Archive for March 27th, 2008

"Could melt Lou Dobbs' heart - if he had one!"

There's some heavy advertising afoot for Under the Same Moon [La Misma Luna] - a Latin-immigration themed movie that has just been released. If Lou Dobbs had tear ducts, it's entirely possible that this movie would ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/could-melt-lou-dobbs-heart-if-he-had-one/

Seven Mysterious Disappearances

With all this talk of those kids who found the parachute that might be D.B. Cooper's, it's made me think about people who have randomly disappeared. I think it's such a fascinating topic – and other people must to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/seven-mysterious-disappearances/

When Is Someone Dead or Dead Enough?

According to some ethicists, The current medical definition of death is wrong ... and this mistake is costing lives. The controversy swirls around organ donation, in which doctors remove organs from brain dead patients:*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/when-is-someone-dead-or-dead-enough/

Repairing an Airplane In Flight (From the Outside!)

Look closely at the photo: yup, that's one James Terry of Miami Florida, who demonstrated his safety device for repairing airplanes while flying! From the June 1930 edition of Modern Mechanics - via Modern Mechanix...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/repairing-an-airplane-in-flight-from-the-outside/

Neverland Ranch Photos by Jonathan Haeber

Michael Jackson has fallen on some hard times and the King of Pop's Neverland Ranch is up for auctions, and Jonathan Haeber of Bearings blog has some fantastic nighttime photos of the place.What I do post are places...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/neverland-ranch-photos-by-jonathan-haeber/

Faux Star Wars Light Saber Bus Stop Ad

Photo: Rolando PujolUrbanite blog spotted this Star Wars "faux light saber" bus stop ad that lights up at night - the caption says "Use Only In Case of Sith" which is kind of clever.Link - Thanks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/faux-star-wars-light-saber-bus-stop-ad/

Big Dog Robot, the Early Prototype

Recently, Boston Dynamics released a video of their Big Dog robot. The popular YouTube clip received more than 3 million views.But it turns out that their earlier prototype was a little bit um, shall we say, strange? Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/big-dog-robot-the-early-prototype/

A "Woody" Opel

Someone has taken the concept of the classic "Woody" and modernize it in a ghetto-chic kind of way. Here's an Opel sedan with a "wooden" paint scheme ... AutoZoo.ru has a few pics of the car: Link [in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/a-woody-opel/

Microsimulation of Road Traffic

This is a bit old, but I just discovered it this weekend, so it's new to me: Over at Dresden's Institute of Technology, they have an applet which performs a microsimulation of road traffic. While this sounds about as fun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/microsimulation-of-road-traffic/

Pre-Edison Sound Recording

Researchers say they have found a recording of a human voice that predates Thomas Edison’s first recording by almost twnty years! The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song "Au Clair de la Lune" w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/pre-edison-sound-recording/

98 Nicknames for New York City

We've all heard about "The Big Apple", but how about names like "The City of Friendly People" and "The University of Telephony"? Here is a list of 98 nicknames for New York City. Link - kottke.orgusa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/98-nicknames-for-new-york-city/

Neatorama Now on popurls!

Woohoo! I've recently found out that Neatorama's full feed has just been picked up by popurls!Last week, Thomas Marban upgraded Neatorama from a single list to a full-featured news block on the popular website. (Thanks T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/neatorama-now-on-popurls/

Moths and Butterflies Remember What It Was Like As Caterpillars

Martha Weiss of Georgetown University and colleagues found something unexpected with moths and butterflies: they remember what they learned as caterpillars.The findings challenge the accepted wisdom that the insects...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/moths-and-butterflies-remember-what-it-was-like-as-caterpillars/

Quote: Scott Adams on the Creator of the Universe

"The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers." - Scott Adams, cartoonist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/quote-scott-adams-on-the-creator-of-the-universe/

The Three Horses Question

Cliff Pickover's The Galactic Question Center blog asks one interesting question every month. Last July, the question was this:Consider three horses, each pulling a cart filled with hay. The horses are in a row, walk...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/the-three-horses-question/

Bizarre Furniture Made From Recycled Materials

One of my favorite new blogs, WebUrbanist, got a new post about 20 creative (and somewhat bizarre) furniture made from recycled materials. The four above are: light made from old fluorescent light tubes by Castor Canaden...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/bizarre-furniture-made-from-recycled-materials/

The Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower

In 1929, a fish lodge owner was fed up with mosquito problems in the Lower Keys in Florida. So he decided to fight the bugs by bringing in their predator: bats.But his cleverly hatched plan had a flaw:In 1929 frustra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/the-sugarloaf-key-bat-tower/

Mathematician Who Moonlighted as a Night Watchman Solved 37-Year Old Math Problem

A math theorem called the Road Coloring Problem, first conjectured by Benjamin Weiss and Roy Adler in 1970 was finally solved in 2007 ... by Avraham Trakhtman, a mathematician who worked as a night watchman after he immi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/mathematician-who-moonlighted-as-a-night-watchman-solved-37-year-old-math-problem/

Trivia: 27 Million People Eat at McDonald's Every Day

Every day, 27 million people eat at McDonald's in the USA. Every year, this number grows by 1 million.McDonald's (USA) have experienced 45 consecutive months of sales increases since 2002. The secret? More and more McDon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/trivia-27-million-people-eat-at-mcdonalds-every-day/

The Glamorous Ads and the Sad Reality of Food

Talkin' bout fast food, German website Pundo3000 has a large list of photographs of fast food, snacks, canned goods, instant noodles and other food as depicted in advertising as compared to real life.You can see that &...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/the-glamorous-ads-and-the-sad-reality-of-food/

Moose Antlers Act as Amplifiers

Two reasons for this post: 1) Father-and-son scientific duo George and Peter Bubenik found that moose antlers act as amplifier:Scientists have discovered that those cool, gnarly things that look so fabulous perched a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/moose-antlers-act-as-amplifiers/

25 Most Valuable Blogs: They're Worth How Much?!

Douglas A. McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St., a blog about stocks and other Wall Streets preoccupations, wrote an interesting post titled the Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs.The post attempts to attach value to the listed blogs...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/27/25-most-valuable-blogs-theyre-worth-how-much/
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