Illuminated Site of the Week

Illuminated Site of The Week Every day we post new news to the Daily Illuminator. Usually this is SJ Games news, but occasionally we like to spotlight some of the more interesting, weird, or otherwise Illuminated sites elsewhere on the web. So we've started the Illuminated Site of the Week listing, to showcase those other sites. We even have a little logo for the winners, if they feel like adding it to their page . . . but unlike other Cool-this or Top-that sites, we're stingy with our awards . . . we don't give them out to every site under the sun, and if you steal the logo and you didn't properly win it, we'll send the Men in Black after you . . .

Suggesting a Site

Anything is fair game . . . if you know of a truly Illuminated site, use this form to tell us about it.

Illuminated SiteKeeper

Our current Illuminated SiteKeeper is Andy Vetromile (

Recent Winners

November 19, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Carrot On, My Wayward Son

Illuminated Site of the Week:

You thought carrots were dull? You poor, deluded fool. Carrots are everything. Carrots are healthy. Carrots make booze. They produce prodigious amounts of sugar, they share a day in Scotland with a venerated saint, they can be easily confused with hemlock in the wild, and, heck, they even have their own museum. The World Carrot Museum has trivia, history, trivia, recipes, and trivia. There are pictures, essays, science, legends . . . all about our beloved orange side dish. By the end of it, you'll know so much more than . . . let's be honest, you're going to be sick of hearing about carrots. But getting there will still be fun.

-- Andy

November 12, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Pulling The Rug Out From Under History

Illuminated Site of the Week:

People chronicle history – their own and that of the world around them – in hundreds of ways. At the blog Rugs of War, Nigel Lendon and Tim Bonyhady depict and describe numerous mats woven by the people of the Middle East that show events from this unusual perspective. Text is sewn in, sometimes obviously, sometimes cryptically, like fabric-based grace notes. Images, many focused on 9/11 or scenes of war (for probably obvious reasons), give hints to the daily lives or general experiences of the makers.

A fascinating peek into not only a creative endeavor but a worldview once or twice removed from those of Westerners and their 24-hour news cycles, Rugs of War shows how history, whether oral or from the end of a needle, can drift and gain new meaning.

-- Suggested by RespectableLawyer

October 16, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Sorry, Zone Of What, Again?

Illuminated Site of the Week:

Not so loud. If you ask UNESCO, sure, you're going to get the boring party line about the Jornada Biosphere Reserve, its location and ecosystem and blah-blah-blah. Let's shoot straight: It's a stretch of desert in Mexico, home to La Zona del Silencio or the "Zone of Silence." Here, it is said, radio signals don't work and strange electromagnetic fields wander from one spot to another.

Want more? So do the ladies who visit these fields. Rumor has it that a visit to the zone can improve a woman's chances of conceiving a child. So the fact that America lost an Athena rocket here (in and of itself suspicious, no?) and had to send Wernher von Braun to fetch it, and that UFOs make repeated flyovers, may be among the least interesting aspects of the lay of this land. There's more at Atlas Obscura.

-- Suggested by RespectableLawyer

October 7, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Eau De 'Squatch

Illuminated Site of the Week:

If you want to land Bigfoot, stop trying to track him, hunt him, cage him, or record him. Instead, woo him. You win more friends with a teaspoon of honey than a gallon of vinegar, so if you want to cultivate good relations between modern man and his missing-link forebears, you need the right cologne. Happy Body Care has concocted Bigfoot Juice, a cross between deer sweat and perfume. Created by Allie Megan Webb, it hides your natural human scent beneath a more woodsy, musk-like odor. The Charlotte Observer has the story.

-- Suggested by James M. Neeland

Illuminated Archives

While the Illuminated Site of the Week is archived with the Daily Illuminator archives, we also have an archive of ALL past winners.

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