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The XKCD Holistic Browser allows you to type in a web address and get sent to one typed by someone else. (NB: Results may be NSFW or even outright harmful. Take suitable precautions.)
posted by jedicus (101 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I just keep getting sent to sites about Ron Paul
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:58 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I got comic books!
posted by arcticseal at 6:58 AM on March 22, 2012


As I read this my gut instinct was that it'll just send everybody to 127.0.0.1.
posted by Blue_Villain at 6:58 AM on March 22, 2012


Welcome to spacedicks, somebody!
posted by Xoebe at 6:59 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


If both people typed in the same web address, do they die?
posted by orme at 6:59 AM on March 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


I got a Think Geek page selling a blank Harry Potter diary. I sent them to this thread.
posted by distressingly thick sheets at 6:59 AM on March 22, 2012


I got the BBC News site, the Wallace and Gromit wiki, the Runescape website and Kotaku.

I'm starting to see a pattern here.
posted by griphus at 7:00 AM on March 22, 2012


I got sent to the iTunes website. WTF anonymous person!
posted by vanar sena at 7:00 AM on March 22, 2012


OK, two boring results, and then the third was an IMGUR link to amateur porn that may or may not be of legal age. I knew this wasn't a great idea.
posted by naju at 7:02 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Doing this on my work computer, running IE is pleasantly like playing Russian Roulette.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:02 AM on March 22, 2012 [19 favorites]


If I really wanted to go to YouPorn I would have found my own way there..... 8D
posted by Monkeymoo at 7:02 AM on March 22, 2012


If both people typed in the same web address, do they die?

Hahaha now I'm just going to link everyone to this. SUCKERS.
posted by griphus at 7:03 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Input: Metafilter.com
Output: Cracked.com

Seems vaguely appropriate.
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:03 AM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Pokemans! He showed me them.
posted by device55 at 7:03 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wikipedia?

I suppose that's holistic sorta.
posted by mightygodking at 7:04 AM on March 22, 2012


It's an internet white elephant party, and my first destination was sufficiently NSFW so I'll be seeing myself out, but not before throwing squirrel melts into the mix..
posted by obscurator at 7:04 AM on March 22, 2012


pokemon.com
youporn.com
fark.com
chatroulette
a button that makes the inception horn sound
a gay porn tumbl blog
the wikipedia entry for 'vulva'
a second window of the holistic browser in which was a pdf of sheet music


I hope that people liked my links more than I liked those.
posted by codacorolla at 7:06 AM on March 22, 2012


Neat!

I keep assuming that whoever sends me to bad webcomics goes to the bad web art that I send them to, but in actuality I suspect it is just a queue of unrelated random connections, and that there is no 1 to 1 anything.

Also: it says "here is: Site-I-Entered.net" but when I click on that I go to the site they entered, which I am already seeing.

Also also: this is perhaps the first time I have been annoyed at framebusting websites.
posted by dirtdirt at 7:06 AM on March 22, 2012


I was seeing referrers from here to my blog so I checked it out a few days back. I tried it once, and wasn't goatsed, but wasn't willing to test my luck again.
posted by Chungking Express at 7:07 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm not at work, so I sent someone else to pornhub. I was sent to Justin Bieber's website, which is the internet opposite of pornhub, near as I can tell. Funny how that worked.
posted by heyho at 7:08 AM on March 22, 2012


I wonder if we could flood it with links from AskMe.
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:09 AM on March 22, 2012


I'm terrified of seeing goatse etc (I'm a "virgin") so I'll pass on this.
posted by desjardins at 7:10 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


127.0.0.1 is LOLCATS

Reflect on this.
posted by swift at 7:10 AM on March 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


I dont see any issues with this whatsoever, absolutely none.
posted by wheelieman at 7:12 AM on March 22, 2012


I got the Bongcheon-Dong Ghost. Great (scary) comic! I wonder why there are so many comics there?

swift: It apparently changes, cause I got something else.

desjardins: come on, live a little :D
posted by ysangkok at 7:12 AM on March 22, 2012


Input: Kickstarter project on the Misfit Economy, Got: MS Paint adventure gallery

Input: Maison Kitsune, Output: The Oatmeal.

Input: Facebook, Output: Artist Polly Morgan and her exhibit, Dead Time.

