Archive for September 13th, 2008

Sofia Escapes!

(YouTube link) Chicken wire and tar paper are not going to keep Sofia inside, because she has a plan! You get the idea she's done this before -which is probably why the camera was trained on the pen. -Thanks, Maur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/sofia-escapes/

The 2008 Paralympics in Pictures

Over 4,200 athletes from 148 countries are taking part in the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, through September 17th. The Boston Globe has a roundup of great images. Shown is Melissa Stockwell at the Water Cube....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/the-2008-paralympics-in-pictures/

Mayor Selling Sicillian Villas for 1 Euro Each

Psst! Want Sicilian villas with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean? They're yours for just one euro - as long as you restore the homes, which were abandoned after an earthquake 40 years ago:In the picturesque hi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/mayor-selling-sicillian-villas-for-1-euro-each/

Dancing ... inside a Balloon!

I don't know what to make of this. Jake Hostetter of Urlesque blog (a clever name, if you think about it) found a series of YouTube video clips of people dancing inside of giant balloons!Or if that's not strange enough,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/dancing-inside-a-balloon/

Aircraft Carrier in a Shipbreaking Yard

After reading our post about the shipbreaking yard in India, Neatorama reader Stephen Douge went looking on Google Earth and found an unlikely customer: an aircraft carrier! Thanks Stephen!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/aircraft-carrier-in-a-shipbreaking-yard/

Tenant from Hell: Renter Apparently Didn't Believe in Taking Out the Trash

Talk about living like a slob! Landlord Chris Dowling found out - the hard way - that a tenant in his property didn't believe in throwing out the garbage:DIRTY tenant turned his home into a rubbish tip by cramming it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/tenant-from-hell-renter-apparently-didnt-believe-in-taking-out-the-trash/

Sarah Palin Boosts Wig Sales

We don't post a lot of political stuff on Neatorama - but I couldn't resist this one: Republican VP-nominee Sarah Palin is sparking a buying frenzy for ... wigs!Since John McCain chose her last month as his running m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/sarah-palin-boosts-wig-sales/

Robots with Eerily Human Facial Expressions

National Geographic News has a great video clip of robots that have eerily human facial expressions:The research they've done into how the human body actually moves ... they've got servo-motors attached to where tend...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/robots-with-eerily-human-facial-expressions/

Thinking Too Hard Makes You Fat

Don't think too hard ... it can make you fat! A new study led by Angelo Tremblay of Laval University, Quebec, suggests that people tend to overeat after an onerous mental activity:Jean-Philippe Chaput, the study's ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/thinking-too-hard-makes-you-fat/

America's Best Bathroom: Good Enough for Wedding Photos!

The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, has just won the award for ... best bathroom in America. The hotel's bathroom is so good, that people actually take wedding photos in it!The men’s restroom, located...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/americas-best-bathroom-good-enough-for-wedding-photos/

Captured on Camera: Unicorn Okapi in the Wild

Wildlife researchers from the Zoological Society of London and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation have captured on camera - for the first time - a true unicorn: an okapi in the Virunga National Park in the D...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/captured-on-camera-unicorn-okapi-in-the-wild/

Scientists Made World's First Synthetic Tree

Photo: Tobias WheelerScientists at Cornell University have made the world's first synthetic tree. Or rather, the process by which trees "drink":Known as "transpiration," the hydration process appe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/scientists-made-worlds-first-synthetic-tree/

Mutt-i-grees Pet Club for Mutts

Forget those pricey and elitist pure-breds. Mutt lovers now have their own registry, the American Mutt-i-grees Club:The American Mutt-i-grees Club — created by the Pet Savers Foundation, the developmental arm o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/mutt-i-grees-pet-club-for-mutts/

Never Been a Cheerleader: Mom Stole Daughter's ID and Went Back to High School

Do you ever wish to go back to high school and have a "do over"? Well that's exactly what Wendy Brown did:A 33-year-old woman was charged with stealing her daughter's identity to attend high school and join...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/never-been-a-cheerleader-mom-stole-daughters-id-and-went-back-to-high-school/

Prehistoric Whales Had Legs and Tails, Wiggled Hips

Illustration: Mary Parrish / Smithsonian InstitutionMark D. Uhen, a paleontologist from Alabama Museum of Natural History found that prehistoric whales didn't have flukes - they had legs and tails!After analyzing the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/13/prehistoric-whales-had-legs-and-tails-wiggled-hips/






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