Archive for October 29th, 2008

How Much Halloween Candy can You Get in a Pillowcase?

How much candy can you get in a pillowcase? The short answer is: almost 48 pounds. This post also explains the measurement, and lays out a strategy for actually getting that much candy during trick-or-treat. According to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/how-much-halloween-candy-can-you-get-in-a-pillowcase/

Paris for President

(YouTube link) Pat Paulson ran a spoof campaign every presidential election year for decades. Dave Barry also threw his hit into the ring a few times. The new celebrity taking up the spoof campaign mantle is Paris Hil...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/paris-for-president/

A Jack-O-Lantern Proposal

This Old House is having a Jack-o-Lantern contest, and you can vote for your favorite of the submitted entries until noon Thursday. I was quite impressed by this multi-pumpkin display. I'm sentimental like that. https:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/a-jack-o-lantern-proposal/

In Game Political Ads

Companies have integrated ads into video games for quite some time now, but this is the first time election campaign ads have been used in virtual reality games. Is this a good idea? Will it be effective? The ABC World...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/in-game-political-ads/

Gas Price in Des Moines

The last time gas was this low in Des Moines was January 2007 - I know, because I took a picture then as well. I keep thinking that this time is going to be the last time gas will ever be under $2.00 and I will...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/gas-price-in-des-moines/

How Globes Are Made

[YouTube - Link] Here is a fascinating video that explains in detail how the Globes we found in our classrooms and in old lecture halls were made. And I do believe that this clip is from an episode of a show on Dis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/how-globes-are-made/

Happy Anniversary, Black Tuesday!

Today's the 79th anniversary of the infamous Black Tuesday, one of three days in which Wall Street crashed. Many people mark the Crash of 1929 as the official beginning of the Great Depression.It's interesting to note th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/happy-anniversary-black-tuesday/

Cool Cop Car

Photo: Delta Niner [Flickr]Now that's a cool cop car (though I'm not sure how much respect he'll get driving that thing around!)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/cool-cop-car/

Crocheted Knitted Sandwich

Photo: Candypop Creations [Flickr]From Etsy seller Candypop Creations, here is the yummiest knitted crocheted footlong sandwich you'll ever see! Why it even comes complete with a slice of picke!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/knitted-sandwich/

Purr-Muda: The Bermuda Triangle for Cats

In the sleepy suburb of Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, there is a mystery brewing: 50 cats have been missing from the area dubbed "Purr-Muda," the Bermuda Triangle for cats!First to go was Tabatha, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/purr-muda-the-bermuda-triangle-for-cats/

Cat Steals Peanuts

(YouTube link) I hope my cats never see this video. If they learn how to open bottles, I'll be in a world of hurt. -via Arbroath...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/cat-steals-peanuts/

Caves: The World Beneath the World

Dark Roasted Blend has beautiful pictures of caves around the world. See caves made of limestone, ice, and crystals, plus caves used for living and working. Pictured is an underground pool in a Brazilian cave. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/caves-the-world-beneath-the-world/

Harry Potter License Plates

What's neat about these vanity license plates inspired by the Harry Potter books is not their cleverness, because you would expect that, but the sheer number of them! http://www.mugglenet.com/plates.shtml -via Geek Lik...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/harry-potter-license-plates/

Friday the 13th Quiz

When I saw today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, I had to check the calendar to see if today was Friday the 13th! No, this quiz is about the series of horror movies that might be on your playlist for Halloween. I sco...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/friday-the-13th-quiz/

Pantone Rubik's Cube

The Rubitone is a concept Rubik's cube where the object is not to solve the puzzle, but to select colors that might look good together. That couldn't be any easier than the classic puzzle. Link -Thanks, kid_1carus!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/pantone-rubiks-cube/

Beer-Pouring Robot

(Vimeo link) TMCO manufactures metal products in Lincoln, Nebraska. At a recent open house, they used one of their factory robots to pour beer for visitors. A you can see, the robot encourages tipping! -Thanks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/beer-pouring-robot-2/

Human-Faced Pumpkin

This is no Jack-O-Lantern, it's a pumpkin grown in a mold shaped like a human face! Creepy, huh? The clipping is from 1938. Link -Thanks, Dana!pumpkin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/human-faced-pumpkin/

How to Identify Drunk Characters

(YouTube link) You know people who turn into certain characters when they've had too much to drink. This funny ad is part of a public service campaign from Heineken, called Know the Signs. Go to the site and play a ga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/how-to-identify-drunk-characters/

Astronauts to Vote from Space

Talk about absentee voting! US citizens Michael Fincke and Greg Chamitoff are 220 miles above the earth in the International Space Station. But thanks to a bill passed in Texas in 1997, they will be able to vote by secre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/10/29/astronauts-to-vote-from-space/
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