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The online journal of a British gentleman whose daily activities include washing the dishes, watching the television, and walking to his appointments. Dull? Not at all.
Nothing this stupid should be this much fun. Googlism will tell you exactly what Google thinks of you, your friends, your cat, your boss... Enter a search phrase, get an opinion. Oddly addictive, really.
Project Vote Smart: 2004 Presidential Candidates
Not, strictly speaking, odd (though when has the American presidential race not been odd?), but definitely useful. Project Vote Smart has collected issue statements, voting records, and biographical information on all of the candidates, even the ones you didn't know were running. And navigating through their site, you might even find out who represents you in Congress. (Always assuming, of course, that you live in the United States. If not, you can be pardoned for not caring. If you do live in the US, it's rather less forgivable. Unless, of course, you are either a Jehovah's Witness, a recent immigrant, or a convicted felon.)
Thank the Maasai
In June, 2002, A Maasai village in Kenya donated 14 cattle to the United States as a gesture of sympathy for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For the Maasai, cattle are everything--they are, in a very real sense, vital to not only the physical, but also the spiritual well-being of the tribe. This donation was an amazing gesture. Rob Kent, a programmer from Michigan who studied in Kenya, created the "14 Cows" website as a place for people to say "Thank You" for the tribe's gift. The website is still up, if somewhat out of date, and it's just too beautiful a gesture not to leave the link here.
Not exactly news, but definitely odd. claims to be the repository of knowledge for the Wingmakers, an ancient alien race, who came to Earth millenia ago and formed the foundation for humanity's Creation myths. One of these beings is living among us now, translating the documents his people left behind to educate us, and psychically feeding high-level technology to our scientists.
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