Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style

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Modern Web-building technologies allow designers to realize their most daring and creative ideas. Enhanced interactivity and a remarkable visual appearance can be achieved by means of such tools as Flash, JavaScript and Papervision3D, to name just a few. These strengths usually impress and entertain visitors and thus are often used for conceptual artistic presentations and promotional campaigns.

In this post, you’ll find a collection of amusing websites that, by combining unconventional (and sometimes bizarre) ideas and clever JavaScript and Flash effects, will entice you to play on them for an embarrassing long time.

Bizarre and Beautiful Websites

Record Tripping1
Record Tripping is a nifty experimental game by Bell Brothers. You are invited to solve a series of puzzles by scratching a record with your mouse’s scroll wheel. Clever game play and a lovely interface make this online Flash game as fun as it is weird.

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Sound of Hamburg3
Here is one of the most creative and unconventional Flash websites we’ve seen lately. Sound of Hamburg lets you compose music on and with the city of Hamburg. The combination of brilliant idea and unique interaction makes for an absorbing Web experience.

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Echogenesis5
Echogenesis is another interactive brainchild of Bell Brothers. This exciting Flash website lets you explore five natural environments and experience a variety of sound and visual effects through your interaction.

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Verbatim Championship7
Verbatim Championship is a hilarious Flash-based website where you can build your own “Media Monster” using Verbatim recording devices and use it to fight other monsters.

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Incredibox9
This fun and well-developed Flash application lets you conduct a beatbox or a capella band. The website is available in both English and French.

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De Montagetafel11
This website was definitely among the best for Flash Web design for 2009. You are invited to try your montage skills and create your own documentary on an edgy topic.

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Optus Whale Song13
An amazingly creative experience is offered by the Australian telecommunication company Optus on its official website. You can compose a song for a whale and make an orchestra perform it. This is a must-see Flash website.

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Flurrious15
If you like to create things, this website will keep you busy for hours (especially in winter). Using a versatile Flash editor, you can compile your very own snowflake and watch it dance in an artistic snowfall.

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Blues Maker17
Blues Maker is a fun online Flash application that allows you to create a fine blues song. The list of options is rather limited; still the process of song-making is quite enjoyable. The design of the website is really cool, too.

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Bubole19
Bubole will definitely make you smile. It is an amusing monster builder and game. You create a weirdo and make it fight with monsters created by other players. The funny sound effects and typography are nice touches.

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Ball Pool21 (not Flash)
Ball Pool is a beautiful jQuery website with a simple yet absorbing concept behind it. Just click and shake your browser to generate more colorful balls. A simple and fun app to cheer you up in the middle of a working day.

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Bank of Imagination23
How often do you start sentences with “What if…”? If you have a rich imagination, consider investing in the Bank of Imagination. This Flash-based interactive website allows you to note and save your “What if” thoughts. You can also observe other global flights of fancy by browsing other user messages.

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Google Gravity25
This website probably won’t be of much interest to the average Web user, but SEO specialists will love it: who else could stare at Google’s downfall for ages?

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Flame27
Flame is a brilliant JavaScript painting tool that proves that anyone can be an artist. The program was created by Peter Blaskovic as part of his experimental project “I am Artist.” Using a number of nifty drawing tools and, of course, your imagination, you can create some cool psychedelic drawings and then export them in a resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels. All you need to use this tool is Java (probably already installed on your computer).

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Ball Droppings29
Ball Droppings is a cool JavaScript experiment that lets you create music in a quite unusual and tricky way: just draw lines with your mouse to bounce the balls that fall from the hole.

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Beans31
This is the pearl in our collection of bizarre JavaScript and Flash websites. Who would have thought that crushing little screaming beans could be so much fun?

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Labuat33
Labuat is the most beautiful and enjoyable time-killer in our selection. It’s a song illustrated by an interactive brush that reacts to music, and the lyrics won’t leave you cold.

