 words for snow?
If so, then you have been taken in by a linguistic urban legend. Wordorigins.org
explores the REAL origins of common words and phrases.
cat picture, found at: MartiniPundit
Also: lots of cat
blogging links at Modulator,
US Marines Corp celebrated their 229th birthday on November 10th.
The Marine Corps League, Department of New Mexico,
has a collection of historic
Marine recruiting posters, including some high-resolution images suitable
Remember our Veterans today and pray for the swift
and safe return of the heroic women and men defending our country.
the Royal Family shook off their German roots.
Allan Massie explains why the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas decided to become the
plain old Windsors. (Independent)
organizing tip of the day: Avoid purchasing
products that will need additional work. For example copper pots and pans,
silver, and knick knacks. Do you really need it...or want it? How much
time are you willing to invest in maintaining it? Cleaning it?
Most people only know the shoelace
knot that they learned as a child, many would be surprised to know
that there's more than one method, let alone ten! Here's your chance
to see how your knot stacks up against other traditional shoelace knots
plus some newly invented methods.
The Renaissance architect Andrea
Palladio shaped the world that surrounds us today. Some of his most
influential villas survive in the Veneto region around Venice, Italy.
Come in, good visitor, and shut the door behind you.
You're in The
Cynic's Sanctuary now, safe from the worldly evils and petty vexations
that may have driven you here.
House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution
whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment
of the White House. Their website is a great place to spend a rainy day
- with features including historic tours, photographs, facts and trivia,
and memories of Presidential inagurations, holidays and funerals.
cat picture, found at: chromasia
Conjoined twins are rare, with an estimated frequency
of one in 50,000–100,000 births. Parasitic
conjoined twins are even rarer, consisting of an of an incomplete
twin (parasite) attached to the fully developed body of the co-twin.
2 great ads we've found:
Check into Het
Hotel. Click around and see what you find.
Now get out of here & go VOTE!
Maya were concerned with creating monumental ceremonial spaces, often
astronomically aligned, within which ritual and political theater could
take place. The
Maya Ruins is an absolutely gorgeous website of ruins in Mexico, Belize,
Guatemala and Honduras.