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Vidya Srinivasa Rao | June 21, 2003 14:32 IST

Get hooked on interesting, useless and weird facts

Did you know that Cleopatra married her own two brothers? Or the fact that it takes a drop of ocean water more than 1,000 years to circulate the world? Amaze and baffle your friends with random facts like these. Want more? Go to and click on the fact generator repeatedly for a stream of fun and interesting facts. If you know better, submit a few of your own tidbits. But the site verifies the information, so you'd better be able to stand behind what you say.

Cranks, crankisms, crankishness, and crankiocity: that's what this site 
is all about. It is devoted to all kinds of cranks, crackpots, kooks and loons and what puts them under this category here. Just click on the links of the left side of the page and start navigating. See the contents page for a complete list of categories, both alphabetical and hierarchical. There is also the Crank o' the Day, chosen at midnight and What's New lists all the cranks added in the last month.

There must be millions of books available out there. How and where does someone begin? Instead of starting from an overwhelming choice of books available, Whichbook.Net
offers an easy way to find the kind of read you are looking for. The quick demo shows you how to use the site. The set of bars on the homepage gives you a choice, which allows you to choose between extremes. For example, if you want a sad read, select a 'Happy-Sad' bar.  After making your selection, click on 'Go'. You will get a display of books that match your requirement. So, go ahead, get a book of your choice and curl up with a mug of hot chocolate. Can you think of a better way to spend these rainy weekends?

Tech Comics
It is not exactly a laugh riot, but the online comic strip The Joy of Tech on
is a nice blend of recognisable technology icons from the self-satisfied Mac user to the obnoxious Dell kid. The geeks spending the weekend at office could do with a few laughs.


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