Archive for January 13th, 2008

Cat Costumes

This Japanese site sells happy little cat costumes that are guaranteed to make your kitty sad. Link -via Cynical-C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/cat-costumes/

What's in that pillow?

There are laws that say mattresses, pillows, and other bedding must have a tag stating its composition. This pillow had the tag, and the manufacturer was honest in saying they just don't know what's in there!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/whats-in-that-pillow/

Race Car vs. Boeing 777 Jet

Last week, there was a peculiar spectacle at New Zealand's Auckland airport: a race between the A1 Grand Prix Black Beauty (driven by Jonny Reid) and an Air New Zealand Boeing 777 (piloted by Captain Dave Morgan). &q...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/race-car-vs-boeing-777-jet/

Coulrophobia: Fear of Clowns

Comic: Bizarro (who by the way has a new blog and an upcoming comic show at the Purple Onion in San Francisco on February 22, 2008)Remember that ailurophobia is the irrational fear of cat? Well, coulrophobia [wiki] is th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/coulrophobia-fear-of-clown/

The Wicked Witch of the West Guitar by Stephen McSwain

Los Angeles musician and artist Stephen McSwain makes awesome custom guitars. Tired of seeing the same old guitars, Stephen decided to create a new breed of guitars he called "functional art." The results are f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/the-wicked-witch-of-the-west-guitar-by-stephen-mcswain/

Handshake: Rings Exchange Contact Information

Hideaki Matsui, Dong Ho Yun, and Jea Wan Park designed a ring that allows people to exchange their contact information simply by shaking hands. The idea won the 2007 Red Dot Award for Interaction & Communication desi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/handshake-rings-exchange-contact-information/

Eskobar

Eskobar. From right to left: Robert Birming (drums), Daniel Bellqvist (vocal), and Frederik Zäll (guitar). Well, I'll be darned! Turns out that one of Neatorama's authors, Robert Birming of the fantastic gadget blog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/eskobar/

Polar Bear Plunge

Over 500 people (those crazy Minnesotans!) showed up one winter morning in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, to take a plunge into the freezing lake (a hole has been cut in the ice for this specific reason). The Polar Bear Plu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/polar-bear-plunge/

Smoking Jacket by Fiona Carswell

Last year, Fiona Carswell made a jacket for polite smokers. The Smoking Jacket, as it is called, has a built-in container with a one-way valve into which the smoker blows smoke (instead of in the faces of the people arou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/smoking-jacket-by-fiona-carswell/

Trivia: Gilligan's First Name

In the hit TV series Gilligan's Island, Gilligan actually had a first name: Willy.Gilligan's first name was used only once, on the never-aired pilot show. Sherwood Schwartz, the series' creator, got the name Gilligan by...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/trivia-gilligans-first-name/

Quote: Harlan Ellison on Stupidity

"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity."- Harlan Ellison, author (b. 1934)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/quote-harlan-ellison-on-stupidity/

Cartoon Sound Effects

From our pal Adam Koford (apelad) of Hobotopia, here's his rendition of cartoon sound effects from A to Z! Link [Flickr]...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/cartoon-sound-effects/

Indian Lawyer is Heir to French Crown

In the unlikely event that France decides to go back and be a monarchy again, the guy next in line to be king is ... an Indian lawyer named Balthazar de Bourbon:A restoration of the monarchy in France is, of course,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/indian-lawyer-is-heir-to-french-crown/

The Solar Ark by Sanyo

In 2005, Japanese electronics company Sanyo has built what is probably the world's coolest solar photovoltaic power generation facility: the Solar Ark. The building is 315 m (1,033 ft) long and 37 m (121 ft) tall and has...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/the-solar-ark-by-sanyo/

RIP Gemina the Crooked-Necked Giraffe

Every time my family and I visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, we always went to see Gemina the crooked-necked giraffe. So it was sad that I found out that Gemina had to be euthanized because her health declined due to old age....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/rip-gemina-the-crooked-necked-giraffe/

30-Year-Old Woman Passed Self as 13-Year-Old Boy, Enrolled in School

This is a strange one: a 30-year-old woman named Barbora Skrlova passed herself as a 13-year-old boy ... and even enrolled herself in school!Barbora Skrlova fled to Norway from the Czech Republic and posed as a 13-ye...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/30-year-old-woman-passed-self-as-13-year-old-boy-enrolled-in-school/

Photomosaic Illusion

This is just about the neatest photomosaic/optical illusion I've seen all week! Does anyone know who made it? via imbaDev Update 1/14/08: The artist is Lewis Lavoie - you can see many more examples in his website - *e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/13/photomosaic-illusion/




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