Archive for October 13th, 2008

The Cut Paper Art of Hunter Stabler

Hunter Stabler is a Philadelphia-based cut-paper artist who slices up sheets of paper in order to create elaborate sculptures. Above is "Baba Yoga Misquotes the Face to Steeleye Span." Link via Fallon and Rosof...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/the-cut-paper-art-of-hunter-stabler/

Real Life Transformer by Guillaume Reymond

Behold Swiss/French artist Guillaume Reymond's new art installation: a "real life" Transformer robot made using a dozen or so cars and trucks: Link - via Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/real-life-transformer-by-guillaume-reymond/

The New Swiss Zero-Star Hotel: a Converted Nuclear Bunker!

Photo: Patrik Riklin (Source: Aftenposten Reise)Whereas Dubai has gone upscale with the world's first (and only) 7-star hotel, Switzerland has gone the opposite way: it has opened (for a trial run) the world's first zero...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/the-new-swiss-zero-star-hotel-a-converted-nuclear-bunker/

Guitar Boat

Australian musician Josh Pyke has a curious boat: it's shaped like a giant guitar!Josh's voyage on board the SS Maton - named after Australian guitar manufacturer Maton, who designed the curious vessel - was caught o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/guitar-boat/

Man to Cross the Taiwan Straits in a Paper Boat

Talkin' bout boats, here's another strange one - this time, from China:A Chinese schoolteacher is preparing to cross the 112 mile-wide Taiwan Straits in a paper boat. Zhu Yalin, a chemistry teacher in Meisha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/man-to-cross-the-taiwan-straits-in-a-paper-boat/

The Beautification Engine

Photo: Lars Klove for The New York Times / Manipulation by Tommer LeyvandTommer Leyvand and colleagues have created a "beautification engine," a software program that uses a mathematical formula to alter a pers...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/the-beautification-engine/

New Blind Speed Record

Being blind usually stops someone from driving - but not a Belgian man named Luc Costermans. He's just set the world's blind speed record:Mr Costermans topped 308.78km/h (192 mph) while driving a Lamborghini Gallardo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/new-blind-speed-record/

The Hawking Tattoo

Jack Newton, 23, is one big fan of physicist Stephen Hawking. So much so that he decided to get his right leg tattooed with Hawking's face after reading A Brief History of Time - even though he didn't understand a word o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/the-hawking-tattoo/

Woman Survived Bonk in Head with "Space Ice"

Mary Ann Foster is one lucky woman - she survived a bonk in the head from a "space ice" that crashed through the roof over her bed!Mary Ann and her husband think that the ice is from outer space, and so they're...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/woman-survived-bonk-in-head-with-space-ice/

Ctrl Alt Del Tea Cups

The next time your computer is on the fritz and you feel like smashing something, take a little tea break and "reset" with these Ctrl, Alt, Del tea cups!Link - via Gizmodiva...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/ctrl-alt-del-tea-cups/

State Nicknames

How well do you know the US states? They all have nicknames, but in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss you'll only be tested on 15 of them. I scored 53%, and I kicked myself a couple of times when I found out the c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/state-nicknames/

Do-It-Yourself Batmobile

Mark Shields took a 1978 Corvette and turned it into a 1989 Batmobile! Link -via Dark Roasted Blend See more pictures at Shields' website....

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/do-it-yourself-batmobile/

Job Seekers Stuck with Tattoos

If someone told you there was a nice job for you IF you got a tattoo on your face, wouldn't you want to confirm it first? Two men in Indonesia didn't question the offer. The pair had their faces permanently inked a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/job-seekers-stuck-with-tattoos/

The Fly and the Eye

(YouTube link) This surreal video is an ad for a clothing line. I don't see that. -via Ursi's Blog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/the-fly-and-the-eye/

Banjo Used in Brain Surgery

Brain surgery often is done with the patient awake, so he can provide feedback on what section of the brain is being affected. A musician who underwent brain surgery to treat a hand tremor played his banjo througho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/banjo-used-in-brain-surgery/

If You Build It, Tourists Will Come

The following is reprinted from The Best of The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. Some people call them roadside attractions; we call them tourist traps. Either way, it's an amazing phenomenon: There's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/if-you-built-it-tourists-will-come/

A Quiz for Know-It-Alls

Dear smart people: do you think that you know everything? See how you'd do at Miss Cellania's short little quiz for know-it-alls. For example:1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/a-quiz-for-know-it-alls/

Halloween Food Ideas

Super Punch blog has a neat round up of spooky Halloween food you can make.This one is a spider cake by Megan of Not Martha blog (the "legs" are Pockys - yum!)Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/halloween-food-ideas/

Rumors: Why They Persist and How to Squelch Them

Rumors, according researchers, aren't just idle or malicious gossips: instead, they are driven by real curiosity and the desire for knowledge. Even negative rumors often serve as a "glue" for social networks (i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/rumors-why-they-persist-and-how-to-squelch-them/

HDR Photos of Abandoned Places

Photo: Jule Berlin [Flickr] | more hereHow do you make an abandoned building an extra air of mystery? Take a photo of it in HDR! Our pal WebUrbanist blog has compiled some of the most interesting HDR photographs of aband...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/13/hdr-photos-of-abandoned-places/
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