leisure 07.12.06

Hump Day

Our monthly spin around the web, part of an ongoing effort to reduce workplace productivity by 43%.

Click Bored
The web provides countless ways to indulge previously known addictions but it also flashes the insides of its long coat to an array of wares you never knew existed. Here, you click on a block, the block tells two friends and so on, and voila, a habit-forming time-waster with a mid-century modern vibe.

Strange New Products
This self-identifying website features such consumer wonders as Dwight Yoakum's Chicken Lickin's Chicken Rings and sanitary handles for shopping carts. Last October, they posted the creations of David Kime, which are melted crayon Barbie sculptures (pictured).

An animated game involving a little elf with a long white cap stuck in the wilds of outer space. As is often the case with this kind of web game, figuring out how to proceed is the game. It takes a lot of trial and error, but it's nice to help the elf along his way.

Jackson Pollock
This one's been making the rounds, a site in which anyone with a mouse can become a Pollock of sorts. Just drag the cursor and click. Repeat.

Weirdo Music
A repository of "strange, wacky, odd, and just plain bizarre music" from space-age pop to whistling records.

Knitted Digestive System
Ah, who can ever forget the sweater crocheted for a tree from the last Hump Day? Well, here's a knitted version of the human digestive system, the whole (nearly) nine yards.

Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships
True, it's more often the loud and public gabber than the phone you'd like to throw. But this Finnish event, held every year since 2000, has both passionate participants and spectators. The 2006 championships will be in late August — if there were ever a reason to visit Finland, this isn't it.


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