Nov. 12, 1999

Dogs Playing Poker
When you're playing with mangy mutts, you might have a hard time guessing who's bluffing. With the Dogs Playing Poker game, it's you against four dogs who know when to fold 'em. Between you and me, I think Spot cheats.

There's nothing cuter than a baby panda in a deep sleep. The PandaCam lets you watch Bai Yun and her baby Shi Shi live from the Pacific Bell Giant Panda Research Station at the San Diego Zoo. Spy on them as they roll around, dozing in their straw-lined habitat. Send a panda postcard to a pal, or read interesting panda facts.
Imagine this. You're sitting in your apartment in the middle of a rainstorm, wondering if you should brave the weather to go rent a movie and buy some junk food. Laziness overwhelms you, and instead you end up staring at the walls listening to your growling stomach. Thanks to, if you live in the right zip code you can buy food, books, magazines and movies, and then have them delivered to you in under an hour for free. With services like these, you may never need to leave your home again.
Wouldn't it be nice to help an unsigned local band win a $250,000 recording contract? Wouldn't it be nicer if the band was yours? Go to to vote for your favorite underdogs by reviewing their songs, or submit your own band for the competition.

Motels for Train Watchers
Waking up to the shrieking sounds of a train whistle usually annoys most travelers. Just watch the movie My Cousin Vinnie for proof. And yet there are some tourists who flock to motels near the loudest trains around. This directory lists the best places to stay if you want to catch a glimpse of an iron horse in action.

You can tell a lot about a society from its advertisements. There was a time in America where cigarettes were marketed to women as diet aids. The AdAccess Project archives over 7,000 print ads from U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 through 1955. The ads are categorized into the areas of radio, television, transportation, beauty and hygiene, and War World II. It's surprising to read some of the sales pitches featured in the ads. Wives are told that their husbands will send them flowers if they just use the right shampoo. There's even an airline ad that boasts about its gourmet in-flight food.

Fan Forum
Are you the number one Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan? Browse through a directory of the best fan sites around for TV shows such as Dawson's Creek, Buffy, Roswell and more. Join forum discussions about the latest movie buzz or scandalous celebrities. Fan Forum has plenty of places to chat with other folks who are as obsessed with TV shows as much as you are.

The Political Graveyard
Where the heck is Thomas Jefferson buried? Is Benjamin Franklin buried in Philadelphia or Hartford? Find out where former presidents, judges and diplomats are buried. Search by name, offices held and location. Maybe you can even plan a political road trip visiting graves or famous vice presidents!

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