Wacky Web Week

An average Windows user gets lost in Win8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview bloomed on monitors everywhere last week. Within minutes, bemusement set in.

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Introducing the Lord Howe Island stick insect

A 1918 shipwreck on a South Pacific Island almost doomed the entire population of an indigenous creature known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Big as it was — as large as a human hand — it was no match for the rats from the wrecked British supply ship. It took a mere two years for the rats to finish off the entire population on the island.

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At the Oscars: Not everyone loves a clown

Accompanied by two tall, khaki-clad young women, Sacha Baron Cohen came to the Oscars Sunday in a pink-and-gold dictator’s ensemble and black Kmart socks. He was carrying an urn containing ashes.

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All that jazz in NOLA — in case you missed it

If you forgot to festoon yourself in feathers and beads, failed to put on your mask and pick up your bassoon, and (furthermore) forbore to shimmy on down to the riverside, the folks in this video did it all for you — at Mardi Gras this week, down in New Orleans.

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Champis: The world’s smallest shepherd

As any student of animal behavior can tell you, size does not necessarily mean superiority. Ever watched a small, determined bird harry a much bigger hawk?

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Fiery Celtic dancing by Dutch horse in the U.S.

Peaceful multiculturalism is alive and dancing in a California dressage circle.

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Culturally relevant rugby in the South Pacific

If you’ve ever seen a haka, you know it’s not the hula. In this video, two rugby teams, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Samoan Sevens, prepare for play by first preparing for war.

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Waltz of the crashes in snowy Seattle

Once again, we have positive proof — most of Seattle’s inhabitants simply can’t drive in snow.

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Imagining the secret life of books, after hours

Books represent the ultimate distillation of the life of the mind. But what if books had a life of their own?

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Illusions in an ice-and-water world

The world beneath the waves is strange and beautiful; things behave in unusual and unexpected ways — especially for visitors from terra firma.

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