THE BEST Websites

Freesound.org

Freesound.org

Need to find a sound effect for a recording project? Freesound.org is a collaboratively-managed database of sounds you can use under one of several Creative Commons licenses. We found all kinds of unusual noises there, from a growling ogre, to creepy atmospheric music, to a delightfully ASMR pencil scribbling on paper.

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Remember when Excite!, Lycos, and Geocities were a thing? In one of its more fascinating moving bar charts, Data Is Beautiful looks back at the history of the Internet over more than two decades, tracking the biggest websites based on monthly visits. Yes, there was a time before Google, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Filtergram

Filtergram

Love Instagram but hate all the clutter? Check out Ben Howdle’s Filtergram. It’s a website that lets you follow Instagram accounts and view just their posts and captions. No ads, no comments. The downside? You have to know the name of the account you want to follow.

Switcher.gg

Switcher.gg

Having trouble finding someone to game with on the Nintendo Switch? Switcher.gg can solve that. It’s a website that connects Switch players. Enter the games you own and whether you want to play locally or online. You can also share your friend code and Discord tag.

Control Panel

Control Panel

If you sometimes imagine yourself starring in a sci-fi flick, being a villain of a high-tech fortress, or just love looking at buttons, knobs, dials and displays, Control Panel is for you. It’s a crowdsourced blog that highlights its namesake through photos, animated gifs and videos.

BingeClock

BingeClock

Want to know how long it will take to binge watch an entire series? BingeClock has data for over 8,000 TV shows to help figure out how much time you need. They also offer a similar capability for planning movie marathons. It ain’t the prettiest website, but it’s really useful.

Micro But Many Micro Machines Museum

Micro But Many Micro Machines Museum

Tim Smith of ustwo Auto and his friends are making a slick online museum for his Micro Machines collection. He currently has 1,172 Micro Machines cars, but so far he’s uploaded pictures and details of “only” 107 of them. He’s also looking for donors and sellers.

My Animal Weight

My Animal Weight

It’s easy to estimate how many boxers you are. But have you ever wondered how many animals you are by weight? That’s exactly what this simple website does. It’s surprisingly fun, though it’s sad knowing that it only takes four poodles to hold us down.

Google AutoDraw

Google AutoDraw

It’s far from perfect, but Google’s experimental web app has a pretty nifty trick up its sleeve – it can transform rough doodles into neat line art by using machine-learning algorithms to recognize shapes and replace them with professionally drawn illustrations.

FactoryTwoFour

FactoryTwoFour

Looking for another cool site to add to your bookmarks? Look no further than the guys FactoryTwoFour, a great spot for dudes to learn about awesome places to visit, cool cars, delicious grub, great gear, and much more.

CakeResume

CakeResume

A cross between a resume and a personal website. It has a very convenient drag-and-drop interface and clean templates to choose from, and automatically adjusts for print, desktop and mobile viewing. It’s free to use; pay $10 to access more templates. Sorry, no actual cake.

Six Degrees of Music Separation

Six Degrees of Music Separation

WhoSampled turned its massive database into a trivia machine that attempts to connect musicians based on samples, remixes, covers and credits. It’s not all knowing, but it did connect Mozart to Flight of the Conchords in two steps, so it’s pretty close.

Compound Interest

Compound Interest

Chemistry teacher Andy Brunning’s website is packed with amazing scientific infographics which educate and entertain. The charts explain everything from the composition of spirits, foods, and products, to the origins of element names. Be sure to check out Andy’s book too!

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Monsters & Machines Database

Monsters & Machines Database

Like creepy creatures or giant robots? Visit Monsters & Machines. This website offers a database of movie and video game monsters and mechanical marvels, scored by their degree of awesomeness. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s still fun to explore.

Radiooooo

Radiooooo

Radiooooo (that’s five Os) is a musical time machine. Pick a country and a decade and it will play a pop song from that setting. You can buy the songs (if there’s a link online), upload a song and if you register, bookmark songs. Yes, Antarctica has “songs.”

If It Were My Home

If It Were My Home

If It Were My Home is a website that compares the living conditions of two countries based on data from the CIA, the WHO and the UN. It’s far from perfect – it reduces citizens into statistical averages and its definition of good healthcare is flawed, but it’s still educational.

uNoGS for Netflix

uNoGS for Netflix

The Unofficial Netflix Online Global Search (uNoGS) lets you look up the availability of shows and movies in Netflix’s different regions. You can limit its scope to certain regions and search by genre, IMDB rating and more.

YARN

YARN

YARN is a new website that offers the ability to search movie, TV, and music video clips based on lyrics, words, or quotes. It’s great fun to find classic scenes, and to discover ones you never saw. The search by emoji feature is weird, but surprisingly cool.

Play 20 Back

Play 20 Back

A one-trick pony website that only plays music videos from 20 years ago. Whether or not you believe that that’s nostalgia’s magic number, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s more MTV than MTV. Remember MTV?

Fittery

Fittery

A free service that will help you shop for great fitting clothes online. Input your measurements – they have video guides here – and Fittery will rate the clothes of its partner stores based on how well they should fit you.

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Movieo

Movieo

A free website that helps you discover movies. You can narrow your search by year, genre, rating (Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Metacritic) and availability (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon). Sign up to save watchlists and seen movies.

Masterclass

Masterclass

Learn from experienced celebrities. Right now you can learn acting from Dustin Hoffman, tennis from Serena Williams and writing from James Patterson. Each course gets you lifetime access to videos and interactive tools and exercises.

The Burner Challenge

The Burner Challenge

The makers of the phone number dispenser app Burner set up a website that reveals what publicly available information can be connected to you just by knowing your phone number.

Jauntful DIY City Guides

Jauntful DIY City Guides

Jauntful lets you make online city guides and browse user-made ones for free. It’s great for helping out visiting loved ones or planning your own trips. It can also format guides into print-friendly versions.

Passport Index

Passport Index

An interactive gallery of the world’s passports. You can sort and find passports by location, by color and by ranking. The latter reflects a country’s visa restrictions, i.e. how many visa-free destinations are available to its citizens.

Shubaloo Concert Directory

Shubaloo Concert Directory

In the mood for live music? Check out Shubaloo, a brilliantly streamlined online directory for concerts. It lets you search by location or specific venues as well as music genres, stream artists’ tracks from YouTube and of course buy tickets.

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