Wacky Web Week

Coffee house prank is clever movie promotion

Patrons of a West Village, New York City coffee house might have experienced a sharp spike in adrenaline — not brought on by caffeine, but by unexpected telekinetic adventures secretly arranged by MGM and Screen Gems. The stunt was to promote a remake of the movie “Carrie,” due out later this month.

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Not your ordinary costume — nor costume maker

What’s more exciting than a dinosaur robot or special effects? Meet the allosaurus designed and built in Japan by Kazuya Kanemaru, president of Takumi, which primarily makes museum sets and panels.

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New-season leaf pile delights dog and man

Some people grow melancholy in autumn, as daylight shrinks and air temperature drops. Butch, the Siberian husky in this video, has not been infected with any such malaise.

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How to deal with a spider in your car

You’re going to work, so you go down the stairs to your garage. You see a very large spider. Later, you tell the story about why you were late to work that day — naturally, the spider is to blame.

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Young guns debut at the 2013 America’s Cup

With the completion of the Louis Vuitton challenger series, this year’s America’s Cup sailing races are well underway in San Francisco, Calif. Sadly, we can’t be there because of our newsletter deadlines. Fortunately, there are plenty of YouTube replays.

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Henri le chat noir versus the caretaker

We frequently visited Henri, the angst-ridden cat, before he went into the cat-food business. Despite his commercial success, we missed him. Here’s a new chapter in the life of the indomitable pessimist.

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You might wonder: Whose idea was that?

The inventors whose offerings are inventoried in this week’s video are not identified, but the outfit that compiled the collection is Listing 10, which has a website, a Facebook page, and lots and lots of lists.

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Revolutionary history of weights and measures

Why would anyone invest 1 million euros to sculpt a perfectly round, one-kilogram sphere of silicon?

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It’s the return of SharkCat — riding a Roomba

The cat-video genre is particularly rich. This week, we bring you a new offering of Sharky the cat riding a Roomba

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Reviewing cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

Among the more arresting signs that a comic-book convention or anime festival is under way in a city are throngs of human beings dressed up as comic-book characters, strolling streets or making their conspicuous way toward convention-hall meeting rooms.

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