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PicUrls: the best pictures of the social bookmarking sites. Very useful.


Found on the Web – Search for “interesting”: wow, I use the word “interesting” in 106 entries. Well, 107 after this one. Crutch?


Flickr: Interesting: Interesting photos on the popular photo site.


Want to protest our dependence on oil and blah blah blah but you’re too busy being naked or bicycling? Boy howdy is it your lucky day! Participate in the World Naked Bike Ride and make your voice heard in the most ineffectual manner possible.


Sofa Garden makes pillows in interesting shapes. That’s neat, but what is really cool is the name and the imagery it evokes.


Interesting essay on the pleasures of cooking.


Some interesting search engine games. Enjoy them with Google or Alta Vista.


I find this site interesting. The guy photographed every knob, handle, or latch he touched over the course of two days and documented it in great detail. I guess I mostly find this interesting because I once documented my commute to and from work on one day (taking over 250 pictures about every 1000 feet of the journey).


Interesting directory of craft-related sites at Country Crafts Gallery. Check ’em out!


Here’s an interesting ESP page where you pick a card and the computer basically shows you which one you were thinking of. Uncannily accurate.


All sorts of interesting public domain movies here. You’d probably want a cable modem or DSL to watch these big ones.


Here are some interesting posters from World War II at the National Archives. The ones in the don’t waste section seem over the top, making me wonder how they were received during the war.


Interesting bug of the day: the Hawaiian Happyface Spider.


Gymnasts Try to Keep Up With Parkour Experts: parkour is so beautiful. The informality contrasts interestingly with the formal moves of gymnastics.


Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Banknotes: neat watching a life encapsulated in 20 seconds. If you’d rather read about it, the Washington Post has the text version. {via}


What are some interesting examples of photographs which show historical figures in unexpected places or company?: there are some real doozies in here.


Oil of L.A.: I was recently in Signal Hill and Beverly Hills and saw this stuff firsthand. Very interesting.


Did Americans in 1776 have British accents?: interesting question and informative answer.


The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures: a dating site analyzes the effectiveness of various profile picture archetypes. Very interesting results.


U.S. Economic Freedom Index 2008: interesting look at which of the states are freest. It’s all relative, of course, since they’re all still under D.C.’s yoke. {via}


A House By the Park: interesting blog about one man’s journey to building a custom home. The transparency and openness is neat.


Netflix Origami: an interesting use of that annoying leftover flap.


Burn After Reading Trailer: looks like an interesting movie. {via}


How Experts Fail: an interesting free book about the cognitive problems of expertise. {via}


Listography: your life in lists, an interesting idea though the execution leaves something to be desired. Also, a dead-trees edition. {via Lisa Nola}

Comet Daily: ooo, now this is interesting. It’s the yang to Ajax’s yin in that it pushes server-side events up to client-side Javascript. And it’s surprisingly mature—surprisingly in that I’d never heard about it until Simon Willison’s entry.


The Terrifying Toothpick Fish: I’ve had soap in there before and I think I’d rather die than have a devilfish lodge itself there. Mental note: avoid the Amazon at all costs.


Findings from the Web Design Survey: interesting look at the Web industry, gleaned from 33,000 responses.


“A Mystery Solved: ‘Fake Steve’ Blogger Comes Clean”: sigh, it was definitely better not knowing his identity. Most interesting tidbit in the article: “[Mr. Jobs] said in an instant message conversation that he had no interest in reading Mr. Lyons’s novel.” [Emphasis mine.]


The Crochet Dude: needlework isn’t just for the ladies. I guess. His blog is mildly interesting, though I think I just like the domain name more than anything.

Some Interesting Islands and Lakes: I particularly like the photo of the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.


World Mapper: interesting maps that purport to show exactly how bad the United States is. Because we’re bigger on the maps. It’s disgusting, really. {via}


Geographical names that are interesting or unusual: amazing that this is buried in a salvage subpage off someone’s user page. {via}


“The challenge of distilling Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: what an interesting history! {via}


Jackie Chan Messages: it’s like a hard-to-navigate blog, but surprisingly very readable and interesting. {via}


Political Donations of US Billionaires: interesting data there.

Sock Army: interesting online sock store. Wait, isn’t an online sock store inherently interesting? I think so. I’m a little skeptical about the socks for the dudes but I really can’t grok the whole metrosexual so maybe some guy would wear them.


