Wacky Web Week

Origins of winter holiday traditions

You might be wondering right now why millions of people in the world light candles and give gifts in December. John Green, novelist and historian, brings you up to speed concerning 27 ways we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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A little bit of alarm for the holidays

In case holiday gift shopping isn’t scary enough for you, this week’s video records the reactions of innocent passersby to a crabby, suddenly animate, ornament. Scaring holiday shoppers and happy children is no way to spread Christmas cheer, but the snowman does get his comeuppance well before spring.

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Father Christmas takes his holiday in Copenhagen

You know what Santa Claus is doing in December. You might not know, however, that he takes his summer vacation in Copenhagen.

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Slightly skewed — but true — American history

There are many myths about Thanksgiving. John Green, novelist, historian, and video blogger, undertakes to set the holiday in its true context.

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Puff, the lion-hearted rooster, rules

Meet Puff, the fancy rooster, and Blacko, the chicken-hearted cat.

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Canadian bear cub takes an interest in golf

On a British Columbian golf course, a foursome of bears — a mama with three cubs — preceded the human visitors to the green. One of the cubs took a particular liking to the pin flag.

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Remembering one of the wackiest guys on radio

The tributes are piling up — on the radio, the Internet, and every other place that’s heard of Car Talk and Tom Magliozzi. The elder of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, passed away this week. But we still have his brother Ray and decades of archived (we mean “old”) Car Talk.

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At work with your feline colleagues

Nothing makes a greater flurry in a home office than a cat — unless you happen to have two cat companions.

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Everyone’s here (more or less) for the meeting

Meetings are always hazardous — sometimes in a funny way. No matter how mannerly a group of people might be, personalities are on display and mishaps occur.

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Extreme testing of a well-made machine

When fireworks go up in the air and explode, they’re supposed to do that spectacularly. When a washing machine runs, it’s supposed to do so quietly and competently for 30 or so years. No messes.

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