Archive for January 14th, 2008

Office Orchestra

(Metacafe link) This ad from Hewlitt Packard features a group of office workers performing Mozart on coffee cups and office equipment. I waited in vain for someone to spill water on a laptop. -Thanks, Jan!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/office-orchestra/

Gelotology

The volunteer's face muscles contract, and his body begins to convulse. His breathing becomes spasmodic, and he makes a series of involuntary, repeated vocalizations. For one informative moment, the EEG's mechanical...

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Christiane Zschommler photographs

Christiane Zschommler takes wonderful pictures, some abstracted, like the one above and others less so, but with an eye both for bold and su...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/christiane-zschommler-photographs/

Happy Birthday, Smurfs!

Today kicked off a year of 50th anniversary celebrations for the little blue creatures called Smurfs. The Smurfs originated in Brussels, Belgium. The late cartoonist Pierre Culliford, best known by his pen name, "P...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/happy-birthday-smurfs/

Bestill, My Beating Heart: Scientists Created Beating Heart Out of a Dead Shell

A rat heart in three stages of decellularization. In the left photo, the heart chambers are labelled. Ao: aorta. LV: left ventricle. RV: right ventricle. LA: left atrium. RA: right atrium. Middle Photo: arrows indicate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/bestill-my-beating-heart-scientists-created-beating-heart-out-of-a-dead-shell/

How to Make a Magic Fireball

This is so cool (well, technically, it's hot!): here's a guide on how to make your own magic fireball. Just don't get burned, okay... Hit play or go to Link [Metacafe] - via Gizmodo, thanks John Wiersma!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/how-to-make-a-magic-fireball/

The Mushroom House

For the past 22 years, Canadian artist Zube has worked on a house in Whistler, Canada, named The Mushroom House.The Mushroom House basks in pure sunlight. The external design of The Mushroom House was inspired by the...

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Virgin Birth of a Shark

A female shark in a Hungarian aquarium has just given birth without ever mating! Director Attila Varga said: "When I saw the baby shark lying on the bottom of the tank I thought it was a joke. I was amazed whe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/virgin-birth-of-a-shark/

Why You Should Keep Your Arms Inside the Car

Kids, this is the reason your mom told you never to wave or stick your arm out of a car window: A 20-year-old man is stable after undergoing surgery on his arm that was partially severed as he waved out a car window...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/why-you-should-keep-your-arms-inside-the-car/

School Pranked into Administering Electric Shocks to Students

We've posted about the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a controversial "behavioral modification" school that uses electric shock in attempt to change children's behaviors. (Photo: The cover story of a Sept...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/school-pranked-into-administering-electric-shocks-to-students/

LOTR Battle of Pelennor Fields Candy Diorama

Last year, Dave of Miss(ed) Manners and his brother Danny built the awesome diorama of Battle of Helm's Deep (from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings) with gummy bears and other candies.The duo have followd...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/lotr-battle-of-pelennor-fields-candy-diorama/

Double Einstein Ring Photographed by the Hubble Telescope

NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope photographed a phenomenon called "Einstein ring" where, predicted by Einstein a long time ago, gravity can "bend" light rays:The phenomenon, called gravitational lensing,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/einstein-ring-photographed-by-the-hubble-telescope/

PETA's Anti-KFC Tombstone Prank

PETA had placed a tombstone in the Louisville cemetery in which the founder of KFC was buried. It turns out that the gravemarker, which was approved by the cemetery, contained a hidden message:At first glance, the to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/petas-anti-kfc-tombstone-prank/

Ed Gardner, the Doogie Howser of Aviation

Meet Ed Gardner, who just turned 20 years old and is Britain's youngest commercial pilot for Titan Airways:Holidaymakers flying from Stansted airport since October may have been unaware that the reassuring voice from...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/ed-gardner-the-doogie-howser-of-aviation/

Living Behind the Veil

The Los Angeles Times has a very interesting article about American women who married Saudi men and must now obey strict Islamic laws. Or at least on the face of it. Apparently, it's not all negative:Most non-Muslim...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/living-behind-the-veil/

