Wacky Web Week

Bored pilots play tricks on passengers

Since 1912, aircraft autopilots have helped flesh-and-blood pilots get through long, physically taxing flights. Today’s autopilots are so sophisticated they can virtually take off and land a plane by themselves.

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The ultimate, super-cool, super-light 3-D glasses

Both in theaters and at home, 3-D is all the rage right now — it seems every new movie wants to leap out of the screen at you. Too bad we have to wear those dorky glasses.

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Why cats are not good at nursery rhymes

Most of us remember “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,” that ancient and much-loved nursery rhyme that teaches children cooperation and coordination. Its rhythmic hand-clapping brings back sweet memories of childhood.

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An up-in-the-air friendship revealed

What’s more exciting than a travel adventure? And what’s better than having it with a fun-loving friend?

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Stand-up sports choreography

In some stadiums, the action to watch is not just on the field. And we’re not talking about fancy scoreboards and instant replays.

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Our favorite movie scenes: Action!

A good action flick requires a hero or heroine defying death — frequently and at high speeds. Cue the stunt man.

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The best of Wacky Web Week — 2010

We’re not sure what to make of this, but the Wacky column is a Windows Secrets subscriber favorite — measured by the number of hits it receives — proving that our readers have a fine sense of humor.

So to end 2010 with a smile, we’ve put together a special Wacky — the five most popular of the year. We’ll start, however, with one of our all-time favorite videos. And at the end, we’ve tossed in two more of our particular favorites. Enjoy!

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Sometimes it’s better to stick to what you know

We’ve all had those times when a seemingly trivial task unexpectedly proves beyond our abilities. It often gives rise to a hidden stubborn streak — a need to accomplish the deed, regardless of the cost.

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Drunk as a skunk? No, drunk as a squirrel!

While taking a stroll through your neighborhood park, you hear a rustling in the leaves. It’s that always-cute and fuzzy squirrel. Odd, he seems to be having difficulty climbing his tree!

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Creepy uninvited guest tests diners’ patience

Most of the time, dining out is a pleasant change from our daily routine — interesting food, good conversation, and best of all, no cleaning up! But a rude waiter, poorly cooked food, or that obnoxiously loud conversation at the next table can quickly ruin the fun.

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