Cool and quirky websites I’ve stumbled across in the name of research…

Big trucks, bad drivers I found the Mining Mayhem blog when I was researching First Book of Diggers and Dumpers. Pictures that prove it’s hard driving a dumper truck the size of a house. And even harder to get one the right way up again.

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink This is a list of the 100 Best First Lines From Novels, as chosen by American Book Review. Strangely soothing.

How big? I’ve come across some great interactives that help to visualize the scale of, well, everything. The University of Utah has an excellent one focused on biology. If you’re thinking it seems incomplete without a Rubik’s Cube, try this one.

Awesome alphabet frieze The alligators have a Jan Pienkowski alphabet frieze (they’re still trying to work out why C is for Mog), but I think I love his free, printable one even more! Stumbled upon while trying to find a Jan-alike typeface. Will be brightening up my desk as soon as I can get my mitts on a colour printer.

The original hampsterdance When I was at school, this was the coolest thing on the Internet. In fact, it was pretty much the only thing on the Internet. Today the hamsters are all 3D and have their own email addresses. Meh.

Baby animals And why not?

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