Archive for February 14th, 2009

Jaguar Redux

Nobody's seen a jaguar in central Mexico since 1900.  Until now. Three photos of an adult male jaguar, taken by a camera trap in the Sierra Nanchititla Natural Reserve, have confirmed the big cat's existence in an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/jaguar-redux/

Why You May Not Want to Let Your Friends Eat at McDonalds (or Yourself)

Wow ... we all knew fast food was bad for us, but really? For starters, their burgers can apparently last for 20 years ... longer than the average vehicle. Next up: you would have to walk for seven hours to burn off a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/why-you-may-not-want-to-let-your-friends-eat-at-mcdonalds-or-yourself/

Untranslatable Words

Sometimes there are words that cannot be translated into another language without losing some of its meaning. According to the BBC and 1,000 linguists, the most difficult word to translate is "ilunga". A word...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/untranslatable-words/

Everest Climber Returns to Everest to Bury the Everpresent Dead

Have you ever wondered what happens to the corpses of the fallen on the upper slopes of Everest? Sometimes they move or are buried by snow, but often they are anchored in place - chilling monuments to their own demise....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/everest-climber-returns-to-everest-to-bury-the-everpresent-dead/

Happy Valentine's Day ... Hey! Wait A Minute!

Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue made this printable Valentine's Day card that is oh-so-wrong if you think about it. If you don't get this, then it's obvious that you've never watched Star Wars before ...LinkStar Wars, Valen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/happy-valentines-day-hey-wait-a-minute/

Toilet Paper Roll Art by Yuken Teruya

Corner Forest by Yuken TeruyaYuken Teruya sees art in everyday objects. Things like pizza boxes and toilet paper rolls. It takes a certain kind of genius to find beauty in something ordinary, but Yuken has done exactly t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/toilet-paper-roll-art-by-yuken-teruya/

16 Spectacular Spiral Staircases as Seen from Above

From ancient to postmodern, these spiral staircases span the spectrum from wonderfully worn to pristinely perfect. Warning: viewing so many in a row from above can have a dizzying impact on the onlooker. Don't trip! *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/16-spectacular-spiral-staircases-as-seen-from-above/

Three Famous Masquerade Balls

Truman Capote's Black and White Ball - November 28, 1966Even though Truman Capote's masquerade was the hottest ticket in 1966, at the advice of Evie Backer, Truman purposely made the decor at his event as understated as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/three-famous-masquerade-balls/

Couple Make Burglar Clean Their Home

What would you do if you came home to find your house ransacked, and worse, that the burglar was still inside? A couple from Montgomery, Alabama, did what some people might find unthinkable - they made the burglar cle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/couple-make-burglar-clean-their-home-at-gunpoint/

Cat Has Photography Exhibit

Remember the Cat Cam? A cat in Seattle wore a camera one day a week for a year, and now those photographs have their own exhibit in an art gallery! Cooper the tomcat has 16 framed photos displayed at the Urban Light Stud...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/cat-has-photography-exhibit/

Baby Elephant - Moment of Cute Zen

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWPAAgedh8w][YouTube - Link]The Oregon Zoo posted this irresistibly sweet video clip of a 5-month old baby Asian elephant named Samudra playing with a ball. I dare you to resist gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/baby-elephant-moment-of-cute-zen/

12 Incredible Time-Lapse Plant-Growth Videos

Plants grow too slow to see most of the time - making these videos seem like secret access points to a hidden world that operates at a radically different speed.For those of you unfamiliar with plants (they're a lot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/12-incredible-time-lapse-plant-growth-videos/

Chicago News Team Boogies During Break

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ehlw_phys][YouTube - Link]WGN news anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange have worked together for many years.  They started making up these little coordinated dance routine...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/chicago-news-team-boogies-during-break/

A Hotel With a Unique View

Everland is a hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge.  What makes it so different is that - because it is also an art installation - this hotel travels! The Everland has been '...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/a-hotel-with-a-unique-view/

