It's Christmas Eve, you're stuck at the office alone and you have to "work." (*Wink, wink*) Nevermind that stack of papers that's been sitting in your inbox for two weeks. You have better things to do... like these eight
time wasters ways to promote your creative thinking skills and, in some cases, motor reflexes.
1. Test your keyboard Olympic skills
You are a runner named Qwop. Use the QWOP keys on your keyboard to run the 100 meters. Trust me - this is not as easy as it sounds.
2.Show that you can play well with others
Lunchtimers has an online game called "Letters" with no real objective, no real scoring and no real end. The site reminds you of your mom's old refrigerator, with those those old-school letter magnets. Once you're on it, you can play around with those letters and spell anything you like. The catch? Other people are playing on your refrigerator too, so you have to scramble to finish what you're saying before others take your letters. I have no idea why this is addictive but it is.
3. Find out if Abe Vigoda is still alive
Has worrying about Mr. Vigoda's health been keeping you up at night? Sleep easy with this website, www.abevigoda.com, which allows you to check on old Abe. After all, he's been "dead" before.
4. Enjoy Antoine Dodson's 16th minute of fame (while it lasts)
Hide yo cookies and hide yo shame that you laughed at this video.
It's The Chimney Intruder song.
5.Peek in on other people's problems
It's like being a priest (without the whole scandal bit to worry about). Truuconfessions is a site where people can finally unload what's been on their minds - all behind the comfort of a computer screen. You can add your own (anonymously of course), or just "me too" someone else's. Need examples of some of the types of things people write about? Here are a few secrets from the site:
My auntie invited a guy to her Christmas party on the 26th just so she could 'fix us up'. How can I get obviously and violently sick before then, but recover to go out with my friends the next night?
I swear if you come to work smelling like major body odor one more time I think I'm going to scream... its sad, I can be in one bathroom stall and smell you the minute you walk in... and what do you do?? go right to the stall next to me when there are THREE open stalls... ugh... I EFFIN HATE YOU!
6. Get Pretty Loaded
Not literally. The website prettyloaded.com is a museum of various unique page preloaders. Don't expect to see the old, boring bar with "50% loaded" on here. No, these are much more creative (and fascinating) than that.
7. Kill penguins with a club and landmines (not really)
Penguin Extreme - It's one of those goofy games where you bat a penguin skyward, hoping that his body (or what's left of it) hits a land mine to blow it even farther along the ice. Try to get the high score and be the scorn of your PETA-loving coworkers.
8. What Ever Happened to ...?
Ever wonder what happened to Punky Brewster? Yahoo Serious? Those two creepy twins from The Shining? You can learn about these "stars" and more on What Ever Happened To ...? Stroll down memory lane, recalling the past glory of the former famous like Right Said Fred (one opened a gym, the other was a presenter on Gaytime TV in the UK), Gennifer Flowers (she was supposed to be a star in Boobs! The Musical in NYC in 2004) and wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts (I can't explain it. Just go here.)