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Best of the Web, January 2, 2010

PUBLISHED: 08:36 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:18 02 July 2010

Simon Parkin

Every day, the White House staff in Washington DC take photos of the daily life and work of running the world's most powerful nation.

WEB KNOWLEDGE

Every day, the White House staff in Washington DC take photos of the daily life and work of running the world's most powerful nation. And they stick those photos on the web for everyone to see. Gordon Brown does it too; you can see photos of everything happening at Downing Street. Both sites are a nice way of seeing the human side of top-level politics.

www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse

www.flickr.com/photos/downingstreet

You might not think Microsoft needs to compete with the likes of Hello! and OK! magazine, but it's doing just that with Wonderwall. It's a celebrity gossip site, but it looks completely different to all its rivals - it's a solid wall of pictures that you flick through, just like a mag. It makes blogs look a bit tired.

www.wonderwall.com

You need a web page, just for a few days. Nothing fancy. Disposable web page is your friend: grab yourself a page, edit and play with it as much as you like. It will self-destruct after 90 days.

www.disposablewebpage.com

WEIRD WIKIPEDIA

The town that only exists on Google

www.tinyurl.com/y8wn6em

Where Russian statues go to die

www.tinyurl.com/ybvdclh

Spiral island

www.tinyurl.com/b8stp

Latin profanity

www.tinyurl.com/3xex4d

WEB KNOWLEDGE

Evolution of the Olympic torch

www.tinyurl.com/y9ljbnm

Extreme playhouses

www.tinyurl.com/yd4t9su

Kung Fu monkeys

www.tinyurl.com/ybumtba

How those 3D movies actually work

www.tinyurl.com/yzg8gsr

Build yourself a bamboo bike

www.tinyurl.com/ybtdzcu

Predictable aviation disasters

www.tinyurl.com/yzy842g

World's scariest bridges

www.tinyurl.com/yadhnwa

Unsuccessful doomsday prophecies

www.tinyurl.com/ychcqfn

How to make a baby

www.otherthings.com/howtobaby

Trafalgar Square sings Hey Jude

www.tinyurl.com/c8efy5

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