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pointless websitesNot all websites are created equally. Some are expansive repositories of information and knowledge 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More , others perform one task extremely well 10 Single-Serving Sites That Are Useful, Funny, Or Weird 10 Single-Serving Sites That Are Useful, Funny, Or Weird A single-serving website is a website that serves a single purpose. This same website usually contains just a single page. They are very narrowly-targeted and typically come attached to a vanity domain name. They serve... Read More . There are sites dedicated to news, to music, to films, to photography, to video, to, well, I’m sure you get the picture. We here at MakeUseOf specialize in directing our readers to websites they can make use of, hence the name. But that means we’re all missing out on a vast number of peculiarly pointless websites that offer nothing other than strange and simple diversions that will last no longer than 5 minutes. If that.

I’m here to remedy that by pointing you in the direction of 10 pointless websites that really don’t accomplish much but which deserve visiting regardless. Some answer a question you probably never thought of asking. Others offer a woefully shallow and insipid piece of entertainment that is only worthwhile thanks to its awfulness. Why do these websites exist? Because chumps like us willfully click on links and rack up their visitor numbers. Be a chump, you know you can’t resist the temptation.

Sometimes Red, Sometimes Blue

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Domain names rarely sum up the content of the website they point to as well as this one does. You click the link, you land on the site, and sometimes it will be red, other times it will be blue. I guess you could turn it into a guessing game, predicting which color the website will be each time, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Is It Christmas?

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It’s the beginning of June as I write this, so I’m fairly confident it isn’t yet Christmas. But I would like confirmation of that. Just to be sure… I was right the first time, it isn’t Christmas. I’ll check again tomorrow though. And the next day. And the day after that. I love Christmas.

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Reichroll’d

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If you were active on the Web in 2007/2008 then the chances are you got Rickrolled at least once. I was and I did. the novelty soon wore off and it’s now a rare occurrence. But how about switching it up just a little by Reichrolling someone. Yep, it’s Adolf Hitler 10 Of The Funniest Hitler Reaction Videos (Downfall Parodies) Featuring Technology 10 Of The Funniest Hitler Reaction Videos (Downfall Parodies) Featuring Technology Downfall, or Der Untergang in German, is a film detailing the last days of World War II in April and May of 1945. It's an often uncomfortable portrayal of a dictator facing the end; of... Read More miming to soul music. Which isn’t something you see every day.

The Ugly Dance

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Take one annoying song, add in an annoying dance, create a website which lets you add a photo of your face so that you’re performing the said dance, and then contemplate what you’re doing with your life. Alternatively eschew the adding-a-photo stage of the process and just make other people dance in a silly manner.

Am I Awesome?

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Well, are you? I can tell you now that you are indeed awesome. This pointless website said so. According to its uplifting message, I’m awesome, you’re awesome, even the creepy guy next door is awesome. You could, at a push, use this website to bolster your self esteem, but if you have to use a website to do that then it may mean you’re not so awesome after all.

OMG Laser Guns Pew Pew Pew

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For once it isn’t that funny smelling cigarette you’re smoking that’s making you imagine a squirrel with a jetpack firing lasers into space. No, it’s this website, which seems to exist for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Unless you’ve always wanted to see a squirrel firing a laser, in which case it exists solely for you, you lucky so-and-so.

Nooooooooooooooo!

The Star Wars 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow In October 2012 Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company primarily known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. For a fraction over $4 billion, Disney therefore landed the Star Wars franchise, and promptly announced... Read More prequels were quite forgettable, and yet one aspect of them has survived thanks to the Internet and its ability to hold onto something small and insignificant. This website ensures Darth Vader screaming “Nooooooooooooooo!” will last for ever more, and you can even click the button yourself to make the soundbite play.

The Nicest Place On The Internet

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There’s incredible power contained in a hug. It can comfort you when you’re at your lowest ebb, reminding you that someone out there cares that you’re unhappy. Receiving a hug from a loved one is obviously the best thing, but strangers will do at a push. How about a stranger hugging the camera used to film the video you’re watching? Yep, I’ll take it with pleasure.

