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Sep 05, 2006

Vienna Beef Web Site Recognized in Chicago Sun-Times

Americaneagle.com is pleased to announce that one of our recently designed Websites - www.viennabeef.com - was recognized on a "25 Best of Click Here" list within the Chicago Sun-Times. This acknowledgment is just another reminder of the success that Vienna Beef and Americaneagle.com share.

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Site for Sore Eyes: The best of Click Here

Originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times
September 5, 2006
©2006 Chicago Sun-Times

The eBiz page of the Chicago Sun-Times for several years has been directing readers to nifty, fascinating and useful Internet sites in our "Click Here" feature.

Today we present 25 of the best of Click Here.

www.web-cars.com/humor
Is car trouble an expensive misery in your life? Then you need a good laugh. Log on to the humor section of this car enthusiast Website, and learn that the brand names are really acronyms for unflattering descriptions. Don't miss the man's guide to changing oil and how a Microsoft auto might work. (David Roeder)

www.viennabeef.com
Cast a vote for your favorite fries to go with a Vienna Beef hot dog at this revamped Website. Find recipes, retail products and information about condiments such as Vienna Beef Chicago Style relish, sport peppers and BBQ sauce. Get interactive by uploading to the site your favorite hot-dog stand photo. (Sandra Guy)

humor.about.com/od/advertisinghumor
Need a pick-me-up? This site boasts links to bits of funny business on ads, videos, photographs and even cartoons. One link provides an exhaustive overview of everything funny related to each day of the year. Yes, laughs are what this is all about. (Lewis Lazare)

www.retrofuture.com
Whatever happened to those things that were going to change our lives: the 2-way wrist radio, the flying car, rocket mail, food pills, inflatable homes, sex in space, rocket belts, living underwater, perpetual daylight. The Retro- future Website explores these topics and more. (Howard Wolinsky)

dmarie.com/timecap
Plug a date into this Website, and you get a time capsule of what was going on at the time: top news headlines of the week, most popular songs of the year, average income, average cost for a loaf of bread, a gallon of gasoline, a car, a house, the year's hot new toys, top books and more. Most years are covered between 1800 and 2002. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.roadsideamerica.com
Before you load the kids in the car for the family road trip, check out this online guide to offbeat tourist attractions. Among unusual attractions listed on the site are the world's largest cherry pie tins in Traverse City, Mich.; the Museum of Pawn in Scottsdale, Ariz.; the world's largest ketchup bottle in Downstate Collinsville, and the two-story outhouse in Dover, Ark. (Francine Knowles)

www.infoscotland.com/experience
For those who are brave -- or into self torture -- try this site. It offers facial-transforming software that enables you to see yourself getting dramatically old -- err, I mean better. (Cheryl V. Jackson)

www.quotes-r-us.org/
It turns out that Bartlett isn't the only one collecting quotes. Some regular people compile quotable quotes from friends, family and strangers. The Quotes 'R Us Website shares these pearls. Submit only original sayings here. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.animatedknots.com
This is a fun site even if you've never hoisted a mainsail or pitched a tent. Clear animations show how to tie an alpine butterfly, a bowline, a lanyard hitch and dozens of others. The animation can be slowed down or viewed frame by frame. There's even a section on rope care. (Mary Wisniewski)

www.wordcount.org
WordCount is an interactive display of the 86,800 most frequently used English words. The site enables users to track how English words are used by plugging in individual words, and asking which word goes with a number ranking. The word "the," not surprisingly, is No. 1. Conquistadors apparently did not conquer: WordCount reveals that "conquistador" ranked No. 86,800 on the list. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.apostrophe.fsnet.co.uk
Is the apostrophe, the punctuation mark used for possessives and contractions, worth saving? The Apostrophe Protection Society thinks so. The society's Website discusses proper and improper uses of this much tortured punctuation mark. The British site has a message board and collects images of abused apostrophes. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.bibliomania.com/bibliomania-static/index.html
If you're looking for reading to while away the winter darkness, you'll find thousands of free e-books, poems, short stories and plays on this site, along with author biographies and study guides. (Francine Knowles)