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Why Do You Stay Up So Late?35
Why Do You Stay Up So Late? is a compelling lyrical poem accompanied by a beautiful Flash animation. Such a creative combo gives the website a special feel.

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The Infinite Oz37
The Infinite Oz is an interactive Flash animation that features a collaboration between nine acclaimed international artists. Exploring fantastic sci-fi worlds that replace each other infinitely is a quite relaxing pastime.

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Annamika kaleidoscope39
Catherine Hubert created this Flash kaleidoscope to provide Web users with a place for meditative contemplation.

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Neon Bible41
This interactive video for a song by Arcade Fire is weird and hypnotizing at the same time.

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Drum Machine43
Drum Machine has several pre-loaders that play before the actual animation starts. In most cases, you would not wait so long for a Flash website to load, but Drum Machine is an exception. a mesmerizing combination of animation and sounds won’t let you leave.

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Soundtrack for a Book45
This exquisite Flash website belongs to the Singapore-based indie band Concave Scream. A myriad of colorful particles assembled into 3-D book covers, set to dreamy music, makes for a beautiful and calming Web experience.

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Papervision3D.org47
Before entering the official website of open-source Flash framework Papervision3D, you have a chance to explore an interactive 3-D underwater environment.

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Condiment49
The portfolio of creative communication agency Condiment features a clever JavaScript jigsaw puzzle. This engaging feature, set against a neat and stylish design, makes the website a pleasure to browse.

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The Digital Invaders51
This Flash website takes some time to load, but incredible animations, showing an awfully funny crowd of invaders, fully compensate for that.

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Bio-Bak53
Bio-Bak is indubitably a trendsetter when it comes to bizarre Web design. Enter this kingdom of the absurd and fun to load up on positive emotions.

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Donnie Darko55
Okay, here is the most extraordinary movie website you may have ever seen. It engrosses you in a mysterious and suspenseful journey based on the 2001 US psychological thriller Donnie Darko.

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Paul Neave57
You will never get bored on this website. This online home of interactive designer Paul Neave is a fount of engaging Flash applications and games.

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Salt Films59
This website of film production company Salt Films tastes delicious. Elegant and funky graphics, creative animation and interactive salt shakers for the work of film directors deliver the most pleasing Web experience.

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Forgotten Bookmarks61

Browsing personal things a bookshop owner finds in rare and used books is another way to explore the amazing human nature (and an extremely absorbing pastime).

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Bonus

And Then There Was Salsa63
Although not a website, this cool video ad shows Flash in its glory.

