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25 Cool Websites to Look at When Bored

Scrolling through your Facebook feed for new updates gets pretty old, pretty fast. When boredom sets in, a list of a few interesting and really cool websites with regularly updated content sure can come in handy.

The trouble is that there’s almost too much to look at on the web these days, and you could literally spend your whole day browsing and searching for the most interesting stories, photos, jokes, articles or videos that are out there. Lucky for you, stumbling across this list will save you from wasting time trying to find a few gems out there.

If you need to kill some time or just want to find a couple new interesting sites to fill in some of those empty spots in your bookmarks list, fell free to take a look at the following hip, trendy and cool websites to add to your collection.

1

Bored Panda

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Could the name of this website be any more appropriate? Bored Panda is the place you want to be when you want to discover interesting and visually appealing content. It’s a blog that publishes regular updates on the coolest finds in travel, photography, illustration, animals, DIY, technology, design and all sorts of other great categories. You can also create an account to vote posts up or down.

2

Brain Pickings

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Boredom doesn’t mean you should distract yourself with the simplest and most mind-numbing content out there on the web. Try expanding your knowledge by diving deep into the incredibly useful and thought-provoking blog posts on Brain Pickings, a blog run by MIT fellow Maria Popova, who does all the research and writing for each post.

You can probably expect to find a few good books to add to your reading list just by subscribing to this blog.

3

TED

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TED has become a powerful organization in spreading ideas and knowledge. The nonprofit organization hosts conferences around the world where people of all walks of life share their amazing ideas and experiences through short speaking gigs.

If you have a pair of headphones handy, you should definitely check out this site. You can find video talks on practically any subject you’re interested in.

4

Laughing Squid

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Laughing Squid is one of my personal favorite blogs to check out. You can find all sorts of highly visual posts about art, culture and technology on this site, most of which are photos and videos.

It’s updated with several new posts a day featuring the newest, freshest content. Posts are kept pretty short too, making it perfect for browsing casually.

5

Incredible Things

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If you’re more interested in just discovering really wacky products and inventive ideas, Incredible Things has you covered. This is a blog where you can find stuff that will blow you away in all sorts of different categories like food, home, fashion pets and even more obscure ones like WTF andNSFW.

This blog isn’t updated quite as frequently as some of the other blogs on this list, but you can still expect to stumble across a few good new posts during weekdays.

6

Vsauce

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Vsauce is an incredibly popular and successful YouTube channel (with several spinoff channels) that has attracted over 10 million subscribers. Videos focus on interestingeducational content where channel creator Michael Stevens teaches viewers about all sorts of amazing topics, almost resembling a modern day Bill Nye the Science Guy.

On the Vsauce website, you can browse through and watch videos across all Vsauce channels.

7

Oddee

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Love weird stuff? Then you need to check out Oddee, one of the web’s larges and most popular blogsfeaturing the craziest, strangest and most bizarre content you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Most posts are numbered lists, complete with lots of photos and videos for you to look at. Categories include art, signs, places, objects, ads, science, medicine, home design, names, people, gifts, stories, tech and more.

8

Archie McPhee’s Geyser of Awesome

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Archie McPhee is a novelty store that sells all sorts of crazy, wacky stuff (like those iconic horse masks). Their blog, the “Geyser of Awesome” is a blog worth checking out. Posts are a combination of weird and awesome, with lots of photos plus descriptions and sources beneath them.

The Geyser of Awesome blog is also a Tumblr blog, so if you’ve got Tumblr, follow it to stay updated!

9

Funny or Die

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Love comedy? Then Funny or Die is where you need to be. This website is completely dedicated to featuring hilarious sketches from users, comedians and celebrities.

The site is well known for providing some of the funniest and most exclusive video content. Since users can also vote on anything, there’s no need to sift through the junky stuff first before you discover some really great content.

10

College Humor

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Another big comedy website worth visiting is College Humor, a place where you can find all sorts of wildly entertaining and hilarious articles, videos and photos.

The website also has a popular YouTube channel of over 10 million subscribers, featuring original video content designed to make you laugh.

11

StumbleUpon

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If you’re experiencing boredom and have never experienced the endless amazement of StumbleUpon, then now’s your chance. StumbleUpon is a service that’s comparable to TV channel flipping through Internet sites.

You can “stumble” across sites based on your interests, and you can give them a thumbs up or thumbs down to let StumbleUpon know what you do and don’t like.

