1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the RPG

This text-based role-playing game based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is really hard. Like really hard. I have been playing this game on and off for a couple of years, and have yet to get past the first spaceship.

Despite how tricky it is, it’s tremendously funny, seldom literal, and a must for all towel-remembers.

Play it here.

2. The Wiki Game

Essentially 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but for Wikipedia. Hopscotch between Wikipedia articles to find a path from say, Ashley Tisdale to HTML (Ashley Tisdale was born in California – Silicon Valley – Internet – HTML).

You can choose from a time trial, or to limit the amount of clicks you can use. Make it really hard by eliminating “the United States” as a pathway.

Play it here.

3. Find the Invisible Cow

An Internet version of the hiding game Hot and Cold.

4. Geoguessr

Geoguessr is a guessing game using Google Maps. You’re dropped into a random location (left) and you have to guess where you are. You can use clues (what language are the street signs in?) or you can just go with your gut. If you sign up, you can play in challenge mode against another player.

Play it here.

5. Magic Pen

This physics-based doodle game is fiercely addictive. You have to push a red ball across the screen, using only shapes you draw. You can add in hinges and pins, and erase some poor choices if you must. One note: This is best suited to playing on graphics tablets (or even touchscreens) – with a mouse it’s a bit tricky.

Play it here.

6. Excit

Excit is a very simple navigation/maze game that gets more fiendish with each level. But the brilliant thing about Excit is that is looks like an Excel spreadsheet. Not that we’re saying you should play this at work, but if you *did* then it would look like you were very absorbed in finessing your formulas.

Play it here.


7. Little Alchemy

Truly addictive, Little Alchemy challenges you to create 550 elements from just the basics: water, earth, air, and fire. Basically, you combine elements to make new ones (so for example, water + water = sea). It doesn’t take long to get sucked in.

Play it here.

8. Spy on the weather, worldwide.

“Weather?” you say. “Zzzzzz.” Let us prove you wrong with forecast.io. Super accurate, and helpful for your local area, but also weirdly absorbing for guessing temperatures around the world.

10. Browse music across time and space with Radiooooo.

Radiooooo is a really neat concept. Click on an era and a location, and listen to the music that was popular there and then. So, if you click 1950 + United Kingdomn, you’ll get a swing track. But 1930 + Australia digs up a folk song. Easy to while away a whole afternoon.

11. Browse some useless items at The Worst Things for Sale.

Created by the author Married to the Sea (more on that later), TWTFS is updated daily with the worst things for sale on Amazon. Check in and see if anything takes your fancy (like perhaps these ~unisex~ Chewbacca Crocs).

12. The Useless Web

Generates even more useless sites to waste your time.

12. Hacker Typer

Hollywood-style hacker code. Pound on your keys and freak out your boss.

13. Pointer Pointer

What’s the point of this? Yeah, I don’t know — just embrace the weird.

14. Staggering Beauty

Make the worm dance with your mouse. (Warning: Flashing images.)6 Bees Bees Bees

This site reveals Oprah’s secret plans.

15. Shady URL

Changes URLs to look like viruses.

16. Don’t Even Reply

A collection of emails f

17. Just this giant Wikipedia list of dogs

Space dogs? Check. War dogs? Check. Famous dogs? Check annnnd check. 

18. Drive Me Insane

Turn on the lights (or a disco ball) in someone’s home from your computer. The site has been running since 1997.

19. Duo Lingo

Learn a new language for free.

20. Hubski

A forum of good ideas and conversations.

21. Lizard Point

Browser-based educational activities.

22. Music Theory

Learn the language of music.

23. Sleepytime

A calculator that tells you exactly when to wake up for a good night’s sleep.

24. Code Academy

Step 1. Learn to Code. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit.

25. What Should I Read Next?

Suggests books and authors based upon your interests.

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