Weird Wide Web
Websites that will make you laugh out loud
by Cassie Good
January 14, 2002
Okay, if you haven’t heard of The Onion, you are in for a great surprise. This publication mocks current new events with ridiculous headlines such as “Report: U.S. Must Reduce Dependence On Foreign Turmoil” or “Taco Bell Launches New ‘Morning After’ Burrito.”
The website also has a special entertainment section called “The Onion A.V. Club.” And of course, there is the Onion Store. The store features apparel, mugs, bumper stickers, posters and recordings. The posters and some t-shirts feature the front page of various issues of the Onion. Some of the shirts have short phrases like “I just love corporations!” or simply “You are dumb.”
The Human Clock
If you like to have an accurate clock up on your computer screen, why not one with photographs of the time? Or even better, with photos of people holding home-made signs saying what time it is? You get the idea. It’s a quirky, clever site with some very creative ways of showing what time it is.
Miss Abigail dishes out “timeless advice” from antiquated advice books and advertisements. One book she quotes advises readers “Do not breathe through the mouth; this is one of the offices for which Nature gave you a nose.”
Miss Abigail uses quotes from manner books to answer questions supposedly sent in by visitors to the site. For example, she responds to a teenage girl asking how to make it bearable to write letters with this quote: “The secret of it is hidden in no mystery ~ it is simply to converse on paper, instead of by word of mouth.
To illustrate: if a person is before you, you narrate the incidents of a marriage, or a death, or of any circumstance of interest. Now, if the person were so deaf as to not be able to hear a word, what would you do? Why, seize a pencil or pen and write out just what you would have told them by words. That very writing would be a delightful letter!”
If you’ve gotten bored of your computer’s wallpaper and have a good sense of humor, you may want to visit this site. There are nine free designs and over 300 others that cost $2 a piece to download. The free options are quite good. One is a mock movie poster from the Lion King announcing “Bill Clinton is the ‘Lyin’ King.”
UCLA animation student Amy Winfrey has created an entertaining series of short films starring….muffins! The idea is strange but the twelve films are clever and well done, not to mention funny. The muffins in these films can talk and sometimes even eat humans. In “The Muffin Tree,” a girl discovers a tree with muffins growing on it. The story is told in typical fairy tale style, but so the ending is a bit of a surprise. The moral of the story? “Never talk to muffin trees.”
Weird Wide Web” is an ongoing column online and in print written by various GWBlitz! staff members on wacky, oddball, and just plain weird websites