Wacky Web Week

Egg-ceptional: Flash animations that rock and roll

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.

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A celebration of political moderation

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.

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Internet Explorer error message for WMD

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.”

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Sean Connery looks great on Iranian money

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
Sean Connery,
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.

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Register now for the 3rd Annual Nigerian E-Mail Conference

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.

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You’ve gotta give ‘em credit for this one

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.

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Virtual attractiveness is more than meets the eye

Quick! Look through these photographs of healthy young men and women
and choose the one you find the most attractive.

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The Eater of Meaning can make your Web site 100% funnier

Now here’s a Web service that proves the adage, “Content is King!”
The Eater of Meaning works on practically any Web site, and the results
are almost certain to be an improvement.

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New ruler of liberated nation will be determined by Fox TV reality show

There isn’t much funny about Iraq right now, but humor rag The Onion
found an angle reporting that the country’s new leader would
be chosen audience members of a new Fox series,
“Appointed America.”

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The mysteries of the USB coffee warmer are revealed

In my last issue, I wrote that I’d found an ad on a
Japanese

site for a
coffee-cup warmer (pictured at left) that plugs into your
USB port. Because
I can’t read Japanese, I couldn’t say how much the device
cost or whether it
was available in any countries outside Japan. But it
seemed like a very funny
idea.

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