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(020201) Ice Hotel Quebec - Canada

Hôtel de Glace Québec-Canada inc. / Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada Inc.
Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, Canada

Looking more than a little like the Tubbydome from the outside, the Ice Hotel Quebec - Canada contains 30,000 square feet of public areas and private rooms. Located a short drive from Quebec City, the Ice Hotel Quebec - Canada is open for business weather willing, through the end of March. Prices are in line for the level of novelty and the architecture looks like something out of a science fiction movie. The site contains a Frequently Asked Questions section, photographs, information about location and charges, plus a live camera. Thanks to Jean-Yves for the great suggestion. (Back to top of page)

(020202) SnowCastle

SnowCastle Ltd.
Kemi, Finland

Suggested by Vesa Lehtinen, SnowCastle is another of those crazy hotels made of ice and snow. This one is located in Finland, and will be open for guests on February 15. SnowCastle will close either on April 14, or when the fishing shanties start falling through the lake, whichever comes first. The SnowCastle site offers a lot of information about things like sleeping on blocks of ice for fun along with an events schedule for anyone in the neighborhood. And it goes to show ya how much those people who live at the Arctic Circle dig snow. (Back to top of page)

(020203) Photographs of the Ice Hotel, Jukkas Järvi, Sweden

Ruth Brecher and Felix Velarde
London, England

Several Site du Jour of the Day readers wrote in about the original hotel of ice, the Icehotel®. One of those messages was from Karla Von Huben who also found an unofficial Icehotel® site maintained by Ruth Brecher and Felix Velarde. Photographs of the Ice Hotel, Jukkas Järvi, Sweden is a beautiful collection of digital photographs made by the pair at the Icehotel®. Toughing out the cold with a diet of reindeer meat, breakfast smörgåsbords and vodka, highlights of their six day trip are presented for visitors to enjoy. While the official Icehotel® ( site has more information about the property, as it should, Photographs of the Ice Hotel, Jukkas Järvi, Sweden presents a different kind of look at the Icehotel®. (Back to top of page)

(020204) The Snowfort Zone

Chris Fanjoy
Somewhere in Canada

Taking a somewhat low-tech approach to providing plans for outdoor winter structures, Chris Fanjoy and a few others have been building snow forts for years and share what they have learned at this site. There are wonderful ideas here to use for creating your own snow fort. Reading the tips on safety is an important first step. Photographs, drawings, and more make The Snowfort Zone an interesting visit. Thanks to Bob Cox for the suggestion. (Back to top of page)

(020205) Spanish Flashcards

Tom Parker
Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA

Using Flash animations, Spanish Flashcards covers a lot of ground for students with English language skills interested in learning Spanish language skills. Topics start with basic vocabulary and go on from there. Ideal for students of all ages, the animations include pictures to words and words to words, many with sound. Thanks to Phil Konstantin for the suggestion. (Back to top of page)

(020206) The Flashcard Exchange

Sandy Kemsley
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Visitors to The Flashcard Exchange have access to almost 110,000 flashcards in hundreds of sets. Work with the flashcards at the site with Javascript or HTML versions, download the flashcards and even print them. One of the snazziest features of The Flashcard Exchange is the opportunity for registered users to enter their own flashcard sets and release the sets into circulation. The Flashcard Exchange has material for all levels of education. (Back to top of page)

(020207) Daily Post Free Downloads

Glacial Technologies
Watertown, South Dakota, USA

Daily Post Free Downloads is home to hundreds of Freeware programs available for the taking. Games, utilities, and other useful things. Unlike some sites that specialize in downloads, Daily Post Free Downloads is still small in scale, and that helps out in a number of ways. Most of the material that ends up getting posted is tried and true. There are programs for almost everyone here. As Freeware often goes, the programs may be limited or in early stages of development — but in many cases they are the very best available. As a reminder, with any new hardware or software installation, it is always a good idea to perform a complete system and data backup just in case things don't go the way the instructions say they should. (Back to top of page)

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(020208) Make Your Own Olympics- Game and Carnival Craft Projects

