The Useless Web – For the Fun of It!

by on February 7, 2014 · 22 comments

The Wonder of Tech is all about helping you discover fun and useful tech, websites, gadgets and more. Sometimes tech is essential — when you start using it you wonder how ever you did without it.

But sometimes tech is mindless fun, an escape from life’s challenges. Today’s article is all about the latter…

The Useless Web is a website that will randomly take you to completely useless websites, websites that you visit just for fun.

Need a break? Have a few seconds to spare? Check out The Useless Web to see what happens. Just click on the Please button on the website and a new window will open with a website guaranteed to waste your precious time.

The websites you’re directed to are a combination of fun, silly, cool and awesome. Careful though if you’re at work, some of the websites play sound automatically when the pages open.

Warning: The Useless Web is a very addictive website. Don’t even think about visiting unless you have time to spare and have no chance of being caught by a potentially angry boss.

You may be directed to fun websites such as The Passive/Aggressive Password Machine that gives you a funny and honest reaction to the strength of your passwords.

The Useless Web can be a fun way to pass the time when you’re caught waiting and have nothing to do. Don’t feel like getting work done? Escape to a mindless world where you don’t have to exercise your brain cells too much.

You may discover some websites to entertain your kids, which can come in extremely handy if you have more snow days off of school than you have tricks to keep them occupied. Check out ducksarethebest.com and challenge your kids to make a duck out of ducks.

If you or your kids are into koala bears, puzzles or hidden pictures, check out koalastothemax.com. I won’t give away the surprise but I had at least two teenagers in my house think this was a very cool website. If you are patient and persistent enough to finish the puzzle completely you will be rewarded with an amazing treat.

I discovered The Useless Web through StumbleUpon, which is kind of like stumbling within stumbling. With StumbleUpon at least you have a chance of finding a useful website, with the Useless Web there is no such danger…

The Useless Web is the brainchild of Tim Holman, who also recently created The Pattern Library. You can find him on Twitter @twholman in case you want to request that your website be included on The Useless Web.

Don’t laugh. Judging by his Twitter feed, Holman gets plenty of requests for websites to be included on The Useless Web. If I someday discover The Wonder of Tech on The Useless Web, I will be both flattered and offended…

Your Thoughts

Have you ever enjoyed a website that was totally useless? Do you appreciate mindless distractions as a break to clear your mind? Do you think most websites are totally useless? Did you finish the koala puzzle? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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More Fun

If you’ve been enjoying the Look Back videos on Facebook covered in Paper – Facebook’s 10 Year Birthday Present for You!, you will enjoy this parody, showing how these videos would look in real life:

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Verizon Wireless Charging Stations Philadelphia

For those of you, like me, who were affected by the ice storm on Wednesday and still don’t have power you’ll be thrilled to know that Verizon is offering free charging stations to power your mobile devices in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. Stop by any of these locations during normal business hours to get a much-needed charge, free of charge.

· Verizon Wireless at Princeton
301 N Harrison St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 688-6820

· Verizon Wireless at Hamilton Market Place
149 Marketplace Blvd.
Hamilton Township, NJ 08691
(609) 581-6040

· Verizon Wireless at Roosevelt Mall
2383 Cottman Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19149
(215) 708-4400

· Verizon Wireless at Airport Rd
1820 Airport Rd.
Allentown PA 18109
(610) 266-3660

· Verizon Wireless at Bartonsville
292 Frantz Rd., Suite 101
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 421-3101

· Verizon Wireless at Lehigh Valley Mall Whitehall
181 Lehigh Valley Mall
Whitehall, PA 18052
(610) 231-1720

· Verizon Wireless at Quakertown
219 NW End Blvd.
Quakertown, PA 18951
(215) 529-4141

· Verizon Wireless at Abington
1495 Old York Rd.
Abington, PA 19001
(215) 576-1520

· Verizon Wireless at Montgomeryville
744 Bethlehem Pike
Montgomeryville, PA 18936
(215) 361-0180

· Verizon Wireless at Royersford
1836 E Ridge Pike
Royersford, PA 19468
(610) 454-0480

· Verizon Wireless at Warrington
620 Easton Rd.
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 491-6630

· Verizon Wireless at Springfield
130 S. State Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064
(610) 338-1880

· Verizon Wireless at Ardmore
195 W. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 645-4175

· Verizon Wireless at King of Prussia
140 Allendale Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 491-6400

· Verizon Wireless at Downingtown
32 Quarry Rd.
Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 518-3200

· Verizon Wireless at Chambersburg
947 Wayne Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 261-0275

· Verizon Wireless at Lancaster Chelsea Square
1615 Manheim Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 560-1065

· Verizon Wireless at Lancaster Red Rose
1700 Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 291-6591

· Verizon Wireless at Harrisburg
4650 Jonestown Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 540-8270

· Verizon Wireless at Carlisle Crossing
299 Westminster Dr.
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 243-0122

Charging stations will be made available through the weekend.

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Harleena Singh
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February 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

Hi Carolyn,

Ah…what fun! :-)

I haven’t opened anything much because I read your warning in the pink box and that’s because I don’t have much time presently, but the few links I opened, it surely is addictive!

