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Infoplease, "all the knowledge you need," includes almanacs, atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, timelines. Could be a great homework resource. Lots of ads, but someone has to pay for free information.

For those who simply itch to edit everything they read, Wikipedia is for you. This free only encyclopedia is actually written by the public, and entries are vetted by visitors. What you post may be changed or deleted by the next person. Information is fluid, not factual. Lively and engaging.

The Federal Consumer Information Center has available all those brochures and pamphlets you see advertised everywhere. Federal programs, health, consumer alerts, and so much more. A wonderful resource, especially helpful for homework research.

The International Movie Database is your ticket to a fabulous compendium of both movie and TV information: titles, casts, performer bios and lots more. Great answers to questions like, "Remember the guy from that movie...?"

Or when you cannot remember the words to that song, visit the Music Lyrics Database. Lots of different ways to come up with the lyrics to "our song."

For Broadway buffs, try the Cast Album Database, includes 3298 recordings of Broadway (and other) musicals. 28,346 song titles, 17,687 artists, 1843 titles and 2747 cover images (you iPod will love you).

What’s an "urban legend”? It's a matter of opinion, but the next time you hear about alligators in the sewer system, check it out at Snopes. Unless, of course, the web site itself is an “urban legend.”

How much is that? Do an Online Conversion. Really! Very useful when that RFP comes in metrics! Even more, when you're asked to help the (grand)kids with homework.

Somewhere, out there, beneath the deep blue sky! You know you/they sent it, but where is it now? Pack Track is a one stop checkpoint for United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express (FedEx) and DHL (what does DHL stand for?).

The Universal Currency Converter, the world's most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

Easy to search and find free literature digitally republished. Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Feel like going underground? You don't have to be subversive to utilize this handy portal, Subway Navigator, to find your way around major cities worldwide. But you do have to use IE or Netscape.

Sometimes, snail mail is the answer. With the rates changing so often, utilize this handy site to calculate your postage. Just take a deep breath before your calculations, stamps are really still a bargain, if you think about it.

When it all gets to be too much, remember what you've worked so hard for. The Social Security Administration offers online resources to calculate your retirement benefits. Of course, you have to answer the questions truthfully to get an accurate calculation, but they won't tell anyone. Promise!

At, they create quality, digital sky maps for publication, education and general commercial use. This is a truly cool way to get a perspective on our place in the "bigger scheme of things." Feel either totally insignificant or at one with the universe…up to you!
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