Archive for August 25th, 2006

The Mysterious Ruins of Baalbek.

The ruins at Baalbek, Lebanon have the largest (and heaviest) worked stone ever: this one above is a perfect rectangular block, estimated to weigh about 2,000 tons. So, how did ancient civilizations, w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/the-mysterious-ruins-of-baalbek/

Do Aliens Play Sudoku?

This number crop circle was found near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, UK. http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2006/numbers2006.html - via Reality Carnival...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/do-aliens-play-sudoku/

Weta's Ray Gun.

Check out these cool ray guns, made by Weta Workshop designer Greg Broadmore: Link - via Boing Boing and Thanks Jim Perry!By the way, Weta Workshop [wiki] in New Zealand makes props for movies and TV,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/wetas-ray-gun/

The Art of Graffiti Removal.

If graffiti itself isn't art, can its removal actually be art? Link - Thanks Roger Thomasson!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/the-art-of-graffiti-removal/

Ant Sets Record for Fastest Jaw Snap.

Biologists clocked the speed at which the trap-jaw ant closes its mandibles at 78 to 145 miles per hour - with the average duration of a strike about 0.13 milliseconds or 2,300 times faster than the blin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/ant-sets-record-for-fastest-jaw-snap/

Fingerprint Door Lock.

Tired of losing or forgetting your keys? Or worried about the insecurity of traditional locks?Try Tychi System's BioKnob - a biometric door lock that uses your fingerprint to open and lock your door.Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/fingerprint-door-lock/

Monster Plushies.

Not your everyday plush toys, these are just some of the fun creations of Rhya Tamasauskas, Bliss Man, and Adam Dunn, who make up the Monster Factory plush design company.http://www.monsterfactory.net/index.ht...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/monster-plushies/

John Denver - Rocky Mountain High.

YouTube user Stonewall Studios made this excellent video set to the music of John Denver [wiki], Rocky Mountain High (1972).Now I've never visited Colorado, and looking at the beautiful images, it's something...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/john-denver-rocky-mountain-high/

Basi the Panda Celebrated 25th Birthday with Cake.

Basi, a Panda in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, celebrated her 25th birthday with a nice cake. This is quite an accomplishment, since the average lifespan of a giant panda is only 12 years!Link - via Slashfoo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/basi-the-panda-celebrated-25th-birthday-with-cake/

Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

A fantastic photo of a hummingbird hawkmoth (macroglossum stellatarum) by flickr user janerc. Link [flickr] - via nutmeg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/hummingbird-hawkmoth/

Birdfeeder Shaped Like a Cat.

Yes, that's a cat-shaped birdfeeder! This is one cool cat! Hanging from a sturdy steel cable, this sleek birdfeeder is stylishly poised and beautifully accents any garden with a touch of whimsy. Seed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/birdfeeder-shaped-like-a-cat/

Cousin Chart.

Ever wonder what "second cousins once removed" really means? Wikipedia to the rescue: cousin chart - via Bifurcated Rivets...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/cousin-chart/

The Belgian Penguin Man.

Meet Alfred David, the Belgian Penguin Man. Need a reason to view the video clip? Here's a quote from Alfred: "My gravestone has already been made int the shape of two penguins. The coffin will be penguin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/the-begian-penguin-man/

Wenger's Giant Knife v1.0.

This ain't your father's Swiss Army knife - the new gadget from Wenger sports 85 unique tools that perform hundreds of functions!http://www.popsci.com/popsci/whatsnew/306bf29f7c14d010vgnvcm1000004eecbc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/wengers-giant-knife-v10/

Dog Food Art.

Made by an artist who calls himself PAWLICK. See the gallery: http://www.pawlick.org/ - via Cynical-C....

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/dog-food-art/

Giant Praying Mantis in Prague.

Compagnie Malabar, a French circus group, recently came to Prague as part of a New Circus festival, and brought along a giant 30-foot tall mechanical praying mantis! The main acts this year are Fre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/giant-praying-mantis-in-prague/

Cat Wheel Dispenses Cat Treats!

Richard Norton built this cat wheel that dispenses treats, so the cat has to exercise before eating!Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | Richard's website - via MakeRelated: Top 15 Fat Cats, which is what you ge...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/cat-wheel-dispenses-cat-treats/

Functional Jewelry.

No, not a compass ring from a cereal box - this is made by LeeAnn Herreid, who specializes in making "functional" jewelries.They also make thermometer earrings and necklace, ruler bracelet, lev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/functional-jewelry/

Self-Playing Violin.

Meet Virtuoso, the world's first self-playing violin, created by engineer Tom Dolan.Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Gizmodo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/self-playing-violin/

Burger with Everything on It - Everything!

The Counter restaurant in Palo Alto, California, like many restaurants today, has a "build your own burger" menu - so, this guy orders everything - and he means everything on his burger! http://jimmy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/burger-with-everything-on-it-everything/

Armless Driver Arrested Again and Again.

Ah, the irony: driving makes Michael Wiley, an armless man, feels free - yet, because he carries illegal drugs, smashes his car into other cars, and has been arrested 19 times - driving will now put him in jai...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/armless-driver-arrested-again-and-again/

Elephants Do Run!

Until just now, no one actually knew whether elephants run or not! John Hutchinson, then a graduate student, decided to find out using the same modern motion capture technology used in creating video games:*em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/elephants-do-run/

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón adapted The 9/11 Commission Report into an amazing comic book-style report, presented here by Slate.Link - via Linkfilter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/the-911-report-a-graphic-adaptation/

Row, Row, Row Your HumanCar.

The HumanCar is powered by humans, who "row" the four-wheeled vehicle like a boat and steer it by leaning right or left. Link (Don't miss the movies!)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/row-row-row-your-humancar/

America's Drunkest City.

Collectible antique Blatz Milwaukee Beer, found at Conetop. They don't call Milwaukee the Beer Capital of the World for nuthin' - it has been ranked by Forbes as "America's Drunkest City"...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/americas-drunkest-city/

Bird Flu Awareness Costume Party.

From the website: Officials from the department of medical sciences wear chicken outfits, while holding signs that read "eating cooked chicken is safe" in Bangkok August 23, 2006. Bird flu has sp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/bird-flu-awareness-costume-party/

Willy the Tortoise's Slow Getaway.

Kellie Copeland-Burnup's 40-pound pet tortoise Willy ran away from home last July. Six weeks later, the tortoise was found:A local emergency medical services technician spotted Willy on Sunday along...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/willy-the-tortoises-slow-getaway/

Fat Chinese Monkeys Forced to Diet.

The monkeys at the Chinese E'Mei Mountain, a popular tourist destination, has grown so fat that they are now on a strict diet:... over the past few years, many tourists have complained that the monkeys at...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/fat-chinese-monkeys-forced-to-diet/

Bubba the Grouper, First Fish to get Chemotherapy.

Bubba the Grouper, the first fish ever to receive chemotherapy, died yesterday at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. The 69.3-kilogram "super grouper" was abandoned at the Chicago aquarium in 1987, lef...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/25/bubba-the-grouper-first-fish-to-get-chemotherapy/
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