Websites

Relatively Interesting Websites

 

There is simply no better way to destroy your productivity and kill time at work than to browse the web.  But don’t waste your time on social sites like Facebook or Twitter (unless of course you’re following our Facebook page or Twitter feed)…  So when you’re done reading through Relatively Interesting, expand your mind with the curious wonders found on these sites.  Each have been carefully selected for you, the Relatively Interesting audience, because we’re sure you’ll like them.

The list is by no means comprehensive… more will be added on a regular basis.

Website/URLDescription
What's the Harm?This site is designed to make a point about the danger of not thinking critically. It notes that you can easily be injured or killed by neglecting this important skill. They have collected the stories of over 670,000 people who have been injured or killed as a result of someone not thinking critically.
The Skeptic's DictionaryThe Skeptic's Dictionary features definitions, arguments, and essays on hundreds of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions. It also features dozens of entries on logical fallacies, cognitive biases, perception, science, and philosophy.
CrackedBased on the magazine of the same name - and besides being hilarious - Cracked is not afraid to poke fun at pseudoscience and logical insanity.
Compound InterestCompound Interest is a site that aims to take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis. It also provides graphics for educational purposes, both for teacher and student use.
What If?Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions like "Would it be possible for two teams in a tug-o-war to overcome the ultimate tensile strength of an iron rod and pull it apart? How big would the teams have to be?"
The ConversationThe Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. It is also a free resource: free to read, and free to share or republish under Creative Commons.
Mental Flossmental_floss magazine is an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. It's the sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy their company, laugh a little, smile a lot and then part ways. And you only realize how much you learned from the site after a little while.
Brilliant MapsBrilliant Maps helps make sense of the world, one interesting map at a time.
Skeptical Software ToolsSkeptical Software Tools applies the power of the programmable web for the purposes of skepticism.
The JREFThe James Randi Educational Foundation was founded to help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. It offers a still-unclaimed million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers.
Science Based MedicineScience-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care.
Doubtful NewsDoubtful News is an aggregator of strange and questionable claims in the media (not always doubtful or harmful) with a punch of critical thinking.
SnopesSnopes is the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
CuriosityExplore, be inspired and never stop learning with some of the world's best learning content.
Maps of WarMaps of War was created to help people understand current events, as seen on TV and in our newspaper headlines, as being one small chapter in the much bigger and longer story of human history. Each map is well-researched and based in fact, and none of the work is meant to be biased or political. No spin or opinion, just fact-based conclusions about the history of war.
Science FridayScience Friday is a great source for news and entertaining stories about science. It started as a radio show but has since grown into much more, including award-winning digital videos and original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars. SciFri is brain fun, for curious people.
io9io9 is a daily publication that covers science, culture, and the world of tomorrow.
Science DailyScience Daily is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites and has earned the loyalty of students, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies, educators and the general public around the world.
It's Okay to be SmartA blog about science... and other interestingness.
Wait But WhyExplanations, thought experiments, discussions about really important things like annoying Facebook posts, putting time into perspective, and artificial intelligence (to name a few).
OpenStaxOpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. They provide free textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course.
Pondering FoolThe Pondering Fool is a parody site for those who want really, really deep thoughts. Look at them, share them, flood your friend’s news feeds, and watch their confused reactions.