Wacky Web Week

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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Origins of winter holiday traditions

You might be wondering right now why millions of people in the world light candles and give gifts in December. John Green, novelist and historian, brings you up to speed concerning 27 ways we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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A little bit of alarm for the holidays

In case holiday gift shopping isn’t scary enough for you, this week’s video records the reactions of innocent passersby to a crabby, suddenly animate, ornament. Scaring holiday shoppers and happy children is no way to spread Christmas cheer, but the snowman does get his comeuppance well before spring.

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Father Christmas takes his holiday in Copenhagen

You know what Santa Claus is doing in December. You might not know, however, that he takes his summer vacation in Copenhagen.

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Slightly skewed — but true — American history

There are many myths about Thanksgiving. John Green, novelist, historian, and video blogger, undertakes to set the holiday in its true context.

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