Archive for September 4th, 2008

The modern labors of Hercules

Hercules accomplishes disk defragmenting, paper jam sorting, and other modern labors in these charming illustrations by Matthias Adolfsson. Anyone have better ideas for modern office-related labors? Fun Fact: Acc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/the-modern-labors-of-hercules/

Arrested in China

American artist James Powderly of Graffiti Research Lab went to Beijing during the Olympics last month to stage a demonstration about Tibet. He was arrested by Chinese authorities and sent to a local jail. In this ABC...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/arrested-in-china/

R2-D2 Mini Fridge

Technabob found what probably is the coolest mini-fridge ever. Behold the R2-D2 fridge:Turns out that this awesome R2-D2 compact refrigerator was apparently made back in 2002 as a promotional prize for an Attack of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/r2-d2-mini-fridge/

Communicating Danger Through Smell

Ever heard the saying that "dogs can smell your fear"? The saying turned out to be true: Julien Brechbühl at the University of Lausanna, Switzerland, and colleagues showed that mammals can communicate dang...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/communicating-danger-through-smell/

Pizza Scissors

Want a perfectly proportioned slice of pizza every time? Here's the gadget for you: pizza scissors!These pizza scissors cut through pizza without scratching the pan underneath it, and also serve as a serving spatula...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/pizza-scissors/

Cell Phone Store Hired Actors to Stand in Line for iPhone 3G Launch in Poland

A line of people outside the Orange cell phone store waiting to buy the iPhone 3G a few weeks ago in Poland meant that there's a big demand for Apple's hottest gadget. Right? Well, may be not so much:[Orange's] hirin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/cell-phone-store-hired-actors-to-stand-in-line-for-iphone-3g-launch-in-poland/

Oscar the Grouch Garbage Bag

In an effort to raise environmental awareness in children, artist Lily Franky and Sesame Street collaborated to create garbage bags printed with an image of the trash-lovin' Oscar the Grouch.Pink Tentacle has more artful...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/oscar-the-grouch-garbage-bag/

Dogs Learn Morals and a Sense of Fairness From Living with Humans

So, what have dogs learned from living with humans? Apparently morals and a sense of fairness:During one study, dogs which held up a paw were rewarded with a food treat.When a lone dog was asked to raise its...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/dogs-learn-morals-and-a-sense-of-fairness-from-living-with-humans/

A Hidden Willy Wonka in an Airplane Safety Card

In case of an emergency landing, please follow ... Willy Wonka? If you look closely at these safety/evacuation card of an unnamed Canadian airplane, you'll see cowboys, ballerinas, construction workers, jockeys, and yes,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/a-hidden-willy-wonka-in-an-airplane-safety-card/

Heroin-Addicted Elephant Went to Detox

I learned two new things today: 1) elephants can get addicted to heroin, and 2) there's a detox program for doped up pachyderm!An Asian elephant that became addicted to heroin after being fed bananas spiked with the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/heroin-addicted-elephant-went-to-detox/

Milhouse Van Houten

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss has to do with a character on The Simpsons. It’s rare to meet a fan of The Simpsons who doesn’t have a hysterical Milhouse quote at the ready. “The ‘House”...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/milhouse-van-houten/

Money on the Move

(YouTube link) This must be an ad for shoes, but the animation is interesting no matter what the product. -via Everlasting Blort Update: Our readers have pointed out this is an ad for a coin counti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/money-on-the-move/

Buy a Dollhouse, Get the Real House Free

It's a buyer's market in real estate these days -I know, I'm trying to sell one, too. A Michigan couple weren't having much luck selling their home when they came up with a gimmick that generated publicity if nothing els...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/buy-a-dollhouse-get-the-real-house-free/

The 8 Most Obnoxious Internet Commenters

Cracked takes a look at certain types of commenters found on most popular internet sites that allow comments. Of course, none of these types exist at Neatorama, because all our commenters are kind and intelligent peopl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/the-8-most-obnoxious-internet-commenters/

Corset Ads

Victoriana has a collection of corset ads from the early 1900s. It's good to know that at one time, you could choose from rust-proof corsets, glove-fitting corsets, or even a "fairy bust form". Link -via Everlasting Bl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/corset-ads/

The Great Gorilla Run

(YouTube link) The Great Gorilla Run will take place on September 27th in London. Every year, people dressed in gorilla suits run through the city, raising money to help protect the Mountain Gorilla. The word on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/the-great-gorilla-run/

What is it? Game 75

Today's collaboration with What is it? blog brings us this strange-looking object. Can you guess what it is for?Place your guess in the comment section - no prize this week, you're playing for fame and glory only. Please...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/what-is-it-game-74/

Huge Spider of La Machine

Overnight, a huge mechanical spider appeared on the side of an office building set to be demolished in Liverpool, England:The 37-tonne beast heralds the start of a five-day piece of street theatre as part of the Capi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/huge-spider-of-la-machine/

Forget the Large Hadron Collider, Here Comes the Heliotron!

Photo: National Institute for Fusion Science, background-worthy large pic hereLarge Hadron Collider who? Forget CERN's little science gizmo - the supersexy science machine title belongs to Japan's Large Helical Device, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/forget-the-large-hadron-collider-here-comes-the-heliotron/

Mathematical Butterflies

This is how a mathematician draws a butterfly: where r is the radius and is the angle. From Clifford Pickover's Computers and the Imagination.Link - via Reality Carnival...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/mathematical-butterflies/

A Free Thinker is Satan's Slave

LiveJournal user scarlett_1975 snapped this photo a few days ago: Link - via Accordion Guy. Now, can someone explain to me what Pastor Ricky Shedd is talkin' about?...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/a-free-thinker-is-satans-slave/

Los Angeles Bans Fast Food

Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry has just launched a new attack in the war against obesity: a ban on new fast-food restaurants in poor L.A. neighborhoods!The move is trend-setting California's latest salvo in an ex...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/los-angeles-bans-fast-food/

Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger

Photo: ccaviness [Flickr]All that talk about obesity really makes me hungry, and what did I just find on the 'Net? This bright idea by Googlers in NYC to celebrate the head of the cafe staff. Behold the Krispy Kreme baco...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/krispy-kreme-bacon-cheeseburger/

World's Strangest Anti-Theft Devices

Banned in Hollywood blog has a really entertaining post about the 15 strangest anti-theft devices ever employed in the history of transportation: Link - via Gorilla Mask...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/worlds-strangest-anti-theft-devices/

Emotional Pain Hurts More Than Physical Ones

That old saying "stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" turned out not to be true after all. Psychologists found that memories of painful emotional experiences may actually linger mu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/emotional-pain-hurts-more-than-physical-ones/

Filipino Costumes of the Mid 1800s

(L) Un Yndio Natural (R) Manila ManBibliOdyssey has a really neat post about a 1841 watercolor album depicting the dresses of Filipinos: Link | Original book scans at NYPL Digital Gallery...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/filipino-costumes-of-the-mid-1800s/

Seriously Cheaper

Weeeeellll, technically, it is cheaper. Found at Daily Haha - via Slavenka & Obi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/seriously-cheaper/

The Hidden Homeless of Los Angeles

Photo: Benjamin Reed / LA TimesLos Angeles has more homeless people - about 73,000 on any given night - than any other cities in the United States. But where are they exactly? In this interesting LA Times article by Jess...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/04/the-hidden-homeless-of-los-angeles/
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