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Volume 3, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Web sites for those who are avoiding holiday traffic

By Kristin Buchanan
Breaking News Staff

Well, the Christmas break is finally here, replacing the stress of exams and projects with the stress of big meal preparations, party scheduling and coping with family dysfunction.

In spite of all the holiday happenings, it's important not to neglect other important things, such as current events.

At www.ain'titcool.com, you can find a nice supplement to Breaking News. This site offers movie reviews and behind-the-scene news from all over the world, as well as television reviews.

Ain't it Cool News is a pleasant alternative to the monotony of straightforward news. B-

For more in-depth movie coverage, www.darkhorizons.com brings its readers links to upcoming movie trailers, set reports and reviews of movies and scripts.

After all, how can one sleep at night not knowing how the remake of the Planet of the Apes is coming along, or whether the script for Scooby Doo will pass the critics' test? Dark Horizons -- Latest from the Screw Factory is definitely a must-see for movie buffs. B+

Most online journals are filled with inane ramblings of the authors' lives, and therefore not worth the time it takes to look at them. However, Terribly Happy is a rare gem that actually succeeds in amusing its readers. The author, Omar G., is from Austin. He named the site after a phrase from a Bjork song.

www.terriblyhappy.com features journals written like opinion columns, covering topics like the arrival of the first Krispy Kreme store in Austin and the gory details of Lasik eye surgery.

There are also smiley faces offering punch lines like, "Your holiday gluttony disgusts me. Yet, I cannot turn away."

This is easily one of the best in the bunch, and there are new articles every three days. A

For those wishing to continue learning throughout the holidays, www.chicklit.com is specifically "for women who love words." This site includes a book club with discussion forums and a section called Words to the Wise.

Words to the Wise discusses the difference between the words balance and remainder, as well as continuous vs. continual and healthy vs. healthful.

This section also covers sexist language, and why the terms "adventuress, dictatress, and exacutrix" have all become extinct. This site is both educational and interesting. B

Finally, www.dumblaws.com includes some amazing but true laws still upheld all over the world. According to Texas State laws, it is illegal to milk another person's cow or to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

In Houston, it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday, and in Mesquite, it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts. Also, in Port Arthur, obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.

This site also includes political cartoons illustrating some of the funniest laws and explanations of how the laws originated. B
 

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