THE STRANGEST UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF WORLD WAR II

Maker.TV offers videos on beauty, science, health, music, and everything under the sun. Their companion site on YouTube has attracted 42 million people.  We’re a little skeptical of some of these, such as “Ten Strangest Unsolved Mysteries of World War II.” They weren’t all that strange.

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THE CALVIN AND HOBBES SEARCH ENGINE

The “Calvin and Hobbes Search Engine” will bring you the popular Calvin and Hobbes comics from the 1980s. Search on “spaceman” to see Calvin’s space fantasies, or any word you remember from the strip.

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A SCIENTIST’S CURIOSITY CABINET

Bit.ly/scicabinet is a kind of science “curiosity cabinet,” a term used to describe collections of marvels in Renaissance times. This modern cabinet contains videos explaining the wonders of science. We watched videos on the electric motor and cannons. The videos are amateurish, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn something.

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SEVEN ADORABLE ANIMALS THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY VIOLENT

MentalFloss.com:We used to subscribe to this fun trivia magazine, but the website is almost as good. Recently we learned about music for cats, and 11 tasks that technology will make obsolete. (Robots will fix dinner for you, for example.) How about seven adorable animals that are surprisingly violent? Watch out for those Koala bears.

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TRACKING PRICES ON AMAZON

CamelCamelCamel.com tracks price history on Amazon. “Top price drops” tell you which products are on the way down. Fisher Price “Jeep Wrangler” went from $290 to $179, for example. In general, toy prices have lots of give.

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THE SHARING ECONOMY

Sharing your car, couch and kitchen are all part of the so-called “sharing economy.”

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FIVE GREAT WEBSITES

Here are five enjoyable websites. — “The Average American Mall Experience in Six Charts” has fascinating facts about America’s malls. The most over-represented food category in New England is donuts. In the Southwest, it’s gelato. The most common mall store is Sunglass Hut. –“19 Awesome Things You May Not Have Seen Yet” includes a tiny tugboat pulling a giant ship through the Corinth Canal in Greece, a water bridge suspended over a river in Germany, and the second-hand phone market in China, with huge piles of phones. –“Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots” brings you an article about the Hen-na Hotel, which translates to “strange hotel.” Its robots check you in, carry your bags and speak to you in Japanese, Chinese, […]

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LEARN CHESS

ChessCademy.com is an awesome site for learning chess. It’s also free.

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10 FABULOUSLY QUIRKY RESTAURANTS

Search “10 Fabulously Quirky Restaurants” to see TripAdvisor’s list.  In Bavaria, your food is delivered on a roller coaster, in England you can dine in a tree-house. in the Maldives, have dinner under the ocean. (The average elevation above sea level is a little more than three feet; the average elevation of Florida is about six feet.)

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FINDING A JOB

JobApplicationDB.com lists 1200 companies with their job applications. It claims to be the largest direct application site and is adding more each month. Users are directed to a company’s internal career site where they can see jobs not posted on job boards.

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