Wacky Web Week

In the court of public opinion, a snake wins

No doubt most of us would be startled to see a snake slithering out from the engine compartment of our car — especially if we’re flying down the highway at the time.

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Intrepid spider-catcher impresses child

Giant spiders don’t appear on the kitchen ceiling every day, so it’s a videoworthy occasion when a father decides to demonstrate his wildlife-management skills.

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Add an armored laptop to your security checklist

Some security threats simply can’t be foreseen. Who guesses that someone, in the middle of a workday, will decide on the spur of the moment to demolish a computer?

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Possessed by a supernatural … vacuum?

It’s the fear of every TV-show producer — a product commercial that proves more creative and more interesting than the show it’s intended to support. Think of the many VW Beetle commercials of the past. (Look ‘em up on YouTube if you’re too young to have seen them.)

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Watch out! This photo booth has attitude

Remember the photo booth? It was right up there with riding the Big Dipper and eating cotton candy as things you had to do at the amusement park.

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Stolen camera turns into critter-cam

As opportunistic scavengers, seagulls have few equals. For these consummate foragers, anything and everything — from French fries to cigarette butts — is worth a try.

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Ready for a house that’s smarter than we are?

From the Jetsons to Blade Runner, the house of the future is portrayed as a technical marvel that does your shopping, cleans itself, and even customizes itself to your every whim. Meanwhile, most of us are still trying to figure out how to program the clock on our microwave.

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For one it’s a toy — for the other it’s a meal

What each of us sees through a window can be vastly different. It all depends on your perspective.

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Allen! Allen! Al! … It’s not Alan. … Steve!

Adding human voices to animal videos is far from novel — but it’s still hysterically funny. That’s especially true when wildlife actors combine with the quirky humor that’s uniquely British.

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Guest lizard doesn’t lounge on show

W.C. Fields said you should never work with animals and small children. This is advice that anyone who works in front of a camera should keep in mind. And that’s especially true for TV journalists, given the range of their possible interview subjects on any given news day.

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