From the Actrix Online Informer March 2009

30 sites that didn't quite make the cut

One of the hardest things about producing the Actrix Online Informer each month is choosing the 10 lucky sites that will make the cut and be included in Interesting sites. It's hard some months because I have so many to choose from, and in other months it can be a real struggle to find enough.

I try to get a general mix each month with a few serious and a few less so, and it's always good to throw in one or two that are quite bizarre. So some sites get rejected because I think they'll only appeal to a few readers. Others aren't used because they're just too silly, though a few readers would probably have really enjoyed them.

Here are a number of sites that didn't quite make it for whatever reason.

Maim that tune: Are you plagued by Stuck Tune Syndrome? Do you have a tune stuck in your head you just can't get out? Take heart friend, for your suffering is over. The Maimograph Machine, through complex analysis and calculation, will find an even catchier tune to counter-act the one you already have.

Odd spot: Here is a collection of Odd Spot news from the Melbourne Age. Each day a lot of papers like to print a short quirky bit of news to make you smile or shake your head in wonder.

The quest for every beard type: This guy's been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, he tries to see how many variations he can check off from a chart of 35 facial hair types.

The Holy Church of Bacon: "We worship the religion known as Baconism. It is in your best bacony interest to join us and to spread our greasy goodness!"

Website gender analyser: Genderanalyser  uses artificial intelligence to determine if a web page is written by a man or woman.

100 most common English words: See how many of the 100 most common words in the English language you can guess in five minutes. The list was compiled using the Oxford English Corpus, used by the makers of the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains over two billion words of written English.

Logo Motto: This website randomly combines famous logos with famous tag lines, so you get stuff like the American express logo, with "Cats ask for it by name." Can be quite funny.

Toaster museum: "The revelation that somebody collects toasters often leads to the same reaction: awkward pause, nervous laugh, then: "...Toasters?" They simply call you crazy. Well, and sometimes I think they are right!" What do you mean you think they're right?

Kuku klock: Here's an online alarm clock you can set to wake you up while you take a snooze at your desk. You can even choose what sound will wake you.

Screamin' beans: Not sure what this is about. Someone really hates baked beans, or Heinz... Definitely in the too silly category.

Shakespeare insult kit: This engine randomly combines Shakespearean words and phrases to produce excellent insults, thou gorbellied, ill-breeding barnacle!

The price of beer in 208 countries: "The only price comparison website worth drinking to as well as the only travel and short-break holiday guide you really need."

People around the world: Pick a country then use this tool to trigger an image search using Google’s option to show faces of people from that country.

Instant rim shot: Here's a way to really enamour yourself to your workmates. Click this button every time you say something really funny.

The Devil's rope: "Working hard to maintain a site that everyone can enjoy, especially those students, teachers, and historians who may need information about barbed wire." Definitely one for the 'Who Cares?' category.

Ugly mailboxes: For all those who have looked at people's mailboxes and thought, "What were they thinking?"

World Toilet Organisation: The WTO is a global non-profit organisation committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. Where would we be without them?

Weird inventions: An indoor sundial? Wedgie-proof underpants? A fruitcake powered Christmas tree? I think someone's taking the mickey...

Is it Christmas?: This is a handy device to help you keep track of which day it isn't.

French manhole covers: Here's yet another reason to admire French civil engineers.

The inscrutable 8-Ball revealed: a procedure for disassembling a Magic 8-Ball. The authors caution readers not to follow or emulate the directions as harm may ensue.

A dot for every second in the day: This tool helps you get a feel for time. At one dot per second, it's a visual representation of a day slipping away.

Are you living in a computer simulation?: "The Simulation Argument is perhaps the first interesting argument for the existence of a Creator in 2000 years."

Verbotomy: Invented words created by Verbotomy writers.

Cemetery symbols: Exploring the meaning of cemetery symbols and other graveyard mysteries. Click 'Previous entries' at the foot of the page for more.

Kevin's bottle cap collection: Yep, not only is Kevin bottle cap mad, he's also just mad about sharing!

Secrets in websites: When a you browse the web, a fair amount of code is transferred from a server sitting in a cold lonely data-centre to your computer. It's mostly serious business, but sometimes developers like to embed small jokes, and traditions.

Dishwasher salmon: Poaching fish in the dishwasher is a virtually foolproof way to shock your friends, prepare a succulent meal and do the dishes.

Google logos: This guy loves Google's special limited edition logos and he's collected as many as he can.

Duck travels: We've all thought about doing this at some stage. C'mon, admit it!


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