Whether you want to escape work for a few minutes or you're simply filling time online while waiting for your favourite TV programme, there's plenty of websites that'll test your knowledge, let you name that tune or even offer online versions of your favourite childhood toys. We've rounded up the 10 best sites that will help you while away the hours.

1. Adtunes.com

Adtunes.com is a great place to hang out if you want to identify songs that you've heard on ‘Ugly Betty', in the latest Cadbury's advert or pretty much anyplace else in the television universe.

AdTunes.com

2. MSN Encarta Quiz

Have you secretly dreamed of winning big on 'Are You Smarter Than a 10 year-old?' or 'The Weakest Link'? Introduce your inner quiz-show contestant to the MSN Encarta quiz page. This Microsoft site provides dozens of self-scoring quizzes on topics of geography, biology, popular culture, and everything in between.

MSN Encarta quiz page

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3. Fail Blog

What if you proposed to your sweetie on live television - and you got turned down? The perfect antidote to cute¬ness overload, Fail Blog features tonnes of still photos and videos of 'oops' moments.

Failblog

4. Kongregate

Home of DesktopTower Defense, GemCraft, Sonny, and other free games, Kongregate has good community features, too. If you're willing to pay, visit Big Fish Games, one of the largest of the casual game sites on the web. You can spend hours there just checking out the vast array of 60-minute free demos.

Kongregate

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5. StumbleUpon

A fascinating time sink, StumbleUpon invites you to bump into unexpected treasures. Wander through scads of random sites that other internet visitors have recommended, in whatever category you choose, simply by clicking a button.

StumbleUpon

6. Scrabble on Pogo.com

Forget controversial Facebook app Scrabulous and the other non-Hasbro wannabes. Pogo.com has the real thing - just as long as you don't mind the adverts for food-chain Subway. Note: if you don't click resident of US and Canada when you enter the site, you won't be able to play.

Pogo.com

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7. Homestar Runner

Can you say 'cult favourite'? Not only do the weird and wacky animated inhabitants of this site appear in a slew of exceedingly retro-style games (we're talking blocky graphics and text), but they also take on a life of their own in toons, podcasts, downloads, and even their own video biographies. It's the sort of bizarre creativity that could thrive only online.

Homestar Runner

8. Spirograph

Manipulate the maths and colours at Wordsmith.org's Spirograph page to generate kaleidoscope-like patterns, ad nauseam - just like when you were a child.

Spirograph

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9. Smalltime Industries

The sophisticated pastimes housed at Smalltime Industries include a Dada server (submit personal info and receive a gibberish description), Haiku-O-Matic, and an app that guesses what sitcom character or dictator you're thinking of based on your answers to questions.

Smalltime Industries

10. Cartoonbank.com

A paradise for fans of the New Yorker magazine, Cartoonbank.com offers a multitude of ways to search for present and past cartoons. Also check out those that were deemed too tasteless for publication.

Cartoonbank.com

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