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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.

Bacon number

Google has created yet another way for us to waste our precious time on the internet, in the form of the ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ game.

Just type “bacon number” and the name of an actor into the Google search bar, and then another, and then… voilà - six hours later you might be satisfied.

Husband and wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick ponder the intricacies of the Bacon Number. Picture by: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

Pi in the Sky

The world’s “largest ephemeral installation” is currently taking place in the sky above San Francisco Bay – bringing together a team of artists, programmers and scientists to create the conceptual work Pi in the Sky.


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It’s the iPhone 5… or is it?

Please note: just because a man with a microphone tells you that something is true, it doesn’t mean that actually it is.


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Instagram takes over the world

… well, the fashion world, at least (and we can all agree that cameras are a pretty integral part of it).

Getty Images, a photo agency used editors across the globe, is offering its standard high-fashion images of models strutting down catwalks and Anna Wintour looking po-faced during New York Fashion week… alongside Istagram-filtered photos.

Pop has devoured itself.

Apple’s manufacturing process

Can you spot what’s missing?


A: people.

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You’ll want to sit down for this…

Ok. It’s happened. It’s finally happened.

…someone is trying to build a Holodeck.

Microsoft have patented what they call a “Immersive Display Experience” – a 360 degree projector that would surround a user. (Yup, it’s a Holodeck). And, in case you don’t know why this is amazing, it’s basically because you can do this kind of thing in a Holodeck:


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