Wacky Web Week

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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Be yourself but better: Guide to Burning Man

It’s time to finish your art car for Burning Man (this year: Aug. 26–Sept. 2), the annual festival of radical self-reliance in the Black Rock desert. When you arrive, you’ll be in Nevada’s second-biggest city — for a week, and then it vanishes utterly and leaves the desert as it was.

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Balloons over Londonderry are Sky Orchestra

When artist Luke Jerram arranged for seven hot-air balloons to float over Londonderry, Northern Ireland, at 6:30 in the morning, each was carrying its own sound system.

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