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What to Surf - Weird Websites

The most weird websites for the week of June 11, 1999

WEIRD BEST OF BREED
Atari Historical Society
www.atarihistory.com
Nintendo, PlayStation, and Dreamcast owe it all to Home Pong, the gaming platform from Atari that became the best-selling item in the 1975 Sears catalog. This site, created by computer engineer Curt Vendel, includes contributions from 72 former Atari employees. The Society documents it all, letting you wistfully browse through pictures of arcade machines like Tank, Breakout, Battlezone, and DigDug. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell wrote a letter of thanks to Vendel for building the site, and you probably will, too. A


Extreme Computing
xcom.stores.yahoo.com/xcom
This online superstore for wearable computer products will help transform you into a technomad without ever logging off the Net. Start with a forearm-mounted keyboard, then add the M-1 Head Mounted Display monitor. Sure, you’ll look like a Borg — but maybe assimilation isn’t so bad after all. C

Y2K Women
www.y2kwomen.com
The computers are kaput, the electricity has fizzled, the man of the house is fighting to protect the family, and the woman is…dealing with sanitation issues, at least according to marriage and family therapist Karen Anderson’s website. Print out “The Busy Woman’s Y2K Home Preparedness Checklist,” which includes survivalist essentials like hair relaxer and nonelectric curlers — because you’ll want to look your best for the apocalypse. F

Feral Cheryl
www.feralcheryl.com.au
Wondering what to get the daughter of your hippie pals? Why not a rainforest-dwelling doll with tattoos, dreadlocks, and pubic hair? Inspired by the “Ferals,” an environmental extremist group in Australia, the doll was originally created as a gag gift in 1995 by Lee Duncan of New South Wales. Each handcrafted Feral Cheryl costs $49 — patchouli oil not included. B+