Vintage Postcard Lamp Shades

A series of neat looking vintage postcard lamp shades has just arrived over at the UncommonGoods website. Visit another time and another place with these charming, retro Americana postcard lamp shades. The vinta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/vintage-postcard-lamp-shades/

Knitted Wire Sculptures

Reina Mia Brill creates strange but loveable knitted wire sculptures of all kinds of fantastic creatures. This one is titled “If You Keep Making Faces”. From the artist’s statement: I begin with drawings tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/knitted-wire-sculptures/

Amazing Tennis Serve

The American tennis player Andy Roddick puts some weight behind his serve. According to the video comments over at YouTube, this clip has been used for a Powerade commercial but someone also points out that "it ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/amazing-tennis-serve/

People in Order

(YouTube link) 100 people, arranged in order of their ages from one to 100, all play a drum. It’s much more fascinating than it sounds. The film was produced by Lenka Clayton and James Price. -via Arbroath menta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/people-in-order/

RIP Vampira, aka Maila Nurmi

Maila Nurmi, best known for her portrayal of Vampira and for her role in Ed Wood`s Plan 9 From Outer Space, has passed at age 86. Her portrayal of Vampira as a television horror host and in films was incredib...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/rip-vampira-aka-maila-nurmi/

Saving Pvt. Ryan Beach Scene Filmed In 4 Days

This short film was created in 4 days by 3 Graphic Designers on a shoe string budget for the timewatch program "Bloody Omaha". The final graphics are quite spectacular. Video: YoutubeDDay, WWWII, Omaha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/saving-pvt-ryan-beach-scene-filmed-in-4-days/

Revenge Gone Wild!

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader book.We all have fantasies of getting even with people who annoy us ... but we seldom actually go through with them . Here are some...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/revenge-gone-wild/

10 Neatest Neatorama Articles of 2007

A little sticky Post-It note in the corner of my desk has been duly reminding me to do a "best of" list for Neatorama. And obviously, I've been procrastinating. My problem is there are a lot of exclusi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/10-neatest-neatorama-articles-of-2007/

Quote: McCain on Optimism

"Remember the words of Chairman Mao: 'It's always darkest before it's totally black.'." - John McCain, American politician and Senator (b. 1936)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/quote-mccain-on-optimism/

Richard Saja's Embroidery Art

Perhaps the best way to describe Richard Saja's art is to compare it with graffiti. That is, if you can embroider graffiti! Richard takes a toile (Toile de Jouy) print, like on the sofa above, and hand embroider its figu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/richard-sajas-embroidery-art/

Farting Squirrel

Ben Dawkins of BBH ad agency created this funny little viral ad for Vigorsol, an Italian breath mint. See how this enterprising little squirrel (chipmunk?) saved the forest from a burning fire ...With the tagline of &quo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/farting-squirrel/

Lamp Made from Melted LEGO Blocks

Craftster user sweet4ever made herself a custom lamp out of melted LEGO blocks! (Warning: burning plastic releases toxic fumes) Link - via GeekAlertsThis is but one of many craft/DIY projects on Craftster Best of 2007 li...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/lamp-made-from-melted-lego-blocks/

Trivia: World's First Motel

Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is the world's first motel. It was built in 1925 by LA architect Arthur Heineman, who coined the term motel meaning "motor hotel." Motel Inn was originally cal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/trivia-worlds-first-motel/

Drinking Sake Like a Fish

There are a lot of strange customs, things and people in Japan, but this one is really odd: forcing a fish to drink sake.The fish were the drinkers in a strange ceremony dating back to the Edo Period in which lively...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/drinking-sake-like-a-fish/

Cthulhu Balloon

Flickr user TwystNeko creates one balloon animal a day, every day. So far, there are 100 Flickr photos uploaded - many are quite creative (like the flamethrower balloon, for instance.) This one to the left is the Cthulhu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/14/cthulhu-balloon/
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