Gone But Not Forgotten… Lost Roadside Attractions

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     As time marches on and progress continues to physically change the shape of ourlandscape around us, we’re losing so many of the places that are embedded in our memory of years past. Places we so vividly recall visiting or spending time at… happy places of our youth or our children’s younger yearsfamily-vacation-stacked-car-clipart. Some were a wonderful escape from day-to-day life, like a fantasy world, when things were much more ‘carefree’. Others were places we passed or stopped at on those long family road trips when life was moved at a much slower pace than today. Take a journey back with me into time and let’s revisit some of those places.

royer-park-train-rosevilleI started this list about 10 years ago with maybe a few dozen listings of attractions that have since closed down, due to whatever reasons, or have been abandoned, some have suffered from fires, floods, earthquakes, recession, finances, lack of funding to keep open or lack of interest from the ever-changing demographics of visitors causing loss of interest. The places listed here cover several generations, time-wise, from our parents, grandparents or great grandparents era of the late 1800’s all the way up to those that have gone out of business since the millenium. Lots and lots of pictures and links for you to enjoy & learn more about on your own.

Roadside attractions, amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, unusual city parks,
family fun parks, aquariums, zoos, petting zoos, aviaries, monterey-carousel-inside-the-edgewater-packing-company2museums, military bases with special features, themed restaurants, exotic floral gardens, strange oddities, bizarre structures & statues, and the like are all included. Some of the most difficult to keep up were all of the miniature golf courses, larger video arcades, bowling alleys, dance halls, concert venues, luxurious theaters, large recreation centers, malibu-grand-prix-redwood-citythemed campgrounds, public pools, etc. I’ve tried to include those that stood out among the rest for one reason or another. But I’m well aware there are tons more out there that you remember from growing up at.

There are now over 400 listings focussing predominantly in California, Arizona, Nevada,dinosaur-park-sun-valley-az Oregon, Washington & British Columbia, Canada. As one would imagine, the list will never be complete as that would be virtually impossible to keep up with, but I’m constantly finding more places through research that I had either forgotten about, never knew existed, discovered recently or have been referred by readers like you.  Updates, accidental omissions and additional closures will continue being added on this list on and ongoing basis as time permits for me. Please feel free to give me your input and alert me of places you know about that I have not included.

route-66-hwy-signWith all that said, please sit back and revisit, learn about and enjoy the following post.Please bookmark it or ‘follow’ so you can come back here from time to time to see what’s new. Once again los and lots of pictures and links for you to check out more in-depth are included within.

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Remembering Lost and Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions and Amusement Parks on the West Coast

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Top 10 Unusual Top 10 Lists

There are a number of websites out there (including this one) that feature “Top 10” style lists or specialty lists of  favorite something or another. Well, I thought I’d turn the tables around this time and do a somewhat unique post of “Top 10 Unusual Top 10 Lists” with a nice variety of subject matter featured. The following list will feature a LINK as well as a short descriptive paragraph about the featured list/link. These are here simply to amuse, educate, entertain, awaken, amaze, astonish, surprise, scare and/or even disgust you the reader…..

You have now been forewarned so proceed to the loading dock with caution, at your own risk, and try to enjoy your soon to be acquired knowledge 😛

► #1 ~ Vacation Nightmares

Many articles have been written documenting the world’s greatest travel destinations.  However, this list will be examining some locations that you don’t want to visit or would be better off avoiding.  In planning a family vacation or cross-country trip, you just might want to cross these of your itinerary and stay as far away from them as possible. Many of the areas have a serious pollution problems, toxic waste, bad history or are extremely violent or dangerous…..

10 Places You Don’t Want To Visit on Your Next Vacation

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► #2 ~ Twisted Video Games

Warning: Some of the videos included in this list may contain material that is offensive to some readers. I do NOT necessarily recommend anything in this list but include them here only as a matter of showing you how strange some video games, especially their storylines, may really be. You may also find a few of these weird video games quite controversial or in extremely poor taste…..

10 Strangest or Most Controversial Video Games Ever Made

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► #3 ~ Secret Codes Revealed

The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff. Some places use secret codes to pass information between store employees. These are meant to be a secret as they don’t want to alarm the non-staff members or alert someone like a thief to the fact that they have been noticed…..

Secret Codes The General Public Is Not Suppose To Know

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► #4 ~ Eye-Opening Ads

Another warning should be applied with this link too. This is just what the title indicates… Offensive, Banned & Rejected Ads from around the world. I think once you view some of these you’ll see why most if not all were done in poor taste and would definitely create controversy…..

16 Offensive, Banned & Rejected Ads From Around The World

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► #5 ~ Morbid Deaths Rituals

As if death was not morbid enough, many people have taken last rites to a whole new level of dreadfulness. In some cultures disposing of the corpse might mean anything from eating it up to dancing with it. Those of you who think burial and cremation are the only death rituals – please prepare yourself before you read what follows in the link below…..

Top 10 Unusual Death Rituals

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► #6 ~ Unsolved Mysteries

This list comprises the most famous unsolved mysteries known to mankind that really defy rational explanation or are just outright strange. You will find some to be quite controversial also. This time you get two lists for the price of one – featuring 20 of the most disturbing, spooky, and fascinating unsolved mysteries ranging from the supernatural to the outright bizarre.

