WHAT'S FUN ON THE WEB?
News and Groups
- The MEATing Place. Daily, archived, and searchable news; online magazines; meat-industry events calendar; bulletin board; links to resources. Meat and Poultry also has good coverage.
- The Inspector. Excellent site supporting federal meat inspectors. Lots of news and opinions about horrific working conditions and bad meat.
- Pork4Kids: education from the National Pork Producers Council. See also the Onion's Where Does Bacon Come From?
- People Eating Tasty Animals. "A resource for those who enjoy eating meat, wearing fur and leather, hunting, and the fruits of scientific research." Editorials, plus extensive links to sites on meat, leather, fur, taxidermy, hunting, fishing, pets, and research involving animal experimentation. People for the Ethical Treatment of Carnivores is a parody site.
- Agripedia: Meat Identification. Excellent photos and descriptions of cuts from beef, pork, and lamb animals. Plus quizzes!
Recipes and Appreciation
- Ask the Meatman. Great information on cuts for beefs, porks, and deer; videos for sale.
- Eat Wild. "The clearinghouse for information about pasture-based farming."
- Lupo's Spiedies. An upstate New York version of shish kebab, served as a sandwich, sold in pre-marinated bags. See also Paul Havemann's recipe.
- A Hamburger Today.
- Suicide Food. Ads/logos of animals that desire to be eaten.
- Grub Street.
- Offal Good.
- Big Burger: A 6-pond Hamburger. Via Snopes.
- How to Dry Age Beef at Home.
- Pure Beef Refreshment. Meaty sodas.
- Barbecue'n on the Internet. Extraordinarily informative.
- The Meatrix. Clever, if vegan, parody.
- Turducken. A chicken in a duck in a turkey. For a project this complex, see also the recipes of Paul Prudhomme, the Austin Chronicle, and Culinary Cafe. Or try a ten-bird roast.
Or order online at Cajunstuff and elsewhere.
- The Online Pork Rind Resource.
- La Casa de Scrapple. Scrapple sits atop all others in the pantheon of breakfast meats composed primarily of the "unmentionable." Lurid recipe, photos, and the Olsen twins.
- Peppers and Smoke: Burgers shows fine, professional photos of a ground-bacon burger. Bacon Cheese Baconburger is more casual.
- Meat or Accident?
- Meat Cake's current vanguard. See also the archived original.
- Hats of Meat.
- Iowa State University's Tasty Insect Recipes. Bug Blox, Banana Worm Bread, Rootworm Beetle Dip, Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies. See also Survival.com.
- Montana's Original Testicle Festival. It's not the animals' pictures you have to worry about.
- They're Made Out of Meat. Terry Bisson's brilliant science-fiction short story.
Epicurious, and the
Searchable Online Archive of Recipes
are all excellent, searchable recipe resources.
- Cook's Thesaurus. An illustrated gastronomic glossary.
Cake Wrecks. "When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong."
- Antique Stoves.
- No Magic in Pasta Water.
- Bread Storage. Freeze, refrigerate, or let grow stale? From Cook's Illustrated.
- Fried Dough Around the World.
- Dead Man Eating. Last meals on death row.
- USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Search by food name for more nutrition info than you'd ever wanted to know.
- Food Defect Action Levels. Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans. From the FDA.
- Sushi terms and manners are discussed on the the World-Wide Sushi Restaurant Reference.
- Army Subsistence History. Feeding the American military.
- Crab cleaning. It can be done.
- Durian, the king of fruits.
- Pho King.
- Wildman Steve Brill. Foraging for "wild" treats, even in city parks. His tours are in the New York City area, but the site has other information.
- Solo Dining. "Sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating alone."
- Name That Candybar.
Candy Bar Wrapper Image Archive.
- Skeptic's Dictionary. "Over 325 skeptical definitions and essays on occult, paranormal, supernatural, and pseudoscientific ideas and practices, with references to the best skeptical literature."
- Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Critical investigations of paranormal and fringe-science claims.
- EvolveFISH.com. Home of the Darwin fish and its derivatives, plus other knicknacks "countering the destructive aspects of religious zealotry."
- Secular Web. Includes giant searchable library of classic and modern freethought writing, categorized Yahoo style. Site also has reviews, texts of debates, lists of links, and calls for papers.
- Celebrity Atheist List. Richly documented. Don't miss the George Carlin routine.
- American Atheists. Organizational information, current-events news, and editorials. The San Antonio Express News has coverage of the Murray-O'Hair murders. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also has news and views.
- Celebrity Atheist List.
- Junk Science.
- alt.folklore.urban and Urban Legends Archive. Extensive collection that is searchable by subject. See also the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society's Urban Reference Pages.
NEW YORK CITY
- Bad Fads. In fashion, collectibles, activities, and events.
- Ad*Access. Scholarly archive of ads from 1911 to 1955. Categories: Beauty and Hygiene; Radio; Television; Transportation; and World War II.
- Institute of Official Cheer. "Irony-free imagery from the golden age of American culture." Includes the Gallery of Regrettable Food.
- Super Marketing: Ads from the Comic Books. Everything but X-ray specs.
- Siam Soo. A Victorian dancing "phonograph doll" -- shown via one of the inadvertently kitschiest Web pages ever designed.
- Retro Future. "What happened to all that futuristic stuff which was supposed to change our lives by the year 2000?"
- Japander. Western stars cheesily shilling for Japanese products. See Harrison Ford sweating it out for Kirin.
- Journals: Read the
New York Times,
the Daily News,
the New York Post,
Newsday (including local state news),
the Village Voice,
New York Press, and
New York magazine
- Local radio and TV news: New York 1,
WWOR (TV, UPN), and
WPIX (TV). Yahoo New York Daily News and the Gotham Gazette compile much local news.
- Good NYC blogs:
- Local religious news: Catholic New York, the Forward, and the Jewish Week.
- CitySearch, the Manhattan User's Guide, Time Out New York, Zagat, Daily Candy, and This Week in New York list events and review restaurants. Search New York Times resturant squibs. Search and browse through the guerrilla review sites Chowhound, eGullet, and Mouthfuls, plus the blogs Grub Street and Eating in Translation. For reservations, try OpenTable. For menus, see MenuPages (local) and Allmenus (national). Finally, the NYC Department of Health has a browsable violations database.
- NYC street fair are monopolized by two firms, Mardi Gras Festival Productions and Clearview Festival Productions. See their sites for schedules.
- Empire State Building Flash-a-Thon. No, it's not what you're thinking. Better than that.
- Chinatown notes: See Gaijingirl's blog post Places of Note.
- Cheap yet nonskanky lodging: see New York magazine's Hotel Search and the Washington Post's We'll Take Manhattan: For Less Than $200 a Night.
- Clickable subway and bus maps are on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Web site.
- HopStop. Subway or bus directions.
- Sometimes it's necessary to use New Jersey Transit or Long Island Rail Road or Metro North.
- Emporis: Buildings. Thumbnail profiles of NYC skycrapers and historic buildings.
- NYCSubway.org. Exhaustive presentation on the system, past and present.
- Bending Your Metrocard for a free, if less than legal, fare.
- Manhattan Address Locator. Finds cross streets.
- New York Underground. Extensively hyperlinked virtual tour. From National Geographic's site.
- Fading Ad Campaign. Vintage signage revealed as buildings are torn down.
- Milt Gross' Cartoon Tour of New York. A 1939 sketch of the city.
- The Writers' Room (Manhattan) and Brooklyn Writer's Space - two spaces for quiet creativity away from noisy apartments.
- Improv Everywhere "causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places."
- NATLFED (National Labor Federation). Articles about a Brooklyn-based group identified as a right-wing political cult. Its several front groups include the Women's Press Collective, Eastern Farm Workers Association, and the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals.
