Wacky Web Week

The best surprises are secretly rehearsed

Flash mobs are some of the happiest interruptions in this video age. In a plaza full of shoppers, townspeople, and lunchers, music and dancing suddenly materialize and reorganize space.

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Will the Scots ever be truly understood?

The Scotsmen in this video have a modest ambition: they want to get to a building’s 11th floor via an elevator equipped with voice-recognition technology.

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Technology advances: How to read a bookbook

Just so you know, Windows Secrets is not endorsing Ikea products — other than one of its ads, a delicious parody of an Apple-style advertising campaign.

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A lawfully countercultural town in the desert

Although transportation via two feet or two wheels is strongly preferred, Mutant Vehicles are permitted in Black Rock City — the famous desert city that arises and decamps for the annual, week-long Burning Man celebration. But they must be licensed by the Black Rock Department of Mutant Vehicles.

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Catch me if you can — or go away

In this episode of an ancient tale we might call (and like to believe is true), “Primates are masters of the universe,” a gibbon drives two young tigers from his forest kingdom. When two tiger brothers appear not to recognize gibbon territory, one bold monkey takes them on, using tactics worthy of Shakespearean clown comedy or the Three Stooges.

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Photographic monkey business: Who’s the artist?

Among the most irksome challenges for successful photographers is protecting their copyrighted work. In a recent case, a photographer’s apparent rival for his copyright happens to be an enterprising — and extremely photogenic — crested black macaque living on an Indonesian island.

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‘Situation threatens to become catastrophic’

We seldom get an opportunity to bring you comedy about the publishing industry — some people would say that’s only right because the publishing industry is seldom funny. Still, recognizing that humor can come from astonishing places, we’re pleased to bring you a video from HBO comic John Oliver, who explains the increasingly difficult relationship of advertising and the news.

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Science suggests better way to slice cake

If you’ve not yet seen a persuasive demonstration of the virtue of scientific principle applied to conventional life, this video is for you.

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In a canine universe, meet St. Jumpy

If patience were the qualifying attribute of sainthood, Jumpy wouldn’t need to wait another minute to be canonized. But Jumpy possesses many other sterling qualities.

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Live in World Cup culture every day

This video shows you how to incorporate World Cup soccer behavior into your ordinary life. Wherever you are, whatever the interaction, you can engage with flair.

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