World Wide Wow! 14 still working 1990s websites that show how far we’ve come

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The Internet has come a long way since it began to become a staple in households around the world in the mid-90s, and we’ve got the proof. We’ve rounded up 14 amazingly awful 1990s websites that are not only still around, but still functioning. So grab a can of Surge, cozy up, and get ready to head back in time to the most visually appealing decade in history — Not!

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Fly me to the moon: 10 lunar tunes that’ll send you into orbit

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Like space? Love the moon? Wish you’d made the Apollo missions? Waiting for Richard Branson to slip you a ticket for one of these moon shuttles we hear he’s plotting? Well, in the meantime, put down the oxygen tank and slip on your dancing shoes: here are ten top lunar tunes, from decades of moon music, we guarantee will launch you into orbit.

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How the 2011 England riots inspired Sarah Butler’s latest novel, Before The Fire

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When you consider how often rioting has occurred throughout history, it’s surprising to discover how few authors have tackled the subject. Sure, there are plenty of academic tomes, but fiction is pretty thin on the ground. Now one British author, Sarah Butler, has dealt with the subject head on in her latest novel, Before the Fire.

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If you want to see what true happiness looks like watch this Swedish sign language interpreter in action


Sign language isn’t the sort of thing you normally associate with Eurovision. But when Sweden’s Melodifestivalen asked this dapper Swedish sign language interpreter to do sign language for Magnus Carlsson’s performance of “Möt Mig I Gamla Stan”, he clearly jumped at the chance. Now, it doesn’t matter whether Sweden’s song wins the Eurovision Song Contest because their sign language dance man has already won our hearts. Here’s hoping he gets dix points at the main event in Vienna later this year.

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Why I’ve fallen for Marvel superhero Kamala Khan and why you will too

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It doesn’t happen every day that a literary fiction guy who also happens to be an academic feels like geeking out in public. And yet, one comic book series, coming from a company that absolutely does not need my help in promotion, makes me curl up to my iPad like to a real book (yes, I had to use the digital edition, sorry fellow geeks). The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, made the gadget transparent for me. She made me think Harold Bloom himself would venture into using the word “awesome” if he read it (and he damn well should). To (mis)quote Jacques Derrida, it has “presence.” Alice Munro is raving about it (no she’s not, but I can so see her do it).

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21 female political leaders you need to know about: Part one

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A roll-call of the political elite in the past fifty years is a pretty depressing document for anyone who’s got even a passing interest in gender equality: although it’s been sixty-one years since the UN Convention on the Political Rights of Women, the first international legislation protecting the equal status of women to exercise political rights – to vote and to hold office – came into effect, and although, as of 2015, the Convention has 123 state parties (including Palestine), the political landscape is still almost entirely male-dominated. In fact, only 21.9% of national parliamentarians worldwide right now are female. Let’s take a look at which states have female leaders right now.

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10 Leonard Nimoy thoughts on life that’ll make you love him even more

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Despite being most well known for playing Mr. Spock, one of science fiction’s most beloved characters, Leonard Nimoy was also an accomplished writer, photographer, and musician. Yet it was as the Starship Enterprise’s logical and unemotional science officer that he made his biggest mark on the world. In this iconic role, he inspired people to become scientists, artists, and astronauts but most all to be themselves. And for that we thank you. So, to celebrate his long and prosperous career, it’s only fitting to share both his thoughts on life and on Spock.

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They write they score! 5 super books about soccer

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We know, we know, geeks are geeks, and jocks are jocks, and never the twain shall meet – hang on, though, that’s utter horse-manure. After all, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott’s a big fan of Harry Potter, and Owen Hargreaves, formerly of Manchester City, says he likes to kick back with a copy of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist. Not only that, but soccer – or plain old football if you’re of the British persuasion – is a literary phenomenon in its own right. Here are five of our favourite top-scoring texts:

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21 boredom-busting websites that will entertain you forever

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Bored with the same old websites? Looking for a few new corners of the Internet to get you fired up with enthusiasm? Well, you’re in luck. Here at Ink Tank, we get a kick out of unearthing and then sharing the best of the web, from sites that make you smarter to those that are downright wonderfully weird. So whether you’re looking for silly games or something more useful, we’ve got you covered. To see for yourself, check out 21 of our favorite entertaining websites — just remember you’ll eventually have to go outside again. For even more internet entertainment, here are 11 more of our favorite sites perfect for procrastination.

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