Wacky Web Week

Transforming a chin-warmer into bird cage

The art of beard- and mustache-sculpting sometimes lends itself to whimsy, with soul patches and muttonchops usually marking the height of creativity. But add a little competitive incentive, and things can quickly move to the bizarre.

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Technology enables a dog to sing beautifully

When it comes to conversation, what we hear from our canine companions is usually limited to “woof” and “grrr” — and maybe a mournful howl in tune with a passing siren.

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Error messages orchestrate beautiful music

Who could ever argue that Windows error messages and BSODs are things of beauty? No, they’re more often associated with a sudden rise in blood pressure and the overwhelming desire to whack your computer with something hard — like a hammer!

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Proper massage techniques for aging opossums

Has your older opossum lost some of its spring? Does he or she suffer from stiffness and reduced flexibility?

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Household clothes-washer meets garden brick

Have you ever had one of those days where the bricks in your patio just won’t get clean, despite vigorous scrubbing? How about tossing those dirty bricks into the washing machine?

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No good dog goes unpunished in age-old melodrama

Avatar may represent the state of the art in digital moviemaking, but back in the ’30s, it was an analog world in which clever dogs acted out classic human dramas. It was quite impressive for the time — and good for a laugh, too.

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How to make your day at the zoo a blast

The zoo can be an exciting place — the lions roaring, the hyenas cackling, the elephants trumpeting. Too bad that every time you visit, the residents are taking naps. If only there were a way to get the wildlife back on their feet.

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Goat calls for help in a most human way

When someone cries for help, it strikes at core of our humanity. Only the most heartless of us could ignore the pleas of someone in distress.

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The world’s most effective fly swatter

There are few things more annoying than a pesky fly, buzzing around the house, landing on your food, then on the wing again before you can grab your swatter — it’s exhausting.

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Where to send your annoying Apple friends

Apple fans can be really annoying. They’re always crowing about some sleek new laptop, phone, or music player. And don’t even get them started on the iPad — they just won’t stop.

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