Archive for March 11th, 2009

24 Ridiculously Expensive Everyday Items

A collection of everyday items made outrageously expensive. Hopefully these items are strictly for marketing/PR purposes as it would be a shame to waste this kind of money on such crap.If you’ve ever wondered what...

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The World's Biggest Diamond Heist

In 2003, Leonardo Notarbartolo and his associates broke through ten layers of security and helped themselves to a stash of diamonds in a vault below the Antwerp Diamond Center. The estimated value of the diamonds taken r...

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Daft Punk + Snow White = Dwarfed Punk!

In 2007, we saw the Daft Hands: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger video clip swept through the InterWeb. Fast forward two years later and we get this little beaut: Dwarfed Punk, Daft Punk's epic song set to Snow White and...

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Encounter

(YouTube link) McCann Erickson of Madrid produced this commercial for Coke, but you can easily pretend it's not an ad. -via YesButNoButYes coke, encounter...

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Edith Zimmerman Food Art

Edith Zimmerman has a blog featuring whimsical things she's created from food. I particularly like this radish red ant. http://www.edithzimmerman.com/blog/ -via Buzzfeed food art...

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Ugliest Dog Contest Winner

A yearly contest in my hometown of San Diego is the Ugly Dog Contest, we actually held one of the first ugly dog contests in the world. This years winner was little Chomper, a boxer mix who can't put her toungue in h...

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The Antikythera Mechanism: Quest to Decode the Secret of the 2,000 Year Old Computer

The following is a guest blog post by Jo Marchant, author of Decoding the Heavens. Main fragment of the Antikythera Mechanism (Photo: Jo Marchant) The Anti...

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Extreme Cheapskates Revel in Their Frugality

The current economic crisis has altered the behavioral patterns of everday consumers, but some people really take it to the extremes. Meet the ultra-tightwads: Amy VanDeventer has always been a cheapskate. The rec...

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Welcome Tenaha, Texas! That'll Be $6,000 Please or We'll Take Your Kids

Driving through the little town of Tenaha, Texas, may cost you a lot more than just gas money. A lawsuit contends that driving the stretch of highway that goes through the city is akin to highway robbery ... by the polic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/11/welcome-tenaha-texas-thatll-be-6000-please-or-well-take-your-kids/

Ice Invaders

Did you spend a good portion of your childhood (and your allowance) playing video game blasting 2-dimensional aliens to smithereens? Well, here's a fun "Ice Invaders" ice tray that brings back pleasant memory....

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7 Color-Changing Wonders of the Animal Kingdom

How many animals do you suppose we pass in nature and never notice? Masters of evading humans and other predators, many creatures avoid being seen even at close range. Some of these are color-changers with amazing abilit...

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Bolivia's Secret Bowling Technique: Two-Handed Bowling

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVMMPkvnid8][YouTube - Link]A team of Bolivian bowlers has stormed the bowling world with their unusual two-handed technique, winning medals and championships in Argentina and Braz...

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Homeless Man Panhandles the Internet

Is this exploitation or genuine concern?  37 year old homeless man Tim Edwards has roamed the streets of Houston for the past five years. Sean Dolan and his father Kevin saw an opportunity, and 'hired' Tim to be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/11/homeless-man-panhandles-the-internet/

VCR Hack: All You Need is a Screwdriver, Scissors, and Marshmallows

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGx-3t8CJ-k][YouTube - Link]Don't throw away that VCR-- hack it instead!  This is a spoof hack not a real one, and you'll want to find out what the marshmallows are for.From t...

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Secret Message Inside Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch

Jonathan Dillon was an Irish immigrant watchmaker who worked in a watch repair shop in Washington D.C.  He told his children that on the day the news arrived of the attack on Fort Sumter he was repairing Lincoln's w...

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Mural Mosaic: Fantastic Mural Created From Hundreds of Original Paintings

Mural Mosaic is a project at the Town of Cochrane, Canada, where hundreds of original paintings by artists are combined into a giant mural. The idea for the project came from artist Lewis Lavoie, who created the f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/11/mural-mosaic-fantastic-mural-created-from-hundreds-of-original-paintings/

Scientists Who Were Their Own Guinea Pigs

Scientists have done some really strange things in the name of science - and some really gone the distance: they've become their own guinea pigs! Eleanor Harris of New Scientists has a list of 8 scientists who subject...

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"Dracula" Fish With Baby Teeth

A very unusual species of fish with fangs made of bone has been found in only one stream in Burma.  Researchers from London's Natural History Museum believe the fish lost its teeth about 50 million years ago, but la...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/11/dracula-fish-with-baby-teeth/

Diamond Albums

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss is another music quiz to promote the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame giveaway, where you could win a trip for two to the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cleveland. The RIAA certif...

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The Curse of Colonel Sanders

The Hanshin Tigers baseball club won the Japan Series for the first and (so far) only time in 1985. Fans in Dotonbori celebrated by jumping into the local river. The story goes that the crowd called out the names of the...

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New York in Black and White

This extensive collection of photographs of New York City starts at around 120 years ago and includes aerial mapping shots, news photos, and work by many acclaimed photographers. This picture shows Times Square as it w...

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The “Raiders” Story Conference

The 1978 brainstorming sessions among George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Steven Spielberg that led to Raiders of the Lost Ark are now available for your reading pleasure. 45 hours of discussion are transcribed i...

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Neatolicious Fun Facts: Chess

Do you call that a game? Ha! Ha! No, thankee; life's too short for chess - Henry James Byron, in Our Boys (1875) English playwright Henry James Byron's character aside, who...

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