Wacky Web Week

Make your own paper plane that flaps its wings

Experimenter Keith Greenstein has created what he calls the Flapper: “the only
paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies.”

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The Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness

We know you’ll enjoy this hilarious collection of signs and directions
that don’t communicate what the designer thought they would. The symbol on
the left, for example, obviously meant something to someone, but the
proprietor of the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness suggests it
says, “When boxing up your kid, ensure the lid is on securely.”

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The dynamic duo

It’s convention time in America, and that means people will be seeing a lot
of President George W. Bush and his Democratic opponent, John Kerry. But
you probably haven’t seen them as you’ll see them in the now-famous JibJab
video, “This Land,” Gregg and Evan Spiridellis.

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A hot tip: cook your dinner on your new PC

We all know every successive computer generation and upgrade creates more
and more heat. Well, now someone has decided to put that heat to good use
combining it into the “Computer Cookery 5000.” While you surf the Internet,
you can defrost and cook an entire meal — right on your CPU.

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Now that’s a horse of a different color

In a new, 15-second TV commercial that’s running in Japan, a young woman
shopping in a convenience store is so overcome when she sees the low price
of a program similar to Microsoft Office that she faints and gives
birth — to a horse.

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USDA classifies frozen French fries as fresh vegetables

Wait! Don’t dump that fast food! You can now eat French fries without
guilt because the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture classifies them as “fresh
vegetables” — and the government agency is winning court decisions when
the idea is challenged.

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Save $500 by changing one byte of code

Digital camera enthusiasts were pleasantly surprised last fall when Canon
released its 6-megapixel EOS 300D unit (at left in photo) for a list price
of only $899 (currently about $775 street at Shopping.com). This was hundreds
of dollars below Canon’s very similar EOS 10D (at right), which had
shipped earlier for $1,499 (about $1,275 street).

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College alumnus has the last laugh

‘Tis the season for college graduation ceremonies, and while most grads
are enduring some bureaucrat or another as their speaker, the matriculating
students of the College of William and Mary got — drum roll, please
Jon Stewart, the funnyman of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”
(picture, left).

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The Shining, re-enacted by bunnies

In homage to the late, great Stanley Kubrick, and with apologies to Steven
King, Jennifer Shiman has created a Flash animation called The Shining in 30
Seconds as Re-Told Bunnies. This is just the kind of weird, offbeat,
cartoony humor that I know my readers like.

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Nice horn you’ve got there

Reuters reports (via CNN.com) that a male rhinoceros in a British
drive-through nature park got a little too user-friendly with a passenger
car that had stopped to watch him frolic with a lady rhino.

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