Wacky Web Week

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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Fall from sky, meet scary pig, tell the tale

A camera falls from the sky and lands in a pig pen. Thanks to the farmer who found the camera eight months after it landed, we can see the camera’s adventure.

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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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