Archive for June 22nd, 2008

Lunch with Warren Buffett available on eBay

[Photo of shrine to Warren Buffett courtesy Flickr user swearinglibrarian] When they auctioned off lunch with The Oracle of Omaha last year, it went for $650,100. This year a lucky bidder and up to seven friends will d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/lunch-with-warren-buffet-available-on-ebay/

Fight over al-Jazeera in Burlington, Vermont

There's been an interesting news story out of Burlington, Vermont - a great town if you ever have a chance to visit. The city of Burlington owns the city's cable television service and their cable system is one of onl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/fight-over-al-jazeera-in-burlington-vermont/

Wildfire: Deadly and Beautiful

Photo: Mark Thiessen / National Geographic (Photo Gallery), reproduced with permission from NG"Good" fires are ecologically crucial, clearing out dead brush and returning nutrients to the soil. Mos...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/wildfire-deadly-and-beautiful/

The Goat Tower

The Goat Tower at Fairview, Paarl. Photo: Taxi81 [wikipedia]Here's one from the philosophy of give-'em-what-they-want: a tower house for goats! Apparently this sort of thing is popular in South Africa, with the first bei...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/the-goat-tower/

Music From Instruments Made Out of Cardboard

Neatorama reader Joe Raciti sent us this link to his music video, where all the musical instruments are made out of cardboard!Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - Thanks Joe!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/music-from-instruments-made-out-of-cardboard/

Sarcasm is an Evolutionary Skill

Neurophysiologist Katherine Rankin at the University of California, San Francisco (my alma mater!) recently discovered that sarcasm is actually an evolutionary survival skill:More important, we run our lives by socia...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/sarcasm-is-an-evolutionary-skill/

Motoring Across the USA on a Vespa

Neatorama reader Ned Schwartz's friend Eric is going on an epic quest of blogging his way across the country ... on a Vespa GTS250 scooter! Eric calls this project scoot66 (because of his fondness of Route 66 and because...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/motoring-across-the-usa-on-a-vespa/

Costs of the Iraq War

This is a new representation of an idea that's made the rounds before. The Iraq War costs the United States USD$720MM per day. What could we be doing with that money instead? Any ideas? Here are some statistics. Y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/costs-of-the-iraq-war/

Bad Economy = Higher Necktie Sales!

Whodathunkit: credit crunch and economic woes in the UK had actually spurred a spike in necktie sales! And here's why:Richard Whitbread, marketing manager of Tie Rack, said: "Since the doom and gloom set in, sal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/bad-economy-higher-necktie-sales/

Interview with Curveball

At long last, newshounds have tracked down and interviewed Rafid Ahmed Alwan, the Iraqi refugee and German intelligence source code-named Curveball (some say to signify his unreliability). Curveball was the source of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/interview-with-curveball/

Gus, 2008 World's Ugliest Dog

Meet Gus, a three-legged, one-eyed (he lost it in a fight with a cat - for shame!), cancer-afflicted Chinese Crested dog, who has the dubious yet official distinction of the World's Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/gus-2008-worlds-ugliest-dog/

Man Changed Name to "In God We Trust"

Meet In God We Trust, formerly known as Steve Kruescher of Zion. Yes, the man's name change just got approved by a judge last Friday: Steve Kruescher of Zion has legally changed his name to "In God We Trust.&quo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/man-changed-name-to-in-god-we-trust/

Charming Wedding Dress Made from Charmin Toilet Paper!

Photo: Judah S. Harris of CharminKatrina Chalifoux of Rockford, Illinois won this year's toilet paper wedding dress design competition sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Charmin, and Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com.Katrin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/charming-wedding-dress-made-from-charmin-toilet-paper/

Britain's Most Unwanted Pet Finally Adopted After 11 Years (That's 77 Dog-Years!)

After 11 years (that's 77 dog-years!) of disappointment, Jenny the collie has finally been adopted. The dog, who unfortunately had the dubious distinction of being Britain's most unwanted pet, was abandoned in 1997 and r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/06/22/britains-most-unwanted-pet-finally-adopted-after-11-years-thats-77-dog-years/






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