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Mail-Order Foliage

The website, created by Kyle Waring, will ship hand-picked New England leaves to U.S. customers. For $19.99 you get three leaves — 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 mixed-color. The site's "foliage experts" make sure that only perfect leaves are shipped.

$19.99 seems like a lot for three leaves. For instance, that's not enough leaves to decorate a Thanksgiving table (which I imagine could be one reason people might want leaves). Also, I'm pretty sure you can buy fake leaves that look pretty convincing at most craft stores.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 15, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Strange Websites, Postal Services

Learning Urinal Simulator describes itself as a "learning urinal simulator":

You have to go pee, you come to a public washroom and some toilets are used, which will you use? This simulator simulates this critical life desision and will let you know where you "stand".

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 09, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Body Fluids, Strange Websites

The lengthy url takes you to a website created by artist Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung. He refers to the site as "" Elsewhere he explains that the site is an artistic experiment in bad website design: is a website whose sole content consists of splash pages — the opening pages for most websites, usually containing a small amount of graphics. After clicking through all the splash pages the spectator will find there is actually no core content, opening the question of definition regarding content in web pages. is designed to be user-unfriendly, aiming to serve as a counter structure to the model of most successful websites — portal sites where all the links are contained in one interface in order to generate a maximum number of hits, instead 60X1 is designed to generate a minimum amount of hits with it's long domain name, one way navigation and it's big file sizes of images, existing as an experiment to test viewers' patience and expectation, as well as calling the internet into question as a forum for communication.

The challenge, as you click through the splash pages, is to find the word "enter" which is hidden somewhere on each page. Until you find that word, and click on it, you won't be able to get to the next page. I got about five pages in before I gave up. So I guess his experiment in bad site design worked! I've reproduced a few of the splash pages below.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 14, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Internet, Strange Websites

Kim Jong-Il looking at things

Kim Jong-Il may have died recently, but on this site he continues to look at things every day. Lots of things: tanks, sewing machines, rope, etc.

Of course, one thing he wouldn't be looking at today (if he were alive) is wikipedia, reddit, or boing boing -- all of which have gone dark to protest the SOPA/PIPA legislation. So you can now look at Kim Jong-Il not looking at these sites.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 18, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Politics, Strange Websites
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