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There are tons of seriously awesome websites out there and chances are that you know a few of them yourself. We've talked about several in the past and we've also gone over to the complete opposite end of the spectrum, writing about completely useless websites instead.

Today, we present you with a smaller selection full of seriously awesome websites you probably never knew existed. Unless you did. All of them serve some type of useful purpose.

10. Pixlr

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Need to do some image manipulation? Don't have Photoshop and require something a little bit better than Microsoft Paint? Try Pixlr, a free (or paid) web based app that gives you full image manipulating functionality on the go. Even better, if you're already somewhat familiar with Photoshop or other image manipulation software then the functionality of Pixlr won't be that difficult to get used to.

And even better yet - it also has both an Android and an iOS app.

9. The Scale of the Universe

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Ever want to know how big or small something is? You'd be hard-pressed to find a go-to resource more impressive than this website by Cary Huang. It's completely interactive and lets you zoom in and out, back and forth, until you've shrunken down to something as minuscule as quantum foam (10 ^-35.0) or as massive as the size of the observable universe (10 ^27).

Either way, those are numbers with a lot of zeroes in them.

8. The Rasterbator

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Ever have a photo or an image that you wanted to blow-up and plaster on your bedroom wall?

Of course you have.

The Rasterbator is your source for turning this lifelong fantasy of yours into a physical, tangible reality. Go treat yourself to the wall art you deserve.

7. 10 Minute Mail

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We've all run across sign-up forms before that promise some type of great offer at the cost of divulging your private email address and personal identity.

10 Minute Mail provides the much needed cure.

Visit this website and get access to a completely fake email address that will self-destruct after only 10 minutes, giving you just enough time to get the prize you're after. Meanwhile, the guy collecting the addresses will only gets a false lead. If you need additional time (for whatever reason) then just press the "I need 10 more minutes!" button and get yourself that extra time.

6. Filler Deals

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This place lists all sorts of useful goodies, ranging from home, to clothing, to geeky and much more. The best part is that in order to make the cut onto Filler Deal's list, everything here costs $15 or less. Fair warning - the products listed here are all Amazon affiliate links; you just have the advantage of items already being pre-sorted into useful categories.

5. Child's Own Studio

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Kids make doodles all the time, but usually those doodles are restrained to pictures on paper. Wendy Tsao's website, Child's Own Studio, matches your child's artwork with a craft artist in order to turn it into a stuffed toy. Not a bad idea for a birthday or holiday gift for the kid who has everything!

4. Incomputech

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Although its name makes it sound a bit like a place to buy computer parts, Incomputech is nothing of the sort. This awesome website is home to royalty free music that can be used in films, games, commercials and more, without any cost to yourself. All it requires is that you credit Incomputech when you use their music, and provide a link back to them.

The music is all made by the owner, Kevin MacLeod, and is sorted into easy-to-navigate categories for your benefit.

3. MorgueFile

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While on the topic of free-to-use resources, MorgueFile is one of your best awesome websites for finding non-copyright images for your website or blog. Even better, the images here do not require any attribution whatsoever, meaning that you can use them without linking back.

As for the quality of the images? All the images you are seeing on this article came from MorgueFile, so let that speak for itself.

2. "agoodmovietowatch"

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Highly-rated, little-known movies. "agoodmovietowatch" picks movies that received high reviews and ratings from viewers and critics alike, narrows them down to films that didn't do so hot in the box office and then recommends them to you. They don't use an algorithm to make their selections so you can rest assured you're getting quality selections.

They also sort their suggestions based on mood, genres, and films that are available on Netflix.

1. CamelCamelCamel

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Perhaps somewhat oddly named, CamelCamelCamel lets you track prices on Amazon so you can tell if you're getting a good deal on the product you're after. It's free to use and gives you graphs full of useful information. The best buyer is one who has knowledge.

Hopefully you've found some useful resources in this list of awesome websites. Leave us a comment with your thoughts and recommendations for any others.

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It's Father's Day, 2015, and humans aren't the only one with cause to celebrate. Some of the cutest animal families are celebrating too.

Enjoy the pictures below! What animal families are too cute to be real here?

