Wacky Web Week

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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Upgrade to Windows 8 — or not!

Chris Pirillo is one of the more entertaining technology observers on the Net. In this amusing clip, he discusses the pros and cons of installing Windows 8. If our Windows 8 stories haven’t persuaded you one way or the other, surely Chris’ explaination will.

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‘Tis the season of unsettling events

Some of us (not saying who) watch televised sports for other-than-sports reasons, such as family peace. Or for the ads.

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Trying to make friends at Costco using song

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres sent one of her writers to Costco with an unusual assignment — to make friends with shoppers (on hidden camera). But to make the mission considerably more difficult, Amy could address new acquaintances only with song lyrics.

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Not your ordinary road hazards in Scandanavia

If you sometimes find yourself irked by your commute to work, microblogger Stevan Svartling has chronicled a mythic Monday morning ride of his own to help you keep yours in perspective.

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Hard news from Pippa the weathergirl

Whatever your opinion about global warming, it’s a topic as ripe for satire as it is for serious discussion.

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Maybe a bit too much miniature craftsmanship?

If you’re a model-train enthusiast, perhaps you know about the miniature world that Hamburg, Germany, has captured and placed on display in its warehouse district.

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‘Computer frustration’ is a video genre

When I’m having a miserable episode of computer life, I find it comforting to hear about bad days in other people’s computer lives. It’s not just that misery loves company. It’s also that fellow sufferers have survived to tell the tale.

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