Several years ago, I followed a link in a blog (see, that's how it starts...) to the home page of Geosense, and it has all been downhill from there. I'll give you a brief description so that you don't have to go to the site itself, which is like flirting with fire. You sign on, with a self-selected username and password (or as a guest), and you are then presented with several map options. The default is "World Map," but Europe and the U.S. are also options. Having selected your map, you then click "Play Alone," unless you're in the mood to challenge one of the vulgar teenagers who have latched onto the site as their own personal chat space. Bunch of posers. Anyhow, as play begins, an unlabeled political map of the world appears. In a box at the top of the window, you'll see the name of a country, followed by the name of a city in that country. For example: "BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro," "GREECE, Athens," and "VIETNAM, Hanoi" are all cities that will show up if you play long enough. You then have ten seconds to click on the map as close to that city as you can. As soon as you click, you are shown the actual location of the city, and are told how many kilometers off your guess was. One round consists of ten cities in succession. Each guess gives you points, based on speed and accuracy. At the end of your round, the window displays your average score and distance for that round.
I've always loved maps, and I was hooked immediately. Sadly, my name appears in the "High Scores" for the world map, which is a testament to vast amount of time that I have flushed down the toilet for Geosense. If I had a nickel for every hour I've spent, compulsively clicking on exactly the right pixel that represents "JAPAN, Sapporo" or "CANADA, Halifax,"... well, I'd have to roll them up in those little paper wrappers in order to turn them in at the bank. Either that or use one of those CoinStar machines at the supermarket that takes something like a 7% cut from your loose change just for the convenience of dumping it all into a big bin to be sorted automatically. But I digress.
The point, people, is that the internet truly is a dangerous place.