Archive for April 14th, 2008

Last Meal on the Titanic

96 years ago today, April 14th, 1912, the last meal was served aboard the Titanic. First class passengers were served a ten-course masterpiece. Later that night, the ship collided with an iceberg. 1517 people died when t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/last-meal-on-the-titanic/

The Geyser Riders

The ‘sandhogs” who dug the subway line between Brooklyn and Manhattan used pressurized air to support their work. Occasionally, a hole would develop, and the response was to stick a sandbag in it. Sometimes this was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/the-geyser-riders/

Green Parking Facility

The new parking garage at the Sant Monica Civic Center is stunning, and it’s on its way to becoming LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, too! A solar photovoltaic array on the roof pro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/green-parking-facility/

Take Me Back: an Intriguing New Web Series

Take Me Back is an intriguing new web series by Joe Baron and Seth Mendelson. It's a story of a guy named "Al" who leads a pretty boring life until he wakes up one morning to find his car gone and a mysterious...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/take-me-back-an-intriguing-new-web-series/

Trapped in an Elevator for 41 Hours ...

In 1999, Nicholas White took a cigarette break, and then went back up elevator car #30 in New York City's McGraw-Hill building.Little did he know that he would be trapped in the elevator for the next 41 hours. Here's a c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/trapped-in-an-elevator-for-41-hours/

Hackers Protest Biometric Data Use by Publishing German Government Official's Fingerprint!

To protest the use of biometric data, a hacker club in Germany called the Chaos Computer Club has published the fingerprint of German Home Secretary Wolfgang Schäuble.There's more:The hackers go even further tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/hackers-protest-biometric-data-use-by-publishing-german-government-officials-fingerprint/

Russians to Send Monkeys to Mars

Remember Laika the dogmonaut .. er, Russian space dog? Well, if the Russians have their way, more animals are on their way to outer space. Here's their plan of sending monkeys to Mars:They won't utter Yuri Gagarin's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/russians-to-send-monkeys-to-mars/

Turning Spam Into Cartoons

We've featured a lot of artists turning spam into art, but Özi of Oezicomix has a slightly different take on the matter: he's turning 'em into funny cartoons!Link - thanks Özi!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/turning-spam-into-cartoons/

Nick Veasey's X-Ray Photographs

UK photographer Nick Veasey's photographs reveal the inner beauty of every day objects ... literally! He takes x-ray photos of common objects, animals and insects to turn them into mesmerizing and intriguing art.Link - v...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/nick-veaseys-x-ray-photographs/

Unofficial Google Translate Firefox Extension

Hey, this is quite useful: Jimmy Ruska created an unofficial Google Translate plug-in for Firefox. All you have to do is ALT-click on words and presto! You'll get the translation right then and there.Link - Thanks Ji...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/unofficial-google-translate-firefox-extension/

The Dangers of Being a TV News Reporter

Ah, the glamour of being a TV reporter ... imagine all the fun travel and adventure you'll have reporting live. Oh, not to mention the attacks, explosions and crazy animals you'll encounter ... "Put that on the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/the-dangers-of-being-a-tv-news-reporter/

How to Make Individual Portions in Freezer Bags

Here's a neat tip from Biggie of Lunch in a Box blog on how to make individual portions in freezer bags:I operate from more of the spur-of-the-moment approach to cooking, so it’s essential to have a well stocke...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/how-to-make-individual-portiosn-in-freezer-bags/

Dudes Sue the Large Hadron Collider to Stop Total World Annihilation

We posted about the dangers of the Large Hadron Collider before (how dangerous? Like opening a tiny blackhole on Earth).Now, some guys are suing CERN to stop the project:The world’s physicists have spent 14 yea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/dudes-sue-the-large-hadron-collider-to-stop-total-world-annihilation/

World's Tiniest Countries

Cracked has a funny post about the world's tiniest "countries" - it's in quotes because they're just patches of land (or an old sea fort) that some crazy guys claim as their own countries.Take for example The K...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/worlds-tiniest-countries/

Garbage Island of the Pacific Ocean

We previously posted about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and San Francisco that is infested with floating trash. Because there isn't much in terms of video...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/garbage-island-of-the-pacific-ocean/