Sherri Osborn
Minnesota, USA, Inc.
New York, New York, USA

A page at the Family Crafts ( section at About (, Make Your Own Olympics- Game and Carnival Craft Projects is full off fun ideas for sharing the spectacular of the Olympics with the kids. Many of the activities at Make Your Own Olympics- Game and Carnival Craft Projects are maybe better suited for the Summer Games, but with a little imagination things will probably work out. Fun for everyone in the family, and possibly the whole neighborhood. (Back to top of page)

(020209) Google Search: 2002 Winter Olympics

Google Inc.
Mountain View, California, USA

The 2002 Winter Olympics are underway in Salt Lake City, Utah. Search engine Google ( lists the URLs to hundreds of thousands of pages somehow related to the event. Sources vary — included is the official site for the 2002 Winter Olympics, media sites, and other portals. With something for every interest, Google Search: 2002 Winter Olympics will certainly come in handy over the course of the next couple of weeks. (Back to top of page)

(020210) Utah Geological Survey

Utah Geological Survey
State of Utah Department of Natural Resources
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

With information about the Great Salt Lake, dinosaurs and fossils, energy resources, and much more, the site for the Utah Geological Survey is ideal for anyone interested in the natural history of Utah. Pointers to other sites, Adobe Acrobat PDF files on a host of subjects, maps, news, and publications visitors can read at the site in HTML format or order in print from the Map & Bookstore section. Dig it. (Back to top of page)

(020211) Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Pennsylvania, USA

Turning a journey of six months into one that lasted a mere six days must have changed the world. On May 10, 1869 the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad connected not far from the Great Salt Lake at Promontory Summit, Utah changing forever the distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Much has been written about the events leading up to that day, with construction of the lines and the business aspect of crossing the continent. The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum looks at the history of the Central Pacific Railroad through eyewitness accounts, thousands of photographs, and even outside pointers to things like the Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plans ( from The West Film Project and PBS. A fascinating site. (Back to top of page)

(020212) Rails-to-Trails

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Helping people turn abandoned railways into recreational paths is the work of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Most are funded by local or state governments, but it's the people who will ultimately use the rail-trails that get the ball rolling. Once the fate of a particular stretch of rail line has been determined, the railroad will often come in and clean up. In many cases, the line runs for miles through areas with a high population density. These long ribbons of park-like land become a greater asset to a community than ever before. Read about successful and projected projects, initiate or visit a local rail-trail, or plan for that next vacation. (Back to top of page)

(020213) It came from the 1971 Sears Catalog!

Linda Causey
Bryan, Texas, USA

There's nothing quite like cranking up the Wayback machine every now and then — for the sake of nostalgia. Maybe too, to better understand why as a society we stopped doing certain things. It came from the 1971 Sears Catalog! is a look back at a fashion catalog published by the retailer Sears ( at the height of the synthetic fabrics craze. Commentary from Linda Causey adds to the entertainment. (Back to top of page)

(020214) Glyn Davies' Starsky & Hutch Page

Glyn Davies and Howard Davies
Manchester, England

David Soul

Paul Michael

Antonio Fargas
as Huggy Bear

A very nice fan site for a nearly classic television show. (Back to top of page)

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(020215) The legendary Van McCoy

Van McCoy Music, Inc.
Chaptico, Maryland, USA



Aswin van den Berg
Ithaca, New York, USA

The legendary Van McCoy site looks at the career of the late Van McCoy. Van McCoy was best known for one of the biggest hits of the Disco era, The Hustle was recorded with the Soul City Symphony during 1975. The US Swing Dance Server ( is home to the Hustle page — a lot of information on the different flavors of Hustle, including the New York Hustle.

Do The Hustle! (Back to top of page)

(020216) Bullies Reunited

Rhodri Marsden and David McCandless
World Productions Ltd.
London, England

For many people, the idea of visiting a site that offers school bullies the opportunity to torment their victims again, decades after the fact is chilling. For those who participated, the so called bullies, Bullies Reunited is like a flying sand-filled day at the beach. Unlike many of the class reunion sites (one being ( (SdJotD 000624)), Bullies Reunited bypasses all of that warm and fuzzy crap and makes it possible for certain visitors to feel the doom or false sense of power all over again. Stupid cry babies who are going to tell once they get their sorry asses up will want to avoid Bullies Reunited and instead discover other parts of the neighborhood on their way home. Places like Brace Face Boulevard or Four Eyes Lane, or the quickest of the way out of the way ways home, Opossum Parkway. Run you big stupid, get back to Cry Baby Street!

