Archive for March 5th, 2008

Cult Worshiped Giant Teapot

Kamariah Ali, a 57-year-old former teacher in Malaysia was arrested under the strict Islamic Sharia law and jailed for joining a "heretical" Sky Kingdom cult.Two fascinating things about this report at Telegrap...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/cult-worshipped-giant-teapot/

Desktop Wallpaper Project at Kitsune Noir

Bobby S. of Kitsune Noir blog wrote to us about his new Desktop Wallpaper Project:Basically what I've done is contact all of my favorite artists and designers to see if they'd create desktop background which I'll be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/desktop-wallpaper-project-at-kitsune-noir/

Scouting for "Camel Toads"

ZOMG! This is the funniest newspaper advice column I've read in a while. It's from the 15 June 2005 installment of "Ask Leslie," an advice column written by librarian Leslie Potter for the Hays Daily News*/...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/scouting-for-camel-toads/

Man-Made Flood in Grand Canyon

More than 300,000 gallons of water per second was released from the Glen Canyon Dam into the Grand Canyon today. This man-made flood is made to simulate natural ones that used to nourish the Grand Canyon's ecosystem:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/man-made-flood-in-grand-canyon/

Why It's a Bad Idea to Tease a Croc

That's Israeli fisherman Novon Mashiah, who thought that it would be a good idea to pose with a 12-foot crocodile. Here's what happened:The crocodile had swum towards the boat hoping to be fed fish. "I was shock...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/why-its-a-bad-idea-to-tease-a-croc/

Fish Air Bladder Worth Its Weight in Gold

That ugly fish has an air bladder (swim bladder or fish maw) worth its weight in gold (because it is used in Chinese medicine.) Meet the Chinese Bahaba fish (Bahaba flavolabiata), which hasn't been seen in the coast of Z...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/fish-air-bladder-worth-its-weight-in-gold/

Skeletal Bones Wedding Cake

Jodie Carey created this fearsome looking "bone" wedding cake out of plaster, steel, wire, and sugarpaste icing. Link | Her homepage - via Who Killed Bambi?...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/skeletal-bones-wedding-cake/

Trivia: The Ballsy Origin of "Testify"

One theory is that the word "testify" was derived from the ancient Roman custom of men holding their testicles with their right hands before giving testimony in court.And why did the Romans have to hold their b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/trivia-the-ballsy-origin-of-testify/

Thinking Machine 4: Watch It Think Over Chess Moves

Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak's Thinking Machine 4 is not your usual computer chess. When you move your piece, the computer's thought process is then sketched on the screen as it ponders its move: A map is cre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/thinking-machine-4-watch-it-think-over-chess-moves/

Yoda Cake Awesome It Is

The Force is strong with Sandra of Socake blog. Here's how she made the Yoda birthday cake: I wrote the birthday message on the cake board the way Yoda would speek...."30 you are" but If I had more room I w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/yoda-cake-awesome-it-is/

The Closing Door Experiment: The True Reason People "Keep Their Options Open"

We've all been told that we should "keep all our options open," but is that really the right thing to do? Not according to Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at the MIT: In a series of experiment...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/the-closing-door-experiment-the-true-reason-people-keep-their-options-open/

Craftsman Skeleton Ad

I'm loving this ad of a skeleton made from helmets and Craftsman socket wrenches and spanners! It was made by Y&R Chicago advertising agency, directed by Ken Erke and photographed by Mark La Favor.Ads of the World ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/craftsman-skeleton-ad/

Quote: Ernest Benn on Politics

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." - Ernest Benn, British publisher (1875 - 1954)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/quote-ernest-benn-on-politics-2/

Circuit Board Business Card

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a new business card. It’s a working circuit board! See how they made it, what it can do, and how you can design one yourself. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/circuit-board-business-card/

Scrabble Quiz

How much do you know about Scrabble? Take the lunchtime quiz at mental_floss and see how your game knowledge stacks up against others. I must admit, I’m better at playing the game than taking a quiz about it! http://...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/scrabble-quiz/

Echochrome

(YouTube link) Who says three dimensions are better than two? This trailer for Echochrome, a yet-to-be-released game for the PlayStation Portable shows someone the things that are possible in 2D, but not 3D. -via the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/echochrome/

10 Gnomes

In this game, you are challenged to find ten gnomes hidden in a panoramic photograph. Click an area to zoom in, and click near the bottom of the picture to zoom out. But hurry! You’ve only got ten minutes. There are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/10-gnomes/

Centenarian to run London Marathon

101-year-old Buster Martin is set to compete in the London Marathon on April 13th. Working plumber Buster Martin ran Sunday's Roding Valley half marathon in Essex in five hours 13 minutes, and is now focusing on Lo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/centenarian-to-run-london-marathon/

Zombies Promote Cholesterol Awareness

DDB Colombia produced ads for the Colombian Association of Arterial Hypertension featuring the undead. This one is called “Home”. The caption reads: Without knowing you can be dying. High cholesterol injures yo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/zombies-promote-cholesterol-awareness/

Nickelodeon of Yesteryear (OK, of the 80s)

If you were a kid at any time during the 80s and 90s and had cable television, chances are that you're pretty familiar with Clarissa Darling and the Bar None Dude Ranch. Although a shocking (…or not) number of th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/nickelodeon-of-yesteryear-ok-of-the-80s/

Ordering Wine à La Minority Report

If y'all remember the ill-fated Arby's self-service touchscreen ordering, here's something like it, but for expensive wine. Andrew Blum of Wired Magazine writes about a trip to Adour, a restaurant at New York's St. Regis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/ordering-wine-a-la-minority-report/

Military Operation on Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Facilities

Photo: NATO Exercise Cooperative Osprey 1996, Camp Lejeune, North CarolinaBryan Finoki of Subtopia blog has an interesting post about "mysterious simulacrums of urban space": ... ghostly MOUT (Military Oper...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/military-operation-on-urban-terrain-mout-training-facilities/

Traffic Jams are Caused by ... Too Many Cars on the Road!

This is a familiar experience for most of us: getting stuck in a traffic jam only to find out later that there is no obvious cause (like accident, construction work or bottleneck). Well, Japanese scientist Yuki Sugiyama...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/traffic-jams-are-caused-by-too-many-cars-on-the-road/

The Space Odyssey and Other Fantasy Hotel Rooms

That's the Space Odyssey room in FantaSuite Hotel in Burnsville, Minnesota. It's a recreation of a Gemini Space Capsule, with a custom 10-sided bed and a "moon crater" tiled whirlpool.The FantaSuite Hotel, as i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/the-space-odyssey-and-other-fantasy-hotel-rooms/

Top 10 Fan-Made "Sweded" Films

In Michel Gondry's film Be Kind Rewind, Jack Black accidentally erased the videotapes at his friend's (played by Mos Def) VHS store. To make up for it, they "sweded" or remade classic movies into funny...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/top-10-fan-made-sweded-films/

The Lady's Brunch Burger

We posted a tip on how to lose weight by eating breakfast before on Neatorama, but I think it's safe to say that if you eat this, then all bets are off.Behold the Lady's Brunch Burger by none other than Paula De...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/the-ladys-brunch-burger/

Test Drive Your Dream Job

Are you unhappy at your job? Ever wonder what it's like to have the job of your dreams? Here's VocationVacation, a service that match people with established mentors to let them "test drive" their dream jobs,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/05/test-drive-your-dream-job/
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