Hold the phone. Hold the freaking phone. A Google Game that generated pleasant surprise instead of soul-withering disappointment in humanity? Get out.
Cool games? Cool fonts? Cool websites? It’s what the internet is supposed to be about! Cool words and cool math games? I couldn’t be happier. Seeing those results puts me in such a good mood I don’t even feel like making fun of the people searching for cool quotes.
I’m downright giddy at seeing cool math games and cool math at the top of the list. The top result of that search is Cool-math.com, which describes itself thusly:
Coolmath has existed since the spring of 1997 and has grown to be THE most popular destination for math education (and fun) in the world.
Coolmath was designed for the frustrated, the confused, the bored students of the world who hate math.
Coolmath was designed for the students who just need to get through this stuff so they can reach their other academic goals.
Coolmath was designed for the math geeks of the world who love math and want more, more, more! (And, no, we will NOT translate Coolmath into Klingon for you so, please, quit asking.)
The site definitely looks like it’s been around since 1997, but it gets 13 million unique monthly visitors between its seven sister sites, Coolmath.com, Coolmath4kids.com, Coolmath-Games.com, FinanceFREAK.com, TotallyStressedOut.com, SpikesGameZone.com and ScienceMonster.com, which makes me feel warm inside.
The results for “cool words” are largely populated by nerds like me — but with longer attention spans, I’d venture — who have made lists of words they like, unusual words, etc. This list does a pretty nice job of organizing and defining, while this one appeals to the word gamers, lovers of crosswords and Scrabble and Bananagrams, et al.
I’m going to stay positive and jump to the other happy surprise: Cool Hunting. The site features legitimately cool products and ideas in design, culture, travel art and technology, like this rad bike rack bookshelf that makes me want a bike:
Dear people of the internet, thank you for sparing me my usual indignant rage, if only for one blessed Tuesday. Off to play math games and bone up on two letter words.