Sunday, October 10, 2010

The world most outlandish facts


Everybody loves good lists. We love to learn about who is the funniest, the ugliest, the best, the worst and so forth.
Whether or not you agree, it is fascinating to learn that only a few of the world’s 6 billion people can make it to the top 10. But listing the top 10 richest or most influential people in the world is easy and you can find such lists in just about any publication that matters.

Oddee.com offers something different. The website boasts that it lists all of “the odd, strange and bizarre things of our world”. True to its tagline, the site offers many lists of odd and rare facts that can enrich our knowledge and bring big smiles to our faces.
The site has been consistent in bringing odd, bizarre and strange things to more than three million readers a month. Its thousands of articles explore many subjects, from science, technology and medicine to strange signs and commercials.

Oddee.com has been featured in mainstream publications such as The New York Times, Le Monde and Republica, and is frequently carried by sites such Digg, Reddit and Mixx. There are now more than 420,000 websites that link to Oddee.com’s articles and lists. So what does the website look like?
The site’s home section features the a daily featured posting, the “Quickee” of the day, presenting the strangest news of the day and AOL News’s “Weird News”, which includes stories such as “Does the Loch Ness Monster Have British relatives?”
If you are new to the site, go to the “Most Popular This Month” and “Most Popular Ever” sections. On the left side of the page, you can click through to articles and postings on odd art, names, objects, designs, gifts and much more. 

Some of the lists can certainly kill your appetite — such as the top 20 ugliest celebrity list — but you will be glad to learn something new from the site. In the advertisement section, for instance, you can find “12 Hilarious Help Wanted Ads”. One item reads “Waitress Needed: Must be 18 years old with 20 years’ experience.” A comment on the post says: “Apparently you can only apply for this job if you are one of the characters of the Twilight saga.”
Some lists can certainly be nauseating, such as “The World’s Strangest Snacks”. Oddee.com came up with a list that includes Hákarl, a snack made of fermented shark that’s very popular in Iceland; Balut, a fertilized duck egg snack from the Philippines containing a partially formed fetus; black garlic chocolates from Japan, which allegedly “can increase energy and promote your metabolism when eaten regularly over a couple of months”; and an Italian maggot cheese called Casu Marzu, which is usually served at weddings or family gatherings. 

Another list that will grab your attention is “12 More Insanely Titled Books”, which includes tomes such as Phone Calls from the Dead: The Results of a Two-Year Investigation into an Incredible Phenomenon; English as a Second F%*^ing Language: How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples Taken from Everyday Life; Hitler: Neither Vegetarian nor Animal Lover and Pooh Gets Stuck, which tells the tale of the time when the bear ate too much honey and was trapped  in the doorway of Rabbit’s house.

The website’s quirkiness has attracted the attention of the mainstream media. Last, year The Guardian named Oddee.com one of its “100 Essential Websites”. AsiaOne.com and Boston.com – two key references for online entertainment and fun – named the site as one of most influential weblogs. Lemondrop.com said that Oddee.com was “the new portal to the Weird Wide Web”. 

Loyal visitor Irene Gata from the Philippines said: “Oddee makes my day complete! A good laugh before sleeping is super beneficial…”
A good thing about this site is that you can propose ideas for a list via its Facebook page www.facebook.com/Oddee or Twitter at @OddeeBlog. Some of requests might be lost in the murky waters of the web but don’t be surprised if Oddee.com rolls out a list based on your ideas.

Oddee.com is certainly one of web’s favorite sources for quirky information, from the weighty to the mundane and from the hilarious to the downright stupid. Spend a few minutes on this site every day and you will be off to a good start.

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