Part of ( home of Seethru Web - Random URL ( (SdJotD 010903), Bullies Reunited isn't for everybody — especially not stupid chickens… Bawk! Bawk! Bawk! Where ya going? (Back to top of page)

(020217) The Antarctic Projects Home Page

Office of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation
Space Science and Engineering Center
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Site du Jour of the Day reader Phil Konstantin (On This Date in North American Indian History ( wrote to tell of an interesting site specializing in several science and research projects being conducted on and around Antarctica. In particular, it was the material, animations, and photographs pertaining to Icebergs coming off of the Ross Ice Shelf. Of grand scale, a recent iceberg called C-17 is over 100 miles by 20 miles at the surface. Visitors will see the latest photographs and developments on this and more. (Back to top of page)

(020218) Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Suggested by Reddog who wrote, "Know anyone that knits? They need Penguin sweaters."

They did at one time anyway. The Tasmanian Conservation Trust has been assembling oil spill kits to aid in the clean-up of penguin colonies. It's the Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that are affected. Spilled oil contaminates and reduces the insulating and waterproofing qualities of the birds feathers. As the penguins attempt preening, they rapidly become poisoned. The sweaters help absorb the oil and protect the birds from the elements.

Before starting, please visit the Tasmanian Conservation Trust ( site for the latest news and information on the Penguin Jumper Project or any new knitting projects that come up.


We are currently stockpiling jumpers to add to the Oil Spill Response Kits that have been developed by the Parks and Wildlife Service here in Tasmania.

The pattern is found further down this page.

Please note that this is an ‘English’ pattern.

US needle conversions are as follows: #10 = US#3 and #12 = US#2.

Penguin Jumpers – Pattern

Handknitted 4 ply

4 ply wool 1 pair No. 10 needles (old measurement)

1 pair No. 12 needles (old measurement)

With No. 12 needles cast on 50 stitches.

K10 rows in K1, P1 rib

Change to No. 10 needles and K2, P2 rib whilst increasing at the end of every row 6 times (62 stitches) then continue to knit in 2 x 2 rib until garment measures 15cm.

Decrease one st at each end of every row until 36 stitches remain. In the next row decrease one st at each end and also one st in the middle of the row to leave 33 sts.

Change to K1, P1 rib with Size 12 needles.

Knit 11 rows and cast off firmly on Row 12.

This is one side of garment. Make another and sew up from upper decrease to start of rib open for flippers. Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17cm (knots allowed).

Hand knitted 8 ply

8 ply wool 1 pair No. 11 needles (old measurement)

1 pair of No. 9 needles (old measurement)

1 set of No. 11 needles (old measurement)

Cast on 36 stitches using No. 11 needles.

K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times.

Change to No. 9 needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)

Continue until work measures 15 cms.

Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.

Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)

Leave on needle.

Make second side the same.

Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 No. 11 needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.

Cast off.

Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed).

Please send completed jumpers to:

Tasmanian Conservation Trust
102 Bathurst Street
Tasmania 7000
Australia. (Back to top of page)

(020219) Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica

Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica
National Science Foundation
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
and the South Pole

For all of the reasons that the South Pole is a bad place for life, it is a great place for Astrophysics. The sky over the Antarctic plateau is dry and more or less dark. Dark in terms of visible light pollution and stray radio waves. The reach of a radio telescope is better at the South Pole than at almost any other place on Earth, and a lot more cost effective than an orbiting telescope. The site for the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica lists news about current and future projects, and a load of science. Thanks to Reddog for suggesting a part of the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica site — the Virtual Tour: Antarctica ( (Back to top of page)

(020220) International Museum of Surgical Science

International Museum of Surgical Science
The International College of Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois, USA

As Site du Jour of the Day turns five years-old today, the site for the International Museum of Surgical Science is once again featured as Site du Jour of the Day. A feature at the International Museum of Surgical Science site was instrumental in the name Site du Jour of the Day being settled upon for this project. Among the things that have remained constant over the past five years are the messages from individuals who ask whether or not I am aware of the fact that the phrase Site du Jour of the Day bothers them for some reason or another, and a feature at the International Museum of Surgical Science site.

