Adult Movie FAQ
you've wondered about porn movies, including how to break into
the business. It ain't what you think the hot lights,
getting hard on cue, the risk of STDs but I can still
think of tougher ways to earn a living. The site also has some
suggestions for video rentals and discussions of philosophical
questions such as "Why do the men always orgasm on camera
but never the women?"
Sex toys based
on animal penises (e.g., dog, dolphin, lion, kangaroo, bear).
Is it funny, or disgusting?
Library of Congress has placed more than 50 collections of historic
images online for viewing. It includes a collection of old baseball
cards, selected Civil War photos and 4000 panoramic photos. Another
great site for historical artifacts is the National Archives Online Exhibit Hall, including
"When Nixon Met Elvis" and "Posters of World War
American Paper Optics
An online store
devoted to 3-D glasses! Unfortunately the site is geared toward
promotional purchases and doesn't accept small orders. However,
it does have a gallery of online 3-D art if you already have
a pair of paper glasses.
site was established to "document and celebrate the rich
history of the set-your-poems-to-music industry." Long overdue.
Andy Kaufman Fan
Gone but not
Annals of Improbable Research
you can try at home! My favorites include Fun With Grapes, which
describes how to coax sparks and flare from green grapes in the
microwave. The best of the annals has been collected in a book.
Take any of
a series of quickie psychological tests posted by the Southern
Poverty Law Center to reveal if you have unconscious prejudices
against others based on their age, race, gender or body size.
"The results of more than one million tests show that unconcious
bias exists in most of us."
to the daily word is typically "So that's what it's called."
Because the words aren't always practical (who uses nictitate
instead of wink?), I tend to forget them. But I have saved a
few that I'm determined to work into conversation, including
Brobdingnagian ("marked by tremendous size"), Cyrenaic
("an adherent of the doctrine that pleasure is the chief
end of life"), claque ("a group hired to applaud at
a performance"), footle ("to talk or act foolishly"),
declivitous ("moderately steep"), imago ("an idealized
mental image of another person or the self"), nidicolous
("reared for a time in a nest"), latitudinarian ("a
person who is broad and liberal in standards of religious belief
and conduct"), fubsy ("chubby and somewhat squat"),
caterwaul ("to make the characteristic harsh cry of a rutting
cat"), pasquinade ("statue in Rome on which lampoons
were posted"), sinecure ("an office or position that
requires little or no work"), risibility ("the ability
or inclination to laugh"), cathect ("to invest with
libidinal energy") and the German word that often describes
my mental state, weltschmerz ("depression or apathy caused
by comparison of the state of the world with an ideal state").
I'll get over it. Random House also has a "word of the day"
feature and a sometimes brave one. Here's why I say that.
The National Association of Sports Officials presents a collection
of video clips of fans and coaches attacking referees. Be sure
to check out the NASO Special Report, Officials
Under Assault (PDF download) or its news items about attacks on refs.
Bang Bang Bang
A catchy, entertaining
A twisted read
from Great Britain. Check out my favorite section, Ask Bizarre.
Book Clubs Directory
A guide to 150
discount book clubs such as Doubleday. There are similar guides
for residents of Canada
and the United
Book of Zines
My guide to
e-zine and zine culture.
Center for UFO Studies
If you've seen
Independence Day, you're curious about whether aliens are really
such assholes. CUFO has the answers, including background on
the infamous Roswell incident and an FAQ about UFOs. There's
also advice in case you're abducted: "Although no one can
prove that people are actually taken aboard UFOs, if you should
find yourself in this predicament, remain calm. Observe and remember
as much as you can; even ask questions. Grab something and bring
it back with you as evidence."
CIA Kids' Page
I topple democratically elected governments like you, Dad?"
Committee for the Scientific
Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
This is a great
site when you need to ground yourself in reality. The committee
publishes the Skeptical
Inquirer, which debunks the most outrageous stories of our
time such as Roswell, Shroud of Turin, crop circles, psychics.
I wondered how
long it would be before I'd be able to download an entire human
body. The National Library of Science site took color photographs
of the body of executed prisoner Joseph Paul Jernigan after it
had been cut into 1,871 slices at 1 millimeter intervals. A few
samples are available for immediate downloading; you have to
contact NLS researchers for the whole shebang. Jernigan's cross-sections
look like ham hocks, mostly. Makes a great screensaver.
discount codes. Sign up for free deal alerts from stores, or
browse the cheapskates' hall of fame.
day you'll die in a few seconds. Alternately, spend about 10
seconds of what's left of your time to take the Northwestern Mutual Life quiz). Finally, you
can spend two minutes on the Spark Death Test but you'll have a few laughs,
which might relieve some stress, which could give you a day or
Deep Throat ASCII
ASCII art is
images including nudes created entirely from computer
keyboard symbols. Here are some examples. When you make these
images move, you have an ASCII movie. The ASCII Art Ensemble converted the classic porn
movie entirely to ASCII. It's much less erotic. Here they explain their motivations. The ASCII
Picture Maker freeware program for Windows
will turn any digital photo into text art.