Part 1 – Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries

Part 2 – Another 10 Unsolved Mysteries

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► #7 ~ Macabre Museums

Take a virtual tour through ten of the scariest museums around today. Featured are the Mutter Museum, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, and eight other horrifying spots for those seeking the macabre. Definitely NOT for the weak of heart…..

Top 10 Museums That Will Scare You Silly

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► #8 ~ Bizarre Coming-of-Age Rituals

Rites of passage in adolescence are a cross-cultural phenomenon. They have existed throughout human history and may be a significant factor in the development of a stable adult personality. In Western culture, we are familiar with such rites as the Bar Mitzvah, Sweet 16 parties, and Quinceañera. In tribal cultures, coming of age ceremonies are, in many cases, much more elaborate and can be truly terrifying…..

10 Bizarre Rites of Passage

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► #9 ~ Freak Show Oddities

These are people who made a living as side-show freaks. Most had physical disorders and had no alternative way of making a living. A list of this type would not be complete without the most famous attraction of all: The Elephant Man…..

Top 10 Human Sideshow Freaks

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► #10 ~ Extraordinary Coincidences

Life is full of coincidences, some very minor, but occasionally – extraordinary. This is a list of 15 of the most incredible, unbelievable coincidences. This list features an interesting mix of  some spooky and some happy coincidences…..

Top 15 Amazing Coincidences

Incredible Hoax Websites For The Gullibly Challenged

Let me start off first by defining exactly what I mean by the words HOAX and GULLIBLE:

HOAX generally means to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous — often meant to be a so-called prank, practical joke or spoof. It can also be defined as an act, document or artifact intended to deceive or defraud.

So that means that these  HOAX websites are basically fake or fictitious web pages — you might even call them funny spoof sites that will try to deceive you or fool you in some way, usually all in good fun — some are more convincing than others — but not necessarily all of them.

A GULLIBLE person can easily be ‘taken in’ or ‘tricked’, ‘deceived’ or ‘duped’. They are considered to be naive and not really alert to danger or deception, largely due to the ‘lack of worldly experience’.

Over the years, a number of enterprising individuals (entrepreneurs) have come up with clever, wacky as well as eye-catching ways to market and/or promote bizarre and unusual gadgets, inventions, behaviors, ideas or maybe try to sell non-existent products to those that would be gullible enough to fall for it. A few may even try to get you to believe in some concept or theory that is non-existent or you haven’t heard before. A number of these are amusing and fun while others are just incredibly lame or stupid. A growing number of new sites tend to pop-up around April 1st… April Fool’s Day. Tons of these sites have come and gone over the years… only to resurface again every so often. However, there are a few that have had “staying power” due to a variety of reasons… viral marketing… unusual promotions… social networking… overwhelming curiosity mixed with too much free time… etc.

People have published some hilarious, bizarre and strange things on the Internet and the world wide web has become a breeding ground for hoaxes. So, with all being said, here you will find some of the more interesting and intriguing sites that I consider among the best I’ve come across on the web.

THIS IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS

SEVERAL MORE LINKS TO BE ADDED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

KEEP CHECKIN’ BACK!!

So kick back and ENJOY the following sites at your own risk 😛

  • Afterlife Telegrams – Terminally ill volunteers will memorize your messages and, upon death, deliver them to your friends and family on the other side
  • Baby Smasher – “Crushing Society’s Untruths” – Discover the true purpose behind “baby changing stations” in restrooms around the world
  • Black People Love Us – Meet Sally & Johnny – They are well-liked by Black people so they’re psyched and need to tell the world – Check out their testimonials! – You can be their friend too!
  • Chrissy Caviar® – “The World’s Most Expensive Luxury Consumable Item” – Human eggs marketed in glass jars create a conceptual art object – Talk about self-promotion
  • Dehydrated Water – “The Healthier Choice!” – Free Samples! – Cool Jobs! – Franchise Opportunities!
  • Dog Island – “Where dogs roam free forever” – Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island are healthy dogs who live a natural, healthy and happy life, free from the stress and hardship associated with daily live among humans.
  • End of The Internet – Internet Explorer page explaining that this is the very end of the internet and there is nothing left to do.
  • GenoChoice – Here you can create your own genetically healthy child online!
  • Meet Clyven – The Clever Little Mouse – By implanting human brain cells (that were grown from  stem cells from a human embryo) into a mouse engineered to have Alzheimer’s, the doctors inadvertently make a remarkable and startling discovery — The mouse’s dementia is not only cured but the rodent developed the relative intelligence of a human’s being!
  • University of Nigeria – World Leaders of Ethical Business Studies as well as the Creators of Advanced Fee Methodology
  • Zombie Attack @ Hierakonpolis – Weighing the evidence for and the dating of “Solanum Virus” outbreaks in early Egypt – This one actually comes across as credible!

Bizarre Strange & Unusual Phobias

On a previous post I focused predominately on the more common fears that many people have in general. Now I wanted to highlight the more uncommon, most unusual, bizarre, strange and downright weird phobias that afflict a number of people.

