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81.  Jason Kottke’s Blog

Jason Kottke's blog is a grab bag of multimedia trivia. A YouTube clip from a 1936 documentary on mail trains? Check. A copy of an 1892 menu, fascinating not only for its price structure but for its customers' bill of rights? Yup. Touting only smart, stimulating items worth adding to the public sphere, is part odd-news aggregator and part archival treasure dig — consistently one of the most surprising domains on the Web.

82.  Cake Wrecks

Think of this blog not just as a collection of baking disasters but accidental art in the kitchen, at once spectacular and bizarre. There's the least festive holiday cake of all time and the most disturbing life-size baby cake to exist outside a nightmare. And while those might be among the most peculiar and hilarious of the blog's discoveries, Cake Wrecks also pays homage to those cakes that are so beautifully elaborate that they earn our admiration and even envy. One killer example: the Father's Day cake that looks like a hyper-realistic tool set. Finally, the wreck photos often come with hilarious stories on how the disaster came to be — enriching the schadenfreude. Above all, this blog never lets you forget that failure can be fun.

83.  Oatmeal

The Oatmeal produces zany screen-length visual aids in a cartoon style. There are quizzes too. A personal favorite? The one that asks how many Justin Biebers you could take in a fight.

The Oatmeal's real name is Matthew and he lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.

84.  Everything Everywhere

In 2007, Gary Arndt — onetime Internet consultant and online gaming devotee — decided to pull up his roots and set sail around the globe. Determined to travel expansively, he started posting his experiences online. The result is a widely followed blog, Everything Everywhere, that is anchored by his inimitable personality. In the three years since he left the Midwest, he has ventured to some 60 countries, posting photos, stories and recommendations along the way. It has become a full-time endeavor, and he now uses podcasts, Twitter and even Foursquare to share his tales of New Zealand glaciers, Easter Island and Egypt. Part photo album, part travel guide and part experiential public diary, his blog is best followed from a metropolitan office cubicle, so workers can fantasize about where in the world Gary Arndt is. Maybe one day we'll follow his lead on our own exploration of the wonders of the world.

85.  The Sartorialist

The blog that spawned a thousand fashion-blogger wannabes, Scott Schuman's the Sartorialist is still the best chronicle of street fashion. The premise is simple: well-lit photos of well-dressed people, accompanied by minimal commentary. But it is the looks that Schuman manages to collect from all over the world that makes his blog a winner.

86.  Information is Beautiful

On Information Is Beautiful, you'll learn oodles about, say, that nasty oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico or find a topographical map of narcotics use in San Francisco or see a carbon-dioxide graphic contrasting the way America drives now vs. a possible electric-car future. Overseen by David McCandless, a writer and designer based in London, the blog's clean design, probing nature and impressive number crunching keeps us coming back.

87.  The Daily Kitten

The Daily Kitten has emerged as puppy cam 2.0 — a daily, dependable onslaught of cuteness. Every day at precisely 10:07 a.m. E.T., a new photo is posted. But even more touching are the stories that accompany the photos and the board discussions that run alongside the daily updates — chat rooms that touch upon everything from animal health to adoptions. The Daily Kitten has grown in scope to be a respite for the animal lover and an indulgence for all of us who are addicted to cute.

88.  Double X

Slate's blog Double X — an extension of the site's XX Factor blog — the day's news is run through a frank and thoughtful female perspective. Serving as everything from a virtual book club and sex-discussion group to a parenting chat room, Double X's many contributors are acutely aware of any story that marginalizes or stereotypes the lives of women. Contributors have weighed in on prescription-drug ads that medicalize female sexuality, research on the impact of children on marital satisfaction and the controversy surrounding Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old girl who was rescued during her attempt to sail around the world solo.

89.  Strobist

Strobist teaches you how to be a good photographer. The project of a former photojournalist, Strobist explains techniques beyond point and shoot, with an emphasis on lighting on the cheap. Think cinematic-type images on a film-school budget. Even if you're loath to venture beyond taking pictures on your phone, the blog's collection of photographs is fun to flip through.

