Wacky Web Week

Bringing Richard Parker to the screen

In real and fictional histories of shipwrecks, the name “Richard Parker” figures recurrently. The writer Yann Martel paid homage to the history when he gave that name to his Life of Pi character, the Bengal tiger.

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Admirable companions: Two dogs dining

Nono and Sia are uncommonly patient. Although their drinks never appeared, they made no scenes — at least not the sort of commotion a more entitled couple might.

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Russian crash-cams catch crashing meteor

The world was thunderstruck last week by images of the meteor that had streaked across the Russian sky, blasting windows, injuring or startling bystanders with flying glass, bricks, tea, and pots of flowers — and generally shattering Russians’ usually steely nerves.

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Beautiful gray horse takes up hip-hop

The equestrian sport of dressage is an endeavor few of us would associate with the musical artistry of hip-hop. But as Blue Hors Matiné shows with exceptional flair — as well as the discipline required of dressage horses — a fine artist (horse or human) can do wonders with any form or music.

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Football people say the strangest things

This past Sunday, millions of people parked themselves on their sofas to swill beer, down chips, and nibble chicken wings — oh, and watch the Super Bowl!

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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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