Wacky Web Week

The cruelest months, according to Henri

From time to time, we revisit Henri, the feline philosopher, to hear what’s been annoying him lately. He’s no fonder of the White Imbecile than he’s ever been, but this spring Henri finds his housemate’s catnip-fiend existence tragic.

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Little box works at purposelessness

Someone went to a lot of trouble to build a handsome little wooden box — with no utility whatsoever. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t do anything. It has mechanical innards that enable it to beep, sing, mutter, turn itself about, raise its lid, turn itself off — repeatedly — and, finally, raise a white flag. Why, why, why? you might ask.

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Artful walking and other choreographed endeavors

It seems the only limit to new competitive events is the human imagination. The surreal sport of precision walking begins this week’s Wacky video. But why stop to contemplate just highly stylized walking when there’s room in a video camera’s memory card for coordinated demonstrations of cheerleading and martial arts?

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Acrobat over real-life, rush-hour bridge traffic

On any given day in New York City, looking up gives you plenty to see. When aerialist Seanna Sharpe climbed the Williamsburg Bridge, anchored her silk swing from upper beams, and performed her routine, onlookers paid particular attention.

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Why did the crow slide down the window?

Why did the crow roll down the conveniently located slope (provided by a snow-covered parked car)? Before you start thinking about “why the chicken crossed the road” jokes to account for the actions of a crow, you might ponder any encounters you’ve had with these intelligent birds.

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People in the sky in diamond formation

If you plan to remember an event by living through it, jumping out of an airplane isn’t something you do on impulse. In the fall of 2012, 100 experienced skydivers from 21 countries briefly floated in formation over Perris, California — and by doing so, they set a 100-way, wingsuit world record.

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Natural events when we’re not on the scene

One of the best inventions of all time is the camera. Alberta Parks rangers set up a camera in a spot popular with bears and other creatures.

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Playing with winter snow — in August

A good many people in the northern hemisphere are happy about cherry trees, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, fritillarias — you name it — in bloom. Lengthening April days and more sun switch on giddy moods for northerners.

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“Please don’t watch this movie on your phone”

Perhaps you haven’t seen an honest movie trailer lately — or ever. We recommend this one, for “Gravity.” If you haven’t seen the movie already and rigorously avoid spoilers, we’re sorry — you’re about to see four wry minutes of unpreserved secrets.

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Department of odd couples: Man and goose

Four years ago, in southern California, a retired salesman became acquainted with — and then devotedly befriended by — a goose. Complications arose, but the cross-species friendship persisted.

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