Archive for September 23rd, 2008

Mercury Thiocyanide

(YouTube link) Mercury thiocyanide {wiki} is the chemical once used in the fireworks called "snakes". Burning it produces poisonous mercury vapors. So don't try this at home! -via the Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/mercury-thiocyanide/

Regional Personalities

Research on the "geography of personality" finds that certain regions of the US correlate with certain personality traits. Some of these traits feed into stereotypes; others don't. Even after controlling for variab...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/regional-personalities/

Weird Asian Hotels

Travel through the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and you might have an opportunity to stay at the Three Camel Lodge. You will stay in one of thirty gers (tents) made of felt and wood, and pay only around $300 a night. This...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/weird-asian-hotels/

The Show MUST Go On

[YouTube - Link] OK, either this is the most dedicated radio announcer in Greece or I'm being taken for a ride and this is a viral marketing video. I would love to have our Greek speaking audience translate what mu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/the-show-must-go-on/

Cheerleaders Ditched Uniforms Because They're ... Too Skimpy!

The Idaho Vandals Cheerleaders, before and after the costume change. The volleyball jersey is a temporary uniform till the newer, more modest uniforms are ready. Photos: Larry Johnson / GoVandals.netAfter spectators comp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/cheerleaders-ditched-uniforms-because-theyre-too-skimpy/

Pic-Glasso Strikes Again: Art on Empty Milk Bottles

Photo: CATERS NEWSA mysterious artist dubbed the "Pic-glasso" by residents of Stourbridge, England, has been taking empty milk bottles from doorsteps and then returning them with elaborate etched pictures!T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/pic-glasso-strikes-again-art-on-empty-milk-bottles/

The Quirky, Wonderful Market that is the Berkeley Bowl

When I went to Cal, I used to shop at the Berkeley Bowl (whenever I could find parking). So it's a pleasant surprise to find the quirky market featured in the Los Angeles Times. Here's what John M. Glionna wrote about th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/the-quirky-wonderful-market-that-is-the-berkeley-bowl/

Rock Carvings Document the Secret History of Aboriginal Contact with Outsiders

Photo: Rick StevensHidden in the rugged hills of Arnhem, Australia, are stunning Aboriginal rock carvings that depict the history of Aboriginal contact with outsiders - from sailing ships to 19th-century steamships and e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/rock-carvings-document-the-secret-history-of-aboriginal-contact-with-outsiders/

Featherless Chicken Wears a Sweater to Keep Warm

When Buffy the chicken lost all of her feathers, staff at the animal rescue center knitted her a sweater to keep warm!Deputy manager Emma Phillips has become Buffy's "foster mum" and keeps the hen in a luxu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/featherless-chicken-wears-a-sweater-to-keep-warm/

Pig Held Woman Captive for Food

Caroline Hayes, 63, befriended a homeless pig she named Bruce and even nursed it back to health. And what did she get for her troubles? The pig held her hostage for food!Ms Hayes had even nursed Bruce back from ill h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/pig-held-woman-captive-for-food/

The YouTube Gunman

Just 24 hours after 22-year-old Matti Saari was questioned by police after he posted a disturbing YouTube video and released because he had the proper gun license, he went to a school and opened fire on students:Saar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/the-youtube-gunman/

Basement Decorated in Sharpie

If you liked Olle Hemmendorff's kitchen floor, you'll love this! Charlie Kratzer of Lexington, Kentucky wanted something a little snazzier than bare cream-colored walls in his basement rec room. So he went to work with...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/basement-decorated-in-sharpie/

Wendy the Service Cat Attacked

Neatorama posted the story of Wendy the Service Cat in January. She is the companion of disabled veteran Jeffrey Ward. Here is a sad update to the story: Saturday night, Wendy didn't come home from a bathroom break. Ward...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/wendy-the-service-cat-attacked/

Pinhole Cameras as Art

Wayne Martin Belger makes his own pinhole cameras. Each camera is its own work of art! Cameras are designed to photograph different subjects, and often incorporate the subject in the materials. Some can seem gruesome,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/pinhole-cameras-as-art/

Queen Elizabeth Buys a Windmill

The Crown Estate of England has made arrangements to purchase the world's largest wind turbine. It's a 7.5-megawatt monster to be built by Clipper Windpower of Carpinteria, Calif. Now the Royal Turbine is getting e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/queen-elizabeth-buys-a-windmill/

Vertical Bed

Artist Jamie O’Shea has come up with a solution for those who can't stand being awake. The bed was demonstrated by Jamie earlier this month during the Conflux Festival in NYC, where he used it for sleeping 40 minut...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/vertical-bed/

Caption Monkey 44: Kitty Toupee

Dustin Black, author of The Book of Spam (featured previously on Neatorama here and here) and Toastvertising, sent us this photo and link to his newest website. And just in time for our weekly caption contest, too! (...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/caption-monkey-44-kitty-toupee/

Panhandler Shot Man Who Told Her to "Get a Job"

When a man turned down her request for money, saying "get a job," a panhandler decided to get her gun out instead and shot the man!A bus stop panhandler shot a man who turned down her request for money, Sac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/panhandler-shot-man-who-told-her-to-get-a-job/

The Dog with the Bionic Paw

We can rebuild it ... we have the technology. Here's the story of Coal, an eight-and-a-half year old dog whose left paw was amputated because of cancer. Instead of putting him down, his owner Reg Walker spent a lot of mo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/the-dog-with-the-bionic-paw/

Hail Cannon Disrupts Hailstones (Maybe), Annoys Neighbors (Surely)

Hailstones can damage fruit and trees, so farmer are keen to do whatever they can to avoid hailstorms. Anti-hail efforts included religious rites and bell ringing, but when those don't work, the farmers use ... the hail...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/23/hail-cannon-disrupts-hailstones-maybe-annoys-neighbors-surely/
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