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…It’s Website Wednesday: Now?

Sprint Now

Sure, it’s just an ad for Sprint’s wireless data plans, but “Now” is also a fantastically imaginative take on what a start page can be.

The “Now” page is filled with widgets, and each one moves and changes to show some sort of interesting fact or figure when you visit the page. Then, when you mouse over a widget, you can begin to interact with it, either by updating the fact, playing a game, seeing more information, or a number of other unique actions that vary from widget to widget. Plus, if you want to see the data behind the widget, you can flip them over for added info on where each widget’s data comes from.

There’s also a futuristic sounding Now woman that guides you through the site, and gives you the occasional clever sound bite about what’s going on ‘Now’ (though they do get annoying after a short time) and a mechanical sounding noise that plays in the background (because apparently we still haven’t managed to make silent computers in the future), but it’s still a rather entertaining and informative experience that encourages you to play and learn at the same time.

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…People will die in strange and unusual ways this year?

Death Skull

Despite my best efforts, I can’t find an original source for this fantastic infographic about the “Number of men in the United States who will die in 2008 as a result of…”

The facts and figures themselves apparently come from the Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database, and cover unfortunates such as fireworks accidents, falling from a building, spider bites, falling down stairs, shark attacks, and plenty of other ways to accidentally leave this Earth.

[Via: LikeCool]