Archive for March 2nd, 2009

3/3/09: Celebrate Square Root Day!

When the month and day form the square root of the year, math geeks celebrate a special holiday. Well, presumably. I never made it past precalculus, so I'm only going by what the Associated Press says:The math-buffs' h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/3309-celebrate-square-root-day/

The Real Mr. Potato Head

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICGrjmJouWA][YouTube - Link]Back when Mr. Potato Head smoked a pipe, kids played with real potatoes instead of plastic substitutes! Check out this vintage ad for Mr. and M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/the-real-mr-potato-head/

For Dummies. For Real?

The folks who publish those "_____ for Dummies" books have covered every subject imaginable. Or have they? In today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, can you identify which of 15 books are real "for Dummies" books and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/for-dummies-for-real/

Penguins Travel in Groups

Advertising agency Duval Guillaume produced a cute ad for Belgian bus company De Lijn, emphasizing that it's safer to travel in groups. Link animation, penguins...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/penguins-travel-in-groups/

Glow in the Dark Dancers

(YouTube link) I'm sure this was a fun evening! Watch the performance from fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha at the 2009 Anchorsplash charity talent show at Virginia Tech. -via reddit dance...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/glow-in-the-dark-dancers/

Twitter Throughout History

What if microblogging platform Twitter had been available in the distant past? Sharinator has a sample of Twitter feeds from an ape-man, a caveman, Julius Caesar, and Hitler, plus on from the future! Link -via Digg Hi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/twitter-throughout-history/

Chance of Getting a Tapeworm

Just thinking about a tapeworm gives me the shivers. What are your chances of getting a tapeworm? Take the quiz! The questions will make it rather obvious what the risk factors are. http://www.heyquiz.com/quiz/tapewo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/chance-of-getting-a-tapeworm/

Slumdog Peanut Butter

The final dance scene in the movie Slumdog Millionaire works so much better set to Peanut Butter Jelly Time! A mashup by Kent Nichols. He had to be inspired by the yellow scarf that looks a little like a banana,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/slumdog-peanut-butter/

They Paid You For That? 7 Pointless and Crazy Science Experiments

Have you every read about some new science experiment or research study that just seems... well, stupid? If you've ever gotten to the point where you've wondered what other bogus things they'll pay people to learn about,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/they-paid-you-for-that-7-pointless-and-crazy-science-experiments/

Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley

This one is fantastic: cartoonist extraordinaire Nina Paley has just released her animated feature film Sita Sings the Blues, with 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. The story revolves around Sita, a goddess separated...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/sita-sings-the-blues-by-nina-paley/

The World's Most Covered Songs

Quick: what are some of the world's most covered songs? Our very own Stacy Conradt (who btw just got an awesome Haunted Mansion-inspired tattoo) did a nice job in covering the 10 most covered songs in history.This one is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/the-worlds-most-covered-songs/

Hello Kitty + Gloomy Bear = There Will Be Blood!

What do you get when you cross Hello Kitty with Gloomy Bear? Oh, yes - there will be blood ...For you who don't know, Gloomy Bear is the creation of Mori Chack [Flash] as the antithesis of cuteness. The bear is violent a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/hello-kitty-gloomy-bear-there-will-be-blood/

R2-D2, Subtitled

Do you ever wonder what R2-D2 was saying in the Star Wars movies? YouTube user Mortal Wombat (of meanestbear blog) went to the trouble of translating "Artoo's" machine chirping into English for all of our enjoy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/r2-d2-subtitled/

Girls Gone Grabblin': Catching a Catfish With Your Bare Hands

I'll never understand the South. Take, for instance, its idea of fishing. You don't need a rod and reel - just dive into the murky water (!) and grab yourself a catfish with your two hands.Here's a tribute video of attra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/girls-gone-grabblin-catching-a-catfish-with-your-bare-hands/

Turning The Place Over

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBXwA0gcBm4][YouTube - Link]In 2007, British artist Richard Wilson created one of the most amazing public art ever, using a building in the Liverpool city center: The most dari...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/turning-the-place-over/

Brine-filled Sinkholes in the Great Lakes

Sinkholes can develop on the floor of the Great Lakes, just as they do on land.  Interestingly the lake-bottom ones can then fill with brine, rather than fresh water, as water percolates out of the bedrock saturated...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/brine-filled-sinkholes-in-the-great-lakes/

More Photos and Info on Light Pillars

In January Neatorama linked to a Daily Mail story about light pillars.  This week Environmental Graffiti offers an explanation re the physics involved, and how they can be created by street lamps and car headlights...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/more-photos-and-info-on-light-pillars/

Who is Going to Tell Him to Get Off?

What would you do if you noticed this coyote didn't pay his fare? Seattle Transit Blog has the big pic:This photo illustrates one danger of building light rail to the far-flung suburbs: unwanted riders.LinkFrom...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/who-is-going-to-tell-him-to-get-off/

Ninja Bear

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia05NGd3-dU][YouTube - Link]Claude is a 6-year-old orphan Asiatic black bear, a resident of the Asa Zoo in Hiroshima.  His ability to twirl sticks like a ninja is jaw-dropping...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/02/ninja-bear/
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