Wacky Web Week

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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Arming yourself against fresh fruit

We hope that, after reading this special issue on personal privacy, you’re fully prepared to defend yourself from Internet threats. Now for something more difficult: defending yourself from fresh fruit.

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Mountain bike racer has camera: you travel

What’s good about the recorded action from a mountain biker’s helmet-cam? You get to go along for the ride as he jumps, dodges, and otherwise careens down a difficult track.

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Future ‘rock stars’ on the big wall

In this video, we’re not watching rock performances of the musical variety, but the kind climbers covet. And although many parents use candy to get their kids to do homework and chores, this dad has his kids climbing the walls for sweets.

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Guilty as charged — a doggie confession

Dogs are truly talented friends. They’re ecstatic to see us when we walk in the door, and they can make us smile, no matter what kind of day we’ve had.

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