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By Mark Pytlik
The popularity of the web has given way to a huge onslaught of incredibly creative websites that deserve mention in forums outside of Internet Geek magazines. Dot.Com, a new bi-weekly feature, is dedicated to bringing you the very best of what the web has to offer. In an effort to relieve some of the stressful and anguish undoubtedly caused by your first week of school, we're gonna start things off by pointing you in the direction of some of the funnier, more irreverant sites on the net.
Satire, when done well, is potentially the most effective method of social commentary out there. As a result, it's no surprise that the good people at The Onion (www.theonion.com) are quickly gaining an incredible following as America's #1 cultural meter. The Onion is essentially a fictional newspaper that touches on every aspect of human interest. From current events ("Columbine jocks safely resume bullying") to popular culture ("Gap orders 'everybody in showers'") to the sad incidents of everyday existence ("Fat man repeatedly introduced to fat woman at party"), staff at The Onion are veterans at cleverly subverting our understanding of the media and making it hilarious. Notable mainly because there's almost always an underriding point to every story. You'll understand why they call it The Onion once you're reaching for your tissues.
If you're one of those people who peppers your everyday conversations with random quotes from The Simpsons, then you'll probably be able to waste a fair chunk of time at the simply named Simpsons Archive (www.snpp.com). This site is an absolute juggernaut of Simpsons-related information every episode ever aired is re-hashed in stunning detail that includes scripts, quotes, pop culture references and viewer commentary. Most will only be able to spend small amounts of time at the site without getting overwhelmed, but it's still a great resource if you're trying to remember exactly how that quote about eating dog food goes.
Once you've packed your brain full of completely useless Simpsons quotes, you might want to head on over to The Fake News (www.thefakenews.net), a fan site set up in honor of the great comic Norm MacDonald. The Fake News is packed with some of MacDonald's most memorable jokes from his stint on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. Ranging from the slightly mean ("Kenny G released his Christmas album this week. Happy birthday, Jesus hope you like crap") to the downright malicious ("In Virginia, police are looking for a stripper who stabbed a man for telling her she was too fat to strip. Police warn that the woman is armed and extremely fat"), The Fake News is a wonderful resource for those who are sick of political correctness. Diehard MacDonald fans can also appease themselves with equally hilarious interview and chat transcripts. Truly fantastic stuff.