New Motto for the United States: "Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay"

A couple of months ago, Freakonomics Blog asked its readers to decide a new "6-word motto" for the United States. And the winner was:Our Worst Critics Prefer to StayStephen Dubner of Freakonomics wrote...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/new-motto-for-the-united-states-our-worst-critics-prefer-to-stay/

Abandoned Soviet Wonders: From Island Fortresses to Frozen Mines

This isn't my idea of a vacation, but places like this abandoned Soviet mine in the Kyshtym region (which unlike other Soviet mines, at least it's not radioactive) seems to be very exciting to urban explorers.WebUrbanist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/abandoned-soviet-wonders-from-island-fortresses-to-frozen-mines/

There Will Be Monopoly

Do you love There Will Be Blood? Do you wish that there's some sort of a board game to go along with the movie? Something that you can play while drinking some milkshake? Well, fret not. Here's There Will Be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/there-will-be-monopoly/

Skating Cowboys

This one's for all you female Neatorama readers. Guys (straight ones, I mean): don't Hit Play or Go to Link [YouTube] - via Miss CellaniaExcuse me while I go wash my eyes. With bleach. :)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/skating-cowboys/

Lifesize Alien Statue

Psst! Got a spare $5,200? Then you can buy this lifesize Alien statue from Monster Galaxy: Stands 7 feet 7 inchesResin and Rigid Foam HeadTransparent Dental Acrylic LipsVacu-Form DomeSteel Armature, Armature Wire in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/lifesize-alien-statue/

Scientists Took CT Scans of a Baby Mammoth

Russian scientists have taken a CT Scan of Lyuba, a 4-month-old baby mammoth found frozen in a Siberian riverbank:The mammoth is named after the wife of the hunter who found her last year. The body was shipped back t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/scientists-took-ct-scans-of-a-baby-mammoth/

Tron Lincoln

This is Flickr user Joe D!'s idea of art: "refacing" legal tender ... and he didn't limit himself to small bills. Link [Flickr photoset] - via Super Punch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/tron-lincoln/

£130 Million Home Comes With ... a Garden Squatter!

Imagine the shock of this poor ol' tycoon: he wanted to build the world's most expensive home only to find that he has a squatter in the garden!A billionaire is planning to transform a vacant London stately house int...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/130-million-home-comes-with-a-garden-squatter/

The Viking Giant

YouTube Link (wait till 2:07!)Meet Johann Petursson, the Viking Giant, who at one point was the tallest man in recorded history. The Human Marvels has more of Johann's story: Johann Petursson began touring with the R...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/the-viking-giant/

More Catwalk Mishaps

You probably think I find these clips funny as per my previous post, the fact of the matter is, I don't. I just feel sorry for these models. I cringe every time I see them trip or fall. Set designers ought to work on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/more-catwalk-mishaps/

Giant Amazon Water Lily

(Daily Motion link) The Giant Amazon Water Lily, or Victoria amazonica {wiki} is the largest water lily in the world. And it throws its weight around, too! Sir David Attenborough narrates this time-lapse vide...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/giant-amazon-water-lily/

Star Wars Music Quiz

You may think you know a lot about Star Wars, but how much do you know about John William’s musical score? Try your skills out with today’s lunchtime quiz at mental_floss. I scored 70%, which set the average becaus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/star-wars-music-quiz/

Eight Questions About the Human Body That Kids Always Ask

You probably prepare yourself for your children asking questions about the facts of life, but children are full of questions about everything, especially things you never thought about the answer to. Why does hair go gra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/eight-questions-about-the-human-body-that-kids-always-ask/

Banksy Paints While CCTV Observes

Graffiti artist Banksy was at it again over the weekend, painting an indictment of closed circuit TV in central London. Despite the presence of a CCTV camera, he erected a three-story scaffolding and a plastic cover unde...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/banksy-paints-while-cctv-observes/

Surviving a Super Storm at Sea

Photo: Karsten PetersenOn October 1977, the good ship "Stolt Surf," a chemical tanker, left Singapore on a routine voyage across the Pacific Ocean. The ship was advised by a weather routing agency to keep far t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/14/surviving-a-super-storm-at-sea/










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