There’s some weird stuff to see on the internet, but sometimes you run into websites so bizarre, so strange, or so useless that you just have to write a top ten list about them and share it with the world. When you get down to it, the Internet is a very complicated machine that can turn an idea that has no possible use into a real cultural inheritance. So, here’s the top ten most bizarre websites on the web, conveniently formatted and described for your viewing pleasure.
Have you ever leaned back in your computer chair and wondered, “Gee, I wonder how many times people have said something was “so gay” on Twitter today.” The University of Alberta has got you covered. Started by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services to showcase the use of “casual homophobia” on social media, nohomophobes.com automatically counts the times the words “so gay”, “faggot”, “no homo”, and “Dyke are used on Twitter every day. You can watch the counter for each word go up in real time as the tweets they’re used in scroll beneath the counters.
Zombo.com has been up and running, unchanged, since 1999. If you want to weird out your friends or family out, leave Zombo.com running on your browser as you go do something else. It’s a one-page website, the only graphics being “Zombo.com” in bright colors as discs underneath rotate. A man’s voice welcomes you repeatedly and insistently, talking about how great and bizarre Zombo.com is. That’s it. There are many questions left unanswered about this site, the most important being, “Why?”.
If you’ve got hours to spend getting lost in a website that is full of puzzles and nonsensical, intricate equations, 973-eht-namuh-973 will be fun for you. It’s hard to describe what’s exactly going on in this site. There’s a lot of speculation about the creator of the site – that the site is an art project, that the creator has schizophrenia or is a conspiracy theorist obsessed with Numerology; one thing is for sure: it’s genuinely confusing and bizarre.
Besides having an incredibly annoying domain to type out manually, 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.com (that’s 60 1s!) is a weird, nonsensical site filled with what looks to be different face photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger photoshopped onto the characters of Sailor Moon. You can scroll over different parts of the site to reveal pop-up photos or (what looks to be) Japanese phrases. Clicking the “enter” button on the site opens up a small pop-up window with more photoshopped madness.
One of the only sites on this list that’s upfront with its content in its domain name, eelslap.com is a site where you can virtually slap a man with an eel. Dragging your mouse across your screen controls the direction and speed of the eel and you can watch with glee as you slap an eel on a tired looking man in front of a green screen, over and over again. If you look carefully, you can enjoy the slime transferring from the eel to the man’s face! Fun!
2011 was a simpler time for the internet. Cat memes were booming and it was a great time to come up with new ways to showcase them, just ask the creators of procatinator.com. Sure, in 2022 it’s a little strange to waste hours of your time watching cat videos looped over random music, but what else is the internet for?
Fans of pixelated corgis and annoying music will love this next site. Opening corgiorgy.com will fill your screen with 180 (yes, I counted) swimming pixel corgis on your screen and grating music into your ears. Clicking anywhere on the screen will bring you to another page, where you can create your own “gif party”. Try annoying your friends by having 180 images of your face scroll by while a youtube audio clip of your choosing plays!
If you’ve been jaded by years of internet addiction, thenicestplaceontheinter.net might sound like a trap – but it truly is a nice place. Anyone with a webcam can record themselves giving a virtual hug and send it to the moderators of the site, who will add it to their Youtube channel. They describe their site as a place to visit when you’re having a bad day. It’s a little unsettling to get virtually hugged by strangers and people in unicorn masks, but it’s a lovely sentiment.
Feel like going on a journey, but don’t want to leave your computer desk? Zoomquilt.org will take you on a bizarre, seamless trip through a neverending illustration. It’s like Richard Scarry made a website. You can control whether you go back or forth through the land with your arrow keys and take in the surreal pictures as you please. It’s trippy and, if you’re not careful, will take up a lot of your time.
Anasomnia.com is one of the most bizarre website on this list. Not quite a game, but not just a video either, Anna Somia is an interactive experience that uses your webcam, mouse, and keyboard to travel through a little girl’s dreams. The webcam senses your room’s light level and Anna Somnia can’t go to sleep if your lights are on. Once you turn your lights off, the experience begins. You glide through a series of images that make up Anna Somnia’s subconscious, able to interact with some of them with your mouse but never able to stop the flow of the dream. It’s beautiful and creepy, an older website that still has the potential to be bizarre.