One of the funniest animations I’ve seen has recently come along
to help us have a wacky day.
Way back in my March 13 issue,
I revealed a laugh-out-loud invention: a coffee cup warmer
(available only from a Tokyo site that was written entirely in Japanese)
that plugs into the USB port of your laptop. This lets you use it
where power outlets are scarce.
Reader Steve Hausman nominates today’s Wacky Web Week site as “a really
clever use of Flash technology.” He’s absolutely right. Let the page
download for a bit until you see four horses standing in front of a wooden
fence. When the horses’ eyes start blinking, click each one in turn with
your mouse. I didn’t know horses could sing in rounds! (This plays
through your speakers, so turn them down if you don’t want snoopy
co-workers in every nearby cubicle to come looking for the source of
A lowly egg rolls into your browser window on a smooth, azure-colored
background. The ovoid object kind of seems to be following your mouse
pointer around, but then…? It begins to have a life of its own, too.
As you watch, the egg takes on new shapes, grows legs, walks around,
turns into a cube, and more. You’re at Vector Park, a place where
a little Flash goes a long way. After you’ve tired of Eggy, click the
pointing hand icon and you’ll find plenty of other stuff to look at.
My favorite is Leaves, but it’s impossible to describe. You have to
see it for yourself.
Reader Larry Best nominated as this week’s wacky site a Web project that
he himself helped put together. It’s “Sherman P. Wright’s Celebration of
Political Moderation.” It’s billed as Republicans poking fun at the
“Big-C Conservatives” of their own party. But I found that the site takes a few
pot shots at liberals for good measure, too.
You’ve probably seen IE’s famous “404″ error message every time you’ve made a
typo when entering a Web address. Now Anthony Cox,
a British blogger, has created an error message for our times: “These
Weapons of Mass Destruction Cannot Be Displayed.”
There’s talk of printing new currency for the shell-shocked nation of Iraq.
Perhaps the new design that’s floating around the Internet for Iran’s
cash will show the way. The wags at Aref-adib.com, a blog on Iranian
politics, have published a picture of
left, gracing a new-style Iranian bill, enscribed in Arabic, of course.
With his white beard, the actor looks just like an ayatollah. The site also
shows what Iranian money would look like if its revered leader was
George W. Bush.
But that’s a bit too close to the heart of the matter for some tastes.
You’re sure to learn business tips aplenty at this fall’s Nigerian E-Mail
Conference, scheduled for the Abuja Sheraton Hotel (photo, left)
in Nigeria’s new capital city. The conference’s Web site describes
many valuable workshops, including “Those Pesky E-Mail Headers” and
“Grammatical Errors: What’s the Optimal Number?”
It’s all a put-on, of course, engineered the J-Walk humor blog of
prolific author John Walkenback. Guaranteed to offend all Nigerians.
My thanks to reader Maurice Fuller for helping me find this.
The crazy guys at ZUG (which bills itself as “the world’s only comedy site”)
have pulled off a major prank, proving that no one
at retail stores even bothers to check that the signature on a charge slip
actually matches the one on the back of the credit card. John Hargrave,
who remarks that his normal signature looks like it was written “an
unusually talented chicken,” signed his charge slips as Shakespeare, Jesus,
Porky Pig (at Disneyland), etc., and no one batted an eye. He says he’s
thinking of legally changing his name to “I Stole This Card.” But I’ll stop
right there because you really have to read this hilarious tale for yourself.
Quick! Look through these photographs of healthy young men and women
and choose the one you find the most attractive.