Archive for September 29th, 2008

The Google Adwords Panhandler

Sign of the times: even beggars now use Google Adwords! Found via Blame it on the Voices...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/the-google-adwords-panhandler/

A True Image From the False Kiva

Photo: Wally PacholkaA bad thing about living in a city is the light pollution that prevents us from seeing spectacular sights like this: the Milky Way galaxy, as seen from the False Kiva in the Canyonlands National Park...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/a-true-image-from-the-false-kiva/

Upside Down Homes and Buildings

Photo: Chromatist PhotographyAre you upside down on your property? Well, maybe you'll feel better after taking a look at homes and buildings that are actually upside down. Or maybe not.Urlesque has a pretty neat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/upside-down-homes-and-buildings/

Time to Set MS on Fire, a Parody Ad

And now for a geeky pitstop, here's a parody of The Doors's famous song, a cheeky ad from Linspire Linux titled "Time to Set MS on Fire":Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via AQFL...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/time-to-set-ms-on-fire-a-parody-ad/

Save $-9.99!

Well ... technically it's almost correct! Found via Bits & Pieces...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/save-9/

Massachusetts Will Vote on Abolishing the State Income Tax

Whaa? Did I read this right? The citizens of "Taxachusetts" have finally risen against the tyranny of high taxes: there's a ballot measure to get rid of the state's income tax.Question 1 would cut the tax b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/massachusetts-will-vote-on-abolishing-the-state-income-tax/

Epic Tow Truck Fail

The Bailout plan isn't the only thing that failed today: here's a YouTube clip of a tow truck that needed to be bailed out itself after bailing out an overturned semi.Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - Thanks mowog!*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/epic-tow-truck-fail/

How is the Bailout Failure Affecting You?

Photo: freemarketmyass [Flickr], at a protest against the bailout in ChicagoSo. Today, the House of Representatives said no to the Mother of All Bailouts™ (with the majority of the Democrats voted for it, and the m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/how-is-the-bailout-failure-affecting-you/

Two Very Lucky Climbers Who Cheated Death

Photo: Hermann ErberAustrian photographer and climbing enthusiast Hermann Erber took this amazing photo of two ice climbers climbing a frozen waterfall when right beside them the falls collapsed!Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/two-very-lucky-climbers-who-cheated-death/

Jules Verne Spacecraft Destructive Re-entry Photo

Photo: European Space AgencyEurope's first Automated Transfer Vehicle named Jules Verne, has successfully completed its mission delivering fuel, water, oxygen, food, and other items to the International Space Station. Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/jules-verne-spacecraft-destructive-re-entry-photo/

Spider-Man's Next Partner: Stephen Colbert!

Guess who's coming to star in an upcoming Spider-Man comic? It's none other than Stephen Colbert, who's running for president in the Marvel Universe!Marvel is proud to reveal that Spider-Man and acclaimed television...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/spider-mans-next-partner-stephen-colbert/

Honeybees Can Count (Up to 4)

We may not have been giving honeybees enough credit: turns out the insect can count (well, up to four anyhow)!Also at the Australian National University, Marie Dacke and Mandyam V. Srinivasan trained European honeybe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/honeybees-can-count-up-to-4/

America's No. 1 Export is ... Debt!

When you think of a country's export, what comes first to mind? For most people, japan means cars. Saudi Arabia? Oil. China? Everything else.How about good ol' United States of America? It turns out that our no. 1 export...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/americas-no-1-export-is-debt/

The Hills Have Eyes

French street artist JR, best known for his technique of photographing inhabitants of an area & pasting the resulting imagery up on grand scale around the community has taken to the favelas of RIO DE JANEIRO in a g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/the-hills-have-eyes/

Does the Moon Orbit the Earth or the Sun?

I had never heard the argument that the moon orbits the sun, but it does go around the sun as it revolves around the earth. The question, which does it orbit more? Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy Blog lays out the argument a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/does-the-moon-orbit-the-earth-or-the-sun/

Famous Preserved Body Parts

If you become famous enough, someone may want to keep at least a part of you around after you die. This list looks at ten body arts: brains, fingers, even a bladder, that were preserved for posterity. Or study. Or reve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/famous-preserved-body-parts/

Suspect, Killer, Law Enforcement, or Deceased?

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss deals with the TV show CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). You'll be presented with 14 guest stars. Do they play: 1) a suspect, 2) the killer, 3) the deceased, 4) a law enfo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/suspect-killer-law-enforcement-or-deceased/

Private Rocket Goes to Space

(YouTube link) SpaceX has succeeded in their attempt to launch the Falcon 1 rocket into space. The company, headed by eBay co-founder Elon Musk, had made three unsuccessful tries before yesterday's launch. The t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/private-rocket-goes-to-space/

Sound Wave, Sculpture by Jean Shin

Photo: Hiroko Masuike / The New York TimesKorean artist Jean Shin created this sculpture "Sound Wave" (2007) out of melted vinyl records to connote "the inevitable waves of technology that render each succ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/sound-wave-sculpture-by-jean-shin/

"Corpse" Turned Out to be State-of-the-Art Sex Doll

A couple walking their dog in a remote, wooded area in the town of Izu, Japan, found what appeared to be a corpse and alerted the police. When forensic pathologists began to unwrap the "corpse," they realized i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/corpse-turned-out-to-be-state-of-the-art-sex-doll/

2008 Nikon Small World Micrography

Photo: Dr. Rachel Fink / Mount Holyoke CollegeEvery year, the Nikon Small World showcases the best in microscopy. This year is no different. Here are the selection of photographs from the 2008 Nikon Small World: http://w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/208-nikon-small-world-micrography/

Steampunk Earpiece

Heh! How awesome is this: the "Mechanical Aural Communication Device," a steampunk ear piece (pre-Blue Tooth era, I suppose) made by Flickr user nicrosin. Too bad it's just a prop.http://www.flickr.com/photos/n...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/steampunk-earpiece/

Can Mercenaries Stop the War in Darfur?

The War in Darfur, Western Sudan, Africa, is now in its fifth year and its increasingly unlikely - despite their rhetorics - that major world powers will do anything to prevent the killings.Some people are now calling fo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/can-mercenaries-stop-the-war-in-darfur/

Back to School ... Knives?!

Marcy Massura of Marcy Writes - The Glamorous Life blog found this suspicious set of knives at her local supermarket for back to school! Apparently, it's for kids who can't wait to resume their summer vacation by being s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/back-to-school-knives/

The Walled City of Kowloon and Other Abandoned Cities and Places in Asia

Web Urbanist blog has a really neat post about 7 abandoned cities and places in Asia. This photo above is of the lawless Walled City of Kowloon in Hong Kong:In the rogue ungoverned Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/29/the-walled-city-of-kowloon-and-other-abandoned-cities-and-places-in-asia/






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