Archive for May 26th, 2008

I Will Derive!

(YouTube link) Math geeks go disco! -via I Am Bored...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/i-will-derive/

8 Odd Facts About Charles Dickens

Reprinted from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Fast-Acting Long-Lasting. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness ..." wro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/8-odd-facts-about-charles-dickens/

The Origin of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a 3 day weekend and the (unofficial) start of summer. Our pal mental_floss has a neat article explaining how Memorial Day came to be: Memo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/the-origin-of-memorial-day/

Neatorama = Distraction Virus

The Internet is an incredible productivity tool, according to Mike Elgan of InternetNews. It's filled with unprecedented information and communication, not to mention wonderful productivity...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/neatorama-distraction-virus/

Gas Price Prediction: $6 to $7 per Gallon in 6 to 24 Months

Think that gasoline is expensive at $4 a gallon? Maybe, but apparently that price point isn't high enough to make Americans change their usual day-to-day driving habit:If oil hits $200 a barrel, which is the upper en...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/gas-price-prediction-6-to-7-per-gallon-in-6-to-24-months/

Star Wars Villains Poster

Why should the heroes have all the fun? To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Wars, Matt Busch, Lucasfilm, the 501st Great Lakes Garrison and Paul Michael Kane collaborated to produce this poster commemorating th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/star-wars-villains-poster/

Buy a Car? Get a Free Handgun!

Some car dealership offers free oil changes, some offer cash rebate, but not Max Motors: they offer a free handgun with every vehicle sold (or a gas card, but so far almost all have chosen the firearm) ...Owner Mark...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/buy-a-car-get-a-free-handgun/

Deseeding a Watermelon

If you’re having a Memorial Day picnic today, you probably won’t see this in time, but the summer is long. Instructables has directions for cutting your watermelon in a way that makes it easy to remove most of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/deseeding-a-watermelon/

Side-stabbing Stiletto Snakes

Atractaspis are also called mole vipers, burrowing asps, burrowing adders, stiletto snakes, or side-stabbing snakes. They can bite without opening their mouths! Burrowing asps have a highly reduced denti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/side-stabbing-stiletto-snakes/

xkcd in the NY Times

The New York Times posted a profile of the webcomic xkcd and its creator, Randall Munroe. They titled it “This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix”. I beg to differ, since I don’t know Unix and I find his comics hilario...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/xkcd-in-the-ny-times/

Balloon Art

Check out this Homer Simpson made of balloons! It’s part of an extensive collection of balloon art at Toxel.com. Link -via Digg...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/balloon-art/

Coffee Bag

This is the way to carry coffee, much easier and safer than a tray! Link -via Dump Trumpet...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/coffee-bag/

Cameras that Look Like Guns

You have to wonder what they were thinking, but I suppose there are places in the world where you can get in more trouble for shooting pictures than for aiming a gun. Oobject has a collection of 14 cameras that look ju...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/cameras-that-look-like-guns/

Last Known WWI Veteran

Frank Woodruff Buckles is the only living American-born veteran of World War I, as far as federal officials know. The 107-year-old veteran was honored at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City yesterday during Memorial Day...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/last-known-wwi-veteran/

Fireflies

Fireflies is a pleasant little game where you aim for as many fireflies as you can. Ricochet shots count, too! http://kungfugaming.com/play.php?game=fireflies -via Dump Trumpet...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/fireflies/

Raccoon Rescue

(YouTube link) This is what to do when you find a raccoon in the dumpster. It happened several times at my former workplace, and we kept a plank nearby for such occasions. -via Arbroath...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/raccoon-rescue/

The Original Indiana Jones

Meet the original Indiana Jones, a small and weasel-faced Nazi archaeologist named Otto Rahn that served as inspiration for Spielberg's hero. And just like the fictional Indiana Jones, Otto was on a quest to find the Hol...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/the-original-indiana-jones/

The Universe in Powers of Ten

In this '70s video clip by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, you can see the relative size of things in the universe. The clip starts with a view of a couple on a picnic, then the camera zooms out by a fac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/the-universe-in-powers-of-ten/

The Best of Nearing Zero by Nick Kim

I'm a big fan of Nick Kim's Nearing Zero science cartoons (blogged about 'em on Neatorama way back in 2006), so it's a neat treat to find that he's put all of his best cartoons (over 100!) in one page: Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/the-best-of-nearing-zero-by-nick-kim/

Quote: George Carlin on Leftover Food

"Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: 'I'm saving food!' Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel *e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/quote-george-carlin-on-leftover-food/

"Alice" by Nick Bertke: Electronic Music Remixed from Sounds of Alice in Wonderland

Nick Bertke has created this unexpectedly hypnotic electronic music video remixed from sounds recorded from the Disney film "Alice in Wonderland": Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via A Welsh View Let's see if YOU...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/alice-by-nick-bertke-electronic-music-remixed-from-sounds-of-alice-in-wonderland/

Floral Patterns on Bare Concrete Floors

Design studio Transparent House has a neat new way of dressing up stark industrial bare concrete floors. Supposedly their floral patterns can be applied to both newly poured floor and that where the concrete is already s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/floral-patterns-on-bare-concrete-floors/

The Biggest Drawing in the World

With the help of a GPS device and DHL, Erik Nordenankar created the biggest drawing in the world: a self-portrait in a planetary etch-a-sketch scale measuring approximately 40,000 km2!17th of March 2008, I sent away...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/the-biggest-drawing-in-the-world/

Trivia: Whizzinator Fake Penis for Drug Tests!

The Whizzinator is a fake penis urinating device to defeat drug tests.The device comes complete with dried synthetic urine, heater pack (so the urine will be body temp) and a realistic prosthetic penis in several skin to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/05/26/trivia-whizzinator-fake-penis-for-drug-tests/






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