DermNet: Skin Disease Image
Enter at your
This is a great
site for charity giving. Teachers write grant proposals for supplies
or projects or field trips they would like to take with their
classes, and donors can contribute the full or a partial amount
to help fund it. The site handles all the money and purchasing
and donors receive thank-you notes and photos from the event
or of the supplies.
getting head. I'm on a bus in Austin, Texas, and this woman and
I are talking and suddenly she goes, "Who's your daddy?"
in her best duck voice. Always cracks me up, but I'm easy. (WAV,
DVD Online Rental
This guide lists
every DVD rental club known to the be online (click on the "All
Clubs" link at bottom of page to see complete matrix with
prices and trial offers). There are similar guides by adult dvd rental clubs and video game rental clubs.
photos of a dirty, dirty nature.
Earth From Space:
An Astronaut's View
NASA's collection of 400,000 images taken from the Space Shuttle.
You also can order prints. To zero in on your neighborhood, visit
Or check out NASA's Big Blue Marble photo project, that brings all
the images together.
Edgar Allan Poe Crypto
Damn! I almost
had it solved.
The Empire That Was
This is a stunning
exhibit at the Library of Congress of photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich
Prokudin-Gorskii, who did a photographic survey of the Russian
countryside in the years before the Communist revolution. He
figured out a way to make color photographs long before it was
common and took hundreds of images. The LOC owns 1903 of the
plates for these photographs, which could only be printed with
great difficulty at the time they were taken. Computers have
made the process much easier and produced spectacular results,
so we can now see what would seem impossible: color snapshots
taken in Russia around 1910 of a culture that was about to be
lost. The exhibit includes an explanation of Prokudin-Gorskii
took his photos and how they were restored digitally.
In 1970, Portland
TV reporter Paul Linuman and his crew recorded highway workers
destroying a dead, beached whale with cases of dynamite. "The
humor of the situation gave way to a run for survival as huge
chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere," Linnman explained
in the aftermath of the blast. One chunk of blubber crushed a
car parked more than a quarter-mile away. This site archives
the frighteningly funny news clip.
knowledge (and ignorance). Includes full-text search.
Feels Like Forecast
maps the world of fetishes, from her entertaining book Deviant
Desires. Where do you fit in?
Turn your handwriting
into a font for $9.
Child Star Central
A site that
reports on the whereabouts and careers (or anti-careers) of one-time
A magazine and
website that reproduces personal notes, letters, photos, lists,
etc. discovered by contributors mostly on the street/sidewalk
or in old books.
Gallery of Obscure
This page highlights
weird patents discovered by surfers using Delphion's Patent Server.
to Animal Sounds on the Net
(many), mammals, frogs, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, fish, insects.
Guide to Urinal Etiquette
guys follow the rules instinctively, but it always wise to review.
Also see Restrooms of the Future at HuffPost.
Hidden in a Chair
This site is
in the science section because it took some figurin' to do it
a guy tried to cross the border from Mexico hidden in
the seat of a van. You have to feel for the guy; he looks so
forlorn at being caught.
History of Things
That Never Were
maintains an extensive collection of timelines for history that
never happened, mostly in science fiction but with other genres
Common Is Your Name?
your first or last name in the search input provided by the U.S.
Census Bureau and it provides your national ranking. Another
cool site, the Baby Name Wizard, tracks the popularity
of names over the decades.
In his "zine
about going places you're not supposed to go," Ninjalicious
chronicles urban explorers who find ways to explore abandoned
buildings, transit tunnels, hotels, hospitals, drains and hidden
enjoy blowing up inflatables? I mean, do you really enjoy
blowing up inflatables?"
You need this site like a hole in the head.
My friends call
me Chow Ripe.
Internet Beatles Album
This site, which
is bigger than Jesus, includes audio clips, articles and other
assorted remnants of the Fab Four. There's a list of myths about
the band and its music, the story behind "Paul is Dead,"
and a few never-before-seen snapshots of the boys taken by fans.
A site to help
protect you against scams.
Jester the Joke Recommender
25 jokes on how humorous they are to you and the program spits
out more jokes that it thinks you'll find funny.
Jesus of the Week
posts a campy found image of Jesus online each week and invites
visitors to submit a Jesus. Don't delay visiting the Rapture Ready to preview upcoming events.
For $20 each,
you can own Jesus playing baseball, football, soccer, hockey
or a variety of other sports with nubile children. From Catholic
Supply of St. Louis. Just added: Skiing, Martial Arts, Golf,
article from The New Yorker about people who have survived jumping
off the Golden Gate Bridge, including what they thought about
on the way down.
Jump the Shark
A site that
documents the moments when TV shows begin to go downhill.
A classic Mad
Bird Penis Ever
on Gilligan's Island
once you figure it out.
imaging of male and female genitals during coitus
This is a paper
(with photos) by Dutch researchers who put couples into a magnetic
resonance imaging machine and snapped photos of their genitals
during sex (the couples' genitals, not their own). Their conclusion:
"During intercourse in the missionary position, the penis
has the shape of a boomerang."