Input: Maceo Plex's Essential Mix on Soundcloud. Got: Jellotime.com

Input: Central London Catholic Church finder, Got: Archive of Super Mario 64 videos

This is poetry, this holistic browsing. That, and the ghost in the machine has a wicked sense of humour. This is almost as exciting a topic for a west-coast thesis as Trapped in the Closet.
posted by nickrussell at 7:14 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


wow...i got hamster dance.

Thank you 1993 internet!
posted by ShawnString at 7:15 AM on March 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


I sent a youtube link to Dark and Lonely Water.

I received a marketing company's site.

Those motherfucker's work fast to ruin everything good.
posted by DuchessProzac at 7:16 AM on March 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Props for the Dirk Gently reference! I've got a hankering to go to the Bahamas now. This will certainly solve something.
posted by halonine at 7:16 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm strangely entertained by this. Maybe where I end up is where my subconscious wanted to be in the first place. Sure, I wanted to go to Wikipedia, but maybe my mind was like, "Nope, you'll just get distracted there, how about a nice helping of Justin Bieber?"

Fuck you, mind.
posted by SNWidget at 7:17 AM on March 22, 2012


MY FRIEND WENT TO A VEGAS WEBSITE AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT WEBSITE.
posted by jimmythefish at 7:17 AM on March 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


I ... kind of want to do this at random times for the rest of the day.

I got 4 chan, some boring company website, and several foreign language websites (either in German or Russian).
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 7:20 AM on March 22, 2012


Didn't this happen years ago with randomsite? You can just click Go and get a different site each time. Third one: lemon party. Thanks for that.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 7:21 AM on March 22, 2012


Today I learned that some people still haven't seen goatse. That takes dedication!
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:25 AM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


The porn I'm getting isn't even good porn.
posted by Legomancer at 7:28 AM on March 22, 2012


I take it that Randall is using "holistic" in the "detective agency" sense.
posted by gauche at 7:29 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


... I can't read, apparently.
posted by gauche at 7:29 AM on March 22, 2012


It's basically social/communal Google seppuku, yes? Interesting. I'd forgotten that Ghastly invented Google seppuku, not XKCD.

I got cheese.com, debian.org, wookieepedia.org, sandraandwoo.com, and laughingsquid.com/grilled-cheese-doughnut, and forums.somethingawful.com. I figured SA meant the shock sites coming up next, so I tried quitting, but the seppuku urge is strong, just one more.

And my final submission yielded holistic.xkcd.com itself. Yes, yes folks, recursive search!
posted by jeffburdges at 7:29 AM on March 22, 2012


I just sent someone to this Nedroid comic about hotels, and got the website of a hotel in return. Dirk Gently was right!
posted by skymt at 7:31 AM on March 22, 2012


Entered: Dinner For Five episode on YouTube
Received: Munroe's wetriffs.com
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:32 AM on March 22, 2012


I got Lemonparty on the first try :(
posted by daniel_charms at 7:36 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I got a webcomic, Raspberry Pi, and a marketing site. My three strangers got sent to various math problem sets.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 7:36 AM on March 22, 2012


Obviously, the first thing I get is Lemon party. I'm out.
posted by joboe at 7:37 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have yet to be sent anywhere through this thing that isn't porn.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 7:41 AM on March 22, 2012


I have yet to be sent anywhere through this thing that isn't porn.

WTF RANDALL!!??? Mine's broken. Tried about 30 different times and haven't gotten a porn site yet.
posted by holdkris99 at 7:43 AM on March 22, 2012


Input: Metafilter.com
Output: The periodic table!
posted by Thorzdad at 7:43 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Landover
posted by edgeways at 7:45 AM on March 22, 2012


Dear person who sent me to that cool site about finding Kuiper Belt Objects: sorry about that terrifying camel spider video.
posted by digitalprimate at 7:46 AM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Input: Facebook.com
Output: Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza

Fair trade, I think.
posted by spitefulcrow at 7:46 AM on March 22, 2012


Thought I'd give it one more try... So I typed in Metafilter and got a cannabis seeds website. mmmkay....
posted by Monkeymoo at 7:49 AM on March 22, 2012


Is nobody seeing cuteness sites? Isn't the internet supposed to be all lolcats once you get below the layer of porn? I'll add a couple.. I haven't seen any porn or shock sites yet thought either, btw.

