Archive for September 24th, 2007

Trivia: Coffee in International Commerce

Coffee is the world's second largest item of international commerce. The first item? Petroleum. If you think about it, both are just different types of fuel.What is caffeine doing to you? Find out at Neatorama's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/trivia-coffee-in-international-commerce/

Seven Years at The Presurfer

Someone once told me the half-life of a blog is about two years, meaning only half of them last longer than that. Gerard Vlemmings has been blogging at The Presurfer for seven years as of today! His site is the first one...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/seven-years-at-the-presurfer/

Self-portrait of an alleged thief.

Bill MacEwen was the victim of a robbery last week. The burglars took two iMacs and four laptops. Today, this unknown person uploaded a picture of himself to MacEwen’s Flickr account. Someone on the internet sho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/self-portrait-of-a-thief/

Meteorite Crater Causing Mass Sickness?

For our weekly collaboration with Cellar Image of the Day, here is The Andromeda Strain come to life: Peruvian citizens are blaming a mysterious crater, supposedly formed by a meteorite impact, for a host of ill...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/meteorite-crater-causing-mass-sickness/

Fart Store in Poland

Neatorama reader Chris Whiteoak snapped this pic of a store called "Fart" in Poland. Apparently, it means "luck" there. Thanks Chris!Previously on Neatorama: Farto Store...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/fart-store-in-poland/

Bose Electromagnetic Suspension System for Cars

Bose, the audio equipment manufacturer, also makes an active suspension system for cars. Unlike the hydraulics systems that are common today, Bose's system uses electromagnets to raise or lower the wheels in response to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/bose-electromagnetic-suspension-system-for-cars/

Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson on Quotations

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalist (1803-1882)Thanks Rian Fike!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/quote-ralph-waldo-emerson-on-quotations/

EURion Constellation: Anti-Counterfeiting Device for Money

Got a new $10 or $20 bill in your pocket? Get it out and look at the yellow numbers. You'll notice that they're actually arranged in a specific pattern at different orientations to prevent counterfeiting:The EURion const...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/eurion-constellation-anti-counterfeiting-device-for-money/

More Panoramas at 360Cities

Jeffrey Martin of the panorama-photography portal 360cities.net wrote to us that they've put 19 more cities to the database.They're also converting the entire network into PhotoOverlays format on Google Earth (he assured...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/more-panoramas-at-360cities/

Old Codger Refused to Prove How Old He was, Denied Alcohol, Got REALLY Grumpy!

When Tony Ralls, 72 (but looks years younger, IMHO) wanted to buy wine at his local supermarket, but was refused by the supermarket checkout staff when he refused to prove he was old enough!The grandfather-of-three s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/old-codger-refused-to-prove-how-old-he-is-denied-alcohol-got-really-grumpy/

Bird Fly Nonstop From Alaska to New Zealand

Biologists used satellite tags to track the longest nonstop bird migration ever measured: A female shorebird was recently found to have flown 7,145 miles (11,500 kilometers) nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand—w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/bird-fly-nonstop-from-alaska-to-new-zealand/

Of Muppets and Men: Behind the Scenes Footage of The Muppet Show

Jean-Paul Bouchard of Velvet Fog has a few YouTube clips of Jim Henson and Frank Oz of The Muppet Show working behind the scenes.Here are some fantastic footage from the TV documentary Of Muppets and Men: Link -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/of-muppets-and-men-behind-the-scenes-footage-of-the-muppet-show/

On Live TV Anything Can Happen, Including Puking on the Air

We've made fun of the (many) stupid moments on home shopping networks on television before, but to my knowledge this has never happened: vomiting on live TV.C'mon, I know you're curious: Hit play or go...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/on-live-tv-anything-can-happen-including-puking-on-air/

More uses for rubber bands.

Slip a rubber band onto the toilet paper dispenser when adding a new roll. Between uses, slip the band around the roll -it will keep your toddler or your cat from unrolling the whole thing! Find more suggestions for usin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/more-uses-for-rubber-bands/

Porjus

Fall is the season of Aurora Borealis. Porjus, Sweden is the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights, or follow them via internet. Porjus is a village in Swedish Lapland, the northern part of Sweden. This is th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/porjus/

Smart Furniture

Cool or creepy? This collection of furniture innovations include a toilet that measures your health, a bench that plays with you, a footstool that follows you around, and a tablecloth that glows around objects set upon i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/smart-furniture/

H. R. Giger At Work

I'm sure many folks here have seen the multitude of sketches, prints, art works and movies based on H. R. Giger's work here on the Internet. One such famous work I'm also sure that does come into mind for all of you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/h-r-giger-at-work/

Real-Time World Statistics

See real-time statistics about births, marriages computers produced and much more. Link - via haha.nu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/real-time-world-statistics/

Rare White Koala.

Photo: Hayley Deeks of Hydro Photographics Mick is a very rare koala with white fur and dark eyes and nose. Albino koalas have pink eyes and noses. The creature, nicknamed Mick, was found blind and suffering from...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/rare-white-koala/

Baby with a Map

Lilly is almost two years old. When she grows up, she wants to be Miss Teen South Carolina. She’s certainly cute enough! Push play or go to YouTube. -via Videosift...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/baby-with-a-map/

Warning, Pangea is returning...

in approximately 250 million years. Which means we can all kiss the Atlantic Ocean goodbye. Read a bit more about the nigh-imminent "Pangea Ultima" here. And speaking of Pangea, I highly recommend Jim Rugg's Stree...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/warning-pangea-is-returning/

Hotels Around the World That Made History

Forbes Traveler has a neat article on hotels around the world that go beyond just being accomodations for the night: they also made history. For example, take San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel:Few hotels can lay claim t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/hotels-around-the-world-that-made-history/

Caffeine Facts

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader. What is America's favorite drug? You guessed it - caffeine. We use more caffeine than all other drugs - legal or illegal - combi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/caffeine-facts/

School of Shock: Don't Tase Me, Teach!

At the Rotenberg Center, students as young as nine and ten receive shocks for misbehaving. Employeed wear remotes bearing a picture of each child around their waist so they don't shock the wrong kid.The cover st...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/school-of-shock-dont-tase-me-teach/

Four-Toed Jerboa

What do you get when you cross a rabbit with a kangaroo and a rat? A jumping desert rodent called the four-toed Jerboa! Link - via Scribal Terror Previously on Neatorama:Zebra + Horse + Giraffe = Zoraffe? Zebra + Pony =...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/four-toed-jerboa/

Trivia: World's Hardest Tongue Twister

World's hardest tongue twister is "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick."...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/trivia-worlds-hardest-tongue-twister/

Carl Unthan, the Armless Fiddler

There are many self-taught musicians, but Carl Herman Unthan [wiki] was a fiddler unlike no other: he was born without arms, and played the violin using his feet!It was his father who pushed young Carl to use his fee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/carl-unthan-the-armless-fiddler/

Forbidden Words: What Employees Can and Cannot Say to Customers

Rude store employees? This Chinese clothing store solved the problem by putting up a poster of what their workers can and cannot say to customers!Link to larger pic at One Large Prawn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/24/forbidden-words-what-employees-can-and-cannot-say-to-customers/
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