Wacky Web Week

Running stairs: easier with four legs and a toy?

Running stairs may be the ultimate poor-man’s Stairmaster, but even for a dog it gets deathly dull — fast. What’s needed is some serious motivation.

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Office prank busts out more than laughs

Working the 9-to-5 office drill can drive you a little batty — unless you look for ways to liven things up a bit. Just don’t take it too far.

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Make music on the cheap with soda bottles

Remember when you were a kid and would make “music” by blowing across the top of your soda bottle? (Maybe you still do it.) Most of us would be satisfied with playing a one-note symphony.

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Pac-Man has now invaded your living space

The best optical illusions are truly mind-boggling. Tricking your brain into seeing what isn’t really there can be challenging — but once you get the hang of it, you have the sensation of a hallucination without having to ingest any controlled substances.

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This vending machine gives and gives and gives

A refreshing beverage or snack straight from a vending machine is a simple treat that almost everyone enjoys. Whether at work or school, allowing yourself to indulge in a soda or a cookie brings pleasure to even the most ordinary day.

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Super Mario gets the hand-drawn treatment

You’ve probably seen plenty of flipbooks in your time — and maybe even created one or two. A flipbook that takes five seconds to “read” probably took the artist hours to draw. Nevertheless, the books are a cool way to watch do-it-yourself animation.

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Stuck between a rock and a … couch?

Remember getting into sticky situations as a child? Back then, you thought you could do anything, until the inevitable happened and you were left in a pickle. No doubt your parents chuckled at your self-induced predicament as you begged them for help.

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Apple partners with … Tom Cruise?

You’ve seen them a million times: those annoying-yet-witty “I’m a Mac — I’m a PC” commercials where Apple points out the PC’s many flaws and tries to convince consumers that Macs are so superior. Sure, the commercials get the point across, but isn’t there a way to make them a little more obnoxious?

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Tetris may not be so random after all

Ever play Tetris? Fitting the different block shapes into straight lines to accumulate points may seem easy, but it never quite works out the way you want. Is it really a game of luck, or is there some method behind the order in which you receive the shapes?

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May the whoopee cushion be with you

In most movies, sound effects are used to distract the bad guys so the heroes can get out of their pickles and ultimately prevail. Whether it’s a mysterious clatter, unearthly explosion, spine-tingling scream, or sudden gunshot, those background sounds are very important to the plot of the film.

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