The Internet is a big place. That said, most of the people reading this will probably spend their time moving between the same handful of tried and true websites. The reasons for this may vary, but we’d bet a gold pig that one of those reasons people don’t like to venture out of their online comfort zone is that they run the risk of landing on annoying sites like these. Sites that either force users to run a gauntlet of mind numbing tedium or simply contain awful, crappy content and a bunch of ads.
Einstein once said that “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.” If Einstein had lived to see the Yahoo Answers, we’re pretty sure his head would have exploded trying to calculate the density of the stupidity presented on this site. It has everything from people trying to outsource homework to complete strangers…
…to people who act like they suffered catastrophic heart failure half-way through typing, but soldiered on, seemingly just to mock the English language one last time. Crowd-sourced advice is a great concept, but come on, we already have Wikipedia, they’ve got it covered, guys.
The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail is like The Onion, the only difference is, with the Onion, it’s only the minority of people reading it think the words in front of them are real and the majority that don’t take them seriously. With the Daily Mail, it’s the opposite scenario, when you realize that the paper isn’t above making up a story to get hits, its front page becomes a hornets nest of misinformation. Pretty much any stray click or inadvertent “like” on a page could have you forward a story to all your friends that has less grounding in fact than the Die Hard movies.
When the front page of your website is more dangerous to a persons reputation than adultery, you don’t deserve to be one of the biggest news sources on the web.
Any Lyrics Website
If you’re curious about how many times Sting sings the word Roxanne or what the hell the Bare Naked Ladies actually say in One Week, pray to the Internet gods that you don’t ever stumble on a lyrics website during your search.
We don’t know why they’re such a magnet for pop-up ads, but for whatever reason these sites seem to be where advertising wants to try and punch your eyeballs in the gut. Every click is a nail biting coin toss on whether you’ll actually get what you’re after or you’ll be re-directed to a website the Russian version of Bing would consider too obscure.
Want to know how to survive a zombie apocalypse? You know, that subject that’s been given more coverage online than Kate Middleton’s cleavage? How about 10 rock stars who died young, 8 of which will be Kurt Cobain? Find all that and more on eHow.
Look, we know creating new unique content is hard, seriously, we do, but when your sites tagline is “discover the expert in you”, maybe you should dedicate some time to, you know, teaching people awesome new skills instead of listing facts that have been circulated since the dawn of Internet communications. Speaking of which…
Content creation is our game and without blowing our own trumpet, we’re damn fine at it. Sure we make mistakes or have off days, everyone does, but you can bet every thing you see was given 100%. Oddee is what you’d get if you gathered a bunch of people with the exact opposite work ethic then paid them with nothing but pop-up ads. The only thing more infuriating than a list consisting of nothing but images from other sites, is seeing that it has 100 thousand views.
Man, are we in the wrong business.