Not all websites are created equally. Some are expansive repositories of information and knowledge, others perform one task extremely well. 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.
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.
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.
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 miming to soul music. Which isn’t something you see every day.
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.
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.
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.
The Star Wars 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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