Wacky Web Week

Are programmers training your replacement?

Monday morning, Aiko Chihira began her new job as a greeter at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. The talented robot (truly not human) can speak and use sign language in Japanese and other languages.

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What old people keep saying about young people

If you’re very young, you might be puzzled by the appeal of a sketch called “The Four Yorkshiremen,” first performed in 1967. Comedians of a certain age.

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Some fun — watching a dog watching a dog

Clearly, some people assume the greatest use of an entertainment center is to amuse their pets. And sometimes, we’re entertained by videos of the pets watching videos. Take, for example, this clip of Minny, a little dog who gets lots of exercise while watching another canine hopping high into the air. An enthusiastic viewer, Minny pogo-sticks along with the video activity. The household cat is not amused.

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Dr. Jane Goodall: The soul of patience

After a long career keeping a steady eye on wild African chimpanzees — and delivering research that contradicted long-held beliefs about primates — Jane Goodall has no trouble holding her own in an interview with the comedian John Oliver.

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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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