Some of the information presented here will repeat what I originally stated in a previous post a few months back that you will find here >> What Really Scares People: Top 10 Fears

Instead of an evolutionary or culture-led phobia, there may be a separate explanation for weird or strange phobias, such as the fear of cheese. This group of phobias may be linked to deep-seated psychological trauma. For whatever reason, that inanimate object or non-threatening situation has become the focus of the fear, and acts as a trigger for stored feelings of anxiety.

The common “specific phobias” – such as the fear of spiders, or snakes, or being struck by lightning – are all understandable… at least on some level. We may not fully understand the extreme fear response some people give them but somewhere in there is a threat to survival.

Below you will find a list of uncommon – and in some cases – bizarre phobias – which really do prove utterly terrifying and disgusting to a small part of the general population.

  • Ablutophobia – the obsessional fear of bathing
  • Adipophobia – the fear of appearing too fat
  • Agyrophobia – the fear of crossing roads
  • Ambulophobia – the fear of walking
  • Anablephobia – the fear of looking up
  • Androphobia – the fear of men
  • Anthophobia – the fear of flowers
  • Arachibutyrophobia – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth
  • Aulophobia – the fear of flutes
  • Barophobia – the fear of gravity
  • Cataptrophobia – the fear of mirrors
  • Chionophobia – the fear of snow
  • Chorophobia – the fear of dancing
  • Chromatophobia – the fear of colors
  • Chronomentrophobia – the fear of time
  • Cnidophobia – the fear of string
  • Cyberphobia – the fear of working with computers
  • Decidophobia – the fear of making decisions
  • Ephebiphobia the fear of teenagers
  • Ergophobia – the fear of work, finding work or functioning at work
  • Erotophobia – the fear of sex or talking about sex
  • Gelotophobia – the obsessional fear of being laughed at
  • Genuphobia – the fear of knees
  • Geumapobia – the fear of taste
  • Gerontophobia – the fear of growing old or fear of the elderly
  • Gymnophobia – the fear of being seen naked or seeing others naked
  • Gynophobia – the fear of women
  • Haptephobia – the fear of being touched
  • Heliophobia – the fear of sunlight
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – the fear of long words 😛 Really!
  • Hypnophobia – the fear of sleep
  • Kyphophobia – the fear of stooping
  • Levophobia – the fear of objects to the left
  • Megalophobia – the fear of large or oversized objects
  • Metrophobia – the fear of poetry
  • Mnemophobia – the fear of memories
  • Nomophobia the fear of being out of cellular/mobile phone contact
  • Octophobia – the fear of the figure eight
  • Ommetaphobia – the fear of eyes
  • Osmophobia – the fear of smells
  • Optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes
  • Papaphobia – the fear of the Pope
  • Peladophobia – the fear of bald people
  • Phagophobia the fear of swallowing
  • Phobophobia – the fear of having a phobia
  • Scopophobia the fear of being looked at
  • Scuirophobia – the fear of squirrels
  • Siderophobia – the fear of stars
  • Somniphobia – the fear of sleep
  • Spectrophobia the fear of mirrors
  • Trichophobia the fear of loose hairs
  • Triskaidekaphobia the fear of the number 13
  • Xenophobia – the fear of strangers, foreigners or aliens

A Final Thought

And finally, spare a thought for those very select poor folks who suffer from Panophobia – which translates to those  who are perpetually and continuously afraid of EVERYTHING…..

Boredom Busters: Fun Websites To Checkout When Boredom Strikes

Fun Websites To Checkout When Boredom Strikes

Are you looking for ways to overcome or conquer boredom? We’ve all been there at one time or another. How about ways to pass the time when there seems to be nothing else to do? No one else is around and you want something to entertain you or at least keep your interest for a while and you don’t feel like watching television, reading a book or being too active. Check out the following suggestions of websites to visit with lots of stuff to keep you occupied, amused, aghast or entertained for as long as possible. You should find that most are captivating — Some are unusual – Some may be crude or slightly warped – but no porn since this is a general interest website meant to appeal to as many people as possibleThat being said — there should be something here for everybody and/or all interests.

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Please Note: Additional sites are continually being added over time as interesting, entertaining and unusual ones are being discovered that are worth sharing with you…

Stay Tuned and Keep Checking Back Often!!     ENJOY!! 😛

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A pictorial collection as well as an amusing look at clever license plates that people actually have had on their vehicles at one time or another – always trying to stay one step ahead of the Department of Motor Vehicles – Some are thought-provoking, many are funny and entertaining while others are tasteless or downright offensive – you’ve been forewarned!!

Bored.com is a place where you can find endless amounts of entertainment. They have FREE online games, tons of humor categories, quizzes, puzzles, trivia, videos, images, fun activities to do, dumb stuff, blogs, money making ideas, and so much more! This site is updated constantly.

Loaded with jokes (everything imaginable) and videos from big name as well as up and coming comedians . If you think you are an aspiring stand-up comedian, you can even submit your own through the Open Mic Challenge.

Craigslist is a community site where people can buy and sell, look for jobs, post personals ads, sound off with their rants and chat in general. The “Best Of” section contains the finest moments of Craigslist. Be forewarned that some of the posts can be a little on the obscene side and easily score an R-rating or worse.

