15 Ridiculously Useful Websites

Sat, Oct 6, 2007, by Garrett Santos

Web Talk

A diverse list of useful websites to make life a little easier.

  1. Crossfit

    A free fitness website that posts a new “Workout of the Day” every day. The workouts focus on total body fitness. The workouts are used by military personnel, athletes, and normal people. The site also contains an index of the exercises used in the workouts complete with videos and slideshows. They offer a newsletter for those willing to pay. It is an outstanding site for both fitness gurus and average Joes.

  2. Lonely Planet

    This site offers, among other things, an outstanding resource for anyone researching travel destinations.

  3. Retail Me Not

    A catalog of online coupons posted and reviewed by users. The coupons vary from sites like Polo to Amazon to Papajohns.

  4. Web MD

    Provides a reference for anyone looking to diagnose his or her symptoms or research medical issues. It is a good place to visit before making that, oh so expensive, trip to the doctor.

  5. Epicurious

    A source of cooking information ranging from recipes to techniques to restaurant reviews.

  6. E-How

    A reference site for just about everything else. Want to k now how to wax snow skis? Make pizza dough? Install a bathtub? This is the place.

  7. Kayak

    Combines search results from several different travel websites and presents them in a very user-friendly interactive format.

  8. Bartleby

    One of the better academic research websites I’ve come across.

  9. Monster Jobs

    Looking for a job? Need a resume?

  10. How Stuff Works

    A very cool website that contains explanations of those mysteries in life that you just can’t figure out. A few examples are Murphy’s Law, Pickpockets, and Light Sabers (Yes, light sabers).

  11. Product Wiki

    A wikipedia-type product review website. All reviews and articles are written and updated by the site’s users.

  12. What Should I Read Next

    Can’t decide what to read next? Simply enter a book title and/or author that you like and the site will recommend a number of books for you.

  13. The Universal Packing List

    This is a very unique website I found that creates a packing list for you based on information you provide regarding your trip and intentions/plans.

  14. Happy Median

    Enter your location and a friend’s location and this site will tell you where you should meet (Halfway).

  15. Musicovery

    Seriously, the coolest music-related site I’ve seen. You choose the mood, intensity, and genres of the music you would like to hear and the site will provide you with a virtual web of music to explore. The web evolves with each choice you make. You can click on any song in the web at anytime.

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113 Comments For This Post
  1. Judy Sheldon Says:

    Great list. Be careful of one thing though, many places will not take computer printed coupons.

  2. pundit8086 Says:

    what about WikiBrowser? http://wiki.chainofthoughts.com/

  3. Brandon Says:

    http://cl1p.net/ – Simple online clipboard. Can be really useful sometimes. Navigate to cl1p.net/[whatever you want] and paste in text, or a small file too. They can be password protected if you’d like, as well. No sign-up.

  4. Stefan Says:

    You’ve forgotten Smashing Magazine – probably the most useful website for web-developers.

  5. Simon Says:

    Why is the bible listed as a non-fiction book at that bartleby site?

  6. Father Time Says:


    As a technical support guy I bounce people there all the time. It’s easy step-by-step tutorials that anybody can follow.

  7. Garrett B Santos Says:


    Just thought I’d throw this into the list…A great photography website (I may be a little biased).

  8. Eric Says:

    WebMD can be more hurtful than helpful; self-diagnosis usually does more to make a user stressed and paranoid than it does to actually help someone out on the way to wellness. If a user convinces himself that he has X Disease, than one trip to the doctor may not suffice if the doctor diagnoses the issue as something else.

  9. Nick Says:

    i think in america GetHuman.com is the best right now!

  10. anonymous Says:

    HOW could you forget techbargains.com????

  11. Mike Says:

    This XHTML/CSS service turned out to be very good : http://markup4u.com.
    They provide the code quite fast and it looks exactly like the design.

  12. Beatrice Adams Says:

    I’d nominate this article as the number 1 most useful articles I’ve ever read online. Excellent job, Garret!

  13. Geordie Janner Says:

    I definitely need to visit site No.1 “crossfit” – all these hours in front of the computer are having an effect on my waistline!
    Thanks for an interesting article.

  14. dave45 Says:

    Can someone tell the people at Happy Median that there is life outside the USA.

    There website is only of interest to native Yanks

  15. Mike Says:

    A great site for those who doubt the proven, historical accuracy of the Bible: http://faithfacts.gospelcom.net/maps_m.html

  16. bruce m. Says:

    nice post

    last.fm is a great way to find new music that is similar to what you are in the mood for, and just makes a great radio station to listen to whenever.. just type in a group that you like and it plays songs like it from that group and other ones. good stuff, maynard! :)

    thanks everyone, for the tips.

  17. Miles Says:

    Thanks for all the fun sites…

    How about apartmenthomeliving.com for us apartment dwellers – It is a great place to find a place that fits your personality, find friends in your place and learn how to make apartment living fun.

  18. Shelly Says:

    Interesting, hopefully useful!

  19. Koyin Says:

    How lightsabers work? that is funny, good article,


  20. dan Says:

    Crossfit is taking over as THE way to get fit.

  21. Scott Says:

    Seems to me the most useful site of all time is missing, maybe we all just take it for granted now.

  22. Ched Says:

    Great list.

  23. JRS Says:

    Definitely a great list, and it seems to keep growing thanks to everyone else!

  24. Anne Lyken-Garner Says:

    Great list and ultra useful.

    By-the-way, the answer to number 9’s question is because all non-fiction books are listed as ‘non-fiction’ at bartleby site, (as it would be idiotic to list a non-fiction book under the ‘fiction’ section). What’s the point of your question anyway? we’re discussing useful websites on this page.

