Wacky Web Week

Pursuit of high-risk happiness via surfboard

Some people, not naturally endowed with feathers or fins, go to a lot of trouble for their flying-over-water fun. Among these are the contestants in the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surfing competition, where the waves can loom 100 feet high.

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Eight bits of animal lore — contradicted

What do lemmings, daddy longlegs, ostriches, baby birds, goldfish, dogs, bats, and frogs have in common? They all are victims of widely shared misconceptions professed by millions of human beings.

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How to understand your best friends

Dogs and cats have their partisans and their detractors, for qualities fulsomely illustrated in the video you’re about to see. In case you’ve never lived with a dog or cat, the use of human characters might prove helpful

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Henri presents the best Wackys of 2012

Here are the Top 10 Wackys from 2012. But first, we must present a new video from one of our favorite online contributors: Henri, the philosopher cat.

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Real law applies to you et al. at Facebook

When it comes to the ownership of content posted on Facebook, most users are either misinformed or completely unaware. A few are simply self-deluded.

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Holiday sounds and lights in Sioux Falls

On the chance you’re not in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the holidays, you’ll surely want to check out this video of a display playing daily for the locals at the Western Mall.

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Middle Earth flies Air New Zealand

To celebrate the Hobbit, Air New Zealand has produced an epic safety video. It’s certain to surprise and entertain jetloads of tourists on their way to see the fictional and real life of a dazzling country.

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Zelda: Not an ordinary New York City matron

Most people acknowledge the mental toughness required for life in Manhattan, one of the most densely populated peninsulas on the planet. Zelda, who has lived in Battery Park since mid-2003, must be exceptionally resolute — and cannier than many of her kind.

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The art of domino toppling: A natural for video

Consider the pastime of domino toppling, in which structures rise for the specific purpose of falling apart spectacularly.

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Holidays burden the existential mind

We at Windows Secrets were distracted from Halloween last week by the debut of Windows 8. But Henri, the Francophone cat, was concentrating on that difficult holiday, happily for us.

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