Cool Text is a FREE graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.  Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a simple form and you’ll have your own custom image created on the fly.

Create FREE personalized graphics, images, signs, banners, logos, avatars, labels, and ecards online instantly. Thousands of free dynamic JPEG, GIF and PNG image creators. No software needs to be installed – Web-based image design tools  at your fingertips. Simply choose a template layout. Everything is created through a web page. Their server is programmed to do all the processing.

Definitely not a site for the easily offended, weak-hearted or those without at least a little warped sense of humor. Awards have been given for people who “do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool” (i.e. lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in a stupid fashion).

Here are the necessary qualifications (so-to-speak)

  1. Inability to reproduce – Nominee must be dead or rendered sterile.
  2. Excellence – Astoundingly stupid judgment.
  3. Self-selection – Cause of one’s own demise.
  4. Maturity – Capable of sound judgment, past the legal driving age, and free of mental defect.
  5. Verifiable – The story must be documented by reliable sources (such as reputable newspaper articles, confirmed television reports, or responsible eyewitnesses). If a story is found to be untrue, it is disqualified, but particularly amusing ones are placed in the urban legend section of the archives.

Actual Examples of Darwin “blue ribbon” award winners include:

☺ Juggling active hand grenades (Croatia, 2001)
☺ – Leaving a lit cigarette in a warehouse full of explosives (Philippines, 1999)
☺ – Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (US, 1987)
☺ – Trying to get enough light to look down the barrel of a loaded muzzleloader gun using a cigarette lighter (US, 1996)
☺ – Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003)
☺ – Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically loads the next round into the chamber or attempting Russian roulette with an unexploded landmine
☺ – Crashing through a window and falling to one’s death in trying to demonstrate that the window is unbreakable

The Darwin Awards: Chlorinating the Gene Pool! – Culling the Herd – Unnatural Selection? – Evolution in Action! — You can actually vote, submit stories and nominate your favorites!

Nice selection of FREE single player and multiplayer online word games – choice of levels, difficulty and times – Very Addicting – NO downloading required – NO registration needed – Simple and Quick

Cool site updated daily with hilarious videos, jokes, games, audio soundboards, prank calls, links, and forums. Very popular site with a huge following.

EverthingWeird is pretty much just what you thing it is – They keep a focus on every imaginable  strange, unusual, bizarre or just plain weird things happening around the globe – whether it’s weird news, funny pictures, wacky gadgets, useless technology, and so forth.

Excessively Free Games is a comprehensive online game collection. There is no signup process or complicated steps to get started, and no charges… just a simple way to play Internet games for free! Action, adventure, arcade, casino, fighting, humor, puzzles, racing, retro, shooting, sports, strategy games, and more are all available for immediate Flash game-play. Also available: Classic NES game emulation, with a selection of the best and most popular original Nintendo games that can all be played online with no downloads required!

The ultimate “Homework Center” and reference site for kids, parents & teachers – featuring encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac, educational games and teaching tools – loaded with fun facts, games, quizzes,  pop culture awareness, lots of cool stuff and so much more –  geared towards grades K-8

Satirical views on interesting, bizarre and amusing stories, submitted by a community of millions of news junkies, with regular Photoshop (manipulation) contests. Very Funny -Very Addicting – Very Popular – updated daily

The self-proclaimed “Biggest Avatar and Profile Picture On The Net!” — Featuring 1000’s of hot avatars for any forum, website or social network site – Allows you to download for FREE and ‘pimp out’ your profile of some of the coolest and most popular avatars available online and share them with your friends. Be sure to check out the avatar widgets available for your blog also.

Family friendly – Here’s one for the kids – Funology is one of the best places on the Web for kids to find things to do. Not just while you’re sitting at the computer, but anywhere. Things to do by yourself or with your friends, your parents, your pets, anyone. They’ll teach you a million and one ways to make things, explore the world, and discover skills you never knew you had. You’ll use words, numbers, facts, ideas, and objects you find around the house. It’s one place where you’ll never be bored!

Ever wish that you had some kind of device to help lighten up an  awkward moment or get you out of an uncomfortable situation? — Sure you have!! –There are about a dozen or so links to sites offering thousands of cool and fun sound effects for your entertainment pleasure or  your “instant gratification”. Best of all — They’re all FREE — No downloading required for most and minimal downloading for the rest. They run the full gamut from funny to scary, including sounds of animals, applause, people, transportation, sirens, lasers, instruments, household appliances, doors, machines, TV, space, occupational, nature, weather and so forth as well as a whole slew of alarms, bells, beeps, clicks, chimes, screams, whistles and wacky f/x.

So Go Ahead! — Give it a Try! — Indulge A Little! — You know you wanna! 😛

Quite possibly – THEE website for those afflicted by boredom – Loads of viral videos, games, memes, lists and social networking for when you’re bored. Claims to be updated every day so check back often.

Infoplease is the world’s largest free reference site –  Including Encyclopedia, Almanac, Dictionary, Thesaurus, World Atlas, Biographies, Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Business, Health & Science, General Knowledge, History, Timelines, Calendars & Holidays, and the list goes on….. The Daily Almanac special features include: Today in History, Today’s Birthdays, and Word of the Day — Basically a ‘Compendium’ of statistics and up-to-date facts and figures, on everything you need to know.

