Wacky Web Week

Glamorous Vancouver, B.C., can take a joke

We at Windows Secrets live in Seattle, which is practically next door to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet — Vancouver, British Columbia. But we think very highly of our city, too, which might explain why we’re eager to spread less-flattering (but true, of course) facts about Vancouver. Some of these you’ll find in this week’s video.

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Stand back: performance packs a jolt

What happens when a couple of electrical-engineering students ponder music? If they’re Eric Goodchild and Steven Caton, they build a couple of giant Tesla coils to serve as their own private rock stars.

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Musical flash mob provides a pleasant interlude

When you’re out for a relaxed day wandering through local shops, nothing’s luckier than happening upon a live group of talented musicians — unless it’s when the performers happen upon you. This past May, members of the Sjællands Symfoniorkester (Copenhagen Philharmonic) gathered at the Copenhagen Central Station to perform Ravel’s “Bolero” — much to the evident pleasure of a surprised public.

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Lions take notice of intrusive robocam

The big cats in Tanzania exhibited typical feline curiosity when a camera-equipped, remote-controlled buggy rolled right up to their noses. The lions were more interested than wildlife-photographer brothers Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas might have wished when they constructed their wheeled photo bots.

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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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