- Church Sign Generator.
- Jesus of the Week. Kitschy Jesuses (Jesii?) from cards, books, albums, black velvet painting, you name it. With commentary.
- Mujahideen Desecration: Beheadings, Mutilation & Muslim Iconoclasm.
- Landover Baptist Church. A great parody site.
- Objective: Christian Ministries. Even better parody. Includes a mock anti-Landover page.
- His Material Highness. On the Dalai Lama, by Christopher Hitchens. See also Dalai Lama Lite.
- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, The Awareness Center, and Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out.
- Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD). Protects children from abusive religious and cultural practices, especially religion-based medical
neglect, by opposing religious exemptions from duties of care for children.
- Adherents.com. Over 32,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations.
- Details of the Salvation Army's Rabidly Anti-gay Politics and Religion Corporation show the darker side of that charitable church.
- Map Gallery of Religion in the United States.
- Kosher Baloney.
- The Flat-out Truth: Earth Orbits? Moon Landings? A Fraud! Says This Prophet
- Interfaith Calendar Helps you plan around all those annoying religious holidays.
- Chick Publications. The famed Christian comics. Site includes most tracts.
- Nuremberg Files. Rabid anti-choice site includes lists of abortion doctors and their staffs, labeled "working," "wounded," and "fatality."
- Radio Islam. "The most vicious anti-Jewish campaign in Europe since the Third Reich."
- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Afghan feminist site with photos and text documenting life under fundamentalism.
- God Hates Fags. The Westboro Baptist Church. "Dedicated to preaching the Gospel truth about the soul-damning, nation-destroying notion that 'it is OK to be gay.'"
- Ali on the Moon.
- Real Astrology. Bob Brezn's horoscopes.
- Religious Texts. Quick-and-dirty Bible keyword searches. See also the Skeptic's Annotated Bible.
- Science Songs. Six LPs with Atomic-Age science songs for kiddies, downloadable as MP3 or RealAudio.
- Space.com. Will this for-profit site fly? For now, it has good space coverage. See also NASA, the gadfly site NASA Watch, and Space Daily.
- Left Handed DNA Hall of Fame
- Voyager Golden Record. Sounds and pictures that we've sent to the aliens, including images such as this.
- 300 Miles High. Aerial shots of Earth.
Monowheels. The strange story of vehicles with insufficient wheels.
- The Evolution of the Screw Propellor.
- SETI@home. Hundreds of thousand of users, in a populist parallel-processing team effort, are processing Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence radiotelescope data.
- Push Click Touch. Tracing the past, present and future of how people and technology interact. (Formerly known as History of the Button.)
- Pulp Robots. From David Szondy.
- Was the Moon Landing a Hoax? Humor.
- Quackwatch. "Combats health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies."
- DreamTech International: Clones R Us. "Choosing a cloning company is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make." (Satire.)
- History of Public Toilets - astoundingly comprehensive.
- Poop Report. Related to the above site.
- Webortage: Too Solid Flesh. Grisly depiction of cosmetic plastic surgery.
- Tongue Page.
- Thumb Sucking Adults. Don't miss the photo gallery.
- The Atlas of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Also see Ignazio Puddu's endoscopic atlas pictures.
- Rectal Foreign Bodies. Popularly known as the Things People Stick Up Their Butts page.
- Guided Tour of the Visible Human. Well-annotated survey of the Visible Human Project, which studies the CT, MRI and photographed one-millimeter slices, frozen and fresh, of a pair of cadavers, male and female. The animated cross-sections are slow to download, but are dramatic.
- Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. Classic hardware of quackery.
- Electrotherapy Museum.
- HealthGrades.com. Popular ratings of health-care plans, doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes.
- Museum of Menstruation. Based on a basement exhibit, with many images and testimonies.
- Bursting the Bubble. Exposé on "Bubble Boy" David Vetter.
- Virtual Museum of the Iron Lung. A detailed history, image-rich and evocative.