JibJab is a very popular online humor site with original and user-generated jokes, live videos, flash and other animated videos. Lots to see and do – be creative – make and star in your very own videos and ecards. Watch original award-winning hilarious parody videos. Share with your family and friends.

Extremely popular flash animation site loaded with funny cartoons and videos – and it helps to have a warped sense of humor for maximum enjoyment. Start your day with JoeCartoon and enjoy a dose of funny videos and cartoon characters in this humor-filled off-the-wall site. Enjoy funny pics, games, videos & animation.

Making the web a more useful place, one line at a time — Create your own instantly or search others by popularity or random — Everything imaginable  as well as unimaginable.

The List Universe serves over 4.5 million pages a month to more than 1.5 million readers. They are focused on lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser-known trivia. Every day they present a new unique list in any one of twenty-two different categories, from art to travel.

A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception. Examining dubious claims and mischief of all kinds. You can also test your pop culture literacy by determining which photos are hoaxes and which are real. There’s also a gullibility test you can take just to see how gullible you really are. A must visit for April Fool’s Day but fun to check out year ’round.

Their logo states: “Everything. By Everyone”.  Newgrounds is an American entertainment website as well as a social media website – primarily hosting Adobe Flash animations and games,  but also features a music-oriented page, along with an art portal. Newgrounds is the oldest Flash portal website, and is distinguished by its automated submission and rating system, as it is the first website in history to produce a fully automated user-generated content system — OVERALL — A VERY ENTERTAINING SITE — PS >>> A lot of original Joe Cartoon content has moved over to NewGrounds as of 2010.

One of the largest collection of optical illusions on the net – Search by category, type or highest user-rating – Includes art, pictures, video, words – Some scary, some dizzying, many bizarre, almost all entertaining

The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. It is the best-known resource for validating and/or debunking such stories in American popular culture. Pick a category of interest – Check out the latest scams going around the internet.

Stumbleupon is a social site with a difference – instead of picking the sites you want to see, you tell Stumbleupon what your interests are and a simple click of a button takes you to a random site. This is dangerously addictive!

The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,883 groups with 6,943,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. Have fun!

Ever wonder what the longest or most expensive or largest or fastest or first or last  or coolest [insert item or word] in the world is? You’ve come to the right place to find out… the website with the longest name. Very Addicting — Very Entertaining — Absolutely Tons of Stuff to check out here! Lots of Trivia too!!
“THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Whatever you do – DO NOT PRESS THE RED BUTTON! It could lead to the end of the world… or worse — But you know ya just got to try it… just once… right?? 😛

Find the meaning and origins of over 1200 English phrases, sayings and idioms. Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a saying or phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you’ll more than likely find something here to interest you.

REAL FREE SAMPLES! ———- It’s Quite Simply stated on their site… New FREE samples added every single day – FREE stuff in tons of categories

  • No credit card required, EVER!
  • Only 100% real free stuff!
  • No strings attached!
  • No shipping fees!
  • No scams!
  • No spam!

Create your own music and sounds with this cool 3D Sound-visualizer – Basically a simple sine-wave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16-step sequencer. Each triggered step causes a force on the underlying wave-map, which makes it more entertaining and mesmerizing – You gotta see this for yourself — Very Addicting — Fantastically fun to play with – Be prepared to lose track of time.

A cool and yet so simple way to relieve all that pent-up anger or stress you build up sometimes. The object here is quite simple… Click on your favorite celebrity or politician, say someone like Eminem. Up pops a photo of the man (or woman), posing in an obnoxious way. You know it’s two-dimensional, but you begin to feel like he’s giving you dirty looks. Soon your blood boils: “WHAT ARE YOU STARING AT, SLIM SHADY?” you scream. “I’LL SHOW YOU WHO THE REAL ONE IS.” The next thing you know, you’re throwing down the gauntlet and picking up the mouse. You click on his photo like crazy. A right-click here and a right-jab there. You hear a joke “oomph” sound effect come over your speakers and you see his photo distort and warp with every smack. Punch features good sound effects, custom-made for each celebrity (try them all!). Wanna slap the grease paint right off of Ronald McDonald? Go ahead and give him a good BigsMac. And chuckle endlessly when he screeches “Mc Ow!” in response to every hit you land. The silly warping of faces is phenomenal; these contortions are worth the price of admission. Like any good boxing ring, though, there is some curses, sexual innuendos, and scattered drug references on this page so be careful…it’s an R-Rated place to be. This site has been around for quite sometime (celebs may be a little out of date)

Alright, let’s face it…how many times has someone said something to you that you just shook your head about and had no clue what they were saying? Or maybe you’re a parent just trying to figure out or decipher what your children are talking about.  Find out what the latest slang or jargon that you keep hearing actually means… straight from the source. The Urban Dictionary is one of the fastest growing websites around. Almost 5 million definitions listed here since their inception more than 10 years ago! — Urban Dictionary is the dictionary written by you! — Define Your World! — Check it out today!

