Wacky Web Week

R.I.P. L. Nimoy, the human heart of Mr. Spock

What better way to wonder at the strangeness of humanity than along with Spock, the puzzled logician of Star Trek?

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Don’t worry, be happy — canine style

Many people are unhappy about the weather, during this Northern Hemisphere winter. Perhaps we should all take lessons from the dogs in this video, dashing through the snow.

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Cloud workplace: Commuting 1,768 feet up

Some people bring an edgy sense of adventure with them everywhere they go. For some of them, it’s a job requirement — such as when working in space or on tall, skinny radio towers. This video records free climbing to the top of a transmission tower — one of the tallest in the world. If you don’t know whether you can tolerate heights, noting your own reactions as you watch this video will give you an inkling.

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Work fun: No place like a farm in Kansas

“We have happy cows in Kansas,” says Farmer Derek Klingenberg. Maybe so. After you see his Cow Art video, you might believe Klingenberg contributes a measurable boost to elevated bovine mood, or at least to the banishment of cow boredom on his section of the Great Plains.

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Another Amadeus, happy to entertain the world

Amadeus is a small black chihuahua with a strong disposition to clear pool tables.

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Could be true: “Brains can get messy”

Did I mention that I never planned to serve you rodent meat?” might have been what one commentator said to another on national television — so say the producers of the most recent “A bad lip reading of the NFL.” For special insight into the possible concerns of football players, their coaches, officials, and fans this coming Super Bowl Sunday, let this video be your preview to coming attractions.

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Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles

What do a tortoise, an iguana, and a komodo dragon at the National Zoo have in common — other than entirely reptilian brains? They have careful keepers who don’t underrate their intelligence or unpredictability. You might enjoy making these reptiles’ acquaintance — at video distance.

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Cat graciously accepts ride from French bulldog

A cat of any appreciable experience can judge within seconds the threat level posed by a puppy. But a young dog often has to work hard to fathom its (low) standing in a canine-feline hierarchy.

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Magical piano at Chicago’s Union Station

It can be thrilling to discover musicians or dancers performing in public places — especially when everyone’s stressed by holiday efforts to get somewhere. Travelers through Chicago were recently given the opportunity to be audiences — or performers — of impromptu concerts at Union Station. It was all in service to the holiday spirit.

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Reader favorites: Wacky Web Weeks of 2014

Given that many Windows Secrets have a strong geek factor, it shouldn’t be surprising that the most popular Wacky Web Week showed the technically correct way to cut up a cake. For this special, end-of-year edition of Wacky Web Week, we bring back that video — plus nine more reader favorites from 2014.

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