Nachos, anyone?: the etymology of the word “nachos” revealed. I had always wondered about this word origin as well. {via}


Oh, Don’t Forget: interesting SMS service that sends scheduled alerts via text messages. Free, I think. {via}


Hotel Bed Jump HQ: blog of photographs of people jumping on hotel beds. More interesting than it sounds.


Damn Interesting: one article a day about something that is damn interesting. {via}


The Daily Cat: I think their award at the top of the page “Named best online magazine by the Cat Writers’ Association” is far more interesting than anything on the site. So there’s a Cat Writers’ Association and it hands out awards? Fascinating.


The Puppini Sisters: Andrews Sisters cover group. Interesting footnotes: 1) none are sisters and 2) one is Italian (the Puppini), one is English, and the other is American.


Party Ben: lots of interesting mashups here. {via}


Debroff Debrief: a blog about parenting and children’s issues. Very well-written and interesting.


National Geographic Photo of the Day: interesting and high-quality.


Brilliant But Cancelled: sounded like it was going to be an interesting site except it’s freaking registered by Universal!. Even stranger still is that all of the shows featured are NBC properties and there’s a wonderful companion site that sells all of the shows on DVD. There’s even a blog entry on the utterly-forgettable Yes, Dear to make it seem like a legitimate site. I don’t often break out the rel=”nofollow” attributes, but this one deserves it.


I Like Japan: merchant of interesting Japanese things. I was very tempted by the bento box. Kind of like a tiny relative of J-List.


This Place is Not a Place of Honor: a damn interesting synopsis of creating warning signs for radioactive storage facilities that will communicate over the course of the content’s half-life.

Cork’d: wine enthusiast review site. Interestingly, the most popular wines were very low-rated—an effect of wine snobbery, mayhap?


Break Foods at McDonald’s: when I worked there, we were always trying to come up with interesting combinations—now we’d call them “mashups”—using only what was available in the grill. {via}


The Geography of Seinfeld: interesting, I guess. I never really needed to know the relative spatial locations of places in the show, but what the hell. {via}


Alan’s Mojave Airport Weblog: chronicling the goings-on at a very unique and interesting airport.


Google Logos Movie: I’ve always enjoyed the variety of Google logos over the years. It’s much more interesting when presented in a movie. {via}


Interesting and Weird November Holidays: I, for one, am much more aware of my marrow now.


Risk using Google Maps: interesting use of the API. I’d bet that the Google Maps engineers are amazed at what people come up with. {via}


Made-up words in The Simpsons: I should do a feature of interesting articles to be found in the Wikipedia.


Q & A: interesting program on CSPAN that meets with important people. Full transcripts and video available.


Monolithic Dome Institute: an interesting approach to home construction. I would totally live in a dome.


Take a Microscopic Trip: all about microscopes. Interesting, as far as it goes.


This entry marks another milestone in the history of Found on the Web. This is the 2,000th entry! What started out as a funny little adjunct to my retail ceramic studio’s web site has blossomed into a huge resource of interesting things. In case you hadn’t noticed from the rest of the site, I’m not big on pomp and circumstance so I don’t really know how to commemorate the occasion. Uhh, thanks for reading. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.


The Vertical Farm Project: farming skyscrapers. I think the basic idea is interesting, even though the FUD surrounding it are detestable.


Google Earth: I was playing around with this this morning and it is super awesome. Much, much better than Google Maps satellite view. And it’s free! I’m so glad they made it free. {via}

[UPDATE (7/22/2005): Go Ogle Earth highlights the most interesting uses of Google Earth.]


Google Command Line: interesting idea. Hate frames. Firefox’s keywords do this. People hate command lines. Moving on.


City Hideout: urban camouflage at its best. I couldn’t find a link on OOOMS‘s site, but they’ve got some interesting stuff there. {via}


State Farm Insurance Vehicle Rating Guide: it’s a huge PDF but very interesting. It’s conclusions probably aren’t much different than other insurers. {via}


20Q: sounds like an interesting little toy. There’s also an online version if you don’t feel like ponying up the dough.


GTD with Gmail: now that’s an interesting way to use Gmail. I can’t remember the last time I logged in to it, but I might just start using it as an adjunct to the Hipster PDA. Here’s parts 2, 3, and 4. Oh and if you don’t know what GTD is, then I don’t have time to elaborate. Here’s the book.


Defunker: hip, interesting t-shirts.


Glorieta and Raton Passes – Gateways to the Southwest: pretty interesting site from the National Park Service.


Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research Reports: there’s some interesting studies available, like “Why Customers Shop Around: A Comparison of Hotel Room Rates and Availability Across Booking Channels”, “Increasing Servers Tips”, and “Perceived Fairness of Restaurant Waitlist-management Policies”. {via}

How to Conduct a Background Check: Interesting roundup of research resources. I don’t know why I just alliterated. {via}


Zombie Risk: an interesting variation on standard Risk board game play.


Plant By Number: an interesting approach to container gardening that’s like paint-by-number for the green thumbs.


SkyHi-Small Signs: a photo gallery of interesting signs from a road trip. {via}

Believer Magazine Interview with Tina Fey: she’s such an interesting person, this head writer for Saturday Night Live.


A9: How We Did the Yellow Pages: that is amazing! Maybe I should do Cave Creek Road for them. {via}

[UPDATE: Someone‘s started a Flickr tag for interesting photos taken along the routes.]


Say ‘Bye to Neon: interesting use of a rental car, but I wonder if the rental agreement prohibits engine modifications.

Solving the Enigma of Kryptos: interesting article about a sculpture at CIA Headquarters that contains some encrypted text that hasn’t been broken since its installation in 1990, even though cryptologists at NSA have worked it. Only the sculptor knows the entire message.


Dubai Tries to Find Its Place in the World In the Record Books: interesting Wall Street Journal article about the spectacle that is Dubai. {via}


Breakfast Around the World: the site makes my eyes bleed, but it’s an interesting take on how the rest of the world eats its first meal. {via}


OMG Clothing: you come up with a slogan, others vote on whether they’d buy a T-shirt with that slogan, and you get $200 if they sell it. Interesting business concept except that people lie. {via}


Photos from Towers: when visiting the Grand Canyon as a child, I was always entranced by those fire-watching towers. Not a particularly deep site, but interesting in its own way.


Pyongyang in Pictures: there’s an interesting backstory on that mammoth hotel. {via}


Nuke the Hamptons: funny domain, envy-ridden premise, woeful execution—more interesting for the level of detail put into creating such a piece of crap.


Six-Word Car Reviews: interesting idea, but lacking in detail.


Interesting article about serial killer Ed Gein, the deranged psychopath who inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs. Note: the article contains the grisly—and grisly doesn’t aptly describe them—details of his doings.


Here’s an interesting page of panoramic pictures of entire trains taken with a slit camera. The first link goes to a page in Japanese—just click on the trains to see the panoramics—and the second has an explanation of the technique in English.


Interesting experiment with brand awareness where they asked people to draw the logos of famous corporations from memory.


Star Wars in 30 Minutes: sounds like an interesting idea. I wonder when Star Wars in 60 Minutes will be out to incorporate the new additions. The cast looks the parts, for sure.


The Chaos and Gravity Club at Western Washington University drops things from yon high to interesting effect. I had to wait to post this because they were getting severely Slashdotted.


Would you believe that someone named their baby ESPN? Would you believe that two separate people, one in Michigan and one in Texas, named their kids ESPN? Other favorites: Del Monte, Canon, and Denim. Makes you wonder where it will end: Drano, perhaps?

[UPDATE: Interesting discussion over at MetaFilter about this very article.]


Here’s some interesting speculation about the genealogy of the Olsens. No, not them. It’s on Jimmy Olsen’s family. You know, the cub reporter from Superman. What? He’s fictional? Don’t tell that guy.


Loads of interesting material on famous trials throughout history. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for, the author suggests that you use a search engine and he personally recommends Google—though it’s “not a paid ad” (I figured that Google would pay big bucks for such placement).


How To: By You is an interesting idea where people ask questions and the readers supply the answers. I contributed my wisdom on the subject of shaving, an activity that I abhor.

Interesting details about the plans for the WTC site.


Go visit a very interesting and thorough site about the ancient city of Athens


100 years of design, note the Tucker and the gorgeous S-1 locomotive. On a related note, be sure to comb through the design awards for 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003—though the student design awards are sometimes more interesting.


The Smoking Gun has obtained a number of letters from media personalities to Ted Kaczynski aka the Unabomber. Favorite quote: “If you know anything about Roseanne, you must know that she is a non-conformist and rarely does what society expects of her. I believe that you and her would definitely ‘hit it off’ and the conversation would definitely be interesting and fulfilling for the both of you.” Uh huh, they’re two peas in a pod.


Among the many items at the ASCII homepage, you can find an ASCII version of a classic Jackass sketch. Awesome! I know he doesn’t do this himself and that a program does, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting.