Wacky Web Week

Facebook etiquette lessons, circa 1960

We may be well into the digital age, when everything seems to change mind-numbingly fast, but some rules of interpersonal relationships remain timeless.

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The CliffsNotes version of Star Wars

Few movies are better known than the six episodes of Star Wars — especially the original trilogy. But a few people have managed to miss this important artifact of American culture.

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For one canine athlete, a hedge too high

Often, when we reach beyond our abilities, the consequences can be painful — even tragic. But sometimes it can be downright funny.

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In the court of public opinion, a snake wins

No doubt most of us would be startled to see a snake slithering out from the engine compartment of our car — especially if we’re flying down the highway at the time.

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Intrepid spider-catcher impresses child

Giant spiders don’t appear on the kitchen ceiling every day, so it’s a videoworthy occasion when a father decides to demonstrate his wildlife-management skills.

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Add an armored laptop to your security checklist

Some security threats simply can’t be foreseen. Who guesses that someone, in the middle of a workday, will decide on the spur of the moment to demolish a computer?

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Possessed by a supernatural … vacuum?

It’s the fear of every TV-show producer — a product commercial that proves more creative and more interesting than the show it’s intended to support. Think of the many VW Beetle commercials of the past. (Look ‘em up on YouTube if you’re too young to have seen them.)

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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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