Featuring “Stuff You Never Needed To Know But Your Life Would Be Incomplete Without”. Talking about random, off-the-wall and totally unrelated subject matter, this site has it all – amazing, amusing, absurd, weird, disturbing, educational, stupid….. Check ’em out and get caught up in the new stuff you’ll learn about.

VeryFunnyAds.com is a website about — you guessed it — very funny ads. The TV commercials on this site are some of the funniest from around the world. They’ve even got a few that were too sexy to be aired in the United States. New and funny commercials are constantly being added all the time, so keep checking back.

If you’re a Sudoku addict, you can create your own custom games at this FREE site. You can choose to play offline and you can even create your own printable Sudoku ebook.

Let your creativity and imagination loose with this very cool and fun imaging program.

You may be asking yourself — What is 3DTextMaker.com???
Well — It’s an online 3D text banner creation tool. This unique tool is completely available to use online — nothing to download or install. Better yet, it’s ABSOLUTELY FREE — no prepaid tokens or subscriptions.

What can I do with 3DTextMaker.com?
Create your own 3D text banners! Choose a font, colorize it, size it, and “jazzercise” it — then save it and take it with you. You name it and you can do it!

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Need a few more ideas?

OK Then!! — Check out these perennial favorites and see if these do anything for ya… 😛

Popular FREE Game Sites

Lots of awesome web-based game choices here covering lots of genres… Action — Adventure — Arcade — Board Games — Classic Old School — Casino — Puzzle — Shooting — Sports — Strategy — Life & Style

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Movie & TV Preview & Trailer Sites

Watch movie and television previews and trailers as well as new DVD release teasers at these FREE sites:

View the latest movie trailers for many current and upcoming releases. Many trailers are available in high-quality HD, iPod, and iPhone versions.

ComingSoon.net provides movie trailers, upcoming movies, TV, release dates, DVDs, videos and more. Get a sneak peek at box office hits and independent titles, with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Popular FREE Video Sites

And then of course there is the immensely popular FREE Video Sites featuring the following all-time favorites…

YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

Hulu is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips anytime you care to watch them. Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from nearly 190 leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, ABC, Comedy Central, ABC Family, Biography, Lionsgate, Endemol, MGM, MTV Networks, National Geographic, Digital Rights Group, Paramount, PBS, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more. Users can choose from more than 1,700 current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, 30 Rock, LOST, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Office the morning after they air; classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The A-Team, Airwolf and Married…with Children; movies like Last of the Mohicans and Basic Instinct; documentaries like Super Size Me, Crawford and The Times of Harvey Milk; and clips from Saturday Night Live; web originals like Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dorm Life; and other popular TV shows and movies.

  • Ustream

Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage their audience in a meaningful, immediate way. Unlike previous webcasting technology, Ustream uses a one-to-many model, which means that the user can broadcast to an audience of unlimited size. Ustream’s platform has been used to broadcast everything from high school sporting events to Hollywood movie premieres, and people are finding new and innovative uses for it every day.

Whether viewing exclusive live events like Ustream All Access with Snoop Dogg or exploring Ustream’s networks for recorded live content ranging from music to talk shows to sports and politics, Ustream is all about premium content. It opens up a new world of possibilities and experiences to broadcasters and viewers alike, which the pre-recorded static video that’s predominated the Internet to date just can’t provide. Today, people are Ustreaming everything including:

  • Major political events such as debates, speeches, rallies
  • Talk shows
  • Movie premieres and ‘red carpet events’
  • Concerts
  • School and business events and training
  • Conferences
  • Sporting events
  • Personal milestones such as holiday gatherings, weddings, graduations, parties, even births
  • Interactive games for viewers to watch or join

The website has over 2,000,000 registered users who generate 1,500,000+ hours of live streamed content per month with over ten million unique hits per month.

This popular video portal gives you access to tens of millions of videos anytime you wish. Veoh is a revolutionary online video service that gives users the power to easily discover, watch, and personalize their entertainment viewing experience. With a simple broadband connection Veoh gives you free access to all of the great TV and film studio content, independent productions, and user-generated videos on the Web. From hit series on CBS, ABC, MTV Networks to content from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and ESPN to your favorite YouTube clips, Veoh turns the vast universe of Internet video into an easy-to-use, high-quality, personalized experience that entertainment fans everywhere can enjoy. Veoh’s powerful search capabilities and recommendations engine help you easily find videos that you want to watch as well as discover content you didn’t know existed. And it is all in one place on Veoh.com. All the online content you want to watch and smart search that knows what you like – that’s Veoh.

Metacafe is one of the world’s largest video sites, attracting more than 40 million unique viewers each month. They specialize in short-form original content – from new, emerging talents and established Hollywood heavyweights alike. They’re also committed to delivering an exceptional entertainment experience.

Metacafe is not a video sharing and hosting site that allows any and every video to be posted. Instead, Metacafe is a video entertainment site that focuses on:

Short-form – Metacafe specializes in short-form original video – content that is made for the interactive Internet medium. The average video on this site is just over 90 seconds long. People come to Metacafe looking for an entertainment break in their day.