Beautiful and Deadly WMDs

Martin Miller at Photography Served gives us a look at some historic weapons of mass destruction under an artistic light. His striking black and white photographs transform some of last century's most horrifying...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/beautiful-and-deadly-wmds/

The Year Europe Froze

The winter of 1709 was the coldest in 500 years.  All across Europe, from Scandinavia to northern Italy, and to the western coast of France, livestock died in their barns, fish froze in the rivers, millions of birds...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/the-year-europe-froze/

The "Four Yorkshiremen" Sketch

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSQeMBzHR0o][YouTube - Link]Here's an all-star cast of comedians - John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman - lampooning the stereotypical "rich peopl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/the-four-yorkshiremen-sketch/

A Slight Technical Hitch

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70vaA38NUvo][YouTube - Link]See if you can spot what's wrong with this video of a company advertising their skills in ... video production! The irony of it sort of reminds me of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/a-slight-technical-hitch/

The Ponginator: A Giant Ping Pong Ball Shooting Robot

The Ponginator is a three stories tall robot that can fire ping pong balls at up to 170 miles per hour. Its inventor, Vernon Graner of the Austin Robot Group explains:Ponginator is a robot, and as far as robots go,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/the-ponginator-a-giant-ping-pong-ball-shooting-robot/

Hot Dr. Pepper - Who Knew!

Dr. Pepper lovers rejoice, here's a way to "winterize" your favorite soda by turning it into a delicious hot beverage. Instructions are from a vintage recipe advertisement published in the 60's. E...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/hot-dr-pepper-who-knew/

Chicken Bingo

Every Sunday afternoon at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin, Texas, customers clutching numbered slips of paper gather around a pool table, anxiously waiting for a chicken to defecate.  Your $2 bet could win...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/chicken-bingo/

Official Tooth Fairy Kit

Back in the day we just used to put our tooth under our pillow, and the next morning it would be replaced by a dime. But it looks like the Tooth Fairy has taken her business to the next level with this official $16 Too...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/official-tooth-fairy-kit/

Rock the Casbah with a Glass Guitar

[YouTube clip] Other people have made guitar sculptures out of glass before, but glasscutter by day, rock drummer by night Brian Chivers of BC Glass Studio went one step further: he actually created a glass guitar (ye...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/rock-the-casbah-with-a-glass-guitar/

Gesturing Improves a Toddler's Vocabulary

Susan Goldin-Meadow and Meredith Rowe of University of Chicago have found a link between gesturing and improved vocabulary in toddlers. We all know that toddlers will gesture long before they form words, such as r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/gesturing-improves-a-toddlers-vocabulary/

40 Years Later, A Thank You for Saving a Life

In 1968, a white firefighter named William Carroll from South Boston saved the life of a black baby during a fire at the Roxbury housing development.  This was a time marked by deadly racial riots across America....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/40-years-later-a-thank-you-for-saving-a-life/

12 Amazing Photos of Factories in Japan

Blogger 'brb' of the Bouncing Red Ball website has posted 12 fantastic photos of various factories in Japan.  They look like something out of a sci-fi or anime movie.Lately, I’m having a “factory fetish”,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/12-amazing-photos-of-factories-in-japan/

Woman with World's Longest Fingernails Lost Them in Car Crash

Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City, Utah, was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest fingernails in the world.  Totalling over 28 feet long, she was once offered $10,000 by a Japanese televis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/woman-with-worlds-longest-fingernails-lost-them-in-car-crash/

How the Amish Hack Technology to Meet Their Needs and Beliefs

The Amish are often portrayed as anti-technology Luddites, but in fact they often accept non-electrical forms of technology, as long as they can remain "off the grid" and independent.  The photo shows...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/how-the-amish-hack-technology-to-meet-their-needs-and-beliefs/

End of the Rainbow Finally Found

Not only is there no gold at the end of the rainbow but, frankly, driving straight toward one sounds slightly scary. No, there was no pot of gold nor any other mythical or fantastic phenomena. However, the lucky winner...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/02/14/end-of-the-rainbow-finally-found/
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