Wacky Web Week

Tech-support scripts from Down Under

Maybe in your recent lifetime you’ve accumulated a few hours on the phone having conversations with tech-support people. The Sexy Detectives, an Australian sketch comedy group, have clearly felt your pain.

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New music of the spheres: using marbles

The Swedish musician, composer, and instrument inventor Martin Molin built the Wintergatan Marble Machine and performs with it in this video.

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This guest TV-weather guy likes danger

Television station WGN in Chicago features Friday Forecasters, students who deliver the weather reports Friday mornings. The fearless forecaster in this video is Charlie Hale, a second grader at the time.

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Technology that baffles young and old

When several pairs of grandparents and grandchildren sat together to confront technology questions, tech incomprehension happens in different ways.

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Save the world from spammers in your spare time

Recently, British writer and comedian James Veitch told a TEDTalks audience about his email correspondence with a spammer who offered him a get-rich scheme involving gold.

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Applied science for outdoor adventurers

Are you good at guessing the angle of a slope you’re facing? Very likely not!

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Accurate predictions from ‘Back to the Future’

The predictions we’re reviewing in this video are from “Part II” of “Back to the Future,” released in 1989. Sorry, Cubbies, you didn’t win the World series in 2015, but you were in the running. Whether by accident or shrewd prognostication, others of the movie’s 1989 looks forward into 2015 produced more solid results. Whether your orientation tends to be historical or futurist, you can have fun letting this video remind you what turned out to be sort-of true.

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How to adjust your just-made resolutions

Comedian John Oliver espouses a number of virtuous behaviors (believe it or not) in this New Year’s video riff on resolutions.

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A 12 days of Christmas plus five Wacky favorites

Children in our extended families believe in magic — flying reindeer, for example — during the winter holidays. The more ordinary animals in our households, on the other hand, tend to believe in food — all year round — and maybe in the good will of their humans, too. In this video, a great many companion animals tolerate special holiday-time attention from their people, which comes at them in the form of cameras, lights, and funny hats.

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