Wacky Web Week

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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The help desk — sixth-century edition

Magic, isn’t it, when you know how something works? We rarely need to call a help desk to use our laptops, smartphones, and e-book readers — we know how to turn that technological page. But that wasn’t the case when we first picked up these digital devices.

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Portable black hole gives employee access to all

Here’s a video we’ve used before, but we think it’s both appropriate for this issue’s theme and certainly humorous enough to repeat.

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Twenty-four variations in a Chinese box

Living within 344 tightly circumscribed square feet might be a huge challenge to those of us dwelling in North America and Europe, but millions of people manage it.

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The road most people don’t travel (to the sofa)

Home is where the bike hangs out in the stairwell. It’s also where the iron, the thermos, and the laptop share space on the coffee table.

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Extreme luck — wrong place, right time

You know those action flicks where the crashing car magically misses the hero by inches? Fun to watch, but a part of your mind says, “Way too far-fetched to really happen!”

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Home sweet home: the complete cubicle

For some people, camaraderie and competition are equivalent workplace pleasures — among the most serious ways to have fun anyone has dreamed up.

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