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Learn how the Stanley Cup evolved from a fairly simple bowl into the iconic, extended shape it has today, plan your vacation stops around where famous movie scenes were filmed and learn the basics of genetics ... all without stepping away from your computer.

Those sites, and more, are on this week's browsing agenda.

Stanley Cup

www2.nhl.com/cup

Surf's up - Learn how the Stanley Cup evolved from a fairly simple bowl into the iconic, extended shape it has today, plan your vacation stops around where famous movie scenes were filmed and learn the basics of genetics ... all without stepping away from your computer.

Those sites, and more, are on this week's browsing agenda.

Stanley Cup

www2.nhl.com/cup

How many kids, do you think, will have an indelible memory for decades of the day they saw Daniel Cleary and the Stanley Cup at Harbour Grace?

As sports trophies go, there aren't many as iconic as the Cup, which has its roots in an elegant bowl that Lord Stanley purchased from an English shop in 1892 to spark interest in the then-growing sport of ice hockey.

The NHL's official site is loaded to the rim with trivia and facts about the famous cup, which spends more time on the road each year than Willie Nelson.

Movie Locations Guide

www.movielocationsguide.com

Ever wanted to run up the steps that Sylvester Stallone mounted in "Rocky"? Case the building where Bruce Willis fought the bad guys in "Die Hard"? Dream moonily like Audrey Hepburn did on Fifth Avenue at "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? How about just fighting gophers, a la Bill Murray, at the golf course in "Caddyshack"?

All of these films are among the movie locations listed at this site, with street addresses where movie fans can indulge themselves.

The site also features some locations used in TV shows, from the Satriale's pork shop in "The Sopranos" to the mangy motel in "My Name is Earl."

DNA From the Beginning

www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb

My son went to a science camp this past school year, and learned enough about DNA to dwarf what I could possibly have known at his age. (It is, indeed, very humbling to hear an eight-year-old explain the basics of genetics.)

This multimedia site explains, step by step, what genes are, how some are dominant when they're passed along the generations, and how genetic components function. Breezy-easy it's not, but isn't that what DNA is all about?

Geekologie

www.geekologie.com

If you're one of those people who says something like "Sweet!" under your breath when you see something like, say, an action figure for "Guitar Hero" aficionados, Geekologie is owed a visit.

The slogan - Gadgets, Gizmos and Awesome - will also give you a clue of what to expect.

Toasters that send toast not just into the air but the stratosphere; boom-like attachments that swing your computing stuff around, so you could, conceivably, never get out of bed; irreverent products that will catch your friends' eye when they visit ... yep, it's all there.

Mind Reader Game

Http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/mindread/mindread.html

Here's something that can appeal to those who believe in psychic powers, as well as the more rationally inclined.

Actually, it's mostly for the latter.

This game asks respondents to do a little math, click a button, and then be impressed by the result.

The word in that sentence, by the way, is "math," and if you're not persuaded, click on the explanation at the end for more information.

Shape invasion

www.vivalagames.com/play/shapeinvasion

Triangles, circles, rectangles - sure, they may be the most basic of shapes, but in this shoot-'em-up game, they're the villains.

One evening few weeks ago, I tried this game out ... and found myself an hour later, nudging myself to do something more productive.

While writing this column, I found myself spending a wee bit too much time trying to reach the next level. Consider yourself warned.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: NHL, Tiffany's, Satriale's

Geographic location: Die Hard, Fifth Avenue, St. John's

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