Keep reading to discover lesser-known sites that may blow your mind or even change your life. You won’t find all of them useful, but I guarantee that at least one of them will seriously impress you.
We’ve divided them into four categories: Creative, Educational, Arts and Entertainment, and Utilities. Feel free to jump ahead to any of them.
1. Turn YouTube Videos Into Guitar Chords
Chordify can take any song on YouTube, SoundCloud, or Deezer and figure out the chords for you. You can also upload MP3, M4A, or OGG files and get chords for them, too. It’s free, but Premium users get extra features like chord sheets, transpositions, playback, etc.
2. Easy Color Schemes
Coolors is a color scheme generator that creates random palettes that always work. You can tweak generated palettes to your liking and save them for later. Or you can upload an image and have Coolors generate a palette based on the colors in the image.
3. Free Sound Effects
4. Free Game Assets
5. Free World-Class College Courses
You can find all kinds of online courses these days on sites like Coursera, edX, Khan Academy, and Udemy… but you should start with Academic Earth. You’ll find thousands of excellent courses, and the site’s core belief is that “everyone has the right to a world-class education.”
6. The Most Helpful Math Tutorials
Despite what you may think, everyone can be good at math — all you need is someone who knows how to teach it properly. PatrickJMT offers the absolute best math lessons of any site on the web. He covers everything from basic Algebra and Trigonometry to advanced Calculus, Discrete Math, and Differential Equations, all available as free online videos.
7. Learn Any Skill for Free on the Web
NoExcuseList is a compilation of free online resources for learning new skills. If you ever wanted to learn something but didn’t know where to start, now you have no excuse. Lists are organized into categories, including Academics, Cooking, DIY, and Other.
8. Open Access to Any Scientific Paper
Most scientific papers are locked behind paywalls and subscriptions, limiting public access to important research. Sci-Hub believes that this slows down the development of science, and aims to provide access to any scientific paper for anybody who wants it. Unlock any paper by entering its URL, PMID, or DOI — or simply search through Sci-Hub’s huge database.
9. Independent Research on Supplements
Supplements are tricky because they aren’t well-regulated and there’s a lot of misinformation on the web. Everyone has an agenda. In response, Examine launched in 2011. They read through the actual research, present unbiased facts to readers, and update their stances whenever new research comes to light. You’ll be surprised by what they’ve found over the years.
10. Exercise Lists for Every Muscle Group
Have you ever wanted to strengthen a certain muscle but didn’t know which exercises to do? Head over to the MuscleWiki. This awesome site lets you click on any muscle and see a list of all exercises that involve that particular muscle. It’s a must-use resource for fitness newbies.
11. The Right Way to Lace Your Shoes
Hear me out — it’s not as silly as it sounds. If certain parts of your feet ache, or if you have recurring blisters or calluses, then you might benefit by changing the way you lace your shoes. Ian’s Shoelace Site has everything you’d ever need to know about shoelaces, and you won’t regret checking it out.
12. Predictions on the Future of Humankind
What will be true by 2030? 2040? 2050? How about 2100? Or even 10,000 AD and beyond? Future Timeline offers predictions about the future based on facts and ongoing scientific research. Every bit of speculation (e.g. “Bangkok abandoned due to flooding in 2031”) is backed up by at least one source.
Arts and Entertainment
13. Listen to Police Radios in Metro Cities
You Are Listening To offers 24/7 live streams of police radio channels from approximately 30 cities (the only non-U.S. cities are Brisbane, Montreal, and St. Petersburg). Each stream is set to unsettling ambient music, turning this otherwise mundane experience into an incredible one.
14. Listen to Radio Stations Around the World
15. Listen to Shortwave Radio Waves
Here’s one more radio-related site worth mentioning. Wide-band WebSDR lets you control a shortwave receiver located at the University of Twente, providing dozens of tweakable settings to allow you to explore shortwave space at your leisure. It’s a fun and free way to play around with amateur radio.
16. Every Music Genre to Ever Exist
17. The Met’s High-Res Online Art Gallery
In 2014, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art released over 400,000 works of art as free high-resolution images available on the web. Want to expand your artistic tastes and knowledge? Check out the collection right now, which you can filter by artist, material, geographic location, era, department, and more.
18. Play Hundreds of Retro Games Online
19. Google Maps Street View Guessing Game
20. Real-Time Map of Global Emergencies
This incredible map by RSOE EDIS shows real-time occurrences of emergencies, hazards, alerts, and other notable events (e.g. earthquakes, storms, explosions, diseases, vehicle accidents, etc.). You can zoom in regions around the world, so it’s not just limited to the United States.
21. Compare Cost of Living Between Cities
If you’re thinking of moving to another city, you should absolutely use the Cost of Living Comparison by NUMBEO. Just type in both cities and it’ll tell you the differences in grocery prices, rent prices, restaurant prices, etc. Moving to an area with a higher cost of living on the same salary is basically making yourself poorer, so avoid that mistake with this site!
22. Check If Your Online Accounts Were Ever Hacked
23. Generate Fake Identities for Online Accounts
24. Background Noise for True Relaxation
While background noise apps are now commonplace, only one can be the best of the best, and that one is MyNoise. Created by a sound engineer who knows the science behind effective noise machines, MyNoise offers hundreds of different sounds to soothe and relax, from tonal drones to natural noises, from soundscapes to industrial ambience. It’s amazing. Try it.
25. Create Professional Resumes
If the job search itself is bringing you down, check out these tips for a more productive job search as well as these must-have Chrome extensions for finding and landing a job.
How many of these nifty sites did you already know about? Are there any other cool sites that deserve a mention? Share with us in a comment below!
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