Archive for August 16th, 2007

Enormous Homemade Slip ‘n Slide.

Something Awful forum member Bruiser built a 535-foot version of the Slip ‘n Slide water toy! When you start a project like this with a bulldozer, you know it’s going to be big. Link -via Reddit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/enormous-homemade-slip-%e2%80%98n-slide/

Animal Furniture.

What seems dreadful today was once considered clever recycling. In the 19th century, it was fashionable to not only display hunting trophies, but to also turn dead animals into useful home furnishings. Sometimes even dec...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/animal-furniture/

Illusions in your Brain.

From “The Brain” episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy, here are a few neat optical illusions. Push play or go to YouTube. -via Videosift...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/illusions-in-your-brain/

Best Summer Jobs

Pouring beer (all the samples you want!), captaining a jet boat, operating a roller coaster ... sick of spending your summer trapped behind a desk? Here's a list of the best summer jobs by ABC World News Webcast: Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/best-summer-jobs/

Fisn 'n Flush: Aquarium Toilet

Richard Quintana has a dream: "to put some fish in a man's toilet, so he will never have a boring trip to the pot again."Here's the story behind the Fish 'n Flush:The Westminster entrepreneur has invented...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/fisn-n-flush-aquarium-toilet/

Musical Minifigs

Brickshelf user Dunechaser has an awesome collection of musical minifigs inspired by bands, composers, and musicians:http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=93340 (or see this Flickr photoset) - via Lego Mania, *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/musical-minifigs/

Gimme Gimme Octopus, a Strange Japanese Kids TV Show

Kure Kure Takora, which roughly translates to Gimme Gimme Octopus is a strange Japanese children TV show. According to this Wikipedia entry, the big red octopus: ... employs a type of Ninjitsu where he can turn into...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/gimme-gimme-octopus-a-strange-japanese-kids-tv-show/

Star with a Comet-Like Tail

Researchers using NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (Galex) space telescope found this strange star with a very long tail (13 light years long, in fact!) Astronomers say Mira's tail offers a unique opportunity to stud...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/star-with-a-comet-like-tail/

Squirrel's Secret Anti-Rattlesnake Weapon

Turns out, squirrels have a secret weapon against rattlesnakes:Infrared video showed that California ground squirrels' tails warmed by several degrees, up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), when threatene...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/squirrels-secret-anti-rattlesnake-weapon/

There's an Elephant in the Way.

Stumped by a test question? Would you:A) Put a whole bunch of equations and hope for partial credit, you smarmy kid you ...B) Write or draw something outrageous and go for comedic gold!Here's a bunch of actual answers gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/theres-an-elephant-in-the-way/

Wake-up Angel

The Wake-up Angel pictured to the left is an "ear alarm" that vibrates to wake you up if you happen to fall asleep when you really shouldn't (like when driving or studying):You place it behind the ear and i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/wake-up-angel/

Global Cooling: Environmental Nightmare Scenario of the 1970s

Neatorama has many posts about global warming, which is generally agreed upon by today's scientists as real and a cause for concern.But did you know that in the 1970s, the concern was the exact opposite? Here's a story a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/global-cooling-environmental-nightmare-scenario-of-the-1970s/

World's Shortest Airport Runway

Deputydog blog has a really neat article about the strangest airports of the world, like this one above: The World's Shortest Commercial Runwaythe runway at saba’s airport is an insanely brief 400 metres long....

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/worlds-shortest-airport-runway/

Cucumber Robot.

When you go to grab some of this salad, it will grab you back! It’s a robotic hand made of cucumbers. Push play or go to YouTube. From MAYA : Make. -via Engadget...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/cucumber-robot/

Cute Kids Lights

Contemporary Heaven has a neat collection of lights for children, like the adorable "Ruby The Caterpillar Pendant Light" featured above. Link - via Design Milk...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/cute-kids-lights/

What is it? Game 33

Today's collaboration with What is it? blog brings us this strange looking tool - can you guess what it is? More clues and another photo at What is it? blog.Place your guess in the comment section, but p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/what-is-it-game-32/

The Beauty of Old School Letterpress Printing

In this excellent video clip, John Kristensen of Firefly Press in Massachusetts tells us about the beauty and craftmanship of traditional typography: the letterpress printing.Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via all of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/the-beauty-of-old-school-letterpress-printing/

Light Air Guitar

Not only Flickr user micsalac is playing not just any air guitar - it's one made from photons! Link [Flickr] - via therror...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/light-air-guitar/

OMFG Magazine

In our Funny Business Name: WTF post, Neatorama reader Mel told us about a trade publication called the Official Meeting Facilities Guide or ... OMFG. Here it is - behold the OMFG magazine!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/omfg-magazine/

Strange Walnut Shaped Moon of Saturn

No, that's not Death Star - rather, it's a strange walnut-shaped moon of Saturn. Scientists have just solved the mystery of its weird shape:There's a strange moon whizzing around Saturn that's shaped, oddly, like a w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/08/16/strange-walnut-shaped-moon-of-saturn/
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