Archive for May 28th, 2007

Steve Sieren Photography.

Granite ReflectionA World UnsubmergedDevil's Golfcourse, Death Valley National Park, CaliforniaSteve Sieren has a fantastic portfolio of landscape (and other) photography. I absolutely love the sets from the California C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/steve-sieren-photography/

Smoking Fingers.

Here's another magic trick: how to produce smoke just by rubbing two fingers together.Link [metacafe] - Thanks Holly H.!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/smoking-fingers/

LOTR Re-Enacted by The Muppets.

Here's the best Lord of the Rings re-creation ever: The Muppet Show in Ham's Deep! Whenever I’m in Toronto, I try to duck down to Queen Street West for a visit to The Silver Snail, one of the coolest comic book...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/lotr-re-enacted-by-the-muppets/

How to Conjure Up Cards from Thin Air.

Here's a magic trick you can learn: the Cardini Single Production, or how to conjure up cards from thin air!(Warning: magic spoiler - something gets lost when you figure out the trick behind the magic) Link [Metacafe] -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/how-to-conjure-up-cards-from-thin-air/

How the Pentagon Got Built.

From Washington Post:ON A WARM AND RAINY THURSDAY EVENING IN JULY 1941, inside a War Department office in Washington, a small group of Army officers hastily assembled for a meeting and listened in disbelief to the se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/how-the-pentagon-got-built/

The Church in the Middle of a Field of Black Lava.

More than fifty years ago, a volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacan suddenly rose from the ground and buried two villages under lava and ashes.Today, the only trace of the villages is the church tower of San Juan Para...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/the-church-in-the-middle-of-a-field-of-black-lava/

The Prism of Sennacherib.

This hexagonal clay prism (often called the Taylor prism) records the deeds of the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, c. 689 BCE. Sennacherib was an important figure in the Old Testament and is mentioned in II Kings. (I saw thi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/the-prism-of-sennacherib/

1938 German Ballot.

From Wikipedia: The ballot text reads "Do you agree with the reunification of Austria with the German Empire that was enacted on 13 March 1938, and do you vote for the party of our leader Adolf Hitler?," the large...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/1938-german-ballot/

Cognitive Biases.

Wade Meredith of Healthbolt has a neat list of 26 cognitive biases - basically ways our minds distort our views of reality (or why what you think is right is actually wrong!)For example: 1. Bandwagon effect - the ten...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/cognitive-biases/

A Tale of a Greedy Charity.

Neighbors were completely surprised to learn that when modest-living Hector Guy Di Stefano and his wife Doris died, they left a $264 million estate to be divided equally among 8 charities, among them them the Salvation A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/a-tale-of-a-greedy-charity/

Toddler Terrorized Monks.

Here's a tale of toddler behaving badly: It took a group of 10 Buddhist monks a whole week to create an intricate sand art. They were half done, that is, until a two-year-old toddler arrived!Hit play or go to Link [YouTu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/toddler-terrorized-monks/

Triple Amputee Becomes a Doctor.

Here's an inspiring tale of Kelli Lim, a triple amputee who beat the odds to become a doctor:The Michigan native, 26, does not use a prosthetic arm and manages to perform most medical procedures - including giving in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/triple-amputee-becomes-a-doctor/

A Green Driver's Dream - a Compressed Air Car.

India's Tata Motors plans to introduce the first mass produced car powered entirely from compressed air. The CityCat model, shown above, has a range of 125 miles, and scoots around at up to 68 mph. Filling up is a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/a-green-drivers-dream-a-compressed-air-car/

Johann Lipowitz (aka David Armand) Mimes Again

There's been a post about David Armand here on Neatorama earlier. Here are a few more clips - plus the old one, since it's been removed from YouTube. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" by Paul Young [YouTu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/johann-lipowitz-aka-david-armand-mimes-again/

Al-Qaeda Drawings of Torture.

