Archive for December 31st, 2008

Woman Gives Birth on Trans-Atlantic Flight

On a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Boston, a Ugandan woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  They were both fortunate that there were two doctors on board.  As the child was born while in Canadian airs...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/woman-gives-birth-on-trans-atlantic-flight/

Origami Hamburger Kit

Giving up fast food for your New Year's Resolution? You can still have it - since it's made out of paper, it's much healthier for you. I probably wouldn't recommend eating it, though. For $6, you get 16 pieces of pa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/origami-hamburger-kit/

Terry Pratchett Knighted

You may now refer to the Discworld author as "Sir Terry", although he regrets that the honor did not come with a sword. Link via Wired Terry Pratchett, Discworld, Knighthood...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/terry-pratchett-knighted/

UN satellite presentation of current Gaza conflict

While war most certainly isn't "neat," those following the Israel/Hamas conflict in Gaza at the moment might appreciate the United Nation's UNOSAT division's excellent marked and annotated satellite image that illustra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/un-satellite-presentation-of-current-gaza-conflict/

Smiley Masks for Thai Highway Patrol

Thailand, nicknamed "The Land of Smiles" by countless tourist books, are living up to its name: the highway policemen in Thailand will be wearing smiley masks to "lift the mood of motorists":The n...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/smiley-masks-for-thai-highway-patrol/

Movie Mistakes of 2008

Despite costing hundreds of millions of dollars to make, Hollywood movies are filled with "mistakes" (Arnold Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero even parodied these mistakes by purposely incorporating them in the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/movie-mistakes-of-2008/

Depressed, Sick, and Fat? Blame Your Friends!

Image: J Fowler and N Christakis/New England Journal of Medicine/BMJResearch by medical sociologist Nicholas Christakis and colleague at the Harvard Medical School in Boston revealed how oher people's happiness, depressi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/depressed-sick-and-fat-blame-your-friends/

Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp

Children of the '70s might remember this Saturday morning show on ABC; apparently Nickelodeon also aired reruns of it in the '80s. That's my demographic, but I don't remember it. Anyway, it's a bunch of chimps (with du...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/lancelot-link-secret-chimp/

It's That Time of Year Again: Banned Words for 2009

Each year since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released a list in late December of words that should never be used again based on their overuse in the 12 months prior. This year's list largely revolves around t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/its-that-time-of-year-again-banned-words-for-2009/

Cheating Death

The final Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss for 2008 challenges you to cheat death -retroactively. Match the famous dead person with the object that might have prevented his or her death. Some are easy; other I had to gue...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/cheating-death/

Uncle Jay Explains 2008 in Song

(YouTube link) Uncle Jay wraps up the entire year to the tunes of your favorite Christmas carols. -Thanks, Duke! Politics, Odd News, 2008, Uncle Jay...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/uncle-jay-explains-2008-in-song/

Secret Agent Camcorder Watch

Even Dick Tracy would be amazed at a normal-sized watch that can record eight hours of color video with sound! Just plug your watch into your computer via USB and download your recordings. On sale for only $199.95. Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/secret-agent-camcorder-watch/

Rickrolling New Years Eve

Anyone who's been around Neatorama for any length of time is familiar with the Rickroll. For New Year's Eve, Randall Munroe of xkcd takes the Rickroll concept and stands it on its head to surprise a girl. Link -Thank...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/rickrolling-new-years-eve/

The 12-cent Perpetual Calendar

You don't need a new calendar for the new year, if you've got 12 cents and an understanding of binary numbers! Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories posted instructions for making your own perpetual calendar. It's Wedne...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/the-12-cent-perpetual-calendar/

Ode to Joy, Beaker-Style.

With a cameo by Statler and Waldorf. This made my morning. Video, stacy, muppets, ode to joy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/ode-to-joy-beaker-style/

Scientists Set to Ignite a Tiny Man-Made Star

Photo: Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryScientist at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, are getting ready to do something spectacular: ignite a tiny man-made star inside a lab and trigger a the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/scientists-set-to-ignite-a-tiny-man-made-star/

Aviation Humor

After hitting pay dirt with his Military Truisms forum post, Neatorama reader SparkS did it again with this gem: Aviation Humor.This one made me ROFL: The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/aviation-humor/

Wall-E Wood Sculpture

We've featured incredibly cute Wall-E LEGO creations on Neatorama before (twice, actually), but this one takes the cake: an incredibly detailed Wall-E wooden sculpture by Morpheus Prototypes Morpheus Creative Form Develo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/wall-e-wood-sculpture/

Andreas Aronsson's Impossible Figures Optical Illusion

Andreas Aronsson is a professional IT technician by day and an awesome optical illusion artist at night: he made a series of cleverly drawn "impossible figures" that at a glance look perfectly fine, but upon cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/andreas-aronssons-impossible-figures-optical-illusion/

Jen Stark's Paper Art

We posted about Jen Stark's amazing construction paper art a while ago on Neatorama, but we've just run across her interview by ArtStreet on WLRN South Florida. It's definitely worth another look: Hit play or go to Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/jen-starks-paper-art/

Electroman Surge Protector

Behold the Electroman Surge Protector, that not only quadruples your electrical outlet, but also has an indicator light where his heart is located that shows your electrical applicances are protected against evil elect...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/electroman-surge-protector/

The Great Chess Doping Scandal

Sad as it is, doping is so prevalent in sports that it comes to no surprise when an athlete is busted ... but chess? CHESS? Yes, folks, here's the Great Chess Doping Scandal of grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk, ranked third...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/31/the-great-chess-doping-scandal/
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