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What to Surf - Useful Websites

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

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Roadside America
See the World’s Tallest Thermometer! Visit the Hair Museum! Marvel at the Beer Can House! An online version of Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, and Mike Wilkins’ book of the same name, the site houses info on more than 7,200 strange tourist spots across the country. Click the Travel Brain’s “Probe My Lobes” for a brain-dump’s worth of destinations. This panorama of American weirdness is a kitschy coup. A

Call it News You Can Choose. Here you can scour the Web for articles from newspapers and networks including the L.A. Times, the Boston Globe, and scads of other bulletin brokers. You can collect favorites onto your own “personal edition” or hop directly to the home pages of news outlets from Nando Net to NPR. A

The Cooking Couple’s Kitchen: Aphrodisiacs A-Z
Boston radio-show hosts Ellen and Michael Albertson, “The Cooking Couple,” have compiled an alphabetical archive of ingredients that allegedly make the heart grow fonder. On the lust list: sweet potatoes, turnips, and — score one for Homer Simpson — doughnuts. B

Lipstick of the Stars
Their kiss is on her list: Cosmetics fan Madeleine Endre tells you how more than 90 models (Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford), actresses (Winona Ryder, Michelle Pfeiffer), and singers (Jewel, the Cure’s Robert Smith) make their makeup magic. Fun fact: Jerry Hall uses unadulterated Vaseline. Inexplicably fascinating. B