Light show plus 10 popular 2013 Wacky videos

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If your ambition were a world tour to view holiday decorations, you’d have a destination in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The statistics are impressive: 300,000 lights, 7,000 man-hours to construct the display, 30,000 cable ties, and two enthusiastic humans hosting the show. After this extravaganza, you can view other videos (below) that most pleased viewers in 2013. Play the video

#1 Uneasy lives of dogs in cats’ houses

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In the shared lives of domestic dogs and cats, it’s fair to say that cats often exert more power than their relatively smaller sizes might indicate.

Safe in its home environment, a cat can be just as inclined to be “top dog” as any dog is. This video is a tribute to mannerly dogs flummoxed — and even intimidated — by feline occupation of a dog’s special place. Watch how various dogs take matters into their own paws and teeth. Play the video

#2 Thanks to Lizzy, the level-headed chicken

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How often have you been entertained by someone discussing the virtues of two-axis image stabilization?

This witty ad, “Galluscam,” for the LG G2 camera might stick in your mind — along with the concept it illustrates. Play the video

#3 Ice cubes bigger than chunks of Manhattan

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In May 2008, filmmakers were on hand to witness a calving event in western Greenland — the largest ever recorded on video.

The retreat of the Ilulissat Glacier roiled the ocean for 75 minutes and momentarily sent chunks of ice twice the height of Manhattan skyscrapers into the air. This footage is part of the award-winning film, “Chasing Ice.” It puts a whole new spin on the phrase “on the rocks.” Play the video

#4 Broadway Bombers skate through NYPD blockade

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New York’s famed Broadway is one of the city’s oldest streets. Well known for its shops, shows, eateries, and hundreds of yellow taxis, it has recently become the site for a highly unofficial, annual skateboarders’ race, the Broadway Bomb.

Under court order, the New York Police Department attempted to divert this year’s BB participants to a less crowded avenue. Here’s an amusing take on the NYPD’s solution. Play the video

#5 A dangerous proximity to curious bears

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Wildlife photographers love their cameras, even — or maybe especially — their robot cameras.

Photographers’ subjects can also develop an interest in cameras. Polar bears, in this instance, want to get their paws on the annoying instruments — and sometimes succeed. Play the video

#6 Coffee house prank is clever movie promotion

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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. Apparently, they put on the stunt to promote their remake of the movie “Carrie” that came out this year.

Yes, some people in the shop were actors; and yes, the stunt took time and several crews to set up. But imagine how you’d react if one of your fellow customers suddenly conjured up mayhem? It might just put you off your latte — for an hour or two. Play the video

#7 Henri le chat noir versus the caretaker

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

This week, Henri is in despair because the cat-sitter can’t follow instructions, can’t open a can, can’t keep out of Henri’s way. An uprising is clearly called for. Play the video

#8 Egyptian statue turns its back on the world

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Although the 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue had been standing quietly in a glass case in a Manchester, U.K., museum for 80 years, it has lately commanded the attention of almost everyone who watches the news. The statue spins.

The museum has released a time-lapse video that shows the rotation of the artifact in the case — all by itself. None of its companion pieces in the case moves. Many theories are offered for this strange new animation of an ancient stone statue, but the phenomenon hasn’t been explained yet. Play the video

#9 Play is serious for the working dog

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Like all good working dogs, border collies have to stay busy. If these creatures had opposable thumbs, they’d undoubtedly keep long lists of must-do tasks.

As you’ll see in this video, border collies — when left to their own devices — have no difficulty finding amusements well suited to their considerable talents. Play the video

#10 Old dance steps meet new(er) mambo music

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Laurel and Hardy never danced to Santana’s version of “Oye Como Va” in their movies — nor in their lifetimes, given that Santana produced its rendition of the song five years after Stan Laurel died.

But thanks to skillful editing, we can imagine how the two comedians would have danced to “Oye Como Va” on the set of “Way Out West” — if the song had been written in 1937. Both Laurel and Hardy and Santana’s signature song are timeless. So it’s entirely fitting that they mesh together so perfectly. Play the video

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