What Color Is The Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building, constructed in 1931, is an iconic building that stands out on the New York skyline. In 1964 floodlights (since changed to LEDs) were added to the top of the Empire State Building, and these are used to add color to mark holidays or significant events. This website will tell you what colors the Empire State Building is sporting on any given day. Which is almost, but not quite, useful.

Procatinator

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If you’re anything like me you’re likely to be all too familiar with procrastination, the act of putting things off until the last minute. But have you heard of procatination? It consists of nothing more than a GIF of a cat moving to the music. It’s addictive but not anywhere near as likely to lead to procrastination as Angry Birds 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive My name is Dave Parrack, I'm a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I'm addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs... Read More .

Conclusions

I would hope you’ve only reached this final section after clicking on every link as it emerged on your scroll down the page. If not then you’re unwelcome here as you didn’t play the game. So scroll back up and click any links that remained unsullied by your cursor. Done? Good. If you don’t have anything else to do today, also check out another absolutely nonsensical list of interesting single serving websites The Absolutely Nonsensical List Of Interesting Single-Serving Websites The Absolutely Nonsensical List Of Interesting Single-Serving Websites What’s a website without a few dozen hyperlinked pages? It’s very difficult to imagine that a website can be of a single page alone. And even with a single-function or what we call ‘single-serving’. Single... Read More .

Now let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. And remember, this was intended as a light-hearted article written in the knowledge there’s little to make use of here. Unless you gained even a smidgen of fun from the experience, in which case you made use of the links to these pointless websites and ruined the whole sorry exercise. Stop smiling, damnit!

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Image Credit: Ann Larie Valentine

  1. android underground
    June 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    hamsterdance, the homepage of every office slave who forgot to password his screensaver.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      That takes me back to a bygone age of the InterWebs!

  2. Doc
    June 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Another useless site is ytmnd.com (You're the Man Now, Dog) which lets users create a page with a looped audio, some flashing Javascript garbage, and generally is useless...

  3. Robbin Schroeder
    June 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I love the useless websites links! 20 minutes of time NOT wasted. :)

  4. Bill H
    June 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    They missed my favorite. The Amish Home page.

    http://www.down.net/amish/

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    One thing for sure: someone is bored.

  6. Zhong J
    June 20, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I think these sites are designed for people who have too much time in their hands and like always, the internet have always the tendency to have these kind of people.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      We love people with too much time on their hands... it means they comment on MakeUseOf articles about pointless websites ;)

  7. Darryl Park
    June 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    don't forget a classic!

    http://www.zombo.com

  8. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    You wrote this article in the beginning of June and now its almost 20 June. So it takes 2 weeks(and more) for the article to get published.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Not necessarily. If something timely pops up it can be published more quickly. And other articles can be pushed back. Good observation skills though ;)

  9. Try this one
    June 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  10. Degenerated S
    June 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Its not that they are completely useless ... sometimes our mood swings ..so these sites may make us feel better ( or irritate us) ... depends on the person ..

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      That's very true. I guess they're sites with no immediate purpose, but which, by extension, can entertain :)

  11. Taha Baba
    June 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    hahahahahaha thanks for all our laugh on these sites :P

  12. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    June 19, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I wonder why such things exist...

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Mystery if a lifetime...

  13. macwitty
    June 19, 2013 at 4:50 am
    • Doc
      June 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      To be fair, that site was created by XKCD, thus is awesome. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      There are several of these End of the Internet pages around. Very amusing idea :)

  14. Schvenn Meister
    June 19, 2013 at 4:18 am

    http://www.PurpleMonkeyDishwasher.com is another as is http://www.Purple.com

    However, most of these are useful for testing Internet with people when you're troubleshooting their connections over the phone.

    • Xeon Shu
      June 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      most people just use google...

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        June 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        I've finally known what the use of these websites. Set it as the homepage of your friend's (or 'not-quite-friends') computer and watch for their reaction. Seriously, stupid seizure-inducing GIFs with cringe-worthy song will be enough to rile everyone but the most patient of men.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Nice suggestions! Thanks for the links :)

  15. null
    June 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

    that was painful to look though :)

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