In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda "torture chamber" in Iraq, US soldiers captured a set of drawings depicting crude torture methods like "putting head on a vise," "blowtorch to the skin," and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/al-qaeda-drawings-of-torture/

Philippa Lawrence's Wrapped Trees.

Artist Philippa Lawrence travelled all over Wales to wrap majestic dead trees as part of her art project:One of the most prominent trees was located next to the A48 on the outskirts of Cardiff. It was wrapped in pale...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/philippa-lawrences-wrapped-trees/

Martian Cave.

What is that black spot on Mars? Turns out its an entrance to a really, really deep cave on the planet:The hope for the HiRISE images was that we could see some details from inside the hole. But as you can see by the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/martian-cave/

Pistol Shrimp's Sonic Weapon

Here's something amazing: the pistol shrimp uses its claw as a sonic weapon!As the claw snaps shut it fires a blast of bubbles. Incredibly as the bubble collapses it momentarily reaches the temperature of the sun. Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/pistol-shrimps-sonic-weapon/

Is Homework Hurting Our Children?

No children like homework, but it's supposed to be good for them, right? Right? Maybe not, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish. In their book The Case Against Homework, the authors argued that despite tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/is-homework-hurting-our-children/

Weird Things People Put in a Jar.

Willy Volk of Gadling wrote about some really, really weird things people keep in jars.Believe me, the octopus on the left is probably the least weird thing you'll find in this article: Link - Thanks Willy!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/weird-things-people-put-in-a-jar/

Rent-a-Labyrinth.

Psst! Wanna rent a labyrinth? You can rent this replica of Chartres labyrinth from the Labyrinth Company: Link - via Coquina Daily...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/rent-a-labyrinth/

Films that Influenced George Lucas While Making Star Wars.

What influenced George Lucas' Star Wars? A lot of classics went into the creation of Star Wars. Here's ABC World News webcast on what inspired George Lucas.For instance, did you know that Yoda was modeled after Einstein?...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/films-that-influenced-george-lucas-while-making-star-wars/

Another Slow Lego Machine: Bottle Opener

It seems to be of some use and I think it's a cool thing to design and make by yourself. Click image to play or follow the link to CollegeHumor....

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/another-slow-lego-machine-bottle-opener/

The Vader Project.

Part of the Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles last week was The Vader Project. DKE Toys distributed Darth Vader helmets to 66 participating artists to embellish in their unique styles. http://www.starwars.com/com...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/the-vader-project/

Collage.

Flickr user PaperRelic creates collages of ephemera, which you can see in this collection. At the beginning of January 2005 my love for paper evolved into a love for collage. This photoset is a place I post some o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/collage/

Too Sexy For World Of Warcraft

A mashup of the multiplayer online game World Of Warcraft and the early 90's song "I'm Too Sexy", by the British pop band Right Said Fred. Link [YouTube] - via Uber-Review...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/too-sexy-for-world-of-warcraft/

Soft-Shelled Cantor's Giant Turtle.

Our weekly collaboration with Cellar Image of the Day brings us the image of this strange animal: a rare soft-shelled turtle called Cantor's giant turtle. A 24-pound female Cantor's giant turtle — known for its...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/soft-shelled-cantors-giant-turtle/

The Truth About Pearl Harbor

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader.Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the most dramatic incidents in U.S. history - and the source of persistent questions. D...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/the-truth-about-pearl-harbor/

Oxypedia, the Encyclopedia of Oxymorons.

Oxypedia, whose motto is "where the shrimp are always jumbo," is an excellent source for oxymorons.See if you agree with their Top 50 Oxymoron picks, including gems like temporary tax increase, clearly misu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/oxypedia-the-encyclopedia-of-oxymorons/

Mysterious Fruit: Igde Pshat.

Bunk Strutts of Say No to Crack ran across this mysterious dried fruit, called Igde Pshat, from a local grocery store.IS THIS THE PERFECT SNACK FOOD, OR WHAT? No significant nutritional value, it’s grown in thi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/05/28/mysterious-fruit-igde-pshat/










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