Wacky Web Week

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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You can blame strange impulses on the holidays

Comedian James Corden has his eye out for colorful behavior, as you’ll see in this week’s video. If it all has a certain cultural topicality, perhaps we can thank Corden’s heightened English appreciation for oddities of American life during the winter holidays.

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Good taste not required to attract tourists

In mid-November, nearly two tons of used chewing gum came off the walls of a theater and other buildings in Seattle’s Post Alley. The Gum Wall had been for 20 years a surprise hit with tourists.

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Cuisine you should probably avoid in any season

It’s now the holiday season — so let’s talk about food! For the novelty and sometimes outrageousness of their offerings, let’s invoke the memories of chefs Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, who were the “Two Fat Ladies” of a BBC cooking show in the late 1990s.

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Turkeys not in favor of being dinner

If turkeys aren’t the most combative menu item you’ve ever seen, the birds in this video certainly seem to strive for that distinction.

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