Guarded nearly as well as the passcode to the Microsoft home of the future, and the details of the Inquisition were released this week (not to be confused with The Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python fame)... here are The Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of courtesy of Chris Dannen and April Joyner at FastCompany.com
"FastCompany.com has culled the most useful and entertaining sites from the far reaches of the Web so that when these sites go mainstream, you'll be one step ahead of the crowd.
They are (with details excerpted from the site)...
CrazyBlindDate offers blind dates at public places in your neighborhood in New York; Austin, Texas; Boston; and San Francisco (with more cities coming soon). The authors said that this site is better than "pining over profile pictures on Facebook."
DailyLit - The site offers both classic and contemporary titles, all provided in quick-reading installments that can be sent to you either via e-mail or RSS.
IWantSandy Not good at remembering to print out your flight confirmation code? Send a message to Sandy, and she'll remind you in a daily digest, in a text message or as an event on your calendar.
Cocktail Party Physics is Jennifer Ouelette's blog about science and technology come to life as effortlessly as everyday chatter about politics, celebrities and vacations.
Newsmap is an amazing graphical representation of the constantly changing headlines on Google News.
Run.com is a user-generated database of running routes all over the world, uses Google Maps mashups, allowing runners to look up routes in their area and choose them by length, difficulty, scenery and other user-rated criteria.
MakeUseOf - MakeUseOf is a tech blog that even laymen can understand.... in considerably de-geeked language.
5min -- it's a site featuring short videos that provide solutions or instructions for common and practical issues, like how to insulate your house or how to teach your dog to sit.
TryPhone - a fully functioning interactive phone-testing site where you walk through all the common features of the phone you're considering buying in glorious, high-resolution interactivity.
Damn Interesting - a blog that writes long-form historical summaries of just about anything that's, well ... damn interesting.