Where do you go to waste time on the internet? Facebook and Twitter, the usual default answers, are exhausting. Scrolling through them feels like work. "I don't know how to waste time on the internet anymore," says Dan Nosowitz in the internet-culture blog Select All. We agree with him that it's way too easy to get trapped on boring and negative social feeds. But we don't agree that the internet doesn't have any fun, crazy places left. If you've forgotten how to waste time online, try these sites and happily while away the hours.
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Ten years ago, we played around with Six Degrees of Wikipedia, a cute web page that would find the link path between any two Wikipedia pages. Now there's a new visual version, by a different developer, with an updated database. The new Six Degrees of Wikipedia visualises all the shortest paths between any two entries as a network map.
If you need a really last minute gift, try this nerdy card game you can print on card stock and play today. Gut Check, designed by microbiome researcher David Coil, pits your microbes against opponents': you can contract infections, take probiotics and watch antibiotic resistant genes spread through the population.
You've probably seen those on-foot chase scenes in movies like Casino Royale, where the escapee vaults over obstacles and lands from scary heights with cat-like grace. That's parkour and freerunning in action -- and they're similar. The difference between the two, however, is in the mindset.
There's something about the sound of dice rolling, the feeling of moving pieces around a board, and the feel of cards in your hand that make board games so magical. If you can't get enough of that experience, or can't get a group together to play, these games are great to play on your own, whenever you want.
St. Patrick's Day is one of the few days of the year where you get to indulge in drunken debauchery with like-minded strangers -- especially if you're Irish. In the following video, Gizmodo editor Luke Hopewell explains how to perfect your Irish brogue to maximise the messy mayhem. Apparently, it's all in the spelling...
Google’s sense of humour is evident in its many Easter eggs and search tricks, but it pops up elsewhere too. For instance, Google’s online calculator can handle conversions into the never-actually-used-in-the-real-world Potrzebie Unit System, a ludicrous system of weights and measures invented for Mad Magazine. Note: including measurements in Potrzebie units in your next presentation may not guarantee a promotion.