I think this is a great way to pass time and enjoy yourself if you have the time that is. Perhaps over the weekend I’d sit and click through the links you mentioned, and pass it to my kids too, who’ve got a few days break.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend, and stay safe…I know how the weather is your end.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Hi Harleena, Yes, I discovered this site through StumbleUpon on one of my kids’ snow days from school. It kept them occupied for hours and then they were able to share a lot of the cool sites they found with their friends who were entertained too.

Some of the websites are amazing and mesmerizing. When I found The Useless Web I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers, but I knew this had to be a Friday post. Anyone who needs a TGI Friday break now has one!

Enjoy your weekend, Harleena! :-)
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Steve Myring February 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

HaHa HaHa Some of these “useless” sites are quite humorous! I like :-)

Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Hi Steve, Yes, many of them are good for a giggle. Others will have you scratching your head, trying to figure out, “How did they do that?”

Fun, fun, fun! <: -P
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Lisa February 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

LOL Carolyn, I have Stumble Upon :-) Seriously there was a site last year that was being circulated, it made you relax and you had to look at it for 60 seconds. It was hard to do! We can all use a break and these are a great way to get one, thanks for sharing!
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 8, 2014 at 8:09 am

Hi Lisa, So you’re a fan of StumbleUpon too. I’m on that site every day, I always find interesting websites there. The Useless Web is a little bit like the Quirky category of StumbleUpon.

I haven’t seen that relaxation site yet on StumbleUpon, but I did find this one that I really enjoy: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2kKnnx/tgAVD1aS:5VJk+zC6/www.calm.com/?no_redirect=true (warning: it autoplays relaxing sounds)
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Lisa February 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Carolyn, that looks like the one I was referring to! Very neat, isn’t it? Thanks for the share on it.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Oh cool. I’m glad I found the one you were referring to. Yes, I love that site. So funny that we both Stumbled Upon that site.
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Gautam February 8, 2014 at 3:35 am

This is one of the best sites I have ever been too and It has some great flashy sites in its directory and going to share it with all of my friends as this is a masterpiece.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 8, 2014 at 8:11 am

Hi Gautam, I’m so glad you liked this site so much! Yes, this one is a find and I love sharing fun sites like this with my readers. Thanks for taking time away from The Useless Web to leave a comment! :-)
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Thomas
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February 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

Hi Carolyn
I have never heard about “The Useless Web” before, but it is for sure fun and very addictive. Thanks for sharing Carolyn, now I know what to do this weekend :-)
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

Hi Thomas, You’re welcome. I actually discovered this site on Monday but it wouldn’t have been fair to share this site on any day other than a Friday.

Enjoy your weekend with The Useless Web, Thomas!
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Kaloyan Banev February 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

This is very cool. Actually I just submitted my website too. Agree, can be very addictive.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

Hi Kaloyan, Congratulations on submitting your website to The Useless Web. I like that this site is dynamic with more websites being added.

I hope people consider The Wonder of Tech useful, though the websites on The Useless Web are so very cool. I wish you the best of luck in getting your website accepted!
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Gautham Nekkanti February 9, 2014 at 3:25 am

Hi Carolyn,

This is one of the coolest websites i’ve ever visited. I loved the title and irony.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Hi Gautham, I’m so glad you are having fun with The Useless Web! Sometimes we need a break from life and isn’t it great to have a diversion at the ready?
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Jeevan Jacob John February 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

This is actually kind of nice (and could be quite useful to me!).

There are times when I just wander off – visiting the same websites again, for updates (Well, I am a comics fan, so most of these websites are related to comics in some way – comics news, comics related movies and so forth :D ).

Perhaps I can use that spare time to check this website (okay, honestly…I should just try and use that time for marketing? Pinterest could be fun, right?).

Perhaps I should do it…it’s a too way deal – I get to ‘waste’ some time while doing some social media marketing.

Stumble upon…oh, yeah. I do plan to spend some time there (although it’s in July…I am occupied with others sites until then).

Anyways, thank you for sharing this ‘Usless’ website, Carolyn!
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Hi Jeevan, Hey with your workload of nuclear engineering, you probably need some mindless fun to recharge your brain cells. But the interesting thing about The Useless Web is that often you’re left wondering, “How did they do that?”

StumbleUpon and Pinterest are favorite websites of mine (and fertile sources of traffic as well). Finding enriching escapes for our minds can be a challenge. We just have to be careful not to overdo the amount of time we spend on our time away from our work!
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Jeevan Jacob John February 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

It’s alright ;-) Nowadays, I am following one motto: There’s always more time for marketing!

My goal for this month (and the next one) is to generate more traffic for my blog…I can’t spend too much time on traffic alone. So, this motto works well the that goal :D

Yes, indeed!

Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Yes, you’re right, Jeevan, that is a great goal, just so long as your studies don’t suffer. Who doesn’t want more traffic to their blog?
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Nanda Rahmanius February 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hi Carolyn,

I just tried theuselessweb, I can only laugh when I see it .. hahaha =))
Really fun and very interesting!

I think, this website is suitable to divert our minds from the things that disturb us. As you said, it’s addictive. It’s like a game. And I love it. However, I did not try them all, because I saw your warning :-)

Thanks for sharing this, Carolyn.
I hope you have a splendid weekend.

Regards,
Nanda
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr February 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Hi Nanda, I’m so glad you like this great site. Yes, you can have a lot of fun checking out The Useless Web!
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