90.  The Awl

The Awl intends to encourage a daily discussion of the issues of the day—news, politics, culture (and TV!)—during sensible hours of the working week.

The website is run by two editors, Alex Balk and Choire Sicha, and supported by the contributions of excellent folks from near and far. You may reach the editors at publisher is David Cho, and you are welcome to contact him regarding any sort of business activity, including advertising and other opportunities for your brand. You may reach him at

An "awl," by the way, is a "pointed tool used for punching small holes," often utilized in wood and leather craft. Here is how you pronounce the word "awl," both with UK and US accents. Finally, our motto, "Be Less Stupid," is intended with some humor.

91.  The Consumerist

The Consumerist empowers consumers by informing and entertaining them about the top consumer issues of the day. We are a leading online resource for consumer-driven advice about dealing with everything from non-existent customer service to onerous cell-phone contracts to ever-shrinking (and ever-more-expensive) grocery products. The Consumerist is published by Consumer Media LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Consumers Union, and takes no outside advertising. 

The Consumerist highlights the persistent, shameless gaffes of modern consumerism - and the latest scams, rip-offs, hot deals and freebies. We also encourage our readers to tell us about their everyday experiences with absurdities of consumer culture - and suggest ways for them to fight back.

92.  Pitchfork

Pitchfork has brought together a sprawling audience without losing ties to its roots. It features some of the most interesting, influential music writing online — smart without being snobby, critical but not pretentious — and remains one of the single best places to discover new music before all your friends jump on the bandwagon. In this way, it's a trend setter for tastemakers. Looking for proof of Pitchfork's appeal? Its annual music festival in Chicago has rapidly emerged as the cool kids' alternative to Lollapalooza. 

93.  FailBlog

If things seem to be going too perfectly in your world, you can visit FAIL Blog and wallow in mistakes of all kinds, since the blog is an open-source clearinghouse of flubs and fiascos. Since being purchased by Pet Holdings Inc. in April 2008, the site has won its share of Webby Awards. But as time goes by, what originality or distinctive voice can FAIL Blog provide to keep visitors coming? After all, stupidity wears thin after a while. The blog is almost entirely dependent on user-generated content, and as soon as those users shift their attention  to another flap-based Internet wonder, the party's over. Or in other words: FAIL Blog fail. 

94.  Regret the Error

Regret the Error reports on media corrections, retractions, apologies, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the press. It was launched in October 2004 by Craig Silverman, a freelance journalist and author based in Montreal.

Mistakes happen, especially in the media. Everyday, thousands of bonehead mistakes are printed in newspapers and magazines and go out over the airwaves, and only a tiny fraction of the errors are ever corrected. Regret the Error is the media consumer's revenge, a regularly updated compendium of media mistakes big and small. Regret the Error covers the big whoppers, but it really shines on highlighting the small stuff that the media gets wrong. Small, that is, unless you're the person being written about. There's a useful yearly roundup of errors, corrections, and plagiarisms, and some of that material has been compiled into a book. Read 'em and weep.

95.  Bad Jocks

Bad Jocks, which bills itself as "Where COPS meets SportCenter" turns to the world of sports and poses a simple question: Who did something dumb today? Never mind the celebrated cases of stupid jock behavior — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and scores of major leaguers abusing steroids and then lying about it, NBA referee Tm Donaghy caught betting on games he officiated. Bad Jocks has all of the big stories but then drills deeper into even more unsettling territory: the Detroit Lions assistant coach arrested after ordering a meal at Wendy's drive thru window naked, the golfer arrested for DUI in a Golf Cart after leaving the course and driving eight miles, the mom who sued her son's Little League Coach for not teaching him how to slide properly. A wicked chart rates the all-time highest BAC (breath alcohol content) levels of sports figures arrested for drunk driving. Number one on the list is former Detroit Tiger's broadcaster Lary Sorensen, whose 0.48% blood alcohol content reading easily cleared the fences of the 0.8% legal limit.

