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We humans are naturally curious creatures. We see something, almost anything, and we want to reach out and grab it, touch it, feel it, and interact with it. Which is all good as long as the thing we’re reaching for isn’t going to bite us or trigger a nuclear holocaust.

Contrary to popular belief, the latter isn’t as easy as pressing a big red button. But if it was that easy I’d bet my right arm that none of us would be here now. Instead, we’d all be piles of dust on the sidewalk or stains on the wall. Purely because buttons are far too tempting not to press…

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Make Everything OK

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Life sometimes sucks. It happens to the best of us, even those we think have everything. If only there was a button capable of making everything OK. You would definitely press it, wouldn’t you?

It turns out such a button does exist, and it’s sitting unloved on the Web, just waiting to be pressed. It worked for me, but will it work for you? Probably not, because it’s just a stupid button. And I’m a liar.

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Nooooooooooooooo

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Star Wars is never going to go away, especially now that the fun factory that is Disney owns the franchise. A new film every two years is the new reality, like it or not.

Also not going away are the stupid decisions George Lucas has made over the years. Such as making Darth Vader scream “Nooooooooooooooo” in Revenge Of The Sith. Press this button to relive that moment again and again and again.

Enter The Hatch

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The TV series Lost ended a while ago, but thanks to people binge-watching shows on media streaming services A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More it will never truly die. This website is also helping keep the Lost mythology going.

One key element of Lost was the need for someone to press the button in the Swan station known simply as “the hatch” every 108 minutes. People are still lining up to press the button in this virtual hatch. Will you be next?

Will You Press The Button?

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Will You Press The Button? presents visitors with a never-ending series of dilemmas. You can press the button to agree with the sentiment or refuse to press the button to disagree with the sentiment.

Either way, you’re then presented with the results so far. You can therefore see at a glance whether you’re with the majority or minority, or whether you’re a lone wolf refusing to take sides. Like Chuck Norris.

Emergency Yodel Button

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I can’t imagine many scenarios in which an emergency yodel would be needed. Being stuck on a mountain and needing rescuing, perhaps, but then you are unlikely to have Internet access at a time like that anyway.

Regardless, this site offers nothing other than an emergency yodel button. When pressed, you’re treated to an emergency yodel, which is about as pleasing on the ears as fingernails being dragged down a chalkboard. Charming.

Bored Button

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We all get bored occasionally. There is plenty of stuff we could be getting on with, sure, but sometimes the energy required to get on with those things just isn’t there.

Assuming you have already checked out our list of fun things to do when bored at work 20 Fun Things to Do Online When You're Bored at Work 20 Fun Things to Do Online When You're Bored at Work We all love working, don't we? I'm sure none of you reading this would have it any other way than to sit at a desk for hours with little to show for it other than... Read More , your next option should be the Bored Button. Pressing it will take you to a random (often very random) website. Some are better than others.

The Useless Web

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The Useless Web offers a very similar experience to the Bored Button, offering random encounters with bizarre websites. And believe us when we tell you that the websites can be very bizarre indeed.

As we have previously featured The Useless Web on MakeUseOf The Useless Web - StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet The Useless Web - StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet There are thought to be around 7.6 billion pages on the Web at the time of writing. Even I, someone who spends most of their life online in some capacity or other, would never be... Read More , we won’t add to your boredom by explaining it again. Suffice to say it’s perfect for those of you who really haven’t got anything better to do than click buttons all day.

Big Red Button

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You’re presented with a big red button and the instruction, “Do Not Press.” What do you do? Why, you press it of course. I did, and you will too. And you’ll keep pressing it no matter how much this website tells you to stop.

The sheep, which for some obscure reason is hanging from a rope attached to its head, is annoying. But then that’s the whole idea. You’re so bored you would rather do something annoying that nothing at all.

My Instants

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My Instants isn’t a pretty site, or a pretty sight for that matter. It also takes an age to load, and is a pain to navigate. However, despite these negatives, it’s a joy for anyone who likes pressing buttons for no apparent reason.

There are thousands of buttons to choose from, all of which do something when pressed. This is the cheapest (because free definitely qualifies as cheap) soundboard you’ll ever find. Pressing the buttons is addictive too.

Don’t Click It!

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We finish with something a little different. Having bombarded you with buttons on the previous nine links, it’s time to remove all of the buttons. Because buttons aren’t always necessary.

This site, perfunctorily called Don’t Click It, challenges you to navigate without ever clicking. It’s a surprisingly tough ask, but should make us all realize the power of buttons.

Conclusion

Is your index finger sore from all that button-pressing action? Stop sniggering at the back, your dirty mind is working overtime again. But seriously, do let us know if any of these websites sporting buttons, buttons, and more buttons entertained you, even if the relief from boredom Top 7 Things To Do Online When You Are Bored Top 7 Things To Do Online When You Are Bored So you are bored? Well, at least you found this post! That is to say you are only seconds away from relieving your boredom. With the Internet at your fingertips, there is never a lack... Read More was merely fleeting. Or let us know of other button-based websites you have encountered on your travels across the Internetz.

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  1. Melroy D
    June 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Here's an old one but a good one. Feeling lucky ?? : http://www.randomwebsite.com

  2. MC
    June 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Don't forget to turn off the internet when you're done: http://www.turnofftheinternet.com/

  3. Mats Svensson
    June 9, 2014 at 5:55 am

    So pretty much all of them are just copies of a webpage from 1994?

    http://stefangagne.com/spatulacity/button.htm

    And your article is just a version of one i read in 1998.

    • Dave P
      June 12, 2014 at 6:04 am

      How are any of these copies of that page? That button doesn't do anything, whereas these do.

      I'm glad you saw the clear intent of the post, which is to offer a fun throwback to days of yore.

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