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Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style

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.

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Bizarre and Beautiful Websites Link

Record Tripping4
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.


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.


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.


De Montagetafel
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.


Optus Whale Song
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.


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.


Blues Maker
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.


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.


Ball Pool10 (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.


Bank of Imagination
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.


Google Gravity12
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?


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).


Ball Droppings16
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.


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?


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.


Why Do You Stay Up So Late?20
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.


The Infinite Oz
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.


Annamika kaleidoscope23
Catherine Hubert created this Flash kaleidoscope to provide Web users with a place for meditative contemplation.


Neon Bible25
This interactive video for a song by Arcade Fire is weird and hypnotizing at the same time.


Soundtrack for a Book
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.

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


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.


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.


Donnie Darko
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.


Paul Neave29
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.


Salt Films31
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.


Forgotten Bookmarks33

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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Julia May is a freelance copywriter and digital marketing consultant who's been helping great teams (TemplateMonster, MotoCMS, Onyx) implement great ideas since 2009.

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    Wanna kill time…with or without style: StumbleUpon

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    Thanks Julia, great ideas! i got one, an interactive map game, fly in, fly out…

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    very good article
    new ideas and great ideas

    although i`m not a flash fan too

    • 4

      So people like you like this sort of stuff – which can only be done with Flash. Yet you’re not a fan of Flash?

      Over 70% of the most visited sites on the web use Flash, and sites like Youtube/Vimeo would have never of existed without it. Or pretty much all of the most creative websites like these examples.
      But you dont like Flash. That makes sense.

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    I can’t believe you forgot ‘Feed The Head’.

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    If you like Tinman Oz, Zoom Quilt is also very cool.

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    Cool sites….hate flash – clogs my PPC G5 Tower. Plus, I couldn’t get a few of these sites to load – at all. Oh well… I’m sure they’re cool.

    • 9

      Yeah! My Spectrum ZX and Intel 66MHz PC from 1993 wont run Flash either! So therefore i hate Flash!

      My decade old Mac wont run HD videos smoothly and runs at 100% CPU load! I hate HD!!

      Also my collection or records and tapes wont play on these new fangled MP3 players! Why not! I hate MP3 players!!!

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    Manmohanjit Singh

    May 25, 2010 8:33 am

    Tell me about it.

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    wicked!!! too much fun will tell everyone I know

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    I thank you. My boss…Not so much.

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    Allan Rwakatungu

    May 25, 2010 9:13 am


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    Awesome man!!!! Only SmashingMagazine can give this.

    Love the ‘google gravity’.

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    Awesome selection, you guys rock when it comes to amazing creative content.

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    ‘Sounds of Hamburg’ is amazing! Kudos to whomever put that together

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    I hates DX11, my Atari couldnt load it.

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    This is also a really great site –

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    I’m not fan of flash, but these interactive sites are wonderfull.

    That, who are speaking that flash is old technology just don’t know anything about web.

    Great websites, bookmarked.

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      May 25, 2010 1:40 pm

      “these interactive sites are wonderfull” sure sounds like your a fan, I wanna see html5 do this

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        HTML5 is something completely different from Flash.

        You can never think of doing such things with HTML5…

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      HTML5 could never do these things. Even for video alone Flash can still do more than HTML5.

      And with the people that say Flash is old tech, as you say, they dont know anything about it.
      Flash is updated FAR more often with new features in comparison to HTML, and HTML has been around way longer… so by these peoples own reasoning, HTML5 must be ancient and totally obsolete.

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    hahah pretty awesome! Love it. Thanks for this, I’ll try to kill some time at home not at work :D

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    there goes the economy… ;o

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    KS Augustin

    May 25, 2010 7:37 pm

    Samarost 1 from Amanita Design (a Czech Flash game developer team) must easily rate up there with the ones you’ve included:

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    So creative and well designed

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    i spend time here:

    another junk/info site.

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    Oh wow, very nice, very very nice.

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    the last one was sooooooooooo amazing!!!!

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    Muralidhar Bhat

    May 25, 2010 10:45 pm

    Nice collection of sites, I really liked Google gravity- fall down and Lubat – the song website.

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    Haha! Good one. Just imagine, having time to kill. And here’s we’re trying to figure out how to find more time to work. But really nice links and awesome flash work.

    ~~ Sarah ~~

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    Good collection, thank you.

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    Great list! But how could you forget Pekka Sandborg’s Ragdoll. I must have wasted days in total just tossing the ragdoll around. This would be the predecessor of the Google Gravity mentioned above.

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      May 26, 2010 6:00 am

      I would agree. the Ragdoll was a big time waster for me a few years back.

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    interesting article!

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    Amazing stuff! love it

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    Zack Molloy

    May 26, 2010 9:01 am

    Can’t believe isn’t on here. I can spend hours there, and I have the attention span of a three year old.