Entertainment – They’re all about entertaining a large audience by featuring only those videos that amaze, inspire and make viewers laugh. This means you won’t find hard news stories, personal videos or webcam chatter on Metacafe.

Audience-driven – The Metacafe experience is determined entirely by the community. Videos are user-generated, user-selected, user-reviewed and user-rewarded. At Metacafe, they put the audience in the driver’s seat, empowering viewers in a much more meaningful way than other video sites.

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And One For The Road…

Couldn’t resist just one more pathetic attempt to get attention for the really bored as well as  easily amused person (most likely for guys) – Check out this site … if you dare … the name says it all.

Claims to be the web’s largest source of bathroom humor – with all the visuals and sound f/x of farting, pooping, peeing, burping, vomiting and more.

What Really Scares People: Top 10 Fears

What Really Scares People?

Here’s a question for you to ponder —

Is there anything you can think of, off the top of your head, that you have a fear (phobia) of ? — Be it real or imagined? — maybe ghosts, snakes, spiders, clowns, closets, thunder, the dark, enclosed places, the unknown, heights, flying, death, taxes as an example — Now, while it’s quite commonplace and normal for children to have a few fears while growing up, most of them are overcome as they get older. A few phobias, however, may possibly hang on into adulthood. With that being said, do you ever wonder what scares other people — specifically referring about adults?

A Little About Phobias

Phobias!Even the word sounds scary! — When you have an extreme fear (phobia) of something, it really IS scary.

Common phobias suffered by many people include:

  • Fear of public places (agoraphobia)
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Fear of crowds
  • Fear of animals, or a particular kind of animal
  • Fear of darkness
  • Fear of crossing bridges
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of driving
  • Fear of water
  • Fear of heart attacks (or other illness)
  • Social phobia

Sounds like quite a list, doesn’t it? — Believe me, this list is the tip of the iceberg. And don’t feel like you’re alone either. It is estimated that 1.8 million people suffer from agoraphobia alone! About 19.2 million people over the age of 18 suffer from some type of specific phobia in a given year! And YES – That’s a HUGE number.

Normal Fears -vs- Irrational Fears

Some fears are normal — We are born with some fears, which is actually a good thing, such as the fear of falling.

Other fears we acquire — Fear of getting hit by a car when you cross the street makes you more careful — Or the fear of cutting yourself helps you be more cautious when using knives and scissors.

However, some fears are irrational phobias. You may even understand that the fear or phobia you have is irrational. Yet, your extreme fear overshadows your rational mind and you give in to the phobia.

10 Most Common Fears

Here are the 10 most common fears (along with their scientific name) that have been widely reported by the adult population, including a brief description of the situation.

(1) – Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders

Seems to be no escape from these eight-legged creatures. They live in our houses, yards and even our work places. The most die-hard arachnophobes are even scared of pictures of spiders.

(2) – Social phobia – The fear of social situations

More than just simple shyness — This is an extreme fear of being scrutinised by others, or by being humiliated even by your own actions.

(3) – Aerophobia – The fear of flying

Generally meant to be by airplane, however it can crossover into another fear of being suspended above ground – known as acrophobia (see #6 below). Also, this can often be paired with claustrophobia (see #5 below).

(4) – Agoraphobia – The fear of inescapable situations

The result is anxiety and panic attacks, which can easily become self-perpetuating. Extreme agoraphobes are confined to their own home, which is the only place they consider to be safe.

(5) – Claustrophobia – The fear of confined spaces

These poor sufferers will stay well away from elevators, trains and tiny cupboards under the stairwells. May cause panic attacks if escape is not possible.

(6) – Acrophobia – The fear of heights

Sufferers may have panic attacks and put themselves in genuine danger if they can’t get down. Often confused with vertigo – which is merely a dizzy or spinning sensation and not necessarily caused by heights.

(7) – Emetophobia – The fear of vomit

This one nobody even likes to THINK about. No one likes the sight or smell of vomit, but these sufferers will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid the stuff.

(8) – Carcinophobia – The fear of cancer

Although it’s not contagious, a carcinophobe will believe he/she has cancer because he/she has touched someone else with the disease.

(9) – Brontophobia – The fear of thunderstorms

Also known as astraphobia. This is one of those fears that may ‘holdover’ from childhood. Child and adult sufferers alike hide away from thunder and lightning, lest they suffer panic attacks and have difficulty breathing.

(10) – Necrophobia – The fear of death

Derived from the fear of being buried alive, after early excavations of coffins showed scratch marks made by trapped victims. Also relates to coffins and corpses.

Overall Effects of Phobias

Phobias lead to anxiety attacks and depression. Those people affected many times prefer to lead a secluded life for fear of being laughed at. They feel awful and have an extremely difficult time facing the world and owning up to their strange and bizarre phobias. Professional help may be the order of the day to help overcome these fears and lead a somewhat normal existence.

Uncommon & Bizarre Phobias

Instead of an evolutionary or culture-led phobia, there may be a separate explanation for weird or strange phobias, such as the fear of cheese. This group of phobias may be linked to deep-seated psychological trauma. For whatever reason, that inanimate object or non-threatening situation has become the focus of the fear, and acts as a trigger for stored feelings of anxiety.

