Archive for September 17th, 2007

An ode to Alex the Parrot

By now I'm sure you've heard the news about Alex the Parrot heading out into the great beyond, and if you're like me, you shed a tiny tear or two. Leave it to Jackie and Dunlap of Red State Update to send the avian...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/an-ode-to-alex-the-parrot/

Middle East Skyscrapers.

The "skyscrapers" in Shibam, Yemen were first constructed about 500 years ago using mud bricks, then repaired over and over again through the years. While the five to nine story buildings in this "Manhattan of the D...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/middle-east-skyscrapers/

Mermaid Prosthetic

In the comments for the item about “basketball girl” Qian Hongyan, who is training to be a competitive swimmer, some people speculated about the possibility of swimming prosthetics, so this item really caught...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/mermaid-prosthetic/

The Littlest Angel

Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley was born on Feb.13, 2003 and weighed just 2 lbs, 8 ounces. Young Kenadie was not expected to survive long but years later she is still with us. At the age of 8 months, Kenadie was diagnosed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/the-littlest-angel/

Knife-Throwing Mother

Things were a bit different in the 1950s. Today, this story might include the words “bail bond” and “removed from custody”. Push play or go to Live Leak. -via Arbroath...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/knife-throwing-mother/

The Strange Story of Napoleon's Wallpaper.

When Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821, an autopsy led doctors to believe he died of cancer stemming from a perforated stomach ulcer. 20th century tests on souvenir locks of Napoleon’s hair led researchers to thi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/the-strange-story-of-napoleons-wallpaper/

What Has Been Seen

The earlier item on internet warning symbols reminded me of this “motivational poster.” -found at Bits and Pieces...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/what-has-been-seen/

The most endangered animals of 2007.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN)'s 2007 Red List of Threatened Species includes the Chinese river dolphin, which was classified as "critically endangered (possibly extinct)". National Geographic has a gallery of an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/the-most-endangered-animals-of-2007/

Got Mine. Got Yours?

The London Fire Brigade has a rap video to publicize their free smoke alarm giveaway. Artist Stephen-remell Coleman is a firefighter on Wimbledon Fire Station’s Red Watch, but in his free time performs as a rapp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/got-mine-got-yours/

The Coolest Superhero Costumes

retroCRUSH asked its readers to vote on the coolest male super hero costume and compiled a handy top 20 list. I'm sad that Darkwing Duck didn't make the cut :( http://retrocrush.buzznet.com/archive2007/bestcos...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/the-coolest-superhero-costumes/

$20 for 22 art prints by James Jean!

Amazon says: Process Recess 2: Portfolio showcases the illustrative work of Eisner and Harvey award winner James Jean. Each image will be printed in a grand 15" x 11" format that is suitable for framing. The book...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/20-for-22-art-prints-by-james-jean/

Virtual Fire Extinguisher Douses Digital Fire

I didn't think that using a fire extinguisher is that difficult (aim at base of fire, pull trigger), but apparently there is a need for training. Enter BullsEye, a digital fire extinguisher training simulator, which allo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/virtual-fire-extinguisher-douses-digital-fire/

Lifeguard's Bathroom Break

What happens when a lifeguard on duty guarding a really crowded pool has to go on a bathroom break? Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Say No to Crack...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/lifeguards-bathroom-break/

I, For One, Welcome Our New Coconut Crab Overlord ...

That's the coconut crab, which according to Wikipedia is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world - found at One Large Prawn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/i-for-one-welcome-our-new-coconut-crab-overlord/

A Cruel, Unusual, and ... Musical Punishment?

A judge has sentenced violators of the noise ordinance of the city of Fort Lupton, Colorado, to a musical punishment: Violaters of the city of Fort Lupton's noise ordinance were in for a big surprise this past Friday...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/a-cruel-unusual-and-musical-punishment/

Anti-Sugar Daddy Campaign in Uganda

Top stop unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS, not to mention cross-generational sex, Uganda has launched an Anti-Sugar Daddy campaign!As the demand for luxury items increases, girls as young as 9 are finding sugar-dadd...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/anti-sugar-daddy-campaign-in-uganda/

If Stop Sign Were Designed by Internet Users

Yes, it's a photoshop job, but if you can read the sign above, then you spend waaay too much time on the Interweb - found at Miss Cellania....

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/if-stop-sign-were-designed-by-internet-users/

Space Invaders Doormat

How awesome is this? A Space Invaders doormat, complete with glowing animated aliens! Link - via Random Good Stuff...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/space-invaders-doormat/

Red Shirt: a Badge of Star Trek Courage

Flickr user artvixn took this photo of a humorous masquerade entry at the LA WorldCon 2006 about being a red shirt in Star Fleet.Link [Flickr] | Artvixn's LA Worldcon 2006 photoset - see also Analysis of the Red-Shirt Ph...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/red-shirt-a-badge-of-star-trek-courage/

17 Strange Facts About Hitler

The following is an article from Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader There's nothing funny about Hitler, but he is endlessly fascinating. Since Congress passed the Nazi War Crimes Di...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/17/17-strange-facts-about-hitler/






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