Wacky Web Week

Sun-drunken solstice revelers parade in Seattle

Many people think they correctly understand Seattle as a city of industrious, tech-startup people or hard-working indie rock musicians living in a surfeit of glorious coastal and mountain scenery muted by damp weather. If you think that sums up the Seattle vibe, you haven’t seen the Summer Solstice Parade.

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Great, expensive fun: Falling-down robots

In this video compilation from Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, scientists learned important matters from their exercises. But these flailing robots are also fun to watch.

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Versatile Finnish cover band also plays hockey

When the members of the band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls cover a song and make a video, they don’t leave many of their ideas unexpressed.

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Sporting pig and friend catch some waves

Kama the pig lives on Oahu, which might help explain his transcendent calm while standing on a slippery surfboard as the Pacific Ocean swells toward shore.

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Elephant fixes her water-pressure problem

In the midst of bathing, Faa Sai, the elephant, decided to adjust her personal sprinkler. Her plumbing techniques might not work for everyone, but they were certainly effective for her.

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Do you want an app for the time of day?

Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter had some fun recently at Apple’s expense, as they quizzed Siri about the time of day via Andy’s new Apple Watch. As everybody knows, Apple doesn’t make mistakes. So you can watch this video for the wry pleasure of two comedians’ take on technology — and on our sometimes misplaced expectations. How many times have you said: “Gee, I must be doing something wrong.” Click below or go to the original YouTube video. Post your thoughts about this story in the WS Columns forum.

Advanced technology: Waving to the whale

A crew controlling an underwater remotely operated vehicle had their workday brightened by a leviathan swimming into view. Luckily, the crew had cameras rolling.

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Are programmers training your replacement?

Monday morning, Aiko Chihira began her new job as a greeter at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. The talented robot (truly not human) can speak and use sign language in Japanese and other languages.

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What old people keep saying about young people

If you’re very young, you might be puzzled by the appeal of a sketch called “The Four Yorkshiremen,” first performed in 1967. Comedians of a certain age.

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