Archive for October 30th, 2006

Vampire Finches.

Life on Wolf Island, a tiny speck of land 200 km north of the main Galapagos Archipelago, is so hard that birds there evolved to eat blood to survive.But perhaps their most important source of food during the extende...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/vampire-finches/

Sombrero Galaxy.

You're looking at the combined visible (Hubble Space Telescope) and infrared (Spitzer Space Telescope) pictures of the Sombrero Galaxy [wiki], which was called that because of its resemblance to the broad rim Mexican hat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/sombrero-galaxy/

Mysterious Underwater Blob.

At first, scientists were baffled at this photo of a mysterious gelatinous ball, taken by undersea photographer Rudolf Svensen in Norway. Then they realized that it's a large squid egg sack!Link ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/mysterious-underwater-blob/

Fire in the Classroom: Igniting Students' Curiosity with Science.

Chemistry teacher Neil Dixon showed that science in classroom doesn't have to be boring:In the experiment illustrated below, pupils at South Bromsgrove Community High School, Worcestershire are shown how the reactivi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/fire-in-the-classroom-igniting-students-curiosity-with-science/

PAMELA: A Pedestrian Lab.

In this special robotic platform called PAMELA (short for Pedestrian Accessability and Movement Envrionmental Laboratory), human guinea pigs are subjected to various walkway conditions like inclines, vertical and horizon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/pamela-a-pedestrian-lab/

Sinking a $63,000 Mercedes for Art.

Photographer Michael Muller sank a $63,000 2007 Mercedes GL450 in a giant water tank in the name of art (and publicity!) as part of a project titled "Quiet" which includes photos of people and things submerged...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/sinking-a-63000-mercedes-for-art/

Let a thousand chickens fry

This nostalgic tip o' the hat to socialist realism comes from Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is trying to woo the Chinese market with tasty looking mannish fists. I don't know about you, but this really makes me hungry...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/let-a-thousand-chickens-fry/

Sonic Fabric: Textile Woven From Audio Cassette Tape.

Sonic Fabric is a textile woven from recycled audio cassette tape. Interestingly, if you run a tape head over it, the fabric emits sound because it retains its magnetic quality.Link - via Metafilter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/sonic-fabric-textile-woven-from-audio-cassette-tape/

Paintball Tank.

Why run around shooting in regular paintball when you can use a tank instead!Your tank of choice will be a unique 17 tonne FV432 armoured personnel carrier, with specially modified cannons capable of firing 40mm pain...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/paintball-tank/

Kung Fu Baby.

This gave me a chuckle: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] via Say No to Crack....

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/kung-fu-baby/

MP3 Player Shaped Like a Cross.

Too bad that the cross-shaped Saint B MP3 Player is just a concept (by Russian design studio Man Works Design): http://www.manworksdesign.com/eng/index1.php?id_part=5...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/mp3-player-shaped-like-a-cross/

Impaled Garden Gnomes.

This is just so wrong: "Die screaming with sharp things in your head" is Mr. GnomeMaker's collection of impaled garden gnomes. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/impaled-garden-gnomes/

The Art of the Small

Yep. That would be the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle. Follow the link to see more of these astonishing sculptures by Willard Wigan. H/t Rob BWillard Wigan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/the-art-of-the-small/

Crumpled Toaster.

This crumpled toaster is designed by Olivier Gregoire: Link - via MoCo Loco...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/crumpled-toaster/

Spidiron.

In early 1970s, Hungarian artist Dániel Erdély discovered a geometric structure consisting of alternating, adjoining sequences of triangles, called a spidron.When laid down like tiles on a flat surface, or...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/spidiron/

Funny Diet Food Ads for Fat Dogs.

This clever ad said "Perhaps it's time to turn to Pedigree light dog food," done by TBWA/Paris ad agency - Found at I Believe in Adv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/funny-diet-food-ads-for-fat-dogs/

Cargo Cult: Worshipping the American Messiah, John Frum.

Raising the flag in honor of John Frum Day. Photo: Paul RaffaeleOn the remote island of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, February 15 is John Frum Day. Here's why it's interesting:This is February 15, Joh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/cargo-cult-worshiping-the-american-messiah-john-frum/

Politician Saved Woman Trapped by Fridge.

Sixty-nine-year-old Inga Walen's refrigerator was top heavy and as she leaned in to open the fridge door, it fell on top of her and pinned her to the ground for four days.She called out for help to no avail. Until, that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/politician-saved-woman-trapped-by-fridge/

Teenager Took Bus on Joyride, Picked up Passengers.

Fifteen-year-old teenager Ritchie Calvin Davis stole a bus and drove it along its route, picking up passengers and collecting fares: "I drove that bus better than most of the LYNX drivers could," the teen t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/teenager-took-bus-on-joyride-picked-up-passengers/

Star Wars Symphony.

Star Wars Lego Sympthony. Clever CGI animation of Darth Vader conducting the Star Wars symphony. What do you think he used for a baton?: Link - via Blue's News...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/star-wars-symphony/

New Species of Glowing Mushroom.

Brazilian scientists have discovered new species of glowing mushrooms! Like a black light poster come to life, a group of bioluminescent fungi collected from Ribeira Valley Tourist State Park near São Paulo, B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/new-species-of-glowing-mushroom/

Rocking Chair for Two.

This rocking chair, built for two, is made by Thomas Oliphant: Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/rocking-chair-for-two/

Hello World Code Mown into Lawn.

From the website: “Hello, world!” is a real installation for the virtual globe of the software Google Earth. A Semacode measuring 160 x 160 meters was mown into a wheat field near the town of Ilmenau in t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/hello-world-code-mown-into-lawn/

Giant TV Remote Control.

Tired of always losing your TV remote? You won't lose it if it weren't so small! Check out this super-sized TV remote from Brookstone! http://www.brookstone.com/store/product.asp?pid=538744&wid=2&cid=20&sid=402&search_ty...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/giant-tv-remote-control/

Bracero Program: When US Govt. Imported Mexican Labor.

With all the hoople surrounding illegal immigration, you may not know that the US Government actually *initiated* the importation of Mexican agricultural laborers into California as part of the Bracero Program [wiki] in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/bracero-program-when-us-govt-imported-mexican-labor/

Dog Wiz Store.

I wonder what they sell there ... Found at Engrish - Thanks Joe!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/dog-wiz-store/

Balloon Manor.

Balloon Manor is a fantastic haunted house, made completely from balloons! Link - via Fazed....

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/balloon-manor/

Cool Anagram Bookshop Ads.

This fantastic ad is for Anagram Bookshop in Prague, Czech Republic. See more at BibliOdyssey....

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/cool-anagram-bookshop-ads/

Lil Sparky: DIY Mini Electric Chair.

Flickr user Rob Cruickshank made this little contraption called Lil Sparky:Putting the "cute" in "electrocute"!Powered by a 9v battery, it delivers just a little jolt.Endless possibilities for fun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/lil-sparky-diy-mini-electric-chair/

Owl Pumpkin.

My wife and I made these cute owl pumpkins a few years ago (Not my idea, saw it on a magazine). I think we'll make them again today for Halloween (just thought I'd share!)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/10/30/owl-pumpkin/
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