I submitted cuteoverload.com's 2011 top 10 to get r/mylittlepony, which seems appropriate, and thecutest.info to get The Official God FAQ, which is at least nice.
posted by jeffburdges at 7:50 AM on March 22, 2012


I'm in love! I got Valve's website! I'm packing my bags for Ravenholm!
posted by hecho de la basura at 7:50 AM on March 22, 2012


I got a very nice 2br apartment for only $800/month - stone hearth, brand new kitchen with double oven, extra fridge in the private basement, close to town. It's in a row of stone cottages, tucked away in the hills on the outskirts of town. Very pretty, and a sweet deal... if I was looking for a place in West Yorkshire for around 500 pounds a month, I'd definitely be pleased with XKCD.

The poor sap who got my URL is likely swearing never to visit XKCD again...
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:52 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Input: Metafilter.com
Output: Central Intelligence Agency Enschede [italics mine]

Oh, Dutch tech students, you're so cute.
posted by likeso at 7:54 AM on March 22, 2012


If I wanted to see random sites that geeks thought were cool, why wouldn't I just click lots of MeFi FPPs instead?

Surely that what random is for.
posted by philipy at 8:00 AM on March 22, 2012


I input Stories We Make Up About Our Cats into this about 10 times the other day. You're welcome, internets.
posted by maryr at 8:00 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Alright, I finally got porn or shock or whatever that was. Rule 34 is definitely real.
posted by jeffburdges at 8:04 AM on March 22, 2012


Well it took five attempts before I was scared for life... pretty good going.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:04 AM on March 22, 2012


(And yes, you get a different site each time. Or I did, each time I input the cats.)
posted by maryr at 8:04 AM on March 22, 2012


I'm packing my bags for Ravenholm!

I just read that in my head in the same meter as "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!" and now I hate you.
posted by griphus at 8:05 AM on March 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


I just got a pretty good french based web comic, best thing I've seen on the internet for awhile
posted by edgeways at 8:05 AM on March 22, 2012


Keep putting the xkcd holistic site address it, you will induce a frame cascade for someone.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:06 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]




I have enjoyed googling 'most annoying website' and using those results over and over, because I am somewhat of a sadist.
posted by item at 8:07 AM on March 22, 2012


Ha! Just got this (SFW).
posted by item at 8:11 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hell no.
posted by Splunge at 8:23 AM on March 22, 2012


This keeps taking me to XKCD. Pretty disgusting, frankly.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:33 AM on March 22, 2012


Well, I got this

Seems like an obvious vector for spammers overall, though.
posted by delmoi at 8:41 AM on March 22, 2012


Yeah, other than introducing me to the most awesome lay firm in the history of funny names, my results have been really boring. The ipad 3 site? Wikipedia? CNN.com? The official Blues Traveler Myspace page?

Ok, that last one was kind of funny. Kind of. Where are the weird porn sites? Where are the puss-filled genital diseases? Where are the sketchy internal North Korean governmental pages? I want to be grossed out, turned on, flagged by unnamed federal organizations! I want to wonder if my computer is about to self-destruct, want to be afraid for my personal safety, want to question if I've somehow just launched a thermonuclear strike o0n a totally undeserving nation!

In other words, after playing with this on and off for over 30 minutes, I've yet to see any porn at all.
posted by item at 8:43 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


THIS        IS        ZOMBOCOM

.....and welcome
posted by schmod at 8:44 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Input: dogforums.com
Output: Eindhoven Technical University homepage

Suitably surreal for today.
posted by workerant at 8:44 AM on March 22, 2012


Top ten hottest animated guys. Which one of you weirdos sent me there? Anyone get so my...um...human anatomy reference site?
posted by hot_monster at 8:53 AM on March 22, 2012


I don't know but whoever sent me to Top Ten Hottest Inanimate Guys is a lot weirder.
posted by griphus at 8:54 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Input : Metafilter.com
Outfit: Zombo.com

Yup it works
posted by wheelieman at 9:01 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I got sent to some weaksauce webcomic about leaving the toilet seat up. I sent somebody to Simplot's website.
posted by The Power Nap at 9:08 AM on March 22, 2012


THIS IS ZOMBOCOM

.....and welcome


No problem, glad to serve!
posted by Meatbomb at 9:16 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jon_Evil: "I just keep getting sent to sites about Ron Paul"

HOLISTIC BROWSE RON PAUL!
posted by symbioid at 9:35 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


In other words, after playing with this on and off for over 30 minutes, I've yet to see any porn at all.

So the "layfirm" didn't include any pictures, then?
posted by yoink at 9:36 AM on March 22, 2012


Outfit: Zombo.com

Might've been my input.