12

The Useless Web

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Need a little something more entertaining than StumbleUpon? The Useless Web is a website that’s somewhat similar, except that its only goal is to show you the most pointless websites that exist on the internet. Just click the big pink button to discover one, and it will automatically open in a new tab.

You can even submit one of your own using the link at the bottom if you want.

13

Giphy

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Do you like animated GIFs? You know, those images without sound that move for a few seconds and then start all over again? If you do, you’ll love Giphy.

Giphy is the Internet’s search engine for GIFs. Even if you have nothing to search for, you can just look at what’s trending on the front page or spend some time browsing through the categories.

14

The Oatmeal

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Created by Matthew Inman a.k.a. “The Oatmeal,” his popular humor website caters to the avid comic lover and quiz taker. His wacky drawings are mainly based on relatable life situations, education, and crazy stories that would never be possible in real life.

Some of the jokes may seem rude to certain folks, but the average, laid back Internet user can probably get a great kick out of them.

15

BuzzFeed

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Surely you’ve heard of BuzzFeed by now. It’s only one of the most popular sites online for everything that’s viral, newsworthy and even pointless.

You can find everything from fun quizzes and listicles made of GIFs, to breaking news and long-form journalism. If you need some major distraction, BuzzFeed is the place to go.

16

Cyanide and Happiness

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If webcomics are your thing, then you have to be familiar with Cyanide and Happiness–one of the most popular and funniest webcomics out there.

There’s a new webcomic every day, but you can also head on over to the website and press the question mark button over and over again to view random comics.

17

Reddit

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Reddit is referred to as “the front page of the internet.” It’s a community board split up into sections of categories or interests. Users submit links to articles, photos or videos they think are worth sharing, and anyone can upvote them or downvote them.

The most upvoted links get pushed to the top. If StumbleUpon isn’t your thing, Reddit may be a good alternative.

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Hyperbole and a Half

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Hyperbole and a Half is a Blogger blog that was created by Allie Brosh, a young woman with a talent for telling her left story through detailed Microsoft Paint drawings. She says her blog is not really a web comic, but it’s not really a blog either.

Whatever it is, it’s a wonderfully colorful and comedic site to browse through. If you love whimsical drawings of dogs, rainbows and other things, then you’re bound to really fall

20

Cracked

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According to their slogan, Cracked is “America’s Only Humor Site Since 1958.” Cracked is famous for their timeless list posts. Columnists and contributing writers craft witty, funny articles on topics ranging from history to TV & movies to internet tech.

They have a hilariously creative video section as well. Although its a bit less reliant on visual content compared to the first two sites on this list, the articles on Cracked are well worth reading and sharing again and again.

21

FAIL Blog

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The FAIL blog has been around for much longer than a lot of these other sites have, and thanks to its great content, it’s still going strong. Part of the I Can Has Cheezburger network, Fail Blog is a site that is most known for its humorous pictures depicting disastrous and often stupid situations.

All photos have the caption “FAIL” included somewhere on the photo. Fail Blog incorporates video into their site in addition to photos.

22

OMG Facts

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OMG Facts brings you some of the most interesting facts online as voted by their site audience. All facts are thoroughly researched and include topics in history, science, politics, sex and more.

You can submit your own fact if you have an idea to help contribute to the site. You can also browse through their Top Facts section for some of the most top voted facts on the site.

23

Damn You Auto Correct!

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If you own a smartphone, you’ve probably had to deal with an extra text or two explaining an accidental word change as a result of your phone’s auto correction.

Damn You Auto Correct features tons of funny texts between people who experience all the communicational problems that come with auto correct on a mobile device. You might be surprised to discover what kinds of words accidentally pops up when we really mean something else.

24

Awkward Family Photos

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Almost everyone has an old photo from back in the day that is just too embarrassing to look at now. It seems as though families all over the world are all flocking to Awkward Family Photos to submit their hilarious and retro photos there.

From terrible hairdos and outfits to costume-themed family portraits, it’s no surprise that this site is such a huge hit on the internet. Submit your own awkward family photo and see if it pops on the site eventually!

25

People of Wal-Mart

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If you like Awkward Family Photos, you’ll probably really like People of Wal-Mart too. Ever visited a Wal-Mart store and seen anyone who really stood out? That’s what this website is all about.

People of Wal-Mart features user submitted photos of interesting looking people they see in Wal-Mart stores — often poorly or shockingly dressed. You can browse photos by newest, random, state or top rated on the site.

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