www.thesmokinggun.com/
By now, everyone knows that major portions of James Frey's compelling and inspirational account of his triumph over alcohol and drug addiction, A Million Tiny Pieces, were fabricated or embellished beyond fair play. The story broke in the Smoking Gun, which routinely exposes fraud, fabrication and embellishment in prominent stories today -- and just as often, provides support for other stories. (Dan Miller)

www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/game/193
It's reassuring to discover that computer gaming has progressed to such heights, and this site is a museum of those early DOS games. From Abuse and Ack-Ack Attack to Zonker and ZZT, some 234 games are offered as freeware, shareware and playable demos. (Dan Miller)

www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries
Why and how do cats purr? What causes a noise when you crack your knuckles? Why do fingers and toes wrinkle in the bathtub? Why does hair turn gray? Inquiring minds want to know. And the crack librarians at the Library of Congress provide answers at this site on "everyday mysteries." (Howard Wolinsky)

controlyourtv.org
If you're confused about how to work the parental controls on your cable television service, this industry Website has information to help you through the process. You can receive personalized instructions via e-mail. The site also includes access to a video presentation. (Francine Knowles)

www.legacy.com
This site links to more than 275 daily U.S. newspapers' obituaries and paid death notices, including archived death notices. Click on "Chicago Sun-Times," and you can search obits from today's paper and for the last year by name of deceased or keyword. Other features include a tasteful "guestbook" and "Write a tribute." (Dan Miller)

www.nostalgiadigest.com
If you missed Saturday's broadcast of "Those Were the Days" -- Chuck Schaden's old-time radio show -- you can still listen. Visit the Nostalgia Digest site, and click on "Those Were the Days." The show, which includes broadcasts of old radio classics, such as "The Jack Benny Show," can be heard from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays on WDCB-FM (90.9) and online on wdcb.com. (Polly Smith)

www.radiolovers.com
To supplement what you can hear on "Those Were the Days," the nostalgic radio program, turn to the Internet for free downloads of some classic shows. The site features hundreds of shows that can be heard online in an MP3 format, including "A Date with Judy" and "Abbott & Costello." (Polly Smith)

www.hometownnews.com
If you wonder if that paper from your hometown has a Website, this is the place to check. The site offers links to more than 2,600 U.S. daily and weekly newspapers, including more than 50 newspapers in Ill- inois. Among them are the Abingdon Argus and Woodstock Independent. (Francine Knowles)

www.radio-locator.com
Radio-Locator bills itself as "the most comprehensive radio station search engine on the Internet." The site offers links to more than 10,000 radio station Web pages and more than 2,500 audio streams from radio stations in the the United States and around the world. If you plug in your ZIP code, Radio-Locator lists nearby stations, including call signal and strength, the frequency, your distance from the tower and the station's format. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.adslogans.co.uk
There is much debate in ad circles about whether the tag line so familiar in the world of advertising has run its course. We think not. This Website offers some insightful commentary about advertising tag lines and why they can be so effective if done well and used long enough to become seared in consumers' psyches. (Lewis Lazare)

www.musesmuse.com
If there's a songwriter in you dying to get out, this site has information and resources to help you get started. It includes a reference guide for beginning songwriters and professionals, articles on song writing, interviews with songwriters, chat rooms, sample songs, reviews and a listing of song writing organizations. (Francine Knowles)

www.pandora.com
Pandora Media over the past six years has developed its Music Genome Project. Its team analyzes melody, harmony, instrumentation, vocals, lyrics -- all told, some 400 attributes of songs. The company puts these findings into its extensive database. Plug in the names of your favorite tunes and artists, and Pandora plays new music you might like. Give it a spin. (Howard Wolinsky)

www.IMDB.com
Everything -- everything -- you want to know about movies is at the Internet Movie Data Base. (Dan Miller)