Archive for April 17th, 2008

Popping A Water Balloon

Using a high speed camera shooting at 2000 framers in 1 second this little video shows you what it looks like to pop a water balloon in slow motion. Amazingly, even at these speeds you'll notice that no matter how h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/popping-a-water-balloon/

Mole Man fined £300,000

A pensioner who created a labyrinth of tunnels under his house over 40 years has been forced to pay £300,000 for repairs carried out by a council. Excavations by William Lyttle, 77, who is also known a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/mole-man-fined-300000/

"Young Me Now Me" Photographs

Young Me Now Me is a brainchild of Ze Frank (the man himself is an Internet phenomenon!). Basically, you can submit photographs of the "now" you imitating an old childhood photograph.Here's the gallery: Link -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/young-me-now-me-photographs/

Tetris the Movie

It's only natural that the best-selling game of the 80s is being made into a movie. That's right. Here's a trailer for ... Tetris, the Movie!Link [embedded YouTube] - via Blue's News(It's a making of a blockbuster! Get i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/tetris-the-movie/

Awareness Test

Go ahead and take the Awareness Test. Trust me - it's worth it - and trust me that it's not of the genre to calm you down and then terrify you with a screaming monster head or something. Scouts honor. I promise. No...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/awareness-test/

Golden eagle attacks, kills and consumes mountain goat

For real! This Spanish language video shows a massive golden eagle stalking, killing and eating a mountain goat (or possibly a deer?). Amazing nature clip! YouTube. (Thanks, Sirkowski!)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/golden-eagle-attacks-kills-and-consumes-mountain-goat/

Spider-Pig and Homer Desktop Art

Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo created this spiffy Spider-Pig and Homer Simpson desktop out of Finder folders and document icons.Bigger picture here: Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/spider-pig-and-homer-desktop-art/

Tree Man of Java Getting Treatment, Still Kind of Bark-y But Much Better Now

We posted about Dede Koswara, dubbed the "Tree Man of Java," whose hands and feet were covered in bark-like tissues, before on Neatorama.Doctors operated on Dede back in January and have now removed growths fro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/tree-man-of-java-getting-treatment-still-kind-of-bark-y-but-much-better-now/

Rodent of Unusual Size

17-year-old Nicco Phillips was driving to school in Milwaukie, Oregon, when he spotted an animal in the road. "I was coming down the street and he was just in the middle of the road," Phillips said. "I just kept dri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/rodent-of-unusual-size-2/

Jesus Price.

Hockey is a religion in Montreal, Quebec. So it's no surprise that someone made a Jesus Christ / Carey Price video on YouTube. Carey Price is the Montreal Canadiens' rookie goalie. Talk about putting a whole lott...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/jesus-price/

Featherless Cockatoo

Oscar, who is actually a female cockatoo, was given six months to live, but thanks to a diagnosis of a contagious beak-and-feather disease, she was spared... and that was twelve years ago! The near-naked bird with no...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/featherless-cockatoo/

Nicholas Jones' Book Sculptures

We've posed about Nicholas Jones' book sculptures before, but it's worth another mention. Here's an interview with Nick at The Design Files (with lots of photos): Link - via The J-Walk Blog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/nicholas-jones-book-sculptures/

The Böögg Bonfire

To celebrate the coming of the longer and milder days of Spring, the Swiss city of Zurich burns a 43-feet tall bonfire called "Böögg".And to make it more interesting, they pack the Böögg wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/the-bgg-bonfire/

Houses Covered in Kudzu

Photo: Jack AnthonyKudzu is a climbing vine introduced into the United States from Japan in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Expo as a forage crop and ornamental plan. In the early 1950s, US Department of Agriculture...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/houses-covered-in-kudzu/

Donald Duck Family Tree

The D.U.C.K.man, a website created by Sigvald Grøsfjeld jr. and dedicated to Donald Duck illustrator Don Rosa, has a neat scan of the Donald Duck Family Tree. If you've ever wanted to know how Scrooge McDuck is re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/donald-duck-family-tree/

Super Blockquote Smashes Corporatespeak

When HP released upgrades to its high-end workstations, a company official released a statement praising the product that is so chockful of inane corporatespeak that someone just has to do something about it.So...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/super-blockquote-smashes-corporatespeak/

Flogos: Ad Clouds

Next time you think that a cloud looks like a company logo, it may not be simply your imagination. Inventors Francisco Guerra and Brian Glover created a process to make "clouds" (basically soap based foams mixe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/flogos-ad-clouds/

Mooning Statue Irks Austrian Town

A statue recently installed on the German bordertown of Simbach is causing a stirr in the neighboring town of Braunau, Austria.Why? Because the statue is of a naked man riding a giant fish, symbolizing the personificatio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/mooning-statue-irks-austrian-town/

Project Excelsior 1968: Turning a Yearbook into Cartoons

In his project "Excelsior 1968", John Martz of Robot Johnny turned the photographs of every single person in his mother's 1968 Toronto High School yearbook into cartoons:Last year I redrew my mothe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/project-excelsior-1968-turning-a-yearbook-into-cartoons/

If Star Wars Was Real

ISWWR is a site that collects and catalogs photographic “evidence” of Star Wars characters and objects in real life. The picture above shows a Spanish peace summit in the 1920s, attended by Queen Jamillia of Naboo....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/if-star-wars-was-real/

Neanderthal Talk

Scientists have recreated what they believe to be the voice of Neanderthals. Robert McCarthy, an anthropologist at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has used new reconstructions of Neanderthal vocal tracts t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/neanderthal-talk/

Geographic Skills Quiz

Test your knowlege of world geography with this eight question quiz. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted it in response to a survey by National Geographic. Americans are far from alone in the world, but from the p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/geographic-skills-quiz/

Houston, We No Longer Have a Problem

38 years ago today, April 17th, 1970 the capsule from the Apollo 13 mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, and the whole world breathed a sigh of relief. Apollo 13 launched from Cape Canaveral on April 11, int...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/houston-we-no-longer-have-a-problem/

What Is It? Game 58

Hooray! It's time for this week's collaboration with What is it? blog: can you guess what this pistol is for? Place your guess in the comment section - you're playing for fun and fame this week. No t-shirt prize. More cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/what-is-it-game-58/

Self-stirring Cup

A new teacup called Ceramic For Mix (which appears to be made of glass) eliminates the need for a stirring spoon. This is acheived by a ball installed in the bottom. Designer Florian Dussopt says, "The ball is put...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/04/17/self-stirring-cup/
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