Come to think of it, the results I've seen this morning have been a little more highbrow/amusing than earlier in the week. Maybe the results of the MeFi brigade?
posted by weston at 9:36 AM on March 22, 2012


This has to be one of the oddest uses of the word "holistic" I've ever seen.
posted by yoink at 9:36 AM on March 22, 2012


It's really irritating when someone sends you to a site with a frame breaking script. Census.gov was the latest example. Also, I'm solely using this(SFW) from now on.
posted by codacorolla at 9:45 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Welp, that should about cover Lemonparty submissions. My work here is done.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 9:45 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


If I were to play, which I will not do from work, all roads for people hitting my contributions would lead to KHAAAAN.
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:48 AM on March 22, 2012


I didn't get too bothered by the porn, but the white supremacist website ended up sucking out the fun. I'm done.
posted by Ideal Impulse at 10:03 AM on March 22, 2012


And it stopped being funny so suddenly.
posted by TheRedArmy at 10:14 AM on March 22, 2012


There is a place near me that has been doing something like this for years, but only with food delivery. I order a pizza with pepperoni and sausage, and apparently someone somewhere else orders a pizza with onions and olives at the same time. I wind up getting the pizza with onions and olives. Sometimes it will actually be a sandwich instead of a pizza, or vice versa. I started just ordering really shitty things that I didn't like with the hope that what I received would be an upgrade over what I ordered.
posted by flarbuse at 10:15 AM on March 22, 2012 [7 favorites]


A guy walks up to the airline check-in with three packages...
posted by gauche at 10:47 AM on March 22, 2012


I got Earworm and Strongbad. I sent them to yahoo... muahahaha
posted by whorl at 11:37 AM on March 22, 2012


Input: ask.metafilter.com
Output: 2girls1cup

*shudder*
posted by hardcode at 11:44 AM on March 22, 2012


Ha! Just got this (SFW).

I read the "BIG FIRM RESULTS" phrase in the top right corner and thought it must surely be a parody, but nope! Serious business!
posted by Demogorgon at 11:57 AM on March 22, 2012


Ha! Just got the Prime Number Shitting Bear. I've been guilty of spamming this one for the last few minutes.
posted by Demogorgon at 12:03 PM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Would not buy again.
posted by mmrtnt at 12:05 PM on March 22, 2012


I want to just keep sending people to SEO sites over and over again.
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:40 PM on March 22, 2012


The Art of Panzer Dragoon > FimFiction
Tane > My Life as a Pokemon Ranger Chapter 1

It's a machine that turns everything into fanfiction for obsessively cute franchines! YOU AM GO TO FAR, SCIENCE!!
posted by byanyothername at 2:46 PM on March 22, 2012


Luckily, Far is only three squares down the board! C'mon, Science! You can so roll a 3!
posted by byanyothername at 2:48 PM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm mostly just getting boring websites like NYT and CNN (presumably people just copying and pasting one address over and over to keep getting new stuff from other users). I'd rather get strange porn, honestly.
posted by codacorolla at 4:46 PM on March 22, 2012


I'm kind of new here but you probably can't link to what I saw in most states anyway... Really people. Somethings do not go well with 'you spin me right round baby' on a loop.
posted by whorl at 7:25 PM on March 22, 2012


cupoporn.net (doing my part to seed the porn-ish stuff) gave me the American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention website. Perfect. It makes me wish I could get down to Christopher Newport Univ. for the talk Randall's giving April 4th.
posted by bluesapphires at 7:28 PM on March 22, 2012


Didn't this happen years ago with randomsite? You can just click Go and get a different site each time. -- Old'n'Busted

No, the sites are not random. That's the whole point.

I enjoy it because I get to send random strangers to sites that I think will like. Of course, since they are strangers, it is kind of hit-or-miss, which is part of the fun.
posted by eye of newt at 11:01 PM on March 22, 2012


I plugged in shitbrix (nope never been there before just a random I popped outta Teh Guugol) and got sent to Dinosaur Comics. It's a fair trade I'll warrant, guvna', but I want something more satisfying for my mindless submission.
posted by arzakh at 3:31 AM on March 23, 2012


I put in a link to My Immortal, which has the reputation of being the worst fanfiction ever written*, and I got sent to Carnegie-Mellon's Website.

Now I feel a little guilty.

* It's not really the worst. The whole thing is a mostly innocent troll. I wouldn't send anyone to the worst I've seen, because that would be evil.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 10:33 PM on April 1, 2012


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