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16 cool things you can do on the Internet for free

16 cool things you can do on the Internet for free
The Beatles sang it and countless philosophers have claimed it, the best things in life are free. But is it really the case? Well, if you’re hanging out on the Internet, the answer is a resounding “yes”. To see why, check out the sixteen fantastic free things you can do online down below. If all of this online awesomeness has you feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days of the Internet, take a trip back in time and check out 14 websites from the 1990s that are somehow still around. 1. Learn coding for free at Code Academy. 2. GIMP offers free photo manipulation software. 3. Find tons of classic e-books at Project Gutenberg and Open Library. 4. Moving? 5. Duolingo offers free language learning in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese. 6. Coursera, MIT, and Khan Academy all offer free online courses that cover just about everything. 7. Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice for every vocabulary question that you get right. 8. You can find coupons for your prescriptions at GoodRx. 9.

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