  25. Clexa Says:

    good sites i like the coupon one

  26. Stone Heart Says:

    I wonder…this made you to the top.

    Great stuff.

  27. revenue Says:

    hey nice article
    Lol how much views have you had cause your at the top of the hot content and have been for quite some time

  28. Keith Johnson Says:

    Fantastic article!! Many Thanks.

  29. Bud Fredrick Says:

    I like what you’ve done. Great concept.

    I added you to my blogroll at http://productinfo.biz/blog

  30. Garrett Santos Says:

    Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you like the concept because I’m actually writing several of these articles as a series. I hope you enjoy and find them useful.

  31. araybin Says:

    Garrett – If I wanted to suggest a website to you – how can I do that?

  32. Monkey Says:

    I love this website

  33. Miss Ladybug Says:

    Absolutely love your site. So useful. I have added it to my RSS feed list.


  34. Demonic Furball Says:

    You should put polycola.com in there becuase you can mix up search engins so that you can have a split screen of google, yahoo, ask, dogpile,and msn

  35. omg Says:

    you musta made so much freakin money from this

  36. Gary Says:

    Check this out too:

  37. treaclepudbear Says:

    Wow….ty very much to every one… so many interesting sites!

  38. the 0ne Says:

    http://allysource.com/ great place to find free sites movie freeware etc. should think about adding it to the list

  39. pete Says:


  40. EHt Says:

    You forgot to add webupon.com :D . Seriously I downloaded some of the best add-ons and visited extremely helpful sites thanks to you guys, MUCH LOVE!

  41. viviana Says:

    a useful website for me is myspace.com

  42. Meema Says:

    Sidestep.com for great travel search engine. Searches 100s of websites for best pricing on flights & hotels including the usual suspects: Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc.

  43. Юрий Дыбский Says:


  44. me Says:

    i like the music one.. though it screwed up my browser…

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  47. Julie Says:

    I would add http://www.hotcouponworld.com to the list. It breaks down deal discussion by store for most national and regional chain stores.

  48. johnethin Says:

    Monster sucks

  49. chris Says:

    I like SwiftFile and SwiftPic for sending files and pictures, respectively. Swiftfile is secure, good for word docs, PDFs, etc. for me it makes things very convenient.

  50. CobraCar Says:

    nice list, inspired me to do my own list of my favorite 5 websites. check it out from my Triond page

  51. Tusaani Says:

    Great information!

  52. occasionalflyer Says:

    craigslist.com – Found AIRTRAN discount coupons. Saved me $25 per flight.

  53. buber Says:

    I found this website extremely useful; http://www.simpleconvert.com
    You can convert from any existing unit to another. Including currency!

  54. Tina Says:

    I was looking for an easier way to hire a roofing company. I found http://www.post4quotes.com. You can post all kinds of things you want done.

  55. L.A. Says:

    You’ve listed some great sites and I found a few others that are interesting in the comments. Here’s another for anyone who would like to try training online with a live trainer:


  56. Charles Says:

    Great list. Some of it has been a little outdated.
    Webapps that I love are Animoto, Squarespace, Pandora, and DropBox

    There is a new useful web app directory at http://AppUseful.com
    It is like yelp for web apps. The apps are ranked by your ratings.

  57. Bobby Says:

    Great list. Some of it has been a little outdated.
    Webapps that I love are Animoto, Squarespace, Pandora, and DropBox

    There is a new useful web app directory at AppUseful
    It is like yelp for web apps. The apps are ranked by your ratings.

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  59. Ashliegh Says:

    The link to happy median doesn’t work…

  60. Celina Nunes Says:

    What about http://www.nofussreviews.com very handy website for finding a quick game review…?

  61. Mark Cameron Says:

    Yay for Cross fit being # 1

  62. franck93 Says:

    What about http://www.niceletter.com for writing letters online?

  63. Ambrish Says:

    Http://www.TeacherLane.com is very useful website and learning resources for student.

  64. Hitchhiker Says:

    Howabout http://www.liftsurfer.com? A great site for finding lifts from city to city.

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  66. Weather-man Says:

    how about: http://www.weather-and-climate.com/

    useful website when you need to know what weather it is in the country where you are travelling to. All countries are covered.. :)

  67. josephajain Says:

    Really such a great list of websites..I think i have travelled to every city by reading all this…Thanks a lot for sharing this with me.
    Check my website:- http://www.indepression.com/

  68. Social Kevin Says:

    Great list. Isn’t it crazy how some websites can change your life?

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  69. Lottie Says:

    http://finalstitch.co.uk is great for anyone planning a wedding :)

  70. Restocore Says:

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  71. Steve Says:

    http://www.keepitwith.me is one of the most useful for me! It allows you to transfer web sites between computers you are using.

  72. BTS Says:

    http://www.turbulent.fm is useful website to, its a itunes store music chart.

  73. Lars Johannessen Says:

    Now, in these pre Christmas days, i’d say that http://www.plentywish.com is also a quite useful site, were you can create and share a wish list and hold track of your gift ideas. Escpecially if you have kids.

  74. John Says:

    An easy way to search craigslist,
    An easy way to search many auto sales sites.

  75. Resource Webs Says:

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    Very helpful for busy people.

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    Good information, always good to catch up on things and revise my knowledge.

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    Do these sites also give the pharmaceuticalsinformation. I think that webmd is giving but not all of them.

  93. hittboss Says:

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    Has anyone even considered Google yet?

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  104. Forty Sevens Says:

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  105. Annabelle Says:

    Very cool, however most of them don’t apply to me as I don’t live in the states-wish other countries were given website options

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