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Weird wide web: The week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Lost in the echo

Regardless of your opinion of Linkin Park as musicians, their newest interactive video idea is pretty intriguing. The band (who are also responsible for the scary viral video Take This Lollipop) has released a new music video that allows users to personalise their experience.

The video for Lost in the Echo asks for temporary access to your Facebook photos so you can have a laugh at the characters having overly-emotional responses to you and your friends.

(Teaser trailer)

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Obama’s AMA on Reddit

The US President took part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session earlier this week – which almost broke the site (they needed 60 servers to support the 30 minute conversation).  Check out some of the highlights:

We know how Republicans feel about protecting Internet Freedom. Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?

Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody – from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won’t stray from that principle – and it will be reflected in the platform.

Are you considering increasing funds to the space programme?

Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration. The passing of Neil Armstrong this week is a reminder of the inspiration and wonder that our space program has provided in the past; the curiosity probe on mars is a reminder of what remains to be discovered. The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level – so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to a asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight.

What’s the recipe for the White House’s beer?

It will be out soon! I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty.

Read the full Reddit AMA with Barack Obama

Kubrick’s  films in one-point perspective

A one-point perspective video mashup of scenes from Stanley Kubrick films – including Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange – went viral this week.

A great reminder of Kubrick’s genius, as if you need one…

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Facebook’s oldest user meets the CEO

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with his website’s oldest user, Florence Detlor, this week.

Detlor, 101, from California joined Facebook in 2009 – and currently has an impressive 3,133 friends on the site. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sanberg, who was also at the meeting, uploaded a photo and wrote:

Honored to meet Florence Detlor, who at 101 years old is the oldest registered Facebook user. Thank you for visiting us Florence!

Badly stuffed animals

If (for some reason) you’re into taxidermy, this Facebook page might put you off the notion.

Badly stuffed animals ranges from the comical, the bizarre, to the plain stomach-churning – and you might want to give it a miss if you’re a vegetarian – but this sign that was posted in one museum of naturally history makes it all worthwhile.

(We have no idea, either.)

Image: Badly Stuffed Animals, Facebook

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