cold weather blues
Ridicule and Oregon Trail are two of my favorite things, I devoted hours to them as a child, and now some brilliant person has taken the best part of the latter (hunting, obvi), combined it with all of the former, and created a hunting trip with would-be VP Sarah Palin; together you take aim at (endangered) wild game on the Alaskan tundra and get points for everything you kill, it's really a thing of beauty. Just be sure you don't accidentally hit the little McCains who appear from behind trees because that'll cost you points. If you get tired of playing, addicting games (the parent site) has plenty of other equally inappropriate alternatives to help you fill your time.
Ever since a friend of mine began using an internet dating service we've all been helping her think of answers to the questions potential hookups use to sound each other out. My personal favorite was trying to help her figure out which celebrity would play her in a movie of her own life. I didn't know about this site then, but if I had it would have saved me a painstaking search though IMDb's catalogue of blondes.
While I'm sure it can do many great and amazing things, myhertiage is a personal favorite because it lets me upload pictures of me and my friends and then tells me which celebrities we look most like. Your results will change from picture to picture as well, and it's fun to see how a different haircut or angle can completely change the outcome, though I'd imagine going from Audrey Hepburn to Nick Nolte is probably just a lesson on what to avoid. Myhertiage also has a feature called celebrity morph that creates a video of your transformation into said celebrity. Sort of like The Swan but without all the heartbreak, pain, and skin-crawling visuals.
Would you prefer to see how you measure up in a less stomach-churning way? The baby name wizard's got you covered.
The baby name wizard tracks the 100 most popular baby names in the United States by year, going back to the '60s. Besides the pretty pink (or blue) map showing the name's current popularity status, it also graphs the name's popularity over the years by region, the state's political leanings, economic status, and population density. Trust me, hours (or at least half hours at a time) are filled comparing your name's popularity to that of your siblings, friends, favorite celebrities, etc.
As always with TCKiT, please use these sites responsibly, and by 'responsibly' I mean don't get caught playing Hunting with Palin at work/in class/on the subway causing you to get fired/thrown out/miss your stop, respectively. I hope this helps stave off your Cold Weather Blues, and happy holidays from Charm City.