Wacky Web Week

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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Flying on water: Not your father’s sailing race

It’s time for the America’s Cup, sailboat racing taken to the outer limits. This year, San Francisco hosts the Louis Vuitton/America’s Cup venue, as fabulous a setting as you could ask for.

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Enjoy July 4 sound and light show technically

Videographer Jeremiah Warren shares DIY instructions for reproducing Fourth of July special effects. But we advise you just to watch him do his thing.

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Egyptian statue turns its back on the world

Although a thousand-year-old Egyptian statue had been standing quietly in a glass case in a Manchester, England museum for 80 years, it has lately commanded the attention of almost everyone who watches the news.

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Regular American mishap: California style

The hail-from place names in this video are Californian — but the situation is all-American, coast to coast.

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