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Julia May is a freelance writer now working with FlashMint, a top-class provider of beautiful Flash templates65 and smart jQuery templates66.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.recordtripping.com/
  2. 2 http://www.recordtripping.com/
  3. 3 http://www.philharmoniker-hamburg.de/sounds_of_hamburg/index.html
  4. 4 http://www.philharmoniker-hamburg.de/sounds_of_hamburg/index.html
  5. 5 http://www.echogenesis.com/
  6. 6 http://www.echogenesis.com/
  7. 7 http://www.verbatim.jp/senshuken/
  8. 8 http://www.verbatim.jp/senshuken/
  9. 9 http://www.incredibox.fr/
  10. 10 http://www.incredibox.fr/
  11. 11 http://www.dewerkelijkheidverzinjeniet.nl/
  12. 12 http://www.dewerkelijkheidverzinjeniet.nl/
  13. 13 http://www.optuswhalesong.com.au/
  14. 14 http://www.optuswhalesong.com.au/
  15. 15 http://www.flurrious.com/
  16. 16 http://www.flurrious.com/
  17. 17 http://www.thebluesmaker.com/
  18. 18 http://www.thebluesmaker.com/
  19. 19 http://www.bubole.pl/#/en/
  20. 20 http://www.bubole.pl/#/en/
  21. 21 http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/ball_pool/
  22. 22 http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/ball_pool/
  23. 23 http://www.bankofimagination.com/
  24. 24 http://www.bankofimagination.com/
  25. 25 http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_gravity/
  26. 26 http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_gravity/
  27. 27 http://www.escapemotions.com/experiments/flame/index.html#top
  28. 28 http://www.escapemotions.com/experiments/flame/index.html#top
  29. 29 http://balldroppings.com/js/
  30. 30 http://balldroppings.com/js/
  31. 31 http://www.simonpanrucker.com/beans.swf
  32. 32 http://www.simonpanrucker.com/beans.swf
  33. 33 http://soytuaire.labuat.com/
  34. 34 http://soytuaire.labuat.com/
  35. 35 http://www.bornmagazine.org/projects/whystayup/project.html
  36. 36 http://www.bornmagazine.org/projects/whystayup/project.html
  37. 37 http://www.syfy.com/tinman/oz/
  38. 38 http://www.syfy.com/tinman/oz/
  39. 39 http://annamika.com/#
  40. 40 http://annamika.com/#
  41. 41 http://www.beonlineb.com/
  42. 42 http://www.beonlineb.com/
  43. 43 http://www.tokyoplastic.com/dm.html
  44. 44 http://www.tokyoplastic.com/dm.html
  45. 45 http://www.concavescream.com/main.html
  46. 46 http://www.concavescream.com/main.html
  47. 47 http://www.papervision3d.org/
  48. 48 http://www.papervision3d.org/
  49. 49 http://www.wearecondiment.com
  50. 50 http://www.wearecondiment.com
  51. 51 http://thedigitalinvaders.com/#/home
  52. 52 http://thedigitalinvaders.com/#/home
  53. 53 http://www.bio-bak.nl/
  54. 54 http://www.bio-bak.nl/
  55. 55 http://www.donniedarkofilm.com/
  56. 56 http://www.donniedarkofilm.com/
  57. 57 http://www.neave.com
  58. 58 http://www.neave.com
  59. 59 http://www.saltfilms.com.sg/
  60. 60 http://www.saltfilms.com.sg/
  61. 61 http://www.forgottenbookmarks.com/
  62. 62 http://www.forgottenbookmarks.com/
  63. 63 http://vimeo.com/9194146
  64. 64 http://vimeo.com/9194146
  65. 65 http://www.flashmint.com/
  66. 66 http://www.flashmint.com/show-type-jquery.html

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  1. 1

    wow indeed. thanks! pardon me if i missed it, as i only skimmed the comments, but i’ve attached another site for your consideration, pianographique.

    http://www.pianographique.net/datas/inter_uk.php

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  2. 52

    TIme to Kill? HaHa.

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  3. 103

    For all the people that proclaims flash is dead

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  4. 154

    yugop.com been around since, like forever. Don’t miss it! Don’t miss the archive.

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  5. 205

    Man, you guys have taken up at least 120 hours of my employers time.

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  6. 256

    Very Cool post!!!

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  7. 307

    so cool

    Thanks a lot

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  8. 358

    Nice ideas there.
    However because of Flash there are some performance issues too.

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  9. 409

    Really amazing websites……….. I also wanted to create a stuff like this

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  10. 460

    awesome!

    ^^ suddenly everyone hates flash…lol

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  11. 511

    I just spent 2 hrs in this post :D going from site to site :)
    great job :)

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  12. 562

    Thanks Julia. This is a fantastic and entertaining collection of web sites.
    -Larry

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  13. 613

    Thank you for including my kaleidoscope site!
    Much love.

    -Catherine

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  14. 664

    great sites review! very creative ideas…and very nice post!

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  15. 715

    Most of these sites are super cool, but Flash is really going to become pointless once HTML5 is integrated.

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  16. 766

    Flash FTW!!! how come you forgot http://dontclick.it :)

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    Riccardo Messina

    May 30, 2010 1:30 pm

    L’unico che conoscevo era ‘Flame’…!

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  19. 919

    SO inspiring!!!
    Something to contemplate about: http://www.u-uu.de/26-letters/en/

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  20. 970

    I’m a big fan of mrdoob work, great article, i knew some of them, but discovered also quite a few! thank you very much!