The International Museum of Surgical Science's INTERACTIVE ANTIQUE ILLNESS lets visitors diagnose a sometimes deadly malady. Buried in the exercise is information on a cat called Frère Jacques who lived from 1651 to 1714. His initial claim to fame was as a Lithotomists. Today most of us know him as the star of a song… Ding Dong Ding. The INTERACTIVE ANTIQUE ILLNESS has been updated several times, but that simple bit of trivia remains. What a treasure it is too, it was the inspiration for the name of this project. It started me to thinking about the song in question, the way the French Government was at the time desperately trying to protect the French Language from the Internet, and that many English language speakers wouldn't give a rat sass about the fact that the phrase Site du Jour of the Day would bother a few people for some reason or another. Some people actually find it all quite funny. The International Museum of Surgical Science was the first official Site du Jour of the Day and today is still well worth a visit.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in this project. Thanks for the site suggestions, the feedback, and for enjoying episodes of Site du Jour of the Day. (Back to top of page)

San Rafael, California, USA

A pooch portal of sorts, there is a great deal here for dogs and their owners. The main focus are the growing lists of dog parks in the United States and Canada. Current counts have the US list at 601 dogs parks and 483 in Canada. Dog parks can be great fun for dogs and humans — imagine a playground full of three year-olds who can run real fast and smell everything in sight. Ideal for those who enjoy traveling with their pets, the addition of an international section of would certainly be nice. Listing provide park hours and regulations plus other useful information which often includes a pointer to a related site. Add your favorite park to the list or discover a new adventure. (Back to top of page)

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(020222) Studies By Gary Larson

Dogs in Romania
Statutul Asociatiei Chinologice a Municipiului Bucuresti
Bucharest, Romania

It's not an official Gary Larson's The Far Side ( site, but Dogs in Romania ( has over fifty of Gary Larson's cartoon panels available for visitors to enjoy. The common theme through all of the Studies By Gary Larson is dog. One of my all-time favorite Gary Larson panels is here ( and if The Far Side dog cartoons are ones that you enjoy, Studies By Gary Larson will not disappoint. The main site, Dogs in Romania has information about different breeds of dogs, pointers to other sites, and original content in English language and Romainian language versions. (Back to top of page)

(020223) Rocklopedia Fakebandica!

T. Mike
Los Angeles, California, USA

You'll have to look for them at Rocklopedia Fakebandica! but there is an entry for Stan and Yosh Schmenge, The Schmenge Brothers (see The Second City : History & Alumni (, and there are entries for hundreds of other fake bands and performers from the silver screen and the tube. Fictional performers are the focus of Rocklopedia Fakebandica!, complete with brief biographies, pointers to other sites, and the occasional nugget of amazing trivia. While most of the material is from US productions, there is no limitation on origin. As seen in this entry, the acts were often real performers acting. In other cases, it was just the opposite.

"Darlings, The - The stonefaced sons of the hillbilly Darling clan on The Andy Griffith Show. Possibly also known as The Darling Boys. They were played by real life bluegrass group The Dillards. They were in at least the three following episodes: 'The Darlings Are Coming' (3/18/63), 'Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bea' (10/28/1963) and 'Divorce Mountain Style' (3/30/64). Possibly they were in three more: 'Mountain Wedding' (4/29/63), 'The Darling Baby' (12/07/64), and 'The Darling Fortune' (10/17/66). They also appeared in the 1986 reunion TV movie 'Return to Mayberry.' Lineup: Rodney Dillard -- guitar, dobro and vocals, Doug Dillard -- Banjo and sang baritone, Dean Webb -- mandolin and tenor vocals and Mitch Jayne -- bass and acted as MC for the group and comic monologues. Father Briscoe Darling Jr. (Denver Pyle) would occasionally chip in on jug."

