Wacky Web Week

In case you need encouragement to have fun

We were distracted last week — by work, I think — from the important rites of St. Patrick’s Day. But we intend to make amends this week. We offer for your viewing pleasure Roy, a herding dog who is a legend in Gloucestershire and who might, naturally hustle any group of sheepish friends into a pub for a few pints of beer.

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Brisbane musician is a one-man cover band

Sometimes imitation becomes a new form of art. Such might be the case with Australian performer Tom Thum — a beat-boxer of extraordinary talent. Tom makes music (often percussive) and other noises with just his mouth and a microphone. He persuasively mimics musical stylists as diverse as a didgeridoo instrumentalist and Michael Jackson.

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Don’t underestimate your corvid neighbors

Many life-changing relationships begin by chance, as is the case with eight-year-old Gabi and her Seattle crow neighbors.

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R.I.P. L. Nimoy, the human heart of Mr. Spock

What better way to wonder at the strangeness of humanity than along with Spock, the puzzled logician of Star Trek?

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Don’t worry, be happy — canine style

Many people are unhappy about the weather, during this Northern Hemisphere winter. Perhaps we should all take lessons from the dogs in this video, dashing through the snow.

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Cloud workplace: Commuting 1,768 feet up

Some people bring an edgy sense of adventure with them everywhere they go. For some of them, it’s a job requirement — such as when working in space or on tall, skinny radio towers. This video records free climbing to the top of a transmission tower — one of the tallest in the world. If you don’t know whether you can tolerate heights, noting your own reactions as you watch this video will give you an inkling.

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Work fun: No place like a farm in Kansas

“We have happy cows in Kansas,” says Farmer Derek Klingenberg. Maybe so. After you see his Cow Art video, you might believe Klingenberg contributes a measurable boost to elevated bovine mood, or at least to the banishment of cow boredom on his section of the Great Plains.

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Another Amadeus, happy to entertain the world

Amadeus is a small black chihuahua with a strong disposition to clear pool tables.

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Could be true: “Brains can get messy”

Did I mention that I never planned to serve you rodent meat?” might have been what one commentator said to another on national television — so say the producers of the most recent “A bad lip reading of the NFL.” For special insight into the possible concerns of football players, their coaches, officials, and fans this coming Super Bowl Sunday, let this video be your preview to coming attractions.

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Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles

What do a tortoise, an iguana, and a komodo dragon at the National Zoo have in common — other than entirely reptilian brains? They have careful keepers who don’t underrate their intelligence or unpredictability. You might enjoy making these reptiles’ acquaintance — at video distance.

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