More Wacky, Wild and Weird Sites

Last week I ran out of room listing wacky, wild and/or just plain weird sites that proliferate on the Web. Here are a few more.

Sibology. If there are times when you think your thinking is off-balance, you might want to use this site as a reality check for yourself. You’ll discover that your thinking is well within the boundaries of ordinary. Notice that I did not use the word “normal”? “Sib.” according to this site author, stands for “super intelligent beings.” And just about everyone in government, in computer engineering, and lots of others are targets for a verbal lashing. Whoever created this site is passionate about his (or her) beliefs. If you need a definition for “rant,” log on here.

Eternal Life Device . The FDA won’t approve Alex’s device, but this inventor is convinced that his invention will keep a person living forever. He is so sure, and apparently so altruistic, that he is giving away instructions on how to construct your own eternal life device. He also has an order form if you don’t want to bother with such stuff (but then, you’d never run out of time, would you)? The device is worn on the fingers and resembles a big ring. And there is a foot model that looks sort of like a torture object that might appeal to directors of concentration camps. Take a look.

Russian Mouse . Are you ready to spend $60 for a computer mouse? How about $160 for a keyboard? Well, not just any mouse, or any keyboard. Some person who hails from Russia spends his (or her) time painting intricate characters (think: Shrek), folkloric people, and scenes on the electronic devices. And the artist does a very good job, I’d say. I’m wondering if the artist found a supply of used mice and keyboards to use as his canvas. Not that it matters. If you want to be the first on your block—or in your cubicle—to have an artfully designed mouse or keyboard, this is the place to find it. As for me, I don’t pay enough attention to my keyboard or mouse when I use my computer—I’m too busy looking directly at the screen.

International Museum of Toilets . Yes, there really IS such a place. It’s in New Delhi, India. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak has taken it upon himself to collect some extraordinarily ornate models that would fit well in a Baroque-designed dwelling. What’s more, Dr. Pathak has researched the history of toilets to way, way back in time, and he dedicates a page to ancient “rules of usage” that is quite a fascinating read. Dr. Pathak is not some Internet crank—his credentials include presenting a history paper at the International Symposium on Public Toilets held in Hong Kong in 1995.

Spiders on Drugs . Here you will discover that drinking too much coffee is worse than ingesting hard drugs. Well, at least it looks that way when you see the webs lab spiders have spun after they have been inoculated with such other substances as marijuana, mescaline, LSD, and Benzedrine. The photos of the spider webs illustrate an experiment that NASA scientists engaged in, seeking to measure toxicity relationships. The coffee web looks the worst (at least to me). But read the captions carefully. The spiders behaved differently because of a particular drug’s effect. Coffee revved them up. Marijuana got them going, then got them chilling out for a long snooze, so their webs were not completed. At least the coffee subjects finished their webs…

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on November 17, 2005.

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