Explains use of Soundex (etc) in some driver's license IDs.
From the Columbia Journalism Review, a guide to media ownership.
"OSVDB is an independent and open source database created by and for the community. Our goal is to provide accurate, detailed, current, and unbiased technical information."
Specifications for various motherboard, power supply, etc, system components.
From Ars Technica, a collection of FAQs and links for case cooling concerns.
A large collection of specifications for computer cables and connectors. A little out of date, but good for older devices.
The most used security mailing list. All sorts of security holes, exploits, and patches are topical.
Promoting Open Source Security - "The core mission of this site is to facilitate program audits and provide a core repository for reviewing and submitting them."
Online counterpart to a reference book on symbols and signs.
From the Christchurch, New Zealand Library system comes this reference for collective nouns for different types of animals: "caravan of camels", "pride of lions", "murder of crows", etc.
This online dictionary is a good reference for new, crude, and obscure slang, edited by the readers.
Online dictionaries of one letter words, all vowel words, and all consonent words, plus recommendations for print titles.
A site devoted to cataloging information about arcade games. Manufacturer, year of release, graphics type, some pictures, some trivia.
Extensive statistical analysis of the chances of landing on any particular space on the Monopoly board. This is useful, eg, in evaluating the potential income of a property. Further tables include data on average income per roll of the dice for properties and other spaces. It then includes advice based on this like: "The square most landed on other than Jail is Illinois Avenue, and in fact a hotel there will bring the most income other than a hotel on Boardwalk."
Over one hundred fifty years of court case transcripts from the Old Bailey in London, starting from 1674. How would you react if you heard someone breaking into your house? Now if you couldn't call the police? Thomas White got his man and neighbors to help search his cellars when it happened to him on 22 October 1780. This and many other stories of the impact of crime on everyday lives are found here.
United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) galleries of images and propaganda leaflets, primarily of second Iraq war.
A large collection of cards, photos, and stories to go with them from World War I. Read about and see zeppelin attacks, the story of Mata Hari and publicity pictures of her, propaganda cartoons, etc.
In 1870 Hiram Codd patented a bottle with a marble (ball) stopper. This page provides a history of ball sealed bottles starting with rubber balls used prior to glass Codd stopper and up until patents issued in the 1940s.
In 1972 in Oklo, Gabon, while mining for uranium a very strange thing was discovered: the fossilized remains of a naturally occuring nuclear reactor. Later several other similar reactors were discovered, each dating back about two billion years. This is one of the few sites I've been able to find with explanations of the phenomenon and photographs of the site.
History and other information (such as recipes) on Horn and Hardart's Automat resturant. Too bad the pictures are so small.
This Library of Congress page has page by page scans of scrapbook kept by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Charles Dodgson. The book contains newspaper clippings, Punch cartoons, and text by Dodgson. Additionally, the LoC has collected photos of people mentioned in the text.
Cronological listing of England's kings.
This site has mp3 files of the oral arguments in many important older decisions: Miranda v Arizona (1966), Roe v Wade (1973), NY Times v US (1971, the Pentagon Papers case), Loving v Virgina (1967), and a number of less famous cases. These files are large, and not always very clear.
"18th Century apparel / First hand accounts from The Annals of Philadelphia by John F. Watson Pub. 1830"
Historical media and inventions, like pnuematic trains, camera obscura, the Difference Engine, wax cylinder audio recordings, etc.
FOIA, etc, archives related to US national security.
The best non-classified reference on the hydrogen bomb, at least when it was published. A victory for the First Amendment getting it published.
Scans from an 1881 encyclopedia dealing with all manner of home life issues: agriculture, medicine, cleaning, pottery, etc.
This collections bills itself as "Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy". While some of the documents are purely of historical interest, many have current legal standing in international affairs. This is the place to go to find the text of the Dayton Peace Accords, the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian war; the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, which gave the US a chunk of Panama to build a canal; the Good Friday Agreement, which has brought some peace to Northen Ireland; and a wealth of many other documents.
Compiled by the Cornell law school, a table of laws related to marriage. Find out what states allow kids to marry at 14!
This US Government site is usually the first one I turn to for information about any particular disease. I love the blunt terminology, such as this statement about when to keep kids with hand, foot, and mouth disease out of childcare: "Some benefit may be gained, however, by excluding children who have blisters in their mouths and drool or who have weeping lesions on their hands."
Ed's Pathology Notes include a step by step discussion of the autopsy process illustrated with 8-bit style doctors and subject. There are notes on many other pathology and non-pathology topics, but not all of pages have relevant content. A good source of links to other pathology sites, though.
An online aircraft museum with a focus on the SR-71 Blackbird, a long range reconnaissance aircraft. Included is, eg, the entire flight manual.
This page applies the big label formulas for royalties to values you provide. Helpful if you are going to negotiate a recording contract, and very informative for non-musicians to understand the big label payment schemes that the RIAA is so vigorously defending.
This website, structured after the standard "Latin name" taxonomy of known to science living things, has entries on many thousands of species, with many photographs, life cycle details, etc. I've looked nearly all of the cephalopod pages.
The work of one dedicated ant researcher, this site has information on the different species of ants. Emphasis is on those found in (but not necessarily native to) California and Madagascar, but that is not an exclusive focus. If you drill down, you can see some pretty big pictures of these little bugs.
History of Telephones and Telephone switches (US focused). Includes MP3 sound samples for various telephone network sounds (busy, automated recordings, etc).
A whole lot about Ma Bell, the Western Electric phones she built, and other Bell companies.
All about the quirkly styled one-piece phone designed in the 1950s by Ericsson.
Guide to development of rotary phones at Western Electric.