Wacky Web Week

Department of odd couples: Man and goose

Four years ago, in southern California, a retired salesman became acquainted with — and then devotedly befriended by — a goose. Complications arose, but the cross-species friendship persisted.

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Don’t have to be batty to like bat babies

The Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre in southeast Queensland, Australia, stays busy most of the year rescuing orphaned and injured bats. Most people hope never to encounter the spooky creatures, but Trish Wimberley, who looks after hundreds of baby bats year after year, can carry armloads of them at feeding time.

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Canine joyfully breaks household rules

Many dog people suspect that their canine companions indulge in forbidden impulses when left unsupervised. Sometimes those suspicions are based on bits of evidence — such as misplaced pillows and wrinkled bed covers — people find when they return home from work. This dog’s human must have surmised that something was going on behind her back. She set up a monitoring camera trained on the bed the dog was not supposed to occupy.

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Most of the venom has been taken out of her”

Based on the evidence turned into a video by cabdriver/comedian James Failla, most people violently and profanely hate snakes. The day the cabbie took his friendly reptile to work, various passengers leapt out rather than complete their rides in company with the driver’s curious but calm companion.

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Getting past obstacles but not over your nerves

Hikers, bikers, drivers, and train passengers can test their luck and courage on bridges all over the world. Would you willingly cross platforms that seem to float miraculously high over chasms, or tread on old rope-and-wood constructions swaying over rocks and rushing rivers?

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A more extreme version of Olympic speed skating?

If you caught any of the speed-skating events at Sochi, you know that the sport is extremely unpredictable and has a high potential for serious injury. But you probably never imagined these races enhanced with Pac-Man sorts of obstacles.

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Invitation to leaping in a stream: Elk version

When was the last time you jumped into wet and muddy happiness and made a big splash? And then did it again? And again? Maybe this young elk will remind you of an uncontainable minute or so in your own life.

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Trick-shot Titus has a magic way with basketball

Titus has been throwing basketballs into baskets practically since he learned to walk. Now at age two, he’s a basketball phenom — at least on the Internet. His father and mother (Joseph and Kristin Ashby) make good-humored videos of his exploits, his older siblings cheer him on, and celebrities lose trick-shot challenges — really! — to this hugely talented young athlete.

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How Seattle celebrates a Super Bowl victory

Seattle has a reputation for cool orderliness, an almost unshakeable politeness in public (except for a few infamous instances of trouble such as the WTO riots in 1999 and the IWW General Strike of 1919). The more usual Seattle demeanor is known widely as Seattle Nice, which bumps hard against the city’s famously visible (and audible) enthusiasm for its football team when team and fans are inside a stadium together.

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From the sidelines: They crushed his cape

Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us. Millions of Americans will be parked on their sofas, ingesting chips and beer while watching the action on the field — and off.

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