Nerdy but useful single purpose websites

One website I return to time and time again is etymonline.com, the one stop shop for the root origins of words. I don’t know what I would do without it!

The other day, I also found Read The Plaque based on another thread, a map with transcriptions of all the plaques in the world. I also love Pun Generator so I can automate my wit and Make My Drive Fun, a somewhat buggy mapping system that finds all the roadside attractions between two locations.

It made me wonder - what other websites are out there that are single purpose, yet incredibly useful resources that help you better understand the world? I’d love to know your secret sites!

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I really really love etymoline.com. I think of myself as a bit of word nerd, so this site is a treasure to me. Also related is wordsmith.org, I learned so many new words from the A Word A Day page.

At some point in my life not long ago, I was pretty obsessed with film posters. impawards.com collects all the different film posters from around the world.

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My buddy found a real time map of the wind across the US last week when we were dealing with 60mph gusts here. Holy cow neat Wind Map

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I was just gonna post this wind map! I could watch it for hours…

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How about these?

See all the people in the world.
www.7billionworld.com

Track a shark.
www.ocearch.org

Get a grammar lesson.
www.its-not-its.info

And a spelling lesson.
www.d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y.com

Listen to radio across time and distance.
radiooooo.com

Learn your age on other planets.
www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/

Place yourself in time.
hereistoday.com

Watch the world go by.
www.worldometers.info

Learn what year it is.
www.whatyearisit.info

And finally, find out before you watch a movie whether or not the dog dies.
www.doesthedogdie.com

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Here are a couple:

https://arqueologiamexicana.mx/

https://www.megalithic.co.uk/

https://www.edgeofexistence.org/species/

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I was skeptical, but this is super fun to play around with…

That site was an essential resource in the creation of my book wheel.

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I love the Medievalists, great source :fist:

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I LOVE this thread!!

If you’re ever bored and want to test your geographic know-how, I love GeoGuessr. It “dumps” you at a street-view level somewhere in the world. and you have to guess where you are based on the surroundings. (Hints: flora and fauna, what language the street signs are in, what side of the road cars drive on, etc.)

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Whores of Yore is perfect for all your sexy, historical interests. When they shared photos from a 19th century brothel owned & operated by a woman right outside my hometown, I knew they were a killer place for information. And as someone who has made it my life’s work to study human sexuality, I enjoy the random facts they share everyday.

Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) | Twitter (official website can be found in their twitter bio)

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Okay, that is really cool! I’ll have to give that a whirl!

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Ventusky.com (it’s not ven-TOO-sky, but rather Ventus (wind) + Sky) has graphic animation of all kinds of weather data.

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https://www.erowid.org

I like learning about all substances, plants…i find it interesting.

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Mine is Directory of Cities and Towns in World. It’s a massive list of place names all over the world. I would love to combine it with Atlas Obscura’s oddities and turn some of it into an itinerary.

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It is not “useful” per se, but this website is a map of all the subways of the world, with a lot of informations about every subway system : Urban Rail

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Another word related site that’s perfect for Atlas Obscura.
http://phrontistery.info/
It’s a dictionary of obscure and unusual words.

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Searchable database of the largest trees in Pennsylvania:

http://www.pabigtrees.com/

Website compiling sightings of costumes that have popped up in multiple TV series or movies:

http://www.recycledmoviecostumes.com/

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www.ismercuryinretrograde.com cracks me up. Every time my daughter says, “Mercury must be in retrograde” I just send her the link.

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