It's Spring, Lighten Up

Web sites that trigger the giggling reflex

| March 31, 2005

Trawling the Internet for news can be a depressing affair. In an effort to honor the spirit of a burgeoning spring, Utne offers the following sites to be surfed for some much needed comic relief.

www.japander.com
Remember the commercial that an exasperated Bill Murray fumbled through during Lost in Translation? Imagine a trove of such moments, with a bevy of Hollywood stars to choose from.

www.netdisaster.com
Wreak havoc upon the Web sites you scorn with this harmless but gratifying tool, which came to Utne accompanied by the pitch line, 'Nuking the Fox News homepage is really satisfying.' We concur.

www.fark.com
News of the weird with headlines and links conveniently labeled with tags like 'asinine,' 'spiffy,' and 'dumbass.'



www.gizoogle.com
Google with a twiznist.

www.bobanddavid.com
If those Mr. Show DVDs just don't scratch that itch anymore, bobanddavid.com should do the trick.

www.strindbergandhelium.com
Defies description, but here goes: August Strindberg, Swedish chronicler of profundity, repeatedly has his existential reverie interrupted by his pal, an adorable ball of helium.

campusprogress.org
Winner and runners-up of the 'Name Ann Coulter's Next Book' contest.

www.zug.com
'The World's Only Comedy Site.' Also, the place to go for pranksters and lovers of pranks. The turnpike segment comes highly recommended.

www.i-resign.com/uk/home
For anyone wishing to vicariously experience the act of resigning.

www.jumptheshark.com
Eight years running, still culturally relevant. Jumptheshark.com tracks the 'defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on ... it's all downhill.' The benchmark moment: when the Fonz jumped over a shark in water-skis (and, if memory serves, his leather jacket).

www.televisionwithoutpity.com
Also aged; also good. For those of us without TiVo.

www.mcsweeneys.net
Tried and true.

www.rickastley.co.uk
Because who hasn't wondered what Rick Astley is up to these days?



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