We all love working, don’t we? I’m sure no-one reading this would have it any other way than to sit at a desk for hours with little to show for it other than a meager wage. Those long hours spent in an office working on a computer never get tiresome, dull, or frustrating, do they? Or am I wrong here?
Yes, I am. Even the best jobs have their bad points; those moments when boredom sets in and there is nothing you’d like more in the world than head home and drop into bed. Or possibly head out for a few beers. Thankfully there are alternative ways to relieve the boredom at times such as these. Assuming you have unfiltered access to the interwebs.
What follows are 20 fun things to do online when you’re bored at work. And if your boss catches you swinging the lead you can always distract them with this set of tools every leader needs.
1. The Onion
The Onion labels itself as “America’s Finest News Source”. And it is, assuming you like fake news over the real hard-hitting stuff.
2. The Daily Mash
The Daily Mash is the British version of The Onion, providing laughs and made-up news with a UK bias. Which means even more snark than usual.
3. Literally Unbelievable
Literally Unbelievable exists because some people are too dumb to realize sites like The Onion and The Daily Mash are satirical.
4. Damn You Auto Correct!
Damn You Auto Correct! logs all of those times when your smartphone auto-corrects your messages to make you look like a fool. Intentionally, of course.
If getting lost in a good book is your thing then you could also delve into these serial reading apps.
5. Garfield Minus Garfield
Garfield Minus Garfield does what it says on the tin… removing Garfield from the old Garfield cartoon strips. Which leaves Jon Arbuckle talking to himself, and looking slightly deranged as a result.
6. People Of Walmart
People of Walmart is a site dedicated to the store everyone shops in but no one wants to be spotted in. The sights on offer will leave you permanently scarred but laughing like a drain at the same time.
7. Awkward Family Photos
Awkward Family Photos captures those moments most of us would like forgotten. It was bad enough having these images locked away in an album under lock and key. Now they’re on the web for all to see.
Scrolldit pares Reddit down to just the images people are sharing. In other words, the good stuff you don’t want to miss. Perfect fodder for sharing on social networks when you’re bored.
For more visual fun you could try playing these picture games based on Flickr instead.
9. Talking Animals
Talking Animals is a YouTube channel which anthropomorphizes household pets. Your cat or dog isn’t as dumb as it may sometimes appear to be. At least if you believe this propaganda.
Quirkology is the perfect YouTube channel for those bored out of their minds at work. These are experiments anyone can do, most without any kind of special equipment.
11. The Gregory Brothers
The Gregory Brothers are a walking YouTube video factory. Thanks to Autotune the News and Songify This, this comedy troupe have become insanely popular. “The Bed Intruder Song” is still a must-see.
12. Jonathan Mann
Jonathan Mann is the man of just one voice, but 2,000 songs (and counting). Most of us would struggle to write even one song, while this guy has managed to write a new one every day for the past six years.
And if these content creators don’t do it for you there’s always our YouTube starter kit.
13. Google Pacman
Google Pacman is perfect to play for five minutes when you’re bored at work. This is Pacman built around the Google logo. It started out as a Google Doodle before being archived to its own domain.
14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fantastic piece of fiction that has stood the test of time. And you can now play an RPG based on Douglas Adams’ masterpiece thanks to the BBC.
15. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft Solitaire Collection offers all of the classic versions of Solitaire you’re used to playing. Hundreds of millions of people play this, so you may as well join in the fun.
16. Spelunky HTML5
Spelunky HTML5 is an HTML5 version of the popular indie platform game that you can get as a Chrome app. It may not be the most refined game in the world, but it is bags of fun to play.
When you have tired of playing these gems you should scour our list of mobile games you can play in your browser.
17. Animals Being Dicks
Animals Being Dicks features GIFs of animals being, well, dicks. Updated regularly, this site is pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Unless you’ve had a sense of humor bypass.
18. Fail Blog
Fail Blog features videos, images, and stories all with one thing in common: someone, somewhere has failed in an epic manner. It’s part of the Cheezburger Network, meaning more laughs can be had with very few clicks.
19. Bad Newspaper
Bad Newspaper is an online compendium of mistakes found in newspapers and magazines. Unlike with their online versions, these will remain forever, haunting some editor or other.
Dilbert is Dilbert, the same comic strip that has been appearing in multiple publications since 1989. Corporate culture and the technology which shapes it has changed, but Dilbert remains as funny as ever.
Lest We Forget…
And finally let’s not forget MakeUseOf itself. Need I say more? OK, just a little. As you’re already here and reading this article you will know MakeUseOf is the best place on the web to find things to make use of. And that includes links to websites and apps which will prevent boredom setting in whether at work or at home. For some strange reason I cannot recommend it enough.
What Websites Do You Regularly Visit At Work?
With many of us being connected to the internet from sunup to sundown, there is really no need to ever be bored. There are billions of websites online at this moment in time. So at least a few (million) of them should appeal to you personally and help to kill time at work.
The websites guaranteed to ease your boredom at work that we have outlined above are just the tip of the iceberg. So why not go exploring, and then come back and let us know what you have found. Just keep it clean, please. The comments are open for you to add your contributions below.