This is the
animated image page of the Medusa Realm, a site for guys who
get turned on by the idea of women turning to stone. Click on
the animation links to see it happen.
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators
and state governments have joined forces to find people who are
owed money from unclaimed tax rebates, legal settlements and
the like. Are you on the list? Probably not. But it doesn't hurt
to check. There are no fees.
Monty Hall Dilemma
This made my
brain hurt until I diagrammed it.
Guy Playing Basketball Commercial
Needcom: Market Research
Needcom, a challenging
site posted by PBS, addresses this issue in a creative way. You
are presented with the photos and "sales" pitches of
six actual Manhattan panhandlers and asked how much money you
would give each. The site then tallies which panhandlers did
well and interviews each person about their actual income and
life on the street. The best part of the experiment is the letters
that visitors write expressing admiration or outrage at the site.
test that calculates the percentage of nerdibility you possess
automatically! (If that appeals to you, you're ahead of
the game.) I scored 10 percent, making me a nerd-wannabe but
still a major geek. The average is 29 percent.
Nevada Gaming Commission
Excluded Persons List
People who are
not welcome at casinos.
News of the Weird
collection of slap-your-forehead antics, culled from the nation's
newspapers. Includes a keyword search (or browse categories such
as Drunkenness, Marriage and California) and instructions on
how to receive Chuck's column by e-mail. A similar free weekly
is True, is available from Randy Cassingham.
A database of
phone numbers taken from the front of pay phones around the world.
Contribute your own, or make a random call and see who picks
Peter Pan Home Page
it going on. This site was better before he got famous and started
If you've ever
received spam about some herbal treatment that will make your
penis or breasts larger, cure your allergies, comfort your colon
or help you lose weight, stop by this site. It debunks a variety
of health scams.
The easy way
to fill out a threesome, and the first site to put a value on
Rectal Foreign Bodies
have stuck up their butts.
Set Your Computer
Institute of Standards and Technology maintains a collection
of atomic clocks that are so accurate that the best of them won't
gain or lose a second in 20 million years. You can set your computer
clock to the NIST standard with a free downloadable program from
its site, available for both Windows and Macintosh users. It
takes only a few seconds to downloadgive or take.
Carroll, a professor of philosophy and author of Becoming a Critical
Thinker, presents more than 300 deconstructions designed
to blow away your belief in everything from God, ESP, the Easter
Bunny, channeling, cattle mutilation, Bigfoot, biorhythms, the
Bermuda Triangle, graphology, the Roswell landing and pyramid
marketing schemes. As Carroll notes, "The only thing infinite
is our capacity for self-deception."
An archive of
the file directories from antique software such as PC DOS 1.1
and Microsoft Word 1.1. Submit your clunkers.
Spinal Tap Fan Site
As many people
know, I am a serious student of one of England's loudest bands,
Spinal Tap. This site includes links to everything Tap, along
with my 500-entry Tap encyclopedia. Proceed with caution.
The Story Minute
of cartoonist Carol Lay. I have never read one of her clever,
life-is-a-circle strips that I haven't wanted to clip and hang
on the refrigerator.
Straight Dope Archive
answers the questions that you always wanted answered. Start
with his discussions of cow-tipping, envelope-stuffing jobs,
the dangers of pissing on rails, Hitler's missing testicle, vacuum
penis wounds and ice cream headaches.
Stumpers / Project
The home page
for a mailing list on which reference librarians try to stump
Tall Clubs International
fine at the 6'6," and yes, I do play basketball. Nearly
every guy even Michael Jordan wishes he were taller
(Jordan is listed officially at 6'6" but only reached 6'4"
when the U.S. Olympic Committee got its tape measure out). This
is a gathering spot on the Net for tall men and women who are
tired of the inane questions, cramped airline seats and shirts
that won't stay tucked in. Don't miss the Miss Tall International
Your Name to Japanese
The site provides
translations from English into katakana. Here is my name, Chippu
Ro, in Mincho font, which I received from a similar service offered
by Cameron Switzer:
Translating the Internet
translates Web pages or email to and from any of 11 languages
(including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
and Spanish). It's not perfect but you can usually fight your
Urban Legends Reference Pages
All those stories
that happened to a friend of a friend.
Warm Words for Don
Don Knotts was
the poster child of retro cool you think he's a goof,
but at least what you see is what you get.
Weird Tales from
Odd (but true)
stories from great minds.
Type in the
serial numbers of your dollar bills and see where they've been.
If they aren't already in the database, they'll be added.
Wilson Bentley, Snowflake
And he has his
Y?: National Forum on People's
site designed to "give you a way to ask people from other
ethnic or cultural backgrounds the questions you've always been
too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask them." Some of the
discussion has been collected in the book Why Do White People
Smell Like Wet Dogs When They Come in From the Rain?
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