    • 40

      Thanks for your suggestion Zack. The site is wonderful indeed, so it’s been added on the list :)

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    Amazing sites! Would that be possible without flash?

    • 42

      Yes, that’s also my question: Could you use instead of Flash in this Websites also HTML 5?

      • 43

        Short answer: No. :]

      • 44

        I say yes. But it’d be in the future. And most likely made by Flash developers.

      • 45

        My flash kaleidoscopes ( have been re-created as an iPad app.
        It took considerable programming skills and the collaborated with an expert programmer. But I have to admit that the end result is something even better than what I could do in Flash. I empathize with all of the Flash guru’s out there. I love Apple, I love Adobe and I wish the two could work it out.

        Maybe we can hope Flash CS6 will code for iPads & iPhones.. because it’s great to make cool flash sites, but even better to actually make a little cash from it.

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    awesome list to surf during free times :-) You can also check this cool website with beautiful universe :

  34. 47

    great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW

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    Um. Not an article to read on an iPhone then.

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    This one is an awesome collection ….. loved it …

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    Praveen Nair

    May 26, 2010 2:06 am


    Awesome collection.. I love it..

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    Srinivas Tamada

    May 26, 2010 2:35 am

    Awesome Post..

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    Hit! :D

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    Domeng Tamayo

    May 26, 2010 4:41 am

    I think this should have been titled “Why HTML5 is not a Flash replacement”

    Fantastic post by the way. Thanks SM!

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    Palak Agrawal

    May 26, 2010 5:16 am

    google gavity is awesome!!! thanks for sharing

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    Such a shame Smashing Magazine has become Flashing Magazine.

    • 56

      What is your problem? There is no other posts about other technologies in SM? If Smashing Magazine speaks about Flash is because, believe it or not, Flash is the only tool that deliver the most creative stuff in the web (for now). So I would say “such a shame you are so narrow minded”. I really dislike absurd accusations….

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        i agree with Tin … i’m not a huge flash fan…but this sites are great and there is no need to talk like that.

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    I love the bean one – so cute! :)

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    May 26, 2010 7:46 am

    Nice collection!

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    nice list! i would also add their site is SO bizarre!

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    Most are Flash and are awesome! Suck it HTML5 lovers!

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    Incredibox is so cool :D. I can’t get tired of it.

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    Verbatim Championship is amazing and it’s built upon a custom 3D engine that somehow works in an (really) old Pentium3 600mhz I use to test thing… 10/15fps

    The japanese guy who made it somehow managed to pull out a great optimized code… papervision sites struggle with rotating some simple cubes on that computer…

    I wonder how he did it…

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    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.

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    Ray Addison

    May 26, 2010 11:58 am

    TIme to Kill? HaHa.

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    For all the people that proclaims flash is dead

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    Staffan Sölve

    May 26, 2010 12:54 pm been around since, like forever. Don’t miss it! Don’t miss the archive.

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

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    moyses costa

    May 26, 2010 2:11 pm

    Very Cool post!!!

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    so cool

    Thanks a lot

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    May 26, 2010 9:57 pm

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

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

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    ^^ suddenly everyone hates flash…lol

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

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

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    Thank you for including my kaleidoscope site!
    Much love.


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

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

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    Flash FTW!!! how come you forgot :)

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    Riccardo Messina

    May 30, 2010 1:30 pm

    L’unico che conoscevo era ‘Flame’…!

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    SO inspiring!!!
    Something to contemplate about:

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    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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    Fantastic Collection…..

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

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

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    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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    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’.

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    Thendral Perumal

    July 23, 2010 2:51 am

    Great time…. Thanks

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    Arsalan Ahmed

    August 28, 2010 2:43 am

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

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    awesome :)

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    Great collection, some really nice flash sites !

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    Really great websites… Love them ll……….

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

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    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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    try this link : , cool!!

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

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    thank for sharing
    great stuff

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    Wow, the whale song is amazing! :)

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    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!!

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    zachary egelhoff

    June 16, 2011 10:54 am

    mixing up the medicine catfish billy

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

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    Cool list!

    Here is another unusual website:

    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: and send your friend link to it (click ‘link’ in the menu).

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    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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    You definitely should check out It is quite amazing!

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

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    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…

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    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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    Awesome list – 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 and the You can’t search Chuck Norris website should be on that list :)

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    You’re right , the Donny Darko site is mysterious, its a mystery how you get around it! I tried clicking everything and nothing. Wow

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    I love your website like always you guys come up with unique topic and full of knowledge. How you guys do it. I mean with so many new topic, images, inspirational topic. Great work really you deserve to call smashing!!!

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    Oh man, I have been looking for Labuat ever since I experienced it years ago and have never been able to remember the name. It’s so serene. So glad I came across this list. Pinned many of them on Pinterest!

    Great list.

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