Everybody likes a laugh - but there's no telling what exactly they'll laugh at. Web-based wit runs the gamut from hard-hitting satire to childish whimsy, and we were amazed by the variety of funny sites recommended by PC Advisor readers.

Failblog

Recommended by: A Ross

"When Failblog is good it's very, very good," writes A Ross. And, we might add, very, very cruel.

It contains images and videos of utter failure and ignominy, from spelling mistakes on road signs to publicly rejected marriage proposals - and we dare you not to laugh at other people's misfortunes.

Failblog

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The PC Weenies

Recommended by: iambeavis

Anyone involved in the use and maintenance of troublesome computers will relate to The PC Weenies and its cast of tech-support everymen.

Bob Weiner, the central character of this thrice-weekly webcomic, struggles with the great IT issues of his time: the Windows/Linux debate, storage inflation, email scams and more. Vista is a frequent target, as is tech-geek culture in general.

PC Weenies

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Everybody likes a laugh - but there's no telling what exactly they'll laugh at. Web-based wit runs the gamut from hard-hitting satire to childish whimsy, and we were amazed by the variety of funny sites recommended by PC Advisor readers.

Red vs Blue

Recommended by: wolfie3000

Based on the look and conventions of multiplayer deathmatches in the first-person shooter Halo, Red vs Blue is witty, in-jokey and meticulously rendered. The brief video episodes are linked by a common story, but can be enjoyed in isolation for the jokes and peculiar take on video-gaming culture.

"The humour can be childish at times but it's one of the most popular web series in the gaming community," writes wolfie3000. "My favourite character is Sarge... He's got to be the most incompetent sergeant ever."

Red vs Blue

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This is Haywards Heath

Recommended by: roderick_glossop

This Is Haywards Heath offers tourism and lifestyle information on "the average sized town between London and Brighton on the A272", and could almost be mistaken for the real thing.

roderick_glossop praises its "dreary shopping guides, pathetic celebrity sightings and hopelessly misplaced sense of local pride".

This is Haywards Heath

NEXT PAGE: Annoyances.org and The Onion

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Everybody likes a laugh - but there's no telling what exactly they'll laugh at. Web-based wit runs the gamut from hard-hitting satire to childish whimsy, and we were amazed by the variety of funny sites recommended by PC Advisor readers.

Annoyances.org

Recommended by: crosstrainer

"I know it's an old one, but there's still plenty here to make those in the IT-related professions laugh out loud," writes crosstrainer.

It's true that the humour section of this Windows advice site includes some fairly venerable witticisms that most of us will have heard before (such as ‘Upgrading from Girlfriend 4.0 to Wife 1.0') but there's some good stuff here, and you're bound to find something you missed out on the first time around.

Annoyances.org

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The Onion

Recommended by: alan14

The online edition of The Onion, which has long since outstripped its print-only sibling in popularity and global reach, has to be on almost as many bookmark lists as Hotmail. Its twisted take on journalistic mannerisms, from ‘news in brief' and comment pieces to terrifyingly right-wing editorial cartoons, inspired a generation of parody sites.

We're particularly enjoying the US election coverage - look up the candidate profiles and you'll discover that Sarah Palin's general political philosophy is "chestnut brown with amber highlights", while Ralph Nader's best Muppet impression is Sam the Eagle.

The Onion

NEXT PAGE: Dilbert and Homestar Runner

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Everybody likes a laugh - but there's no telling what exactly they'll laugh at. Web-based wit runs the gamut from hard-hitting satire to childish whimsy, and we were amazed by the variety of funny sites recommended by PC Advisor readers.

Dilbert

Recommended by: WhiteTruckMan

For downtrodden office workers and anyone bemused by modern management thinking, Dilbert is required reading. "Although humour seems to have difficulty crossing the Atlantic in either direction, this one does it with ease," writes WhiteTruckMan. "Besides being funny in its own right, it offers insights into the workplace that seem all too feasible."

Dilbert

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Homestar Runner

Recommended by: David A

We're not sure we completely understand Homestar Runner, but it made us laugh - a lot - so it's going in. "I'll take one of everything, two of everything, three of everything... you got any five of everything?" "We got six of those!" Nope, no idea.

Homestar Runner

NEXT PAGE: Overheard in New York and the Framley Examiner

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Everybody likes a laugh - but there's no telling what exactly they'll laugh at. Web-based wit runs the gamut from hard-hitting satire to childish whimsy, and we were amazed by the variety of funny sites recommended by PC Advisor readers.

Overheard in New York

Recommended by: kat_s

"Any time you overhear people, if you only hear a second of what they say, it's always completely stupid." This astute observation recorded in Greenwich Village effectively sums up this collection of funny (and baffling) New York eavesdroppings.

Just don't visit the site if you're offended by profanity, ribald conversation or men who want to visit zoos "where all the animals are wearing pants".

Overheard in New York

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Framley Examiner

Recommended by: Andy

Local newspapers are the target of this affectionate but relentlessly well-observed parody. Wordsmiths will enjoy the industry jokes and sub-editing clangers, but the idiotic and absurdly parochial articles ("Pound found" is one headline) will strike a chord with anyone who's ever read a free paper. "All good clean fun," Andy assures us.

Framley Examiner

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