Huh? 10 Fun, Useless Websites!
Can you remember what life was like before the Internet? Unfortunately, I can. You actually had to go places to get things done such as shopping or going to the bank, and find places on your own using a giant map that you could never refold properly. To see how far technology has come is nearly humorous. But as useful as the Internet is, there’s still plenty happening online that falls short of game-changing, and not much closer towards useful. Below is a list of ten websites that have no ultimate goal: websites that make you go…’huh’?
1. Llama Font: Say it in llama
This is a simple, elegant website created by Avery Oldfield, an art director, and Jack Inscoe, a creative technologist. Llama Font does one thing: it transforms your text into a llama-style font. Little Llama’s that shape their body’s to look like letters. Seriously, that’s it. ”Helvetica is cold. Say it in llama.”
2. Do nothing for 2 Minutes: Relax, and listen to the waves
Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a website that challenges you to do literally nothing for 2 minutes. If you even so much as move your mouse, you fail at doing nothing for two minutes. Go ahead, see if you can pass. Hard to do.
3. Tetris 1D: It’s like Tetris meets patience
Tetris 1D is about as pointless as a website gets. It’s a Flash game involving your beloved Tetris, re-imagined as a one-dimensional game. You can’t turn the blocks, and even if you could, it wouldn’t do much good. You can make the blocks fall faster by pressing the downward arrow key, though. This one actually made me laugh.
4. Shady URL: Discourage people from clicking on your links
URL shorteners are incredibly useful tools. For starters, they help you squeeze every millimeter of space from your tweets, and they can be used to help monitor the click-through rates of links that you circulate. The downside, however, is that you can’t easily see where the link is taking you – it could be to a 100% bona fide website, or it could be somewhere a little more sinister. There are ways around that, of course, and the overall pros of URL shorteners outweigh any downsides. Shady URL, on the other hand, has no discernible use. When you enter the URL, and you click submit, you’re then presented with a randomly generated, shady-looking link containing words that probably wouldn’t prompt you to click on it. You can even tick the ‘shorten’ box and receive a shorter, but ‘somewhat less shady-looking’ link. Huh?
5. The Drama Button: Making mountains out of molehills
Some people need a bit of drama in their lives, or even crave it. Ensure you always have this website loaded, and the next time you’re in the office and someone’s creating a big fuss about nothing, you can activate The Drama Button. Also available in various different guises in dedicated mobile app format, The Drama Button makes a dramatic ‘duh, duh, duuuhh’, when pressed. Enjoy!
6. Dice simulator: Life’s a gamble
Dice are thought to be the oldest gambling device invented by man and have been around since before 2000 BC. There are many different types of dice, but the traditional dotted cube is easily the most common with each side having a pattern of dots ranging from 1 to 6. With the advent of the Internet era, it seems that dice no longer have to be physical objects. Dice Simulator lets you choose from between 1 and 6 dice, and it uses pseudo-random numbers to mimic the rolling of the dice. Would you ever have a need for something like this?
7. Selleck Waterfall Sandwich: Um, yeah… creepy.
The Internet is awash with websites dedicated to everything from cats that look like Hitler to beard contests, and you probably thought you’d seen it all. Until now, that is. Believe it or not, there is an entire website specializing in photographs containing former Magnum PI actor Tom Selleck, waterfalls and sandwiches. Aptly titled Selleck Waterfall Sandwich, this Tumblr blog has countless Photoshop mock-ups of these three aforementioned entities, and this ranks pretty highly on the ‘huh?’ front.
8. Freckle Count: A crowdsourced freckle-counting project
This project has will show you parts of yourself you never knew existed, nor did you ever want to know about. It’ll make you feel awkward and exposed but that’s the price you pay when you choose to count your freckles. Freckle Count is a genuine endeavor to have one man’s freckles counted by the global online populace. Every inch of Ryan’s body was photographed close-up, and visitors to the site click on a section of skin when they spot a freckle…and so on. The Freckle counter is currently at just over 29,000. Wow.
9. Pretty Loaded: Watch a website ‘load’…over and over and over
Nobody likes watching websites load do they? Thankfully, with broadband on tap these days, most websites load pretty quickly. But if you do have a penchant for watching animated ‘Loading’ graphics, Pretty Loaded is the site for you. It is actually mildly entertaining, seeing how imaginative people have been with some of the submissions shown, and you can download these as screensavers too. Watch the time though, you might get mesmerized.
10. The Revolving Internet: Turn, turn, turn… (see photo above)
Oh boy, someone has actually developed a revolving version of the Internet. The Revolving Internet launches with Google swiveling in a clockwise manner. You can still enter text in the search box while the site is revolving and The Windmills of your Mind plays in the background on loop. And when you arrive at your destination website…it continues to revolve too. A completely pointless website, you’ll no doubt agree. And very annoying after a while if you’re trying to read something!