The Internet was made for wasting time, and there’s certainly no shortage of websites to help you accomplish this. Whether taking a break from school, work, or just life in general, sometimes you need a way to kill a few hours or even days.
Here are our favorite websites for killing time on the Internet when we get bored.
10. FAIL Blog
FAIL Blog was launched in 2008 to document the general stupidity of the human race. It’s assertions of “fail” and “epic fail” have since become part of popular culture. Although its popularity has slowed over the past few years, FAIL Blog is still a great place to waste a few hours of your time.
Instagram is too mainstream. Nobody wants to sift through hundreds of photos of food, babies, and obligatory selfies to get to the fun images. Imgur, created in February 2009, is a much better social imaging site. Here you’ll find the hottest memes, GIFs, and pet images. Many are funny, and some just give you the feels. You can easily kill hours searching through its vast image archives.
Clickhole was started in 2014 by The Onion to satirize modern click-bait media sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy. It maintains the same surreal humor as The Onion, but is a much more visual site that’s becoming click-bait itself. In today’s culture of fake news and shock journalism, it’s almost indistinguishable from any other site, but please remember it’s all a joke.
Wikipedia was launched in 2001 as a free, crowdsourced encyclopedia. Although everyone tells you not to cite it because it’s not a legitimate source, they’re lying. Wikipedia is easily more trustworthy than many websites, as you can view revision histories and discussions related to each article. You can easily spend hours clicking through a series of Wikipedia articles and learning something new each day.
Curious how safe your neighborhood is? Crime Reports overlays a Google map with crime reports from local law enforcement in your area. It’s searchable by date, too, so you can find any police reports happening around you. They’re even sorted by type of crime using handy icons. You can spend hours finding historical crime stats in your neighborhood or anywhere you plan to move.
Bored Panda was created in 2009 to combat boredom online. It’s a community-driven platform for art, design, and photography, and has a ton of great stories to read too. Whether you’re into architecture, parenting, DIY, photography, animals, food, or the just plain weird, Bored Panda has a ton of content available for you.
4. Mental Floss
Mental Floss was founded in 2001 and has both digital and (at one time) print versions. There’s also a YouTube channel and podcast. In addition to Buzzfeed-like click-bait articles, it includes random facts, puzzles, and trivia. The site also aggregates links to interesting stories from around the web, so you don’t have to go searching. It’s a great place to spend a few hours of your day.
Reddit was created in 2005 and has been influencing the Internet ever since. The social news aggregation platform draws over 200 million unique monthly visitors, and they’re all submitting, voting, and commenting on links, photos, and conversations happening all over the Internet. Reddit is where memes become icons and even celebrities will sit down for a live Q&A session with fans.
The Internet Archive has been (spoiler alert) archiving the internet since May 1996. It has over 15 petabytes of information, and in addition to the popular WayBack Machine, it archives books, audio, images, and more. Consider it a library for the people. The Wayback Machine itself is a fantastic tool to find sites that have been deleted from the current Internet. Of course, you can find much of this on the dark web too, if you know where to look.
StumbleUpon is a web discovery engine created in 2001. If you’re bored on the Internet, simply sign up, enter your interests, and click the “Stumble” button. You’ll be taken to a random Internet site related to your interests. If you don’t like it, keep stumbling until you find something you do. It’s like spinning a roulette wheel, and you never know where you’ll land. It’s the single best way to kill days of time discovering new content on the Internet.