Site of the Week: Shorpy

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Shorpy

A little bit about the remarkable website known as Shorpy:

Shorpy is an online archive of thousands of high-resolution photos from the 1850s to 1950s. Our namesake, Shorpy Higginbotham, was a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago. Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.)

This amazing site has over 5,300 pictures, many of them from a long time ago. It’s really a great trip through America’s history, in photographs. An appropriate sample photo would be this one, taken circa 1900. “Heat wave. Free ice in New York.”

It looks really authentic, because, well, it is.

Shorpy was also voted one the best blogs of 2010 by Time Magazine. You can follow them on Twitter here.

Enjoy!

Site of the Week: Shorpy

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Site of the Week (by request): Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber

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Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber

This site is being chosen because it’s hilarious, but also because a few people over the weekend had never heard of it, so I figured this would be a good forum to share the site.

The name of the website really explains itself. Check out an example below to clear up any confusion.

The young gent that is all over the internet and TV is on the left. The gal on the right (no actual information as to her preferences) has an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Bieber.

After looking at the site, I”m not sure if he looks like a number of lesbians or if they look like him.

Enjoy!

Site of the Week: Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber

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Site of the Week: Criggo

Criggo

I would imagine that all of my Facebook friends know that I love posting photos, comic strips, and any other sort of image that I find amusing. I found the site via a tweet from Grammar Girl, so you may credit her if you like the site.

As the heading of the site says, “Newspapers are going away. That’s too bad”. Newspapers are full of hilarious photos that don’t come out as intended, typos, and other chuckle-worthy errors, and Criggo is chock full of them.

Some examples:

If you aren’t slapping your thigh yet, or haven’t ‘hyuk’ed out loud, you either haven’t been reading these, or are post-lobotomy. (Apologies to anyone who has had a lobotomy.)

Endless fun can be found as this week’s site of the week: Criggo

Site of the Week: Historical Tweets

Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World

Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World

From their site:

In the history of history, nothing has been more historic than Historical Tweets.

Most people think Twitter was “created” in 2006.  These are same people who think Richard Gere created Buddhism in the 1990’s.  Just before Madonna created yoga.  Folks, like the sun, moon, and stars, Twitter has always been.  This site proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Books have been ruining history. So many unnecessary words.  Now, with Historical Tweets, history’s most amazing men and women can be fully understood, a mere 140 characters at a time.

Check back daily (or subscribe!) if you care at all about understanding history.

I just found this site today, and think it’s hilarious. They actually have a book coming out. Should be a real thigh-slapper for history fans.

I’ll shamelessly paste a few of my favorites from the site.

Lincoln Tweets

Noah Tweets

Hancock Tweets

Enjoy! I intend to make this site a regular on my sites-to-visit list. As with most sites, you can follow them on Twitter.

This week’s site: Historical Tweets

Site of the Week: ESPN New York

ESPN New York

As ridiculous as it seems to be “sharing” an ESPN website you “might not know about”, ESPN has just gone public with a website centered just around New York sports, as it has with other cities.

What’s cool is they’re asking us to tell them what we want to see on the site.

From their website:

Here’s the thing: At ESPNNewYork.com, we don’t care what they think in Boston, or in Chicago, or in L.A. We care what people think down the block, around the corner, in East Flatbush, in Astoria, in St. George, on the D train or the B61 bus — and in Westchester, North Jersey and on Long Island, too.

We care what you think. So if you’re a New York fan, tell us where you live or where you come from — especially if it’s in the New York metro area — and give us a piece of your mind. We want to know if the Yankees really own this town, if the Mets are bigger on the Island, if you like Sanchez better than Eli, and if you care that the Nets are about to do the bridge-and-tunnel hop.

This is the 2010 New York Sports Census. Put up or shut up.

This should be fun. Share your thoughts with ESPN.

Enjoy the site. Hope it lives up to expectations.

This week’s site of the week: ESPN New York

To quote Brian Regan, “Go my favorite sports team!”

Site of the Week: the “blog” of “unneccesary” quotation marks

the blog of unnecessary quotation marks

Just looking at the name of the blog makes me shudder. Apparently, there is nasty habit of people using quotation marks for emphasis. This scourge has become very common, and this week’s site has done a lot of good work chronicling the offenses committed.

As an example:

There are many rules as to the proper usage of quotation marks. I shall not paste the entire page from grammarbook.com, but I shall link you in case you want a refresher course.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I hope you can enjoy the site for all of its “unnecessary” quotation marks.

This week’s site of the week: the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks

Sites of the Week: Failbooking and Lamebook

OK, so I’m a day late with my site of the week, and therefore you will get a 2-fer, for two reasons.

1) You deserve it.
2) The two sites serve the same function and share the same goal.

Failbooking

Lamebook

We’ve all either posted something on Facebook we didn’t mean to or know someone who has. We also probably don’t always think things through before we hit the Enter button, whether it’s a photo that best be left unshared or a message meant to be sent to an individual being posted for all to see. These two sites chronicle hysterical postings and/or comments. Sometimes we just don’t think things through.

A bunch of it is not meant for those with sensitive natures or tendencies, which might make sense considering that much of this stuff should never have been make public to begin with, so beware and be aware.

Just because it’s me, the “samples” I will provide center around the English language.


That’s right kids. English fun!

This week’s sites of the week: Failbooking and Lamebook.