Archive for January 28th, 2008

Japanese company offers "heartache" leave

"Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick," says CEO Miki Hiradate, of Tokyo-based Hime & Company. The company gives "older" staff (over 29...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/japanese-company-offers-heartache-leave/

Family Guy Star Wars Sketches

Some of you might remember the Family Guy Star Wars Style Poster entry that was posted here at Neatorama late last year. Original sketches from this "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" special are now available from foxstudioart....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/family-guy-star-wars-sketches/

Google Maps Gone Wrong

(YouTube link) Google Maps joins science fiction lore in this eerie video. -via Digg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/google-maps-gone-wrong/

Space Shuttle Challenger

It was twenty-two years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger was launched for the last time. It exploded less than two minutes into the flight. The Texas Space Grant Consortium has a rundown on what happened tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/space-shuttle-challenger/

5 Nastiest U.S. Presidential Elections in History

With all of the primaries going on in the past month, you may have noticed that the presidential candidates are starting to get a little snarky with each other. What you may not know is that mudslinging isn't exactly a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/5-nastiest-us-presidential-elections-in-history/

Puppy vs. Robot

(YouTube link) When I brought home a Roboquad robot the other day and started playing with it, our resident guardian K9 was none too pleased. I decided to put Roboquad in "autonomous" mode, set his aggression leve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/puppy-vs-robot/

10 Neatest LEGO Facts and Links

LEGO is 50 years old today (precisely at 1:58 pm, actually, when the original patent was filed in Denmark). The plastic toy building brick is everywhere - LEGO has thousands of sets with all sorts of themes, fro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/10-neatest-lego-facts-and-links/

The McDonald's Sign Prank

Back in 2003, the McDonald's at East Alton, Illinois had a strangely-worded sign that just begged to be pranked. So the folks at Phone Losers of America did just that:I don’t want to use any of the ideas that d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/the-mcdonalds-sign-prank/

Man Modded Honda Goldwing Motorcycle to Look Like F15 Fighter Jet

This guy has modded his Honda Goldwing motorcycle into a mini F15 Fighter Jet! He claims that the creation is street legal - GeekAlerts has a short video clip of the strange jet/bike combo: LinkToo bad there's no afterbu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/man-modded-honda-goldwing-motorcycle-to-look-like-f15-fighter-jet/

Star Wars/Disney Mash Up Fan Art

Snow White n 7 StormtroopersDarth Valice in WonderlanddeviantART user *Thumper-001 has a fantastic set of fan art of Star Wars and Disney mash up.The Cheshire Cat in Boba Fett costume is simply marvelous!Many more excell...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/star-warsdisney-mash-up-fan-art/

BIC Pen Drawings by Juan Francisco Casas

That's Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas drawing a photorealistic B/W (that's blue and white, I suppose) art using only a BIC ballpoint pen!Some examples of his amazing work:theperfectman (2007)Windybrighton (2007)Clic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/bic-pen-drawings-by-juan-francisco-casas/

Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Heath Ledger's Funeral

Someone tell the idiots at the Westboro Baptist Church that Heath Ledger was an actor playing a role in The Brokeback Mountain. Or maybe they didn't even care.Is this for real? Sadly, given the history of condemnation o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/westboro-baptist-church-to-picket-heath-ledgers-funeral/

The Sheep Circle

Photo: Russell BirdPhotographer Russell Bird captured this mysterious structure known as the "sheep circle":There were strange goings on at the farm today when a flock of sheep made their own version of a c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/the-sheep-circle/

Quote: Steven Wright on the Uncertainty Principle

"I have a quantum car. Every time I look at the speedometer I get lost." - Steven Wright, comedian (b. 1955)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/quote-steven-wright-on-the-uncertainty-principle/

New Photos by Annie Leibovitz for Disney

Photo: Annie LeibovitzFamous photographer Annie Leibovitz had done a series of stylized photos for Disney's ad campaign "Year of a Million Dreams" (we covered this back in November 2007). Now, she has more pics, like the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/new-photos-by-annie-leibovitz-for-disney/

World's Largest Champagne Fountain

You're looking at photographs from a new attempt to break the world record for the "The Largest Champagne Fountain" in Antwerp, Belgium:The 7 metre (22.9 feet) high pyramid will contain more than 43,000 gla...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/worlds-largest-champagne-fountain/

The Mysterious Sewer Blob

Photo: City of LewistonThe City of Lewiston, Maine, got an unusual sewer problem: its main sewer line is being clogged by a mysterious 50 to 60 foot (15 to 18 m) long doughy blob!City crews discovered the clog earlie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/the-mysterious-sewer-blob/

The Hitler Room

To make his hotel stand out from its competitors, Belgrade hotelier Dusan Zabunovic decided to give his hotel a peculiar theme: current and past world leaders!Zabunovic renovated a property opposite Belgrade's centra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/the-hitler-room/

Are They Shortchanging Our Toilet Papers?

Eighty-one-year-old retiree Leo Hill got a nagging feeling that every roll of TP he's used since mid-2006 didn't last as long as they used to.So, having a lot of time on his hand, he decided to investigate: by counti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/are-they-shortchanging-our-toilet-papers/

Trivia: The Birthday Paradox

In a room of 57 or more people, the probability of two people having the same birthday is 99%.In a group of 23 randomly chosen people, that probability is 50%. For a full explanation, see Birthday Paradox [wiki]...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/trivia-the-birthday-paradox/

Teenager's Blood Type Changed by Liver Transplant

Fifteen-year-old Demi-Lee Brennan is lucky to be alive: after a virus destroyed her liver, doctors gave her just 48 hours to live when a donated liver became available.But not only that: after the transplant, Demi-Lee be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/teenagers-blood-type-changed-by-liver-transplant/






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