Archive for November 12th, 2007

The Gimli Glider

The first fuel pump on the Boeing 767 went out. Then all the fuel pumps went out. Then an engine stopped. Then the other engine failed. What to do? The crew consulted Boeing’s emergency manual for advice on an unpowere...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/the-gimli-glider/

New Jones Soda Flavors

You might remember the turkey-flavored Jones Soda from last Christmas. Sodas are now available in new holiday flavors for 2007. The Christmas pack will feature such flavors as Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/new-jones-soda-flavors/

Odd Fish that Can Live in a Log.

The rivulus is notorious for being the only fish that can naturally self-fertilize and is also known to breathe air for long periods of time. However, scientists accidentally discovered that this odd American fish can l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/odd-fish-that-can-live-in-a-log/

Money to Burn - Fire Starters

Light your fire with a roll of hundreds and enjoy watching your money going up in smoke. These wads of faux $100 bills are coated with a slow-burning wax that stays lit until your logs catch fire. A se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/money-to-burn-fire-starters/

2007 Word of the Year: Locavore

The New Oxford American Dictionary has just picked their 2007 Word of the Year: it's locavore!The past year saw the popularization of a trend in using locally grown ingredients, taking advantage of seasonally availab...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/2007-word-of-the-year-locavore/

My Loony Bun is Fine Benny Lava: Bollywood Song Buffalaxed!

YouTube user buffalax specializes in subtitling foreign music video clips. No, not translating - basically he subtitles the song with what he believes it sounds like in English, in a term he coined as being "buffala...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/my-loony-bun-is-fine-benny-lava-bollywood-song-buffalaxed/

Saudi Arabia Banned Camel Beauty Contest

Saudi Arabia's clerics have just issued a religious ruling or fatwa banning .... camel beauty contests!The fatwa stated that the contests are prohibited because they include perversion, waste money on futility and os...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/saudi-arabia-banned-camel-beauty-contest/

Mars Simulation Sites

The Mars Analogue Research Station (MARS) Programme has two sites used to simulate the conditions of living and working on Mars. One is on Devon Island in the Arctic; the other is in the desert in Utah. Participants have...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/mars-simulation-sites/

Found Photos and Found Photographer

Photographer Craig Nelson bought a batch of intriguing photos from a shop in Arkansas. They were taken in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Nelson posted them on Flickr and searched for the original photographer. He found Darrel...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/found-photos-and-found-photographer/

One Man Band

(Metacafe link) A busker playing Indonesian music on many instruments on the street in Oxford. I recognize the hang drum and some kind of squeezbox. The horn looks like a cross between a digeridoo {wiki} and an alpho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/one-man-band/

Glamorous Insects

Dark Roasted Blend has a gallery of beautiful photographs of exotic insects by various photographers. This one is an Idolomantis diabolica, or a Devil's Flower Mantis. Link (Image credit: Igor Siwanowicz)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/glamorous-insects/

The Daring Book for Girls

[YouTube Link]A while ago, Neatorama reviewed Conn and Hal Iggulden's bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys - a manual for boys on how to rediscover fun and adventure. But what about girls? Sure, today's girls...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/the-daring-book-for-girls/

A Short History of Women Inventors and Scientists

This is an excerpt of The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, as part of Neatorama's review (and giveaway contest) for the book.Even though it’s said that "necessity is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/a-short-history-of-women-inventors-and-scientists/

F1 Lawn Mower

Kadeg Boucher at CGSociety (CGTalk Forum) created these awesome computer graphic illustrations of a Formula One-inspired Lawn Mower! The large images are stunning: Link [CGTalk Forum] - via GeekAlerts...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/f1-lawn-mower/

Loaded Lines in Star Wars

Oooh! Here's an, um, interesting post on Star Wars by the incomparable Miss Cellania: Top Ten Sexually Tilted Lines in Star Wars.For example: "Luke, at that speed do you think you'll be able to pull out in time?...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/loaded-lines-in-star-wars/

Watching Politicians is Like ...

Gail at Scribal Terror observed that watching politicans in action is like having to sit through a particular bad experience. For example:Watching Hillary Clinton is like getting yelled at by the gym teacher for not...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/watching-politicians-is-like/

Millenium Falcon Cat Bed

Craftster user urka has a pet cat named Chewbacca, so naturally she made him a cat bed that looks like the Millenium Falcon!Link - via Super Punch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/millenium-falcon-cat-bed/

Counterfeit, a Game of Spot the Difference

Counterfeit! is a fun Flash game where you get to spot the difference between the two pictures. Can you find the spot in the alloted time? (This one got above got me!)Link [Flash] - via One Large PrawnPreviously on Neato...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/counterfeit-a-game-of-spot-the-difference/

Dick Hilburn, the Quarter Man

The Human Marvels has a post about Dick Hilburn, the so-called "Quarter-Man" because he was born with just one arm and physically little else:Dick Hilburn was born with a single arm and physically little el...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/dick-hilburn-the-quarter-man/

Trivia: Canadian Postal Code for Santa Claus

Santa Claus has his own postal code in Canada: HOH OHO.In Alaska, the city of North Pole (in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, population 1,778) has the zip code of 99705....

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/trivia-canadian-postal-code-for-santa-claus/

If Everyday Objects Were Made Of Meat ...

Italian artist Simone Racheli created sculptures of every day objects like a chair, a toilet, and bicycle frame that looked like they were made from meat!Here's a gallery of his artwork at Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery: ht...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/if-everyday-objects-were-made-of-meat/

The Last Great Buried Treasure Mystery: The Money Pit at Oak Island

The following is reprinted from The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.(Image credit: NormanEinstein)The romance of searching for pirate treasure has been celebrated in dozens of stories since Robert Lou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/11/12/the-last-great-buried-treasure-mystery-the-money-pit-at-oak-island/
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