1.  This heated discussion between royal white tigers
Flickr | Laurent Bartkowski

2. This baby barbary macaque monkey family.
Monkey Forest - Baby Barbary Macaque with parents

3. This snow leopard family, Villy (left) and Djamila (right) at the Zürich zoo.
A proud couple

4. This family of owls just after feeding their owlet.
When you've got to go........

5. This family of Canada Geese with two goslings.
Two geese with young one

6. These black swans and their little one.
Cygnet~black swan

7. These two having a beach picnic.
Beach Picnic

8. This elephant hanging out with its baby.
baby elephant hangs out with parent

9. This stork with its babies. Wait, who delivers the stork's babies?.
Stork and babies

10. This Osprey chick family perched on the railroad bridge.
Fledged!

11. This juvenile barn swallow gaping for an adult.
Fledged Barn Swallow

12. This swan family going for a swim.
Svan

13. This grivet monkey family just chilling out.
Grivet Monkey Family

14. This Adélie Penguin chick being happy that food is on its way.
Adélie Penguin chick flaps with excitement--food is coming!

15. These squirrels just relaxing in the sun.
Family

16. This lion king, queen and cub.
Three together

17. These giraffes... parent and child.
Giraffe's parent and child

18. This little one gettin' a licking.
Aww.....cut it out!  I don't need to be licked!

19. Goeldi's Monkeys, parent and child at the Edinburgh Zoo.
Goeldi's Monkeys - Parent and Child

20. These elephants grouping together.
Elephant group

21. This zebra just begging to be fed.
feed me. feed me.

22. This bluetit finally being fed by its parent.
Baby Blue 3

Isn't nature just wonderful and majestic? Do you have a favourite picture from this lit? Please leave us a comment below and let us know!

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10 Real Life Spies More Unbelievable than James Bond

Mark Twain once said that "truth is stranger than fiction," and when you look at the lives of real spies it becomes clear just how correct that statement is. Jumping out of trains, breaking into Nazi concentration camps and attempting assassinations with longbows might sound like something out of your typical Bond film, but all of these are events that actually took place.

Sound awe inspiring? Then read on and learn about some of the most incredible and unbelievable modern-day (and very real) spies from the last century.

10. Juan Pujol


Juan Pujol
When it comes to double agents, there are few whose actions had greater implications than Juan Pujol Garcia. During World War II, Pujol was believed by the Germans to be a Spanish businessman who had a network of spies and was feeding Berlin with much needed information about the UK.

In fact, all of this was true, except for one crucial detail: Pujol’s true loyalties were with MI5, where he was codenamed ‘GARBO.’ Pujol was extremely effective at tricking Berlin thanks to his creativity and attention to detail. He fabricated not only documents, but complete lives, adventures and stories for all of the 27 fictitious agents who he had ‘working’ for him.

Although Pujol commonly fed the Germans factual information in order to maintain his cover, he provided them with disinformation when it mattered the most. And it never mattered more than it did on June 6, 1944, AKA ‘D-Day.’ In order to maintain his cover, Pujol sent advance warning of the Allies invasion but not with enough time for the Germans to do anything about it.

After the D-Day invasion, Pujol told the Nazis that critical attacks were still to follow along the coast in Pas de Calais. No such attacks were inbound but the diversion was enough to ensure that the Germans could not offer their best defence to Normandy.


9. Eddie Chapman


Eddie Chapman
Codenamed ‘Zig-Zag’ by MI5, Eddie Chapman’s exhilarating lifestyle encompassed blowing open safes, leaping out of Nazi planes, robbing banks and a lot more. In truth, Chapman began his career working for the Nazis, but he was quickly converted to a British spy (and double agent) by MI5 after being sent to Britain to carry out acts of sabotage on behalf of the Germans.

Although Chapman claimed he was willing to use his knowledge of explosions to commit sabotage for the Germans because he wanted to return home, a British Intelligence officer who worked with him more accurately said it was because Chapman ‘loved an exciting life.’

Aided by Jasper Maskelyne, a stage illusionist, Chapman successfully tricked the Germans into believing he was on their side by pretending to carry out his mission, which was sanctioned by MI5. He raided a factory, created an explosion large enough to blow off its roof, smashed holes in its windows, and netted the factories roof with camouflage. All of this was done to steal gelignite.

The full story of Eddie Chapman is so unbelievable that you would honestly think you were hearing about James Bond instead. A BBC documentary on Chapman is available on YouTube.


8. Nancy Wake


Nancy Wake
Not all of the world’s top spies have been men. When it comes to honouring tough women, Nancy Wake is top notch. After witnessing Nazi gangs beating Jewish men and women in the streets, Wake developed a deep hatred for the Nazis. She vowed to do anything she could to stop them if given the opportunity.

Wake sheltered men on the run from the Germans and helped others escape, offering clothing, money and falsified documentation. Eventually she was arrested and beaten for four days. She didn’t reveal anything to her captors though and her loyalty to the Allied forces sealed her trust with them. The British agreed to train her and induct her as an SOE agent.

Wake happily admitted to killing a lot of Germans; some with nothing more than her bare hands. After the war ended she was given medals from Britain, the United States and multiple awards from France. Both her willingness to keep on fighting and her legacy lived on for many years after. In fact, she lived until the age of 98, only recently passing away in 2011.


7. Forest ‘Tommy’ Yeo-Thomas


Forest Yeo-Thomas
When it comes to real-life spies who were more unbelievable than James Bond, it would practically be considered sacrilege to not mention the ‘White Rabbit,’ Forest Yeo-Thomas. Yeo-Thomas was such an extraordinary spy that he is now widely regarded to be Ian Fleming’s primary inspiration for creating agent 007.

What did agent White Rabbit do that was so incredible it formed the basis for one of Britain’s most notable fictional characters?

Yeo-Thomas lied about his age to join the U.S. army at age 16 and went to fight in the First World War. Later he joined the Polish army and fought against the Soviet Union. When he was captured in 1920 he killed the guard by strangling him to death and then escaped to France.

Later, Yeo-Thomas joined Britain’s SOE (Special Operations Executive). He parachuted into France not once, but three times. There he was captured and tortured by the Gestapo in Buchenwald concentration camp, although he managed to escape and report back to Winston Churchill.

According to the book, ‘Churchill’s White Rabbit: The True Story of a Real-Life James Bond,’ there are remarkable similarities between Yeo-Thomas and Bond. Not only are many of Bond’s exploits based on the work carried out by Yeo-Thomas, but so is his personality. Yeo-Thomas had very particular attitudes and experiences with women, which transferred right into Bond’s demeanour.

Yeo-Thomas took on the identities of his enemies, jumped from trains, strangled guards and put on disguises to evade detection. All of these are mirrored by James Bond.


6. Patrick Dalzel-Job


Patrick Dalzel-Job
Ian Fleming took his inspiration for 007 from a number of spies, and another one in particular stands out.

In 1940, Patrick Dalzel-Job was single-handedly responsible for leading the evacuation of the Norwegian fishing town, Narvik. In direct contravention of British orders, Dalzel-Job evacuated around four to five thousand women and children.

Fleming met Dalzel-Job in 1944 and after learning of his exploits, Fleming made Dalzel-Job a commando in his unit, 30AU. Dalzel-Job’s impressive feats continued from there because in April of 1945 he captured sixteen high-speed German submarines.

In addition to his commonly defying authority, Dalzel-Job could ski backwards, parachute and undertake other numerous extreme activities that any filmgoer has watched Bond perform.

In an interview, Dalzel-Job revealed that Fleming had once confided that he was indeed a role model for James Bond. However, Dalzel-Job never made much of a fuss about it. Somewhat ironically, Dalzel-Job actually disapproved of agent 007, calling Bond’s life “far too dramatic.”


5. Eli Cohen


Eli Cohen
For Isreal, there was no greater spy than the man who helped them achieve a great victory in the Six Day War. From the early 1950’s Cohen was involved with dangerous covert operations in Egypt, but it wasn’t until after 1959 when he would really shine.

The Military Intelligence knew that Cohen had fluent Arabic and Syrian heritage and spoke Modern Hebrew fluently. They recruited and dispatched him to Argentina where he became ‘Kamel Amin Tha’abet,’ a wealthy Syrian businessman. Cohen operated under the cover story that he only wanted to return to Syria and bring down Israel in the process. He hosted extravagant parties and quickly gained favour with important Syrian government and military officials. Thanks to the information he obtained, he was able to radio Israel vital information about Syrian operations.

One of his most important warnings was about the Syrians attempting to divert the headwaters of the Jordan River, which if successful would have cut-off Israel’s water supply. He was able to obtain this information by befriending some of the top contractors responsible for the job.

All and all, Cohen was hero of Israel. Unfortunately, as recently as 2008, his remains were never returned to his home country and his burial place remains unknown.


4. Kim Philby


Kim Philby
Not all of these unbelievable spies worked for the good guys and Kim Philby is just one dubious example. Philby was one of the Cambridge 5 and from the moment he was recruited by the Soviets he began to lead a nefarious double-life. He had multiple friends, colleagues, wives, lovers and children, and yet none were ever granted his full confidence. He enjoyed deception and fed his ego with the power it gave him.

Philby’s deception earned him great stature with MI6, for a while anyway. He was promoted to the head of counterespionage following World War II. He used the knowledge this post gave him to warn the U.S.S.R of an Allied plan to send fighters into Albania in 1950, which in turn ensured the Allies defeat.

In 1955 Philby was released from his duties at MI6, as he was under too much suspicion. Michael Smith, the author of ‘Six, a history of MI6,’ says that Philby was ultimately responsible for the deaths of countless MI6 agents and the failure of many missions.

In the end, after he moved to Moscow, Philby was disappointed by what he saw. When he saw poverty everywhere, it was the evidence he needed to finally realize that the vast promises of communism’s success was a lie. His son, Tommy Philby believes that Kim eventually thought communism was wrong.


3. Robert Hanssen


Robert Hanssen
Robert Hanssen was a man who led a triple life. He worked for the FBI, passed secrets onto the KGB and was part of the Opus Dei organization, a conservative catholic organization, which was also regarded as a cult.

During his tenure at the FBI, Hanssen dropped packages with secure information for the KGB on over 20 separate occasions. The information contained more than two dozen computer discs and 6,000 pages of classified important material. Altogether, he received over $600,000 from the KGB for his efforts.

Even more bizarrely, Hanssen’s wife of 34 years never knew that her husband had been spying for the Russians, at least not the true extent of what he had been doing. In an interview with The New York Times, Bonnie Hanssen says she once caught her husband attempting to cover up papers in their basement. However, he simply told her that he was feeding the Russians false information. When he resumed spying for the KGB in 1985, Bonnie had no idea what her husband was up to.

Hanssen was a trained counterintelligence specialist and perhaps that was why he was able to spy for the KGB, so successfully, for so long.


2. Tommy Sneum



Tommy Sneum was a man who could perform incredible stunts while evading the Nazis, and sleep with a huge number of women at the same time.

Just how unbelievable was Sneum? For one thing, he planned to use a longbow in an attempt to assassinate Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. Although his plan was not carried out due to Himmler falling ill and not showing up, Sneum carried out other exploits worthy of the 007 title.

Sneum hated the Nazis and fought against them relentlessly. When he was 22 he was a flight lieutenant in Denmark’s Fleet Air Firm. High command ordered Sneum and his servicemen to not fight the Germans when the marched across the Danish border in 1940, but Sneum elected to disobey orders and take on the Germans alone.

After the German occupation of Denmark, Sneum noticed mysterious towers appearing on his home island of Fano and assumed that they were to detect British bombers flying over the country. He set up his own resistance network to get the information back to Britain and when he succeeded, the British felt the information was so impressive that they arrested Sneum on suspicion of being a double agent.

The book, ‘The Hornet Sting’ tells the full extensive tale of Sneum’s incredible life.


1. Witold Pilecki


Most men and women were trying to escape Auschwitz. Witold Pilecki on the other hand was trying to sneak in.

He spent two and a half years in Auschwitz, smuggling out information about their methods of interrogation and execution. Getting inside was the tricky bit because his Polish commanders believed the place to be nothing more than a POW camp. By September 19, 1940 however, Pilecki was rounded up and brought inside.

To make matters even worse, Pilecki was at Auschwitz during its worst periods. He witnessed not only its construction, but the growth of the camp, plus the building of the ovens, gas chambers and crematoria.

During his time at the camp, Pilecki organized a network amongst the prisoner population with a goal of keeping up morale, distributing food and clothing, smuggling camp intelligence outside and more. He called his network the Union of Military Organization, known as ZOW by the Polish.

In April of 1943, Pilecki escaped from Auschwitz alongside two other prisoners and eventually made his way back to Warsaw after the Krakow command remained suspicious of him.

Pilecki continued his spy work for years to come. He created a cover as a supply manager on a construction site in 1945 where he carried out intelligence duties for the II Corps, who passed his information onto the Polish government-in-exile.

Sadly, Pilecki was arrested by communist authorities on May 5, 1947. He was tortured, interrogated and sentenced to death soon after. The exact location of his remains is unknown, although there is a tombstone with an empty grave in the Powazki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Images used in this post are from the Wikipedia commons, public domain.

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