Content Marketing Inspiration: 16 Pointless Websites That Went Viral

Now summer is over it is hard to get back in to your normal routine. To keep boredom at bay, we’ve decided to find a selection of useless and odd websites that went viral on the Internet (we promise there are no cats or dogs!). Hopefully you’ll soon see that being bored can actually be very inspirational.

(Warning: ♫ = put your headphones on!)

1) Workweek Info

work week

Have you ever sat at your desk and wondered how many seconds of work you still have left before the weekend? Well, someone has worked this out for you!

This website tells you the % of the working week you have gone through so far, how many seconds you still have left, and advice on how to make the time fly whilst waiting for the weekend. It’s as simple as that.

Referring domains Facebook Shares Google Plus Shares LinkedIn Pinterest Activity Total
15 678 0 18 0 711

 

2) Popcorn Painting ♫

popcorn

Popcorn painting is a black and white website where you can watch popcorn popping for hours.

Even though the popping sound resembles a WWII bombing more than it does popcorn popping, the visual effects are truly hypnotising.

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113 1.2K 07 2 4 1.2K+

 

3) Annoying Cursor

Annoying cursor

Annoying Cursor pretty much does what it says on the tin – it’s really annoying. If you want to experience your mouse having a mind of its own – then visit this site.

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111 2.1K 0 7 0 2.1K+

 

4) The Endless Horse

Endless Horse

As you’ve probably guessed by the URL, this website features an endless horse – no matter how long you spend scrolling. If you look close enough you can see that the horse has been drawn with keyboard characters only. Trust us, you could spend far too much time trying to reach the end.

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134 3.2K 0 13 1 3.2K

 

5) Leduchamp ♫

Duchamp
Leduchamp is a perfectly pointless website. When landing on the page, you’ll see a spinning wheel sitting on a stool (thanks to Marcel Duchamp). All you have to do is to spin the wheel and watch its mesmerising effect. It’s as simple as that.

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287 6.8K 0 2 17 6.8K

 

6) Bit Long Now ♫

bit long now
The concept of this website is really simple. When you arrive on the page, you hear a doorbell ring. All you have to do is open the door. Maybe once, or twice, or… wait; how many doors are there!? Let us know if you ever find out…

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604 7.5K 0 21 1 7.5K+

 

7) Bacon sizzling ♫

Bacon
You can probably tell from the URL what to expect on this website. Who doesn’t want to spend their time watching bacon sizzling indefinitely without being able to eat it? To completely immerse yourself into this amazing experience, don’t forget to put your headphones on. If you manage not to drool, you can’t be human.

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196 26K 114 8 4 26.K+

 

8) 7 Billion world

7 billion
With 7 billion people in the world, this website will show each and every one of us. Broken down by continent, can you find yourself in the crowd?

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507 34K 1.2K 207 0 35K+

 

9) Is my computer on

is my computer on
Once again, you can probably guess from the URL what this website is all about. ismycomputeron.com is a website that provides you with an answer that you hopefully you already know – but perhaps you’d still like to double check?

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510 42K 608 40 6 42.K+

 

10) Jello Time ♫

Jello
When you land on the Jello Time website, you’ll be presented with a big jelly dessert illustration. Use your mouse to make your jelly wiggle on a plate – the sound effects are pretty fun too, even if the whole concept is slightly bizarre.

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592 47K 0 78 142 47K+

 

11) Falling Falling and Trying Trying ♫

Falling

Falling Falling and Trying Trying are the exact same website but with one slight difference. The movement of the shapes & the sounds in one make you feel as though you are falling, whilst the other makes you feel as though you are flying. The websites use the same colour scheme, shapes, and almost the same sounds. By simply reversing the direction of the shapes on each website, you experience a completely different feeling. If you have vertigo or get dizzy easily, perhaps give this one a miss.

Falling falling

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1.55K 46K 641 81 674 47.5K+

Trying Trying

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12 108 90 0 3 213

 

12) Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?

nope
Even better than the ismycomputeron.com, hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com will provide you with the obvious answer to “Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?” Once again, you don’t need to be a genius to know the answer.

Referring domains Facebook Shares Google Plus Shares LinkedIn Pinterest Activity Total
2.74K 66K 989 94 5 68.8K+

 

13) Heeeeeeeey ♫

hey
heeeeeeeey.com is another awesome, yet pointless, website. If you want to feel like you’re in a rap music video for hours and hours, visit this website and listen to someone saying “Heeeeeeeeey!” and “Hoooooooo!” on a continuous loop.

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903 118K 1.1K 215 1 120K+

 

14) Toilet Paper

toilet paper
Always wanted to do the toilet paper gun prank? That might be fun, yes, but have you considered the mess you’ll have to clean up? Not fun anymore, right.
With Papertoilet.com, you can just infinitely unroll toilet paper as fast as you can and you don’t need to clean up afterwards. Simple and funny.

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1.07K 171 1.4K 66 14 173+

 

15) Eel slap

Eelslap
Eelslap.com is a website where you can literally slap a man with an eel. Thank you Internet.

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1.51K 185K 1.4K 61 77 188k+

 

16) Staggering Beauty ♫

staggeringbeauty
Staggering Beauty doesn’t have any word to describe his craziness. All you have to do is to shake your mouse!

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3.59K 1.1M 8.2K 167 146 1M+

 

What can we learn about it?

Based on these 16 examples, you can see that design is not always the key factor to consider when trying to create a great viral piece. What matters is the idea. Content is the key and you need to bring your concept to life. Also, the Internet is a great place for creativity because there is no such thing as a bad idea.
If there’s one piece of advice you should take away after reading this blog post, it’s never be afraid to just do it!
For more inspiration (and if you’re still bored) take a look at this link: http://www.theuselessweb.com/

Enjoy!