Archive for August 14th, 2007

How I Am Becoming An Astronaut.

Damaris B. Sarria is a Thermal Protection Systems Engineer on the Space Shuttle Orbiter, and is pursuing her Masters in Aeronautical Science. She is documenting her work and progress towards her goal of becoming an ast...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/how-i-am-becoming-an-astronaut/

Wedding Brawl.

People in Russia say that there is no wedding without a fight. That’s not right, there are. But not this one. From English Russia, with love video. http://englishrussia.com/?p=1228 -Thanks, Jan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/wedding-brawl/

Anatomy Tattoos.

There is no end to the ideas people have for decorating their bodies. Neatorama featured science tattoos recently; now here is a gallery of anatomical tattoos! Link -via Respectful Insolence...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/anatomy-tattoos/

Bush vs. Zombies.

For once, I think our President is starting to make a little sense. Hit play, or go to the Link, to watch this amusing press conference. via The Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/bush-vs-zombies/

Spanish paint found in Egyptian mummy.

An Egyptian mummy known as Demetrios at the Brookyn Museum is wrapped in linen decorated with rare red paint. X-ray fluorescence revealed that the paint matched the chemical analysis of lead from Spain’s Rio Tin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/spanish-paint-found-in-egyptian-mummy/

Wikipedia Spin Jobs.

Wired Blogs is looking at who is editing Wikipedia entries in order to protect or shape their own image. Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith just launched an unofficial Wikipedia search tool that threatens to l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/wikipedia-spin-jobs/

Duct Tape Robber

Hands down, here's the dumbest criminal of all time: the Duct Tape Robber:Robbery is a serious problem for retail stores across our region. But the employees of Shamrock Liquors in Ashland, Kentucky, can't stop laughing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/duct-tape-robber/

Fire-Fighting Beetle

German researchers are developing a fire-fighting beetle robot to battle forest fires:Scientists in Germany are hard at work on an autonomous, pill-bug-like robot to be used to fight forest fires. It's got legs like...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/fire-fighting-beetle/

Threat Level Security Blanket

Jessica Vitkus of AlternaCrafts created this colorful "threat levels" security blanket:Endorsed by the White House and Fox News, this colorful scrap quilt is a guide to our ever-changing security alert leve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/threat-level-security-blanket/

Before The Wright Brothers: French "Batwing" Plane

The Wright brothers were the first people to fly, right? Well, according to this excellent article at our pal mental_floss, that may not be quite true. For example:French inventor Clément Ader disting...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/before-the-wright-brothers-french-batwing-plane/

Internet Phenomena Phonetic Alphabet

Inspired by The Big Lebowski Phonetic Alphabet, grupthink user skrrrriti wrote this article to solicit users to contribute to the Internet Phenomena Phonetic Alphabet - Thanks misterblister!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/internet-phenomena-phonetic-alphabet/

Espresso Overdose

Here's why it's a bad idea to drink too much coffee:Jasmine Willis, 17, developed a fever and began hyperventilating after drinking seven double espressos while working at her family's sandwich shop.*em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/espresso-overdose/

Nose Jobs Change Female Mice into Sex Machines!

When scientists performed "genetic nose jobs" on female mice, they were surprised to find that they've turned them critters into insatiable sex machines (i.e. behave like males)! The new work of the Harvard Universit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/nose-jobs-change-female-mice-into-sex-machines/

Sailing Rocks of Death Valley

The mystery of the moving rocks (or sailing stones [wiki]) of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa is solved and the mysterious force is identified: the rocks are dragged by wind-blown sheets of ice that formed when water left...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/sailing-rocks-of-death-valley/

Anniversary of the 2003 North America Blackout

Four years ago, about 40 million Americans and 10 million Canadians plunged into darkness as Northeastern and Midwestern US, as well as Ontario lost electrical power.BlogTO has a "flashback" article marking the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/anniversary-of-the-2003-north-america-blackout/

Underwater Turbines No Match for NYC's East River.

Verdant Power has been testing the use of underwater turbines in New York's East River for the past few weeks, with the goal of adding hundreds or even thousands of turbines to help address the city's power needs....

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/underwater-turbines-no-match-for-nycs-east-river/

Use your Wristwatch As a Compass

How to use a wristwatch as a compass, an old trick that is worth repeating. Link - via Watchismo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/use-your-wristwatch-as-a-compass/

3,000,000 Fark posts!

Fark displayed its 3 millionth active thread today. Fark is an odd news aggregator and networking site launched by Drew Curtis in 1999. Fark now receives around 2,000 submissions a day. Congratulations to Drew...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/3000000-fark-posts/

World Record Underpants-Jumping.

People in Spain and France try to set a world record for underpants-jumping. Wikipedia has no entry for underpants jumping, so I am still bewildered after watching this. Push play or go to YouTube. -via Arbroath...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/world-record-underpants-jumping/

Monkey Suicide

Monkey Suicide asks the question "How many times can 1 monkey die?” Thus far 205 monkeys have met their doom in all kinds of sticky situations. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/monkey-suicide/

The World’s Most Expensive Desserts

ForbesTraveler lists the most expensive desserts in the world. The one above is called the “Fortress Aquamarine” and costs $14,500. This dessert, which debuted in March, was inspired by the success...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/the-worlds-most-expensive-desserts/

Caption Monkey 5: Sumo!

It's time for another Neatorama's Caption Monkey game! Funniest caption wins a Free Monkey Drawing by Ape Lad of Hobotopia.Rules are simple: one caption per comment, you can submit as ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/caption-monkey-5-sumo/

Yogic Flying

A while ago, in my tongue-in-cheek response to the Amazing Criss Angel Levitation post, I posted a bit about the Amazing Levitation of the Cult Leader and Terrorist Shoko Asahara (where he claimed he can levitate by mea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/yogic-flying/

Checkout the Movie: Grocery Store Ninja

Checkout is a thesis film by New York University students Dan Eckman, Dominic Dierkes, and Megie McFadden. It's about a ninja that works in a convenience store:Black Shadow, a recently graduated ninja assassin, retur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/checkout-the-movie-grocery-store-ninja/

Chicken Art

Why did the chicken cross the canvas? To make art, of course! Chinese painter Xiao Hu watches as two chickens walk on a paper at a studio in Songzhuang, Beijing, July 21, 2007. Xiao Hu bought the two chickens at a ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/chicken-art/

Let Them Sing It For You

The Let Them Sing It For You website will sing whatever you type using sound clips from actual, popular songs! Although not perfect, the vocab is surprisingly good! Link - Thanks Joe!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/let-them-sing-it-for-you/

Watercone.

The Watercone is a low-tech device for turning saltwater into fresh water for human consumption. You put saltwater into the base, set it in the sun, and as the water evaporates and then condenses, it runs into the trou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/watercone/

Educational Shower Curtains, Towels & Magnets

The products from Smart combines a fun design with educational information. When it comes to the above solar system shower curtain, I'll leave the obvious certain planet doubles as a reminder to wash certain b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/educational-shower-curtains-towels-magnets/

Hanging Around.

The cutest shot of a hamster ever! “She (the hamster) usually climbs up the side of the cage and does a “monkey bar” stunt. I just tried to set it up with a nicer-looking environment,” he sa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/hanging-around/

11 Year Old 'Werewolf' Boy

Originally from Indian Pad: An 11-year-old boy has hair growing all over his face and body, a rare medical anomaly, and doctors say that laser treatment or plastic surgery is the only way out. Prithviraj Pat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/14/11-year-old-werewolf-boy/




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