Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chris' Top Five Time Spenders — er, Web Sites

The following Web sites have no real redeeming qualities.

Having said that, I have been known to spend hours there. In fact, I'm sure I could have written the Great American Novel (had I been so inclined) in the time I have spent at these sites. I share them with you so you also can spend hours pursuing amusement on the Internet.

1. Best of Craigslist
These are for real. Honest-to-goodness people wrote these, probably not with the intention of them winding up on this site — but thank heavens they did. Read them aloud, if you can. Frankly, I'm too busy gasping and laughing to finish a sentence. It gives me inspiration.

2. List Universe
I cannot read just one. (Thanks, JFrater!) Nope, I open multiple tabs with multiple lists, then choose more lists from the "suggested lists" at the end of the lists. Lost yet? You will be, in wonder, when you visit this site. Don't say I didn't warn you!

3. Lord of the Peeps: Fellowship of the Peeps
I don't eat Peeps. They amuse me and remind me of my friends, the Strolling Peeps. And I am a Lord of the Rings fanatic. Put these together and you have a site that amazes me how adults spend time with dioramas and marshmallow treats.

4. CuteOverload
I tamed a roomful of possible enemy combatants with the photos and videos of kittens, puppies and, yes, hedgehogs on this Web site. (Where do you think the obsession started?) This site has added many words to my lexicon, including nom, Caturday, 'tocks and Bunday. There are some days when I leave this Web site visible on the South Monitor at work because I need dabs of cuteness during the day. I also "borrow" many of the photos for screensavers — and like watching the faces of people in a meeting as they look over my shoulder at some of the cutest photos on the planet popping up on my monitors. Thanks, Meg!

5. YouTube
I know I am not alone in this obsession. How else can a woman of the '80s watch music videos? Nickelback and Weird Al Yankovic post their videos on this site, and I am eternally grateful. (So do Britney Spears and Fergie, but they're my secret indulgences — shhhh!) And yet it's so much more. I have watched Miss South Carolina 2007 embarrass herself, I have watched Matt dance in front of the Taj Mahal and dance with tribesmen in Papau, New Guinea, I have watched Jordan dance in my hometown (in tribute to Matt), I have watched Uni the Hedgehog. I could go on and on, but you get the gist. Type in any word and there's a video for it. Go ahead and try it.

What are some of your favorite sites?

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