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  21. 1021

    Fantastic Collection…..

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  22. 1072

    It is a shame that I have slow internet speed.I can’t browse the webs.

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  23. 1123

    Fantastic list of fun sites. I don’t care what anyone says about Flash, it still lets you be creative like this.

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  24. 1174

    These websites are super cool and extremely artistic as well as entertaining. :)

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  25. 1225

    Hm, I just bought the “Neon Bible” CD after I found out about the song here. It’s a good record, but the title song is definitely the best.

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  26. 1276

    Superb collection.. :)

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    Karthikeyan Bhaskaran

    July 23, 2010 2:47 am

    Awesome man!!!! Awesome man!!!! Awesome man!!!! Awesome man!!!! Awesome man!!!! Awesome man!!!!

    Only SmashingMagazine can give this.

    we Love the ‘google gravity’.

    -1
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    Thendral Perumal

    July 23, 2010 2:51 am

    Great time…. Thanks

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  29. 1429

    thnx Julia, Its really Great POst i like to share with my frnds thnx again!

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    awesome :)

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  31. 1531

    Great collection, some really nice flash sites !

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  32. 1582

    Really great websites… Love them ll……….

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  33. 1633

    Awesome!! too bad I can’t see flash on my iphone :(, but I can see them on my friend’s Android :)

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  34. 1684

    very nice flash sites. this killed alot of my time.

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  35. 1735

    Muito bom tudo isso,
    sou de goiania no Brasil, e temos poucos profissionais que desenvolvam esse tipo de criação. e tenho algunas dúvidas, sobre quais programas utilizado fora o flash ?
    qual seria o programa para o 3d ?

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  37. 1837

    Fantastic Blog! I love it, and killing time! =)

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  38. 1888

    thank for sharing
    great stuff

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  39. 1939

    Wow, the whale song is amazing! :)

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  40. 1990

    You made me spend a great evening!! Here I show you another cool effect made in a Youtube page. I don´t know if it´s flash or not… :( What you hace to do is blow the candle!! http://www.youtube.com/soplaestevideo

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    zachary egelhoff

    June 16, 2011 10:54 am

    mixing up the medicine catfish billy

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  42. 2092

    Thanks Julia ! Awesome selection ! I liked . I wil post a for facebook quotes on these.

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  43. 2143

    Cool list!

    Here is another unusual website: http://www.zoomarium.com

    It is an image sharing web community of a new kind: hybrid between Image Sharing and Google Maps.

    All images are placed by the users on a huge (900 Terapixel) board at any desired location. The board can be zoomed in and out and browsed in the same manner as Google Maps.

    You can create collages of your images like this: http://www.zoomarium.com/index.php?x=0.6385339440977056&y=0.7482402143479793&w=0.02528107334694749&h=0.012579115212475329 and send your friend link to it (click ‘link’ in the menu).

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  44. 2194

    Good blog! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

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  45. 2245

    You definitely should check out feedthehead.net. It is quite amazing!

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  46. 2296

    flash websites are so cool,,,we love it here @ our chicago based salon and beauty furniture sales

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  47. 2347

    Wow, I started getting flashbacks (no pun intended) to all those times where I was told that a flash site was amazing and so I took a look and guess what? …..there is NOOOOOOO
    Navigation …soooooo boring and those were the ones where there wasn’t a broken link.

    I normally Will Not Criticise an article because I really appreciate the effort made by SM for putting stuff on here thats both informative, educational and inspirational but I had to write soothing this time…
    Sorry.

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  48. 2398

    The Optus whale ad has not been on tv in Oz for a long time and the your link does not work, otherwise great site

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  49. 2449

    Awesome list – VERSEU.com is pretty cool too. Its like the internet competition where you create a profile of yourself or anything you like and compete against everyone!

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    Kim Tyrone Agapito

    June 8, 2012 4:05 pm

    http://www.feedthehead.net/ and the You can’t search Chuck Norris website should be on that list :)

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