Wacky Web Week

‘Hi, I’m popping corn — can I call you back?’

Microwaves have long been the standard appliance for popping popcorn. But what if you want to avoid those harmful rays that supposedly shrink your head if you stand too close? Or you may be somewhere with no access to a microwave and absolutely need your popcorn fix right this minute.

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You want me to spell what?

As exciting television goes, spelling bees aren’t more than a notch or two above watching Congressional debates on CSPAN. They may lack the grimaces of mixed-martial-arts contestants, but in recent years the pre-teen contestants of the Scripps National Spelling Bee have supplied some high-level drama — and hilarious bloopers.

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A numbers game set to a catchy tune

Math. For some, it’s nothing but numbers and endless frustration. For others, it’s a universal language. And for a few gifted individuals, math is a reason to sing.

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Mobile phones have come a long, long way

Who hasn’t rummaged through their pants pocket or purse looking for their ultra-sleek, super-tiny cell phone and longed for a return to the days when using a mobile phone meant lugging around a 2-pound battery pack and holding a brick to your face?

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Windows rocks! The OS plays a Who classic

The next time someone tells you Windows is no fun, point them to this video of the OS’s version of a classic by one of the greatest rock bands of all times.

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A Japanese take on full-body massages

Who doesn’t love a massage chair? These vibrating wonders provide relaxation and stress relief while you watch your favorite TV show. And models with multiple settings give you a variety of rubdown styles: Swedish, deep tissue — and Japanese?

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Another reason to keep both hands on the wheel

The universe works in mysterious — and often entertaining — ways. There are a few things fate clearly doesn’t appreciate: polluters, chemically imbalanced celebrities, and race car drivers who celebrate their victories before they actually cross the finish line.

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A new twist on table manners

Mothers spend years teaching their children to keep their elbows off the table, chew their food with their mouths closed, and avoid slurping their drinks.

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The U.S. election process, in a nutshell

For the first time in decades, voters of all stripes are actually paying attention. But just how does the whole U.S. political system work, anyway?

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A new approach for handling telemarketers

Telemarketers. They have an uncanny knack of calling right when you don’t want them to. Whether you’re just sitting down to dinner, forced to interupt a relaxing shower, or deep in R.E.M., they generally find you at the most inconvenient moment — all so they can try to subscribe you to a magazine you’ve never heard of.

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