Out of all the incredible things humanity has invented over the past few decades, the Internet has got to be one of my favorites. I mean, you can do pretty much anything with it.
Want to see funny videos of dogs? Go to YouTube. Want to learn which butterflies have appeared on Australian stamps? Head to Wikipedia. Need to prove to your skeptical friend that, yes, Bryan Cranston played Jerry's dentist in an episode of Seinfeld? Get thee to IMDb! Want to read some funny articles? Check out twentytwowords.com! ;)
But the Internet is so much more than Google, Facebook, and whatever other pages you frequent.
Lucky for you, I've compiled a list of websites that will save you time and money, or just eliminate boredom (which is also valuable!), I also included a couple keyboard shortcuts that everyone should definitely know. Get ready to step up your Internet game!
via: https://yout.com/You already know about YouTube, obviously. But next time you want to actually keep a YouTube video, go to yout.com instead (or just delete the "ube" from the address bar of a video). From there, you can download any video as either an audio or video file.
PrintFriendlyprintfriendly.com, you can turn any web page into a printable PDF. You can even modify the PDF to fit your needs. This is especially useful for teachers!
CamelCamelCamelcamelcamelcamel.com you can view graphs that the pricing history of Amazon products. Check whether those new Bluetooth headphones are actually on sale, or if you need to wait a few weeks in order to get the best price. There's also a browser extension.
Efficiency Is Everythingefficiencyiseverything.com to basically hack your whole life in order to make it more efficient. It breaks down which food is the most efficient in terms of cost per calorie. It also gives you tips that help you get the most efficient sleeping schedule possible, and it even gives you ways to speed up Netflix and YouTube to speed up your media consumption (if that's something you're interested in).
via: https://scihub.org/Have you ever been working on a research paper and realized that a relevant study is locked behind a paywall? If so, then you need to know about scihub.org. It unlocks academic papers and studies and allows you to view them in their entirety without paying or needing any special permissions.
Stain Solutionextension.illinois.edu/stain/ may not exactly roll off the tongue, but it's worth saving to your bookmarks nonetheless. It's a comprehensive list of stains along with how to get rid of them. Grease on your carpet? Jelly on your shirt? This site has you covered. There's even an entry for fish slime!
via: https://www.draw.io/Use draw.io to create flowcharts, graphs, and other useful graphics — for free! You can choose from a bunch of different templates within the site, or make your own graphic entirely from scratch. This is a must for work presentations!
CanvaCanva.com is sort of similar to draw.io, except you can use it to make just about anything. Logos, Facebook cover images, invitations, collages, menus, certificates, CD labels — you name it and you can probably design it with Canva.
via: https://archive.org/The Internet Archive at archive.org shows you what the Internet looked like way back in the day. Use it to see how far we've come in the last few decades! You can also use it to bring up websites that may have been archived and are otherwise inaccessible.
Deepldeepl.com as a better alternative to Google Translate. It only works for a handful of languages so far, but the results are great. You can also upload and translate entire documents.
via: http://pluto.tvPluto.tv streams free, live TV. It has a bunch of movies and documentaries, music channels, and the "Cats 24/7" channel I found (pictured above) which streams cat videos at all hours. This is truly what the Internet was made for.
Desmosdesmos.com and use the graphing calculator there! Unlike the clunky TI-83 that costs a bunch, desmos.com is totally free.
Aftercreditsaftercredits.com. From there, you can see whether there's anything you need to stick around for. You can even click to reveal what you missed if you had to leave before seeing the extra stuff.
Google ScholarGoogle Scholar is just like Google, only way more reliable for academic sources. If you get the Chrome extension, you can use it to instantly create citations for all your sources in whatever format you prefer, then it instantly sends them to a citation manager of your choice. It also has an up-to-date case law!
Wolfram AlphaWolfram Alpha is basically what calculators have evolved into in this modern age. Use it to do pretty much anything you'd ever want to do with numbers — including your math homework. Wolfram Alpha gives you step-by-step instructions to solve math problems. See that heart graph I made on the desmos.com slide? I looked up how to do it on Wolfram Alpha.
Ctrl + FOK, this one is not a website, but it will absolutely make your life better. Press Ctrl + F (that's the Ctrl key, then the F key) to easily search an entire webpage or document for any word that you type into the search bar after it pops up.
10-Minute Mail10minutemail.com and get an address that only lasts for 10 minutes — just long enough to sign up, click the verification link, and forget about it forever.
Justwatchjustwatch.com and you'll instantly have your answer.
Hemingwayapphemingwayapp.com to improve your writing. Paste any text into the webpage and it'll tell you the readability. The site will also give you suggestions for how to improve what you've written.
IFTTTIFTTT — If This, Then That — is a platform you can use to automate virtually every aspect of your life. Tell IFTTT to turn on your porch light when the delivery driver arrives. Have it send you an email if the forecast calls for rain. Automatically save a backup of photos you're tagged in on Facebook. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Fountfount.artequalswork.com and add the Fount button to your bookmarks bar. Once it's there, simply click the button, then click on text from any webpage. Fount will identify the typeface, size, weight, and style.
Ctrl + Shift + TBy now, you probably know that Ctrl + T opens a new browser tab, but Ctrl + Shift + T is equally useful. It reopens the last tab that you closed! This is super useful if you're like me and are always accidentally closing tabs.
WorldCat.orgWorldCat.org searches the collections of more than 10,000 libraries all over the world. Use it to take advantage of interlibrary loans (a free service that lets you borrow books, DVDs, or music from any library), or to create citations for research projects.
Dial-A-HumanDialahuman.com gives you phone numbers and instructions for how to talk to an actual, living person at many different companies. Think of the headaches you'll prevent!
Microwave WattSure, microwavewatt.com isn't the prettiest website on the Internet, but it might be one of the most useful. When heating up food in the microwave, you may notice that sometimes the food packaging calls for different wattage than what your microwave can provide. Plug in the relevant info on the website and it'll tell you how long to actually microwave your food for.
via: https://file.pizza/File.pizza is a free peer-to-peer file-sharing site with no size limits. You also don't have to upload the file to any other site first — it uses torrenting to share the files. Simply drag and drop your file, then send your friend the link!
ReviewMetareviewmeta.com saved to your bookmarks. It analyzes the reviews and lets you know which ones (if any) are fake or have been paid for.
FatFingersFatfingers.com searches for those typos for you!
via: http://radio.gardenAt radio.garden, you can listen to live radio streams from all over the world. For instance, I randomly hovered over this radio station in Wiekevorst, Belgium and found that it was playing Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown." Isn't that amazing?