Be sure to check out T. Mike's Interesting Medical Terms I've Heard That Would Make Good Band Names ( and the rest of the Van Gogh-Goghs site (

Cabbage Rolls and Coffee… mmm, mmm, good! (Back to top of page)

(020224) Recipes for Fake Rock

Bonnie Lee Hill
Dallas, Texas, USA

Part of Bonnie Lee Hill's Pond Construction ( pages, Recipes for Fake Rock offers a number of solutions to what may be the single largest challenge to outdoor gardeners. Making ponds and rounding up boulders and flat rocks for ledges can be expensive and time consuming. Making rocks yourself is often the best solution. The pleasure and pride associated with custom made elements combined with the savings gives you the best of both worlds — you are the only one who has to know that they are fake. The recipes are on the page and at outside sites, and the Pond Construction site offers a lot of information and opinion on the subject of building ponds. (Back to top of page)

(020225) BBC Education - The Essential Guide to Rocks

British Broadcasting Corporation
London, England

Companion site to a television series, The Essential Guide to Rocks takes a rather thorough look at the geologic history of Britain and surrounding areas. Experiments and exercises adaptable for students almost anywhere on the planet. The animation, Britain's Rocky Past combines the of passing time and plate tectonics into a novel representation of continental drift is alone worth a visit. See Dan Pfeiffer's The Continental Drift Cam ( (SdJotD 990604) for another look at the subject. (Back to top of page)

(020226) Underground History
Disused Stations on London's Underground

Hywel Williams
London, England

Recently, Site du Jour of the Day reader Kevin Clarke kindly wrote to share a family story, "Anyone who liked the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit would probably enjoy this too... Something I was reading recently reminded me of a story told by my father (who lived in London throughout his childhood) about the Brompton Road station on the London Underground. Apparently it was closed during the 1930s, but if you look into the darkness outside the train windows at the right moment you can catch tantalising glimpses of this 'ghost' station, frozen in time for over 60 years now. I decided to find out more on the web and stumbled on this fascinating site. See what you think."

For many people contact with subway systems only comes through travel, the subways we know have been the ones we have visited over the years. Sites like Underground History - Disused Stations on London's Underground may be far more interesting and romantic for those of us who do not ride subway lines every day. That's not to say that someone who rides the London's Underground on a daily basis will not enjoy this site — it seems though that a tourist might find more enthusiasm than a commuter would over a section of a subway system that has been shut down. Underground History - Disused Stations on London's Underground offers a guided and often authorized tour of different parts of the London system, complete with photographs and an informative narrative. Not an official site, Hywel Williams has assembled a nice collection nonetheless.

Visit these sites for more on the subject:

Subterranean Glasgow
( (SdJotD 980820)

The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
( (SdJotD 990226)

The Subway Page
Links to World Subway and Other Transportation Information Resources

( (SdJotD 010322). (Back to top of page)

(020227) Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas

Kevin Clarke
Solihull, England

With this, the third and final phase of Inconstant Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface ( (SdJotD 980630) (SdJotD 990720) (SdJotD 010531), Kevin Clarke has skillfully created a wonderful atlas of the Moon. Utilizing images on loan from the Consolidated Lunar Atlas, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas combines forty four to scale mosaic images which show the visible face of the Moon. The names of features can be displayed along with a grid, helpful for starting out. The images themselves could stand to be larger, but in context Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas works just fine. A list of pointers will help those interested in finding larger images, once the visit to Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas and the rest of the site has been seen. Of the notable things to see at Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas, the exploration section shows US and Soviet landing sites, the miscellaneous section shows a couple of different things including nine recent meteorite impact locations. Highly configurable, Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas is ideal for just about anyone, anywhere on the planet, interested in learning more about the Moon. Be certain to read the user guide and the map guide for tips to make the most of your visit. It's probably fair to say that Kevin Clarke would appreciate any feedback you might have about Selenographia - the Inconstant Moon Atlas through the publicly accessible Inconstant Moon Guest Book. (Back to top of page)

(020228) A Tribute To Mayor McCheese

David A. Gray
Boulder, Colorado, USA

David A. Gray has assembled a page paying tribute to what is perhaps one of the top ten most disturbing corporate mascots of all time. 100% cheeseburger from he neck up, it's Mayor McCheese. (Back to top of page)

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