Wacky Web Week

Tired of surfing in the wet? Try a volcano!

A cold, wet winter here in the Pacific Northwest soon puts us in mind of warm places — possibly somewhere we might try a bit of longboard surfing. Hawaii? Been there, done that. We’re looking for something a bit more exotic.

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Airport voice speaks to you kindly — from Maine

In any of 200 airports around the world — or subway stops or train stations — you might think you recognize that voice announcing “the next uptown train ” or declaring, “the flight will be delayed.” And you’d probably be right: the voice you hear in a transit lounge far away from home most likely belongs to a cheerful woman who lives in a village in northern Maine.

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A gift that’s unique and challenging!

It’s the time of year when many of us are struggling to find those special gifts for friends and family. It’s especially difficult when the gift has to be the latest toy for the guy who’s already got the truck, the boat, the snow machine, the motorbike, etc., etc.

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Turkeys in pursuit of state troopers

In the U.S., roast turkey has pride of place on millions of well-laden Thanksgiving tables. And while we’re on the way to the feast, few of us expect to see our dinner strutting wild along the roadside.

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Sadly, SIRI doesn’t do knock, knock jokes

Is this a first stab at artificial intelligence or a gift to those in need of a social life?

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Wily dog takes over the beautiful game

Nowhere is speed and cunning play valued more greatly than in soccer. So when a dog took to the field in the middle of a game and cheerfully eluded all potential capturers, the fans were not annoyed.

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Purchasing the morning brew turns ugly

What’s more annoying than a waiter at a four-star French restaurant? Possibly that barista with attitude working at your local coffeehouse.

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Making happy history of the Cold War

Now, here’s a cult to admire: a Finnish rock-and-roll band, the Leningrad Cowboys, with a penchant for performing with choirs. Notable among the band’s collaborators is the official choir of the Russian army forces.

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A few simple experiments — just for fun

All experiments are meant to be reproduced. Usually this happens in a sophisticated lab with highly qualified technicians and scientists.

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The competition steals a winning business plan

Netflix recently announced it was splitting its streaming-movie and DVD services into two completely separate entities.

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