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These websites are a guilty pleasure for many... they have an addictive appeal, and lend themselves to at least 30 mins of browsing per day, depending on your personal tastes. As you peruse the changing list below, remember that "SFW" stands for "Safe for Work", where the sites have clean content suitable for most viewers. Be warned, however: unless the site is expressly tagged as SFW below, be careful before you open it. Also: if you have a site to suggest for this ever-changing list: submit your favorite addictive website here...
This photo blog is dedicated to inspiring news in art, travel, lifestyle, gadgetry, and most anything in life that will give you a 'WOW' feeling. The photographs here cover the entire spectrum of human experience, from sushi art, to driving dogs, to Mongalian desert hotels, to an insider look at Google's server farms. Wunderbar!
Visit Where Cool Things Happen here
You think your life sucks? Here are thousands of users sharing awful anecdotes and personal venting. How a boyfriend ruined someone's day, or how a teacher crushed a young person's esteem; how the mechanic shafted someone on a repair job, or how a beautiful girl destroyed a person's self concept. Pitiful? Yes. Addictive to read this stuff? Absolutely.
Visit FmyLife here
The website name says it all, but it understates just how compelling the content is. Take this teddy bear poster
, for example. There is tremendous talent and thought put into a seemingly-inane illustration. Or watch this kid jumping skip rope
... the coordination required here is impressive. The site name is very well earned, and you'll love every second that you spend here.Visit IWasteSoMuchTime here
Reddit is a combination of user-generated news and social voting. Everybody and anybody can post a link at Reddit, add a description, and encourage the world to visit that recommendation. Reddit users, in turn, vote positive and negative responses to grade the appeal of each link. Reddit is tremendously addictive for people with short attention spans.Visit Reddit here
Somewhat SFW: This enthusiasts' site is dedicated largely to science fiction and fantasy fans, but has tremendous appeal for people of all tastes. The Top 10 Life-Changing Movies, the Best Movies that Could Become Real, the Top Freak-Out Gamers of All Time: you're bound to find these news pieces and behind-the-scenes stories interesting. Be warned: there is some sexual content in these Zerg Net pages, so be careful about surfing this site at work.
Visit Zerg Net here
SFW: If you like pop culture and enjoy following celebrities in the news, then you will absolutely revel in PopSalad. Score points for every time Lance Armstrong apologizes on TV. Advance your team every time America's Next Top Model eliminates a contestant. Choose the winner of Lady Gaga vs. Rihanna. Nifty!
Visit PopSalad here
The Chive is all about random-but-interesting news. It is also a photo and video blog of the wacky, the inane, the curious, the thought-inspiring, and the preposterous. While the content caters to post-adolescents and college-aged youths (i.e. many photos of undergrads having fun), there is definite content appeal for anyone who likes curious news. Come see why many people claim that The Chive is 'the best site in the world'.Visit The Chive here
This site is delightfully profound and cheeky, all at once. Bro Tips is dedicated to providing modern advice to men who want to improve themselves. Targeted at the post-adolescent, this life advice is also very pertinent to those of you over 30, even over 40. The more you read Bro Tips, the more thoughtful you're bound to get. You'll also laugh out loud at several of these insightful tidbits!Visit Bro Tips here
This site is about poignant written letters. Letters from a crash victim to the other driver. Letters from a gay son to his mother. Letters from a spurned lover to her ex-partner. Letters of all kinds of high emotion and bizarre human experience. This site is absolutely mesmerizing as an exploration of human experience and emotion.Visit Dear Blank here
SFW: How to breathe fire. How to flirt like a pro. How to cut a beer bottle in half. How to tell the difference between a prostitute and an undercover cop. How to steal a Guinness record for free throwing. How to turn your car into an armored tank. How to levitate a Zippo flame. How to detect nukes. WonderHowTo.com is a delicious buffet of engineering, ingenuity, and curiousity. Addiction factor = 5/5
Visit WonderHowTo here