22 Cool Websites to Look at When You're Bored

Stimulate your mind with these funny, geeky and weird web sites

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

The trouble is that there’s really too much to look at on the internet 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 actually really good (and not just complete garbage). 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, feel free to take a look at the following hip, trendy and cool websites to add to your collection. 

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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.

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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, which is a popular blog run by MIT fellow Maria Popova. She's the one 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.

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TED Talk
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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.

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Laughing Squid

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Laughing Squid should be a favorite blog to check out just for all the wacky, inspiring and unbelievable stuff you can find there. 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.

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Vsauce is an incredibly popular and successful YouTube channel (with several spinoff channels) that has attracted over 13 million subscribers. Videos focus on interesting educational 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. 

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Love weird stuff? Then you need to check out Oddee, one of the web's larges and most popular blogs featuring 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.

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Mental Floss

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Mental Floss will leave you feeling like you actually learned something during the time you wanted to pass while browsing the web. Describing itself as "the encylopaedia of everything," the site offers content on some of life's most interesting questions.

You can read articles, view lists, watch videos, take quizzes and even brush up on some smart facts with Mental Floss on everything from science to pop culture. So go ahead and expand your knowledge with this one! 

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College Humor

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One of the most popular comedy websites worth visiting on the web 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 more than 12 million subscribers, featuring original video content designed to make you laugh. 

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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.

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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.

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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 might seem rude to certain folks, but the average, laidback Iiternet user can probably get a great kick out of them.

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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.

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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.

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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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9GAG is sort of like a visual version of Reddit. It's a community-driven hub for visual content where members of the community upvote and downvote posts so that the best content gets pushed to the top.

Explore the different sections on this site and prepare to have your mind blown! You can also create your own account and start engaging with the community but upvoting what you like, downvoting what you don't like, commenting on posts and even uploading your own content.

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If you get a kick out of misspelled wording and poorly written grammar, Engrish.com may be the site for you.

This is a site that takes photos from all over the world of things like signs or product packaging that are riddled with spelling and grammatical mistakes, or just convey an entirely different message due to translation errors and extreme unfamiliarity with the English language.

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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 in love with this one.

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According to the site's 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.

It has a hilariously creative video section as well. Although it's a bit less reliant on visual content compared to some of the other sites on this list, the articles on Cracked are well worth reading and sharing again and again.

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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.

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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 communication 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.

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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!

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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.