The common “specific phobias” – such as the fear of spiders, or snakes, or being struck by lightning – are all understandable… at least on some level. We may not fully understand the extreme fear response some people give them but somewhere in there is a threat to survival.

Below you will find a list of uncommon – and in some cases – bizarre phobias – which really do prove utterly terrifying and disgusting to a small part of the general population.

  • Ablutophobia – the obsessional fear of bathing
  • Adipophobia – the fear of appearing too fat
  • Agyrophobia – the fear of crossing roads
  • Ambulophobia – the fear of walking
  • Anablephobia – the fear of looking up
  • Androphobia – the fear of men
  • Anthophobia – the fear of flowers
  • Arachibutyrophobia – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth
  • Aulophobia – the fear of flutes
  • Barophobia – the fear of gravity
  • Cataptrophobia – the fear of mirrors
  • Chionophobia – the fear of snow
  • Chorophobia – the fear of dancing
  • Chromatophobia – the fear of colors
  • Chronomentrophobia – the fear of time
  • Cnidophobia – the fear of string
  • Cyberphobia – the fear of working with computers
  • Decidophobia – the fear of making decisions
  • Ephebiphobia the fear of teenagers
  • Ergophobia – the fear of work, finding work or functioning at work
  • Erotophobia – the fear of sex or talking about sex
  • Gelotophobia – the obsessional fear of being laughed at
  • Genuphobia – the fear of knees
  • Geumapobia – the fear of taste
  • Gerontophobia – the fear of growing old or fear of the elderly
  • Gymnophobia – the fear of being seen naked or seeing others naked
  • Gynophobia – the fear of women
  • Haptephobia – the fear of being touched
  • Heliophobia – the fear of sunlight
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – the fear of long words 😛 Really!
  • Hypnophobia – the fear of sleep
  • Kyphophobia – the fear of stooping
  • Levophobia – the fear of objects to the left
  • Megalophobia – the fear of large or oversized objects
  • Metrophobia – the fear of poetry
  • Mnemophobia – the fear of memories
  • Nomophobia the fear of being out of cellular/mobile phone contact
  • Octophobia – the fear of the figure eight
  • Ommetaphobia – the fear of eyes
  • Osmophobia – the fear of smells
  • Optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes
  • Papaphobia – the fear of the Pope
  • Peladophobia – the fear of bald people
  • Phagophobia the fear of swallowing
  • Phobophobia – the fear of having a phobia
  • Scopophobia the fear of being looked at
  • Scuirophobia – the fear of squirrels
  • Siderophobia – the fear of stars
  • Somniphobia – the fear of sleep
  • Spectrophobia the fear of mirrors
  • Trichophobia the fear of loose hairs
  • Triskaidekaphobia the fear of the number 13
  • Xenophobia – the fear of strangers, foreigners or aliens

A Final Thought

And finally, spare a thought for those very select poor folks who suffer from Panophobia – which translates to those  who are perpetually and continuously afraid of EVERYTHING…..

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Humorous Headlines In The News

In today’s world of fast-paced and very competitive news coverage, as well as pressure of being the first to get a story to press (either online or offline), a lot of misplaced, slip-ups or poorly worded articles, taglines, captions or story headings seem to happen quite frequently. If you know what to look for and have a keen eye for stuff of this nature, you’ll probably find articles like these more often than you think.

JayLeno-HeadlinesIf you haven’t already discovered the new Jay Leno Show on NBC (comes on each weeknight at 10 PM Pacific Time), check out his Headlines segment he does every Monday night — actually Jay had routinely done the Headlines segment on the old Tonight Show ever since he took over as host replacing the late Johnny Carson back on May 25, 1992 through May 29, 2009, when Conan O’Brien took over as the newest host.

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Here’s how the segment played out…

Headlines(Monday): Humorous print items sent in by viewers. These real-life headlines are usually headlines with typographical errors, or unintentionally inappropriate items. The segment usually starts out with a fake, humorous Headline during the introduction for the segment, such as Arabs Wish Bush “A Happy Shoe Year!”. Reflecting Jay’s moving of this segment to a 10PM ET/PT time slot, the lead Headline on the final broadcasting of this segment was 4 Out Of 5 Scientists Say “Headlines” Funnier at 10PM Than 11:30PM.

Headlines – Jay Leno Show/Tonight Show With Jay Leno

NBC/The Jay Leno Show/Headlines

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Here is a compilation of several examples of amusing, funny, ironic, mis-worded, unintentional or inappropriate newspaper clippings from around the country and around the web. Enjoy!

10-commandments

Over Ruled!

a-rod-goes-deep

Ouch!
boy-saves-sisters-life

"I wouldn't do it again -- she's been a pain this week!"

caskets-found

Well done Captain Obvious!

condom-truck-spill

Eeewww!

dead-morge3

Very Observant!

federal-agents-raid-gun-shop

Imagine That!

hookers-line-up-for-bjs

lack-of-funds

Would this be considered frugal spending?

psychics-predict-world-didnt-end

student excited dad got head job

utah-poison-control

Missippi-literacy-program

teen-pregnancy

police-find-crack

Here are even more strange ads……….

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funny-newspaper-ads

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