96.   Gigazine

Created by Satoshi Yamasaki and Mazaki Keito of Osaka, Gigazine is Japan's most popular blog, a sumptuous daily feast of eye candy bundled in a bright shiny wrapper. Gigazine previews the latest trends in cell phones, video games, junk food, fashion, toys, and consumer products from Japan and across the Pacific rim. If you're not checking out Gigazine regularly, you probably missed the spiffy David Beckham condoms from China (which presumably let the users "bend it like Beckham"), or the full sized luxury sports car model knitted entirely from wool, or the new chili flavored shrimp being served at Asian Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets. Gigazine is not some Westernized view of Japanese pop culture; it's the exotic East proudly presenting its shiny self to the world. And from here, it looks very, very cool. Since the blog is written entirely in Japanese, you'll need to view the text through an online translator such as Google. The often less-than perfect translations add another weird layer to a decidedly foreign experience.

97.  Blog Di Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo, a popular Italian comedian, actor, and political satirist, writes one of the few non-English language blogs that's become wildly popular worldwide. That's because Grillo speaks the international language of outrage. On a typical day, Grillo's blog may call for Germany to declare war on Italy, or failing that, for Italy to boycott the upcoming Olympic Games in China, or for a prominent politician to stop acting like a "Psycho-dwarf." Most of the outrage has a political point — the Beppe blog features a regularly updated list of members of the Italian Parliament who have been convicted, and frequently calls for tainted politicians to resign from office. Last September, Grillo used his blog to rally marchers in nearly 300 Italian towns for his "Fuck Off Day," to encourage citizens to forcibly remove from office members of the Italian Parliament who have criminal convictions. The rally was such a hit that a second round is planned for April 25th. America could use a political satirist fueled by this sort of outrage, but for now, there's Beppe.

98.  Ace of Spades HQ

The conservative/ libertarian answer to the Daily Kos, the Ace of Spades HQ, (AoS) has been going strong since 2003, and recently recorded its 10 millionth hit. Like most political blogs, the anonymous Ace comments on the day's political news and provides links. But the anonymous Ace who writes the blog isn't afraid to mix it up; AoS is full of snarling, flat-out funny commentary, videos, cartoons, pictures, and gratuitous insults. And while reliably conservative, AoS is no shill; last summer, the blog called President Bush "incompetent" and "embarrassingly dimwitted" and urged him to retire. The quote from H.L. Mencken in the AoS banner pretty much sums up Ace's mission: "'Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and start slitting throats."

99.  Tree Hugger

TreeHugger is the most complete of the hundreds of grassroots green blogs; think of it as the Wal-Mart of sustainability, if you can imagine Wal Mart being sustainable. It's a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information, and it ranks among the top 20 blogs in traffic worldwide. Part of what makes it a good read is that Treehugger isn't trying to change the world overnight; more like one post at a time. There are scores of tips on how to reduce your environmental footprint while not radically changing your lifestyle—things like getting out of the bottled water habit, using a pressure cooker to reduce energy consumption, and buying and cooking food in bulk. One word of warning: steel yourself for plenty of guest appearances on the blog from eco-stars like Bono. Try to think of it as a form of recycling.


DANIEL RADOSH is a contributing editor The Week, a national news and opinion digest, and, if it ever starts publishing again, at Radar. As a freelance writer, I have appeared in more publications than most people have read. From 2000 to 2001 I was a senior editor at Modern Humorist. Less recently, I was a staff writer and editor at Spy, and a weekly columnist at The New York Press. Links to some of my work are here. I have contributed to several books of humor, including 101 Damnations, Mirth of a Nation, and Rough Draft. If you're a potential employer, or just obsessive, have a look at the formal resume.