Fark is a little like Digg or Reddit with a twist. Readers submit totally unnewsworthy stories, as well as their hilarious headlines. For instance, a story about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the Democratic National Convention became, "DNC has first major PR nightmare as J.Lo and Ben Affleck show up, leading to impromptu Gigli reunion." The site's video section features user submitted YouTube clips, ranging from the incriminating: clips of Gov. Sarah Palin to a video of a shrimp on an underwater treadmill working out to the theme from "Benny Hill" playing in the background.

Started as a spoof paper at the University of Wisconsin, The Onion's priceless fake headlines eventually made their way to newsstands across the country. Known for keeping its finger on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist, The Onion is occasionally taken seriously by dim-witted news agencies. Launched in 2007, The Onion News Network, a 24-hour American cable news network (also featured on the Web), features a fake news story each day. A broadcast from two weeks ago: "Chinese Officials: Deadly Virus Sweeping China Is Just Olympic Fever").

Known for its hilarious lists and compilations ("Top 5 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do," and, "A Computer May Become Self-Aware At Any Moment"), Cracked features mostly user-generated content or articles created from user's ideas. Crack also pays users for video submissions. What's funnier? Users submit captions that get rated on with winning captions making their way to the home page.

YTMND originated from a bizarre site called You're The Man Now Dog! The site displays a tiled photo of Sean Connery with a continuous audio loop of his voice uttering the phrase, "You're The Man Now Dog," from the film Finding Forrestor. Though the original site still exists, YTMND is completely user-generated, all highlighting creativity with looping sound and image juxtapositions. One of the funniest of all time: "Darth Vader Gets His Christmas Wish" featuring images from The Empire Strikes Back and Christmas scenery with sound from Revenge of the Sith with jingle bells in the background. On loop: Darth Vader saying, "snow."

This Internet comic Married to the Sea is no ordinary strip. It's composed of public domain (which means they're usually really old) images juxtaposed with off-the-wall and LOL-worthy captions. Updated daily, the comics often lampoon government and other institutions. A comic from August featuring an illustration of a little boy and girl making a sand castle on the beach reads: "I'll finish up the moat…you can build a department of homeland security to keep terrorists from knocking down our sandcastle."

Who'd have thought that Garfield comics with Garfield removed entirely would turn the strip into a bizarre, existentialist, and hilarious look into the life of Jon Arbuckle? The strip gets a new identity, as readers see Jon talking to himself, appearing schizophrenic, and subject to random outbursts of violence.

In 1999, two high school friends started CollegeHumor as an online forum where they could stay connected by posting hilarious pictures of their collegiate experiences. Since, the site has grown into an Internet comedy juggernaut, garnering millions of views a month. It features staff articles as well as user-generated content. Its video section is notable for being among a select few comedy sites to actually make money off of streaming content.

This blog was created as a spinoff of the wildly popular LOLcat website, I Can Has Cheezburger? The premise is simple — the site consists solely of images depicting incompetence, ineptitude, or stupidity accompanied by the word "FAIL" in giant white letters. Failblog contains both photos and videos of outrageous everyday situations, like a photo of a sign offering directions showing steps going upward to rooftop parking and disabled toilet.

This celebrity gossip blog's tagline, "Because You're Ugly," sums up its ethos rather nicely. The Superficial has only one writer, an anonymous misanthrope who rips into the antics and words of "celebutards" — stupid celebrities. Everyone and everything is fair game for this blog, even a continuing thread focusing on whether Jamie Lynn Spears will send Bristol Palin a baby gift or not.

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Fark is a little like Digg or Reddit with a twist. Readers submit totally unnewsworthy stories, as well as their hilarious headlines. For instance, a story about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the Democratic National Convention became, "DNC has first major PR nightmare as J.Lo and Ben Affleck show up, leading to impromptu Gigli reunion." The site's video section features user submitted YouTube clips, ranging from the incriminating: clips of Gov. Sarah Palin to a video of a shrimp on an underwater treadmill working out to the theme from "Benny Hill" playing in the background.

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