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17 Genius Websites For When You've Got Nothing To Do

Let's waste some time, together.

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2. Little Alchemy

Little Alchemy

I'm so sorry for introducing you to this – you will never get any work done again. Little Alchemy is like Minecraft for elements: Combine fire and sand to make glass, combine glass with water to make...well, you'll have to figure that one out.

4. Radiooooo


Radiooooo is strangely absorbing – it allows you to browse music across time and space. You pick a decade (like 1970) and a country (like Brazil), and music from that era begins to stream. It's endlessly fascinating: My favourite thing to do is go through the decades (from 1900) for the same country and listen to the soundtrack change.


8. Mubi


If you ever get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice on Netflix, then Mubi is for you. There are only ever 30 movies, with a new one uploaded each day, and an old one taken away. The coolest thing though, is that you can download the movies to your device – which means that unlike Netflix, you can watch films even when you have no internet.


9. Geoguessr


Geoguesser is one of my fave browser games: You are dropped into an unknown location on Google Maps and have to work out where you are. On a good day, there'll be a road sign you can work from. On a bad day, you'll find out that fields look broadly similar the world over.

12. LibriVox


If you'd rather listen to your books than read them, LibriVox is the place for you. It has free audiobooks (ones that are in the public domain). The books on offer are varied (from Shakespeare to Frederick Douglass) and there's plenty of poetry too.


13. Akinator


Akinator is like a 20 Questions genius: Whatever you're thinking about, he knows. Seriously. In all my years of playing it, the only thing I have managed to defeat it with is "Wishbone the dog, from the TV series Wishbone."