The 15 Most Useless Websites of 2018

Pointless websites abound on the web. Here are Lifewire's favorites

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Most websites are pretty useful, but there's another side of the internet you may not know about. The useless web features some of the most pointless websites ever created, and for that, many of them have become very well known.

Some of these useless websites have minor interactive components while others just show you something completely bizarre. They certainly won't help you get anything done, but they might at least serve a very small entertainment-based purpose for a brief moment in your life.

Nothing says "take me to a useless website" like the links in the list below! Check them out.

A screenshot of StaggeringBeauty.com.

This website features nothing but a black worm with two eyes that wiggles its way around the screen as it follows the movement of your cursor. Shaking your cursor vigorously will trigger it to start dancing as a blazing explosion of color flashes in the background.

What We Like:

  • The exaggerated animation during the vigorous cursor shaking.

What We Don't Like:

  • No sound effects or music.
A screenshot of Endless.Horse.

It takes talent to create drawings out of computer keyboard characters, but you'd think that this artist could've given this poor horse some hooves. You can scroll and scroll, but you'll never find them.

What We Like:

  • The fact that this website truly lives up to its name.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of color.
A screenshot of FallingFalling.com.

The continuous falling blocks of color on this website will make you feel like you're taking an endless dive right into your computer screen. Clicking the screen will activate a sound effect that descends in tone, making it feel like you're falling even deeper into a virtual abyss.

What We Like:

  • The soothing, meditative effect.

What We Don't Like:

  • The very real potential of experiencing vertigo.
A screenshot of EelSlap.com.

Ever wished you could see a slow motion scene of someone getting slapped in the face by a wet, slimy eel? That's all that EelSlap.com is. Roll your cursor over the image slow or fast from right to left (or left to right to watch it backwards) as many times as you like.

What We Like:

  • The ability to control the speed and direction of the slap.

What We Don't Like:

  • The low quality of the imagery.
A screenshot of Cat-Bounce.com.

When you can't get enough cats on the internet, there's Cat-Bounce.com. Watch as kittens start falling from the top of your screen and bouncing gently off the bottom. You can click and drag any kitty to bounce it yourself or select MAKE IT RAIN in the top right for a serious kitty downpour.

What We Like:

  • The interactive component of manually bouncing the cats.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of variety of cat breeds included.
A screenshot of PointerPointer.com.

This website almost looks like it's going to be useful when you see the spinning wheel icon and a message that says, "Finding pointer... please hold still." Much to our surprise, the result is nothing but a (generally low-quality) photo of an unknown person pointing their index finger at something.

What We Like:

  • The variety of photos included.

What We Don't Like:

  • The complete lack of source information for each photo.
A screenshot of PixelsFight.com.

If you've ever wondered who'd win a digital fight between two different colored groups of pixels, this website is for you. Watch in anticipation as both groups of pixels go at it in an excitingly messy battle over screen territory.

What We Like:

  • The fact that the colors change every time you refresh the website to start a new pixel fight.

What We Don't Like:

  • It would be nice of the pixel colors took up the whole screen rather than just a small, boxed in area.
A screenshot of BlankWindows.com.

You could achieve a similar effect to BlankWindows.com by simply just leaving lots of application windows open on your computer, but this site at least takes a minimalistic approach by keeping it as bland and as colorless as can be. Click your cursor on any window to move it to the front and drag it around your screen.

What We Like:

  • The dropshadow effect behind each window.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of color.
A screenshot of ChihuahuaSpin.com.

Here's a challenge for you: See how many times you can watch this poor chihuahua spin as it unravels in what looks like some sort of mesh material. An automatic count appears beneath the GIF to help you keep track and after a certain number of spins, a strange note will appear over the GIF saying, "You are officially Ethan :-)."

What We Like:

  • The automatic counter.

What We Don't Like:

  • The small size of the GIF and overwhelming amount of white space.
A screenshot of Dogs.Are.The.Most.Moe.

When you don't have access to a real dog, you can at least turn to this website to virtually pet a virtual dog. Just click the dog as many times as you want to pet it. No, it doesn't really compare at all to petting a real dog, and yes, it gets old pretty fast, but at least it's something.

What We Like:

  • The smile on the dog when you click and hold your cursor over it.
  • The spinning of the dog when you click it multiple times really fast.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of color.
A screenshot of InfiniteThing.com.

How many different shapes can a colorful squiggly loop make? Click the screen to see the squiggly loop (or "infinite thing" as it's officially called) take a completely different shape. Exciting, isn't it?

What We Like:

  • The subtle animation effect of the colors that you can use to follow the loop all the way around.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of variety of color every time you click to see a new loop.
A screenshot of RepubliqueDesMangues.fr.

With a name like Republique Des Mangues (translated from French to Republic of Mangoes), you'd think that this would actually be a legitimately useful site. But all it features is an image of a mango with a sunburst animation behind it. 

What We Like:

  • The bright colors and sunburst animation.

What We Don't Like:

  • The disappointing lack of interactive features when you try to click the mango.
A screenshot of BuildShruggle.com.

At BuildShruggle.com, you're given all the characters you need in a jumbled mess to build the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ shrug emoticon. Select a character with your cursor to drag and drop it anywhere you want on the screen. Nothing happens when you're done—you just get to admire your own success.

What We Like:

What We Don't Like:

  • No reward when you finish building Shruggle.
A screenshot of YeahLemons.com.

If you enjoyed RepubliqueDesMangues.fr, you might just love YeahLemons.com too. The website features nothing but animated lemons raining down on your screen. Your cursor also turns into a lemon, and when you click anywhere on the screen, you'll hear someone say, "Yeah, lemons!"

What We Like:

  • The lemon cursor and sound effect when you click the screen is a nice touch.

What We Don't Like:

  • The dizziness you might experience from watching so many lemons fall across your screen.
A screenshot of OneMillionLOLs.com.

Here's a real challenge for you: See how high you can count on this website that apparently features a whopping one million repeats of the acronym LOL. Bet you can't make it to the end!

What We Like:

  • The cool design or pattern effect of the LOLs all together.

What We Don't Like:

  • The lack of color and the difficulty of telling where the one millionth LOL finally ends.