Archive for March 31st, 2008

The Origin of the Crossword Puzzle

The following is reprinted from The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. In the 1920s, a crossword puzzle craze swept the nation that drove some people over the edge: a man shot his wife when she would...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/the-origin-of-the-crossword-puzzle/

World's First Crossword Puzzle

Here's the very first crossword puzzle, designed by Arthur Wynne. It appeared in the New York World on December 21, 1913. 2-3.4-5.6-7.10-11.14-15.18-19.22-23.26-27.28-29.30-31.8-9.12-13.16-17.20-21.24-25.10...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/worlds-first-crossword-puzzle/

Misunderstanding Academic Integrity

The Associated Press reports that a group of students at the University of Texas at San Antonio were tasked with coming up with a code of academic integrity in order to combat plagiarism.  Now these students are being...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/misunderstanding-academic-integrity/

Surprise! iPod shuffles for Neatorama's Top Commenters

Quite a while ago we had a little surprise for three of Neatorama's top commenters. It's our way of saying thank you for participating and making the blog better by commenting. Back then, I dropped a hint that we would d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/surprise-ipod-shuffles-for-neatoramas-top-commenters/

Al Jaffee's MAD Magazine Fold-Ins

Image: DC ComicsThe New York Times has a fantastic interactive gallery featuring Al Jaffee's fold-ins for MAD magazine from the 1960s to the present. This one above, titled "Who Wants to be President More Than Anyth...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/al-jaffees-mad-magazine-fold-ins/

Neverending Bookshelf

Photo: AndreoliThat's the "Neverending" bookshelf, made out of Corian by Italian designers Luca Nichetto and Andreoli. LinkIt's just one of the many bookshelves featured on this very specialized "Bookshelf...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/neverending-bookshelf/

118 118 Spoof Ads: The Original Sweded Clips?

Okay, okay - this one is an oldie but still a goodie. Remember the famous 2003 Honda ad "Cog" (some say the best Honda ad ever)? It took 606 tries to shoot the 2 minutes-or-so clip - no trick photography or com...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/118-118-spoof-ads-the-original-sweded-clips/

Can Apple Make You Smarter?

A weird experiment from Duke University: Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke Univer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/can-apple-make-you-smarter/

World's Worst Intersections & Traffic Jams

Dark Roasted Blend has a picture gallery of spaghetti intersections, baffling roundabouts, and terrible traffic jams. It’s a wonder we ever get anywhere! Link -via Geek Like Me...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/worlds-worst-intersections-traffic-jams/

Classics in Lego

This Flickr set by Mike Stimpson features recreations of famous photographs in Lego, with links to the original for each. Link -via Grow-A-Brain...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/classics-in-lego/

Brilliant 404 Pages

I love clever error pages. Finding one helps to take the sting out of not finding what you wanted in the first place. Pingdom shows us 17 Brilliant Error Pages. Pictured is the 404 page from JibJab. Link -via Digg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/brilliant-404-pages/

A Vaccine for the Ebola Virus?

Scientists may finally be on the cusp of finding a vaccine for the Ebola virus. According to an article in EurekAlert: Because Ebola virus is so dangerous, producing and testing a vaccine is extremely challenging...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/a-vaccine-for-the-ebola-virus/

The Hammer Quiz

Our pal Rob of What Is It? Blog has compiled a quiz for all of you tool enthusiasts. It's about hammers - but not just any ol' hammer to bang on stuff. Some of 'em are pretty darned obscure.See if you know these 23 hamme...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/the-hammer-quiz/

Happy Seward's Day!

The $7.2 million check used to pay for Alaska (Source: Wikipedia)In March 1867, the Russian Empire sold Russian America, the territory that would later become the State of Alaska, to the US Government for $7.2 million or...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/happy-sewards-day/

Hoshi Saga Flash Game: Find the Star (Harder Than It Looks!)

From Nekogames (of Cursor*10 fame, blogged about previously on Neatorama), here's a fun little Flash game by Yoshio Ishii, titled Hoshi Saga. The object of the game is simple: find the star. You've got 36 levels.Link (Ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/hoshi-saga-flash-game-find-the-star-harder-than-it-looks/

Pickle Sickle: Frozen Pickle Juice Popsickle

Kids love weird food - and this one may actually be good for them. Behold, the Pickle Sickle (yes, a frozen pickle juice popsickle!)Why is it healthy? Well, supposedly vinegar used in the pickling process helps prevent b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/pickle-sickle-frozen-pickle-juice-popsickle/

Quote: Rich Cook on Programming Idiot-Proof Programs

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning."...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/quote-rich-cook-on-programming-idiot-proof-programs/

10 Most Outrageous Moments in The Transporter

In honor of news that Jason Statham is going to star (as Frank Martin) in the third installation of The Transporter series, Always Watching has compiled the top 10 most outrageous moments from the previous two f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/10-most-outrageous-moments-in-the-transporter/

The Handicap Dance Off

Sadly, there is no info about the "who", "where" and "when" of this vide, but the what is pretty obvious: an awesome dance off between two handicapped dancers!Link [embedded Break video]Prev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/the-handicap-dance-off/

Ex-Homecoming Queen Beat Sister with Her Own Prosthetic Leg

Step aside Tonya Harding, there's a new (ex-homecoming) queen of mean in Redneckville. Here's the story of one Donna Sturkie-Anthony:Police said Sturkie-Anthony's sister came to visit her at Lincoln Mobile Home Park...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/ex-homecoming-queen-beat-sister-with-her-own-prosthetic-leg/

Beamz Lets You Play Music With Laser

It's like the theremin of the 21st century: behold, the beamz Music Performance System:Breaking the laser beams with your hands automatically generates pre-authored pulses, streams, riffs or loops of musical notes or sou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/beamz-lets-you-play-music-with-laser/

How Squid Beaks Work

Squids not only have sharp beaks - their beaks are made from one of the hardest materials found in nature. Yet, these beaks are attached to soft tissues with the consistency of Jell-O. Why don't squids get cut every time...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/how-squid-beaks-work/

Poor Excuse for a Crime: Bigfoot Made Me Do It!

This has got to be the lamest/strangest excuse for a crime ever: blaming bigfoot for being a child molester!A man who claims that he was molested by Bigfoot as a child was ordered to serve 20 years in prison yesterda...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/poor-excuse-for-a-crime-bigfoot-made-me-do-it/

(John) Calvin and (Thomas) Hobbes

Nina Matsumoto of Space Coyote (of the Simpsonzu fame, blogged on Neatorama here), made another fan art. This time, it's her take of Bill Watterson's classic comic Calvin and Hobbes:Few historians know of the heartwa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/john-calvin-and-thomas-hobbes/

Trivia: Greyhound, the Biblical Dog

Dogs are mentioned in the Bible 14 times. Cat isn't mentioned at all.The only dog mentioned by breed in the Bible is the greyhound: There be three things which go well, yea,Which are comely in going;A lion, which is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/31/trivia-greyhound-the-biblical-dog/
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