The best of Wacky Web Week — 2011

By The Windows Secrets staff

When it came to the most popular Wacky Web Week for 2011, it was no contest. The most viewed video showed our churlish baristas dishing out their pointed opinions on how coffee should be consumed. And we thought this was just a Seattle phenomenon!

So for 2011′s best of Wacky Web Week, we start you off with “Purchasing the morning brew turns ugly.” We follow with other popular videos and finish off with our own favorite of 2011 — just because we never get tired of watching it. Enjoy!

#1 Purchasing the morning brew turns ugly

Buying coffee turns ugly What’s more annoying than a waiter at a four-star French restaurant? Possibly that barista with attitude working at your local coffeehouse.

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Here in Seattle, coffee is consumed with a nearly religious fervor. So we know all about ordering our morning espresso from some finicky, coffee-slinging artisan. But even we would have trouble with these two purveyors. Play the video


Hedge too high #2 For one canine athlete, a hedge too high

When we reach beyond our abilities, the consequences can often be painful — even tragic. But sometimes it can be downright funny. In this case, a dog badly misjudges its ability to jump and has a full-body encounter with a hedge. With some quick thinking, the dog finds a way through the obstacle. Play the video


Employee on a rampage #3. Add an armored laptop to your security checklist

Some security threats simply can’t be foreseen. Who would guess that someone, in the middle of a workday, would decide on the spur of the moment to demolish a computer? Surely this boss never anticipated that an unhappy employee would fold, spindle, and otherwise mutilate the notebook he left sitting on his desk. Play the video


World's scariest path #4. Strolling up the world’s scariest path

We’re walkers here at Windows Secrets. We like fresh air, a good view, and a decent workout. We’re not intimidated by rough trails or busy city streets. And while we like a few thrills of the real or vicarious kind, we do have our limits. Are you brave enough to walk the path in this scary video? We’re not. Watch where you step! Play the video


Pac-Man illusion #5. Allen! Allen! Al! … It’s not Allen. … Steve!

Adding human voices to animal videos is far from novel — but it still can be hysterically funny. That’s especially true when wildlife actors combine with the quirky humor that’s uniquely British. Watch as birds crack jokes, seal pups irritate their mother, and a monkey plays dentist. But ultimately, the joke’s really on us. Play the video


Supernatural vacuum #6. Possessed by a supernatural … vacuum?

It’s the fear of every TV-show producer — a product commercial that proves more creative and more interesting than the show it’s intended to support. Think of the many VW Beetle commercials of the past. (Look ‘em up on YouTube if you’re too young to have seen them.)

Typically, one would have a hard time imagining a commercial that combines a vacuum cleaner and a classic horror movie such as The Exorcist, but one clever ad-maker pulls it off to great applause. Play the video


Fast-talking boy Editors’ choice: Dog laments missing treats

For reasons we can’t recall now, this gem never made it into Wacky Web Week. But it’s not only one of our favorite videos, it became a YouTube blockbuster.

Those of us owned by dogs often wonder what our canine companions would say if they could talk — especially about one of their favorites topics, food. In this fabulous video, a dog expresses his opinion on not getting a treat. Play the video



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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.