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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.

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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.

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Exercise routines don't have to be thrilling; ask anyone who slogs through a 6AM workout every day. But even if someone is happy with a dull routine, that doesn't mean they will derive joy from unwrapping a sparkly gift box that contains (yawn) another pair of weights. So try these gifts instead.

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Ask five people what their idea of an awesome holiday is and you might get five different answers. Everyone understands the main point, which is to recharge and recover from the stresses of everyday life